When FIFA executives met
in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018
and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many outsiders.
The Qatar bid finished above those from Australia, Japan, South
Korea and USA.
But how could players and fans hope to cope with the desert heat in
The deliberation would go on for another three years before mutterings
could be made about possibly moving the traditional European summer date for the World Cup
Finals, to November.
At the beginning of January, 2014 FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke
hinted that the tournament would not be held in June or July.
A final decision on when the 2022 World Cup would be played is
expected to be announced in December 2014 or March 2015.
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