In what was obvious to many, except for those who literally have their pockets lined to the brim with cold hard bribe money, FIFA President, and reigning matchstick man of the century Sepp Blatter announced he will approach FIFA’s executive committee with a proposal to have the 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar to be held in the northern hemisphere’s winter. Sepp, with the help of “new scientific studies,” and a tiny sliver of common sense has determined that playing football in 120° F could be detrimental to players health. The study, written on a cocktail napkin, reads as follows, “Bad to play in very hot. Signed Science.”
The major European domestic football associations are quickly lining up against the switch claiming the domestic campaigns before, during, and after the World Cup could be disrupted. Now, for one second, let’s forget the claim that this World Cup was purchased, or that is being played in a country with no footballing history. What is so wrong with moving the World Cup to December or January one time? A little disruption to England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain? What about Brazil and Argentina, are they not footballing super powers? Do they not deserve to have a single World Cup not disrupt their respective leagues? And the rest of South America, the USA, Africa, the frozen Nordics and Russians, are they just the peasants of the footballing world. Is it reasonable to think that if Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, and Italy’s (to name a few) economic woes continue to down trot that Brazil, USA, and even Mexico might become viable, if not, desirable destinations come 2022? Does Europe’s control over the games governance continue indefinitely? This is the World’s Game, and the world is changing. Besides, my view of the game remains idealistic, I believe the World Cup should serve in function as an ambassador and reward to the host; both a way to open the sport to a country, and in return open a country to the world.
Perhaps Sepp, frozen in the 1960s with Austin Powers, and thawed in the modern world, is actually putting the global game ahead of Europe’s desires. I shutter at the idea, but what if, just what if, Blatter is right for a change? Of men frozen in the 1960s, you would presume he’s more Dr. Evil than Austin Powers, but maybe for this one occasion it’s the other way around.
Dan is Brazilian by blood, an American by birth, and Gooner by choice. Lover of football. You can follow his ravings on Twitter @SoccerYankDan.