“We go to new lands,” FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, said. And in those new lands — Russia and Qatar — fans welcomed the World Cup warmly. Though not as warmly as the Qataris will in 2022, when temperatures during the tournament are expected to reach 120 degrees, a much noted figure that, given global weather patterns, could prove to be higher, or lower. Still, the modular stadiums’ air-conditioning will be put to the test. As will the tiny Middle Eastern emirate’s ability to host a major international sporting event beyond the scale of anything it has done before.
They’re excited in Qatar.