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Argentines in Buenos Aires watched in disbelief the bitter 2-1 loss by their national team against Saudi Arabia at the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday. “To begin with, they robbed us with the three goals that were disallowed in the first half. Another thing, it was an injustice because they reached (the goal) twice and scored each time, and in the end, they dropped back and (we could do) nothing,” Nicolas (last name not given), an Argentine fan lamented. Read More: From Jordan to Qatar, Arab fans celebrate Saudi victory over favourite Argentina Hundreds of people dressed in blue and white gathered to watch the match on a giant screen in a public park. “It’s a surprising result but I have hope that Argentina can be the champion because we are one of the candidates (to win the World Cup), having the best player in the world, Lionel Messi,” Margarita Albornoz, another Argentine fan, said. Argentina took an early lead with a 10th-minute penalty by Messi. But goals by Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in a five-minute span in the second half gave Saudi Arabia the win. Read More: Fracturing jaw during World Cup match vs Argentina, Saudi footballer al-Shahrani says he’s ok FANS UPSET OVER MATCH In Buenos Aires, hundreds of people dressed in blue and white met at a public park very early in the morning to watch the match in a giant screen. Messi’s quest to win the one major title to elude him got off to a shocking start and brought back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over an Argentina team, led by Diego Maradona, in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup. Argentine fans are still upset about three disallowed goals against Saudi Arabia, which resulted in a 2-1 defeat in their Qatar 2022 debut. Read More: World Cup: FIFA brings charge against Ecuador over 'discriminatory chants' at match vs Qatar
FIFA World Cup football is going to be held in Qatar for the first time in the Middle East. As hosts, Qatar is playing without playing the qualifiers. 79 different countries participated in the 92-year history of the previous 21 World Cups. However, this is the first time Qatar to participate in the World Cup, which has never qualified for the World Cup. Qatar is considered the weakest team in the World Cup because they will play for the first time and have never appeared in World Cup. Let's take a look at the Qatar Squad in World Cup Football tournament. Qatar Team Announced for Football World Cup Table: Qatar Squad for World Cup Role Players Goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb (Al-Sadd), Meshaal Barsham (Al-Sadd), Yousuf Hassan (Emirates Club) Defender Pedro Miguel (Al-Sadd), Musaab Khidir (Al-Sadd), Tarek Salman (Al-Sadd), Bassam Al Rawi (Al-Duhail), Khoukhi Boualem (Al-Sadd), Abdelkarim Hassan (Al-Sadd), Ismael Mohammed (Al-Duhail), Homam Al Amin (Al-Gharafa) Midfoelder Jassim Jabir (Al-Waab), Ali Asad (Al-Sadd), Mohammed Waad (Al-Sadd), Salem Al Hajri (Al-Sadd), Assim Modibo (Al-Duhail), Mustafa Meshaal (Al-Sadd), Karim Boudiaf (Al-Duhail), Abdulaziz Hatim (Al-Rayyan), Naif Alhadhrami (Al-Rayyan) Forward Hassan Al-Haydos (Al-Sadd), Akram Afif (Al-Sadd), Almoez Ali (Al-Duhail), Mohammed Muntari (Al-Duhail), Ahmed Alaa (Al-Gharafa), Khalid Muneer (Al-Wakrah). Read More: Brazil Team Analysis for 2022 World Cup in Qatar The Qatar Football Federation has announced a 26-man squad for the dream World Cup tournament at home. Current Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was their first choice in Qatar’s coach list for World Cup preparations. However, without him, under another Spanish, Felix Sanchez, Qatar has been preparing in secret for the past two months. Qatar’s national league has paused since mid-September to have a preliminary and intensive pre-World Cup training camp. Besides playing friendly matches against Jamaica, Canada, Chile, and Albania, the national team is training in Vienna and Marbella, Austria. Read More: 10 Smart TVs Under Tk50000 in Bangladesh to Watch World Cup Matches The Qataris started preparing for the World Cup several years ago and have already played friendly matches with 10 European countries. However, despite such hard preparation, they recently lost 2-0 to Canada, another weak team in the World Cup. In their last friendly match against Chile, who have not got a chance in this World Cup on September 27, Qatar made a 2-2 draw. Only time will tell how much the draw will energize them. To prepare for World Cup, they have played against teams of all strengths all over the world. Qatar Squad Analysis for the FIFA World Cup Most of the footballers who play in Qatar’s various clubs are in the World Cup squad. Almoez Ali, the joint top goal scorer for Qatar, is apparently in the squad. He has scored 42 goals, equal to Mansoor Mufta for the country. Hassan Al-Haydos, who has played the most matches (146 games) for Qatar, is also in the squad. Read More: 5 Host Cities of FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022: A Travel Guide Qatar’s World Cup squad has 5 players, including Abdelkarim Hassan, Hassan Al-Haydos, Karim Boudiaf, Abdulaziz Hatim, and Boualem Khoukhi, who have already played more than 100 international matches. Many of the players on the team have experience working with the current coach on the U-19 and U-23 teams. However, the team’s success will depend on center-back Bassam Al-Rawi, left-winger Homam Al-Amin and two forwards, Akram Afif and Almoez Ali. Team Format The Qataris are practicing in 3-5-2 and 5-3-2. With the 3-5-2 system, the team is practicing keeping the ball in possession and working on how to play the counterattack in the 5-3-2 system. But the real thing is to see what they do off the pitch. Read More: Technologies set to amaze at Qatar Football World Cup 2022 Key Players Although most Qatari players don’t play in any leagues out of their country, the domestic league has produced some international-level players. In this World Cup, Qatar fans will have eyes on two key players of the team. The team’s performance will mostly depend on the attacker Akram Afif and defender Bassam Al Rawi. Akram Afif, forward Forward Akram Afif has returned to form at the right time. However, his consistency has been hampered by injuries, but he has hinted in recent friendlies that he is primed for the World Cup. He is a dynamic forward, and, on his day, Afif can beat any defender. He is regarded as one of the best players in Asia. After winning the league title with Al Sadd in 2020, his former coach Xavi Hernandez said he was an incredible talent and a great player. Read More: World Cup Football 2022 jerseys: Where to buy online in Bangladesh Bassam Al Rawi, Defender As the central pillar of the defense, Al Duhail’s Bassam Al-Rawi has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. However, this center-back can be a threat to any team during set pieces and can be the savior of Qatar, paving the way for them to score. Although he is not tall, quite a fighter and will help the team out of danger with persistence when the team is under pressure. Final Words Qatar will start the tournament with a match against Ecuador. The hosts’ other two opponents are Senegal and the Netherlands. They will play against Senegal on November 25 and against the Dutch on November 29. The Qatar team’s challenge will be to get through the group stage. In the long history of the World Cup, only South Africa has a bad record of not being able to pass the group stage despite being the host. And Qatar has two strong opponents in their group, which will put some pressure on the hosts. Read More: 8 Stadiums of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
The Jules Rimet Trophy is an iconic symbol of international football. It was the original prize for winning the FIFA World Cup and was first awarded in 1930. The trophy is named after Jules Rimet, the FIFA President who passed a vote to initiate the competition. The trophy was designed by French sculptor Abel Lafleur and made of gold-plated sterling silver on a lapis lazuli base. However, the base was replaced in 1954 to accommodate more winner’s detail and made it taller. The trophy stands 35 centimeters (14 in) high and weighs 3.8 kilograms (8.4 lb). The Jules Rimet comprised a decagonal cup, which was supported by a winged figure representing Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory. The Trophy got stolen in March 1966 prior to the FIFA World Cup 1966, which was recovered eventually. Read More: Which Countries have Won FIFA Football World Cup Trophy? Theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy? On Sunday, March 20, 1966, the Jules Rimet Trophy disappeared from its display cabinet while a Sunday church service was being conducted in another part of the building. However, the thief never touched rare stamps estimated to have been worth over three million Pounds at that time and fled with just the trophy which had been valued at £ 30,0000 (around 3.5 crores in BDT). On Monday, March 21, Joe Mears, the Chairman of the Football Association, received a ransom note from a person who claimed himself as ‘Jackson.’ Jackson was not about to let this prized possession get away. He demanded 15,000 pounds (more than 17.5 lacs in BDT) for its return and even provided photos as proof of the trophy’s possession in case there were any questions that might arise if he really had it. The handover was scheduled to take place in front of Stamford Bridge which isis Chelsea’s home stadium. Read More: Is the FIFA Football World Cup Trophy Made of Solid Gold? How was the Jules Rimet Football World Cup Trophy Recovered? An undercover detective posing as ‘Mears’ lured Jackson using scraps of paper and fake money and tried to catch him to lead the detectives to the stolen trophy. However, Jackson fled realizing something was wrong. Jackson was finally caught after a dramatic pursuit and revealed to be Edward Betchley, the petty thief with prior records. However, he claimed he did not steal it himself but only acted as a middleman for £500 (Nearly 60 thousand in BDT) for a vague individual who referred him to ‘The Pole.’ However, the trophy was not recovered right away. Later Jackson had two years of jail, but the police could never track ‘The Pole.’ The search for the trophy continued. David Corbett, a Thames lighterman (barge operator), went out for a walk with his dog Pickles on March 27, exactly one week after the original theft. The Jules Rimet trophy was discovered when Pickles began to sniff something (a parcel wrapped with old newspaper and tied with string) under the hedge of Corbett’s house. Corbett then opened the parcel and recognized it. After that, he handed it to Gipsy Hill police station. Read More: Technologies set to amaze at Qatar Football World Cup 2022 Theft of Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy in Brazil In 1983 the Jules Rimet trophy was again stolen in Brazil. Sérgio Pereira Ayres, a football club agent, and banker was the mastermind of the theft. Additionally, other people were involved. Although the thieves were caught, the Jules Rimet trophy has never been recovered.
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest international football tournament that has been around since 1930. It features the best national football teams from around the world competing for the coveted World Cup trophy. Let's take a look at which countries won the Football World Cups so far. 8 Countries Who Acquired the FIFA World Cup Trophy Brazil Brazil has won the FIFA world cup tournament five times. The first time was in 1958 when they beat Sweden in the final 5-2. Four years later, they retained their title with a 3-1 win over Czechoslovakia. In 1970, Brazil produced one of the greatest teams of all time, winning the World Cup against Italy with some of the most stylish and flamboyant football ever seen. They triumphed again in 1994, this time with a more pragmatic approach, before sealing their fifth victory in 2002 with a 2-0 win over Germany. Read More: 5 Host Cities of FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022: A Travel Guide No other team has won more than four World Cups, making Brazil the most successful nation in the history of the tournament. Germany Germany has been one of the most successful teams in the history of the FIFA World Cup, winning the tournament four times. As of 2022, The German national team has appeared in a total of 20 FIFA World Cups and has reached the final eight times. Germany's first World Cup victory came in 1954 when they defeated Hungary 3-2 in the final. The German team then went on to win the World Cup again in 1974 and 1990. Germany's most recent World Cup victory came in 2014 when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final. Read More: Is the FIFA Football World Cup Trophy Made of Solid Gold? Italy Italy has a long and storied history in the FIFA World Cup, having won the tournament four times. The first time was in 1934 when they defeated Czechoslovakia in the final. They followed that up with victories in 1938 and 1982. Their most recent title came in 2006 when they defeated France in a dramatic final. In addition to their four titles, Italy has also been runners-up twice, in 1970 and 1994. Argentina Argentina has qualified for the event a total of eighteen times and has won the title on two occasions. The first time came in 1978 when Argentina hosted the tournament and defeated the Netherlands in the final. The second came in 1986 when Diego Maradona led the team to victory against West Germany. Since then, Argentina has been a runner-up twice, in 1990 and 2014. Read More: Technologies set to amaze at Qatar Football World Cup 2022 France The French national team has won the FIFA World Cup tournament twice, first in 1998 and then again in 2018. In addition, they were also runners-up in 2006, losing to Italy. Their success at the international level is matched by their strong domestic league, which is widely considered to be one of the best in the world. Uruguay The national team won the FIFA World Cup tournament twice, in 1930 and 1950. In recent years, Uruguay has not fared as well in international competition, but they continue to be a force to be reckoned with in South America. England England won the World Cup once in 1966 when England defeated West Germany in a dramatic final at Wembley Stadium. Since then, the English football team has failed to produce a fruitful result. Their best performance was fourth place in 1990 and 2018. Read More: Qatar Travel Guide: Best Places to See, Amazing Things to Do Spain Spain has been a powerhouse in the world of soccer for many years but won the FIFA World Cup Tournament only one time in 2010. They defeated the Netherlands in the final. Apart from this Spanish football team's best performance was in 1950 when they came fourth. Given their recent track record, it is safe to say that Spain will no doubt be looking for another victory in 2022. Bottom Line Around 30 countries participate in every Football World Cup tournament. However, according to history, a handful of countries claimed the Football World Cup trophy multiple times. As of 2018, only eight nations, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, France, Uruguay, England, and Spain, have won the trophy. Let’s see which country will win the FIFA World Cup trophy in 2022. Read 8 Stadiums of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
The FIFA Football World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and the 2022 edition in Qatar will be no different. A total of 32 teams will compete in the tournament, with the host nation, Qatar receiving an automatic spot in the group stage. Qatar will host the matches in eight stadiums located across 5 cities including Lusail, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan, and Doha. Let’s take a look at the top tourist locations in the five host cities of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Travel Guide for 5 Host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2022 We will take a look at each of the host cities, in turn, to give you an idea of what to see and the crazy things to do if you are planning on attending this year’s Football World Cup tournament in Qatar. Lusail With 38 km² of area, Lusail is a beautiful city located in Qatar. It is a great place to visit for its spell-binding tourist attractions, including the Lusail Marina, Crescent Park, Lusail Marina Promenade, Marina Food Arena, and Place Vendome. Moreover, the city is home to many delicious restaurants, serving both local and international cuisine. You can just visit the top Marina Food Arena to try hundreds of delicious foods. If you are looking for the best things to do in Lusail, be sure to check out the Lusail's suspension bridges, Shop at Place Vendôme, go-karting at Lusail Circuit Sports Club, and Lusail shooting range at Al Ramii Sport Club. And obviously, you will be visiting Lusail Stadium. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find something to do in Lusail that will make your visit or World Cup Tournament memorable. Read Is the FIFA Football World Cup Trophy Made of Solid Gold? Al Khor Al Khor is a beautiful coastal city in Northern Qatar that offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Al Khor is the Al Khor Corniche, a scenic waterfront promenade that offers stunning views of the Gulf. Visitors can also take a walk through Al Khor Park, an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. For those interested in history and culture, the Al Khor Museum is a must-see. The museum houses a collection of artifacts from Qatar's past. No visit to Al Khor would be complete without trying the local cuisine. Some of the city's most popular dishes include Chicken Sisig, Bamboo Biryani, Malabari Tawa, and kore. Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, Al Khor has something to offer everyone. Al Wakrah Al Wakrah is a city located just south of the capital city of Doha. It is home to a number of tourist attractions, including the Katara Cultural Village, which was built in 2010. It is a great place to discover the Amphitheatre and visit architecturally beautiful mosques, art galleries, and more. Other tourist attractions in Al Wakrah include the Al Wakrah Souq, which is a popular spot for scenic walking areas, and the Al Wakrah Park. When it comes to food, Al Wakrah is home to a number of excellent restaurants that serve both local and international cuisine. For something truly unique, be sure to try the camel meat dishes that are available at many of the city's restaurants. Machbūs is a staple of Qatari cuisine, and it is definitely worth trying if you are looking for something new to eat. Other popular dishes in Al Wakrah include shawarma (a type of sandwich made with chicken or lamb), rice dishes like kabsa, and lamb or chicken stew. Read 8 Stadiums of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Al Rayyan This city has three stadiums Khalifa International Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, and Education City Stadium. Hence the city will attract more people than other cities. It is also one of the best places to visit in Qatar. Tourists can explore a variety of activities in Al Rayyan. There are many tourist places in Al Rayyan to visit, including Zekreet Beach, Film City, Musfur Sinkhole, the Mall of Qatar, and more. In addition, there are many excellent restaurants in Al Rayyan. Those looking for an authentic Qatari experience, don't miss out on visiting Al Bait Al Kuwaiti Restaurant. With so much to see and do, Al Rayyan is sure to please visitors of all ages. Doha Doha is the capital of Qatar and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East. Two stadiums of Doha, including Stadium 974 and Al Thumama Stadium, will host some matches of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Adding to these, the city is home to a number of iconic landmarks, including the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar, Souq Waqif, The Pearl Qatar, Doha Cornice, and more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of activities, such as taking a tour at Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar National Library, Education City Mosque, and more. Visitors can also enjoy a number of outdoor activities, such as camel riding and dune buggy racing. When it comes to food, Doha offers a wide range of culinary delights, from traditional Arabic dishes to international cuisine. Those who love to do shopping abroad shouldn’t miss exploring Doha, as the city has a number of luxury malls and boutiques. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that Doha is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Not to mention, enjoying FIFA World Cup is a bonus addition. Read FIFA World Cup 2022: Participating countries, venues, full group phase fixtures Final Words There is no doubt that this year’s Football World Cup tournament will be a unique and unforgettable event. There is something for everyone to enjoy with so many incredible places to explore in the host country. So far, we have discussed the top things to do in the five host cities of the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup besides watching games. Hopefully, this travel guide has given you an idea about what each host city has to offer and has inspired you to start planning your trip.
The host country Qatar is putting huge efforts to make the upcoming FIFA World Cup event a success. With modern technologies and innovative options, Qatar 2022 World Cup is going to be one of the most exciting world-class events in soccer history. From advanced stadium cooling tech to digital content for the visually impaired, fans are sure to be amazed. Keep reading to know about some incredible technologies that will be seen in Qatar FIFA Football World Cup 2022. Remarkable Technologies to Use in Qatar World Cup 2022 Football fans will get to see the following technologies in the FIFA World Cup that they have never seen before. Advanced Stadium Cooling Tech Seven of the eight stadiums scheduled for the 2022 World Cup are equipped with Advanced Cooling Technology that will ensure an optimal temperature in the stadium for players and spectators in the gallery. As there will be thousands of fans, the air temperature inside the stadium will be in bearable condition so that no one feels suffocated while enjoying the game. However, Stadium 974 will have to use this tech as it is located near the coast and has enough ventilation. There will be an energy station next to the stadiums, from which cooler water will be sent into a pipeline to the event venue. Once the water reaches the venue, cold air will be sent to the field and spectator seating areas. Read Stadium 974: FIFA's Qatar World Cup 2022 brings world's first transportable stadium Use Of Renewable Energy Qatar is hoping to establish a carbon-neutral soccer tournament. That’s why it’s using renewable energy options at stadiums wherever possible, such as solar panels for lighting that have been installed around the stadiums and parking lots. Some of the energy-efficient technology you will see are- Led Lighting The stadiums in Qatar World Cup will use LED lighting that is energy efficient and lasts longer. Moreover, the color-changing LED lights will be used during the opening and closing of matches to show different kinds of effects. Building Envelope The Qatar World Cup Stadiums are designed in a way that will help to consume about 40% less energy than other stadiums around the world. The uses the “building envelope” design, which minimizes energy uses. Retractable Roofs This kind of roof can slide forward or back depending on the weather’s demand. Therefore, in warm weather, the roofs can slide back and give ample space for airflow. As a result, the stadium will remain cool. Smart WIFI and Charging Stations Qatar installed ElPalm shading wind turbines around the stadiums, which generate electricity using bifacial photovoltaic panels and solar panels. As a result, you can sit under the shade and connect your phone wirelessly or through the USB port for fast charging. In addition to that, ElPalm will also work as a WIFI hotspot. It will incorporate mist cooling, advertising, lighting, surveillance cameras, and speakers too. Read Qatar Travel Guide: Best Places to See, Amazing Things to Do Technology for People with Disabilities and Limited Mobility This event will be “the most accessible World Cup in FIFA’s history.” The Supreme Committee will provide features for people with disabilities and limited mobility to ensure that they can enjoy the tournament just like the usual person. Some technologies for the disabled and limited mobility are: Accessible Qatar 2022 Website Anyone can access the Qatar World Cup website. The Qatar 2022’s site acts as the one-stop platform for all fans, so it has to be available for everyone from the visually challenged to the hard of hearing. That’s why the website is compatible with assistive technologies, such as magnifiers, high-contrast color image descriptions, screen readers, large text, text-to-speech software, font kerning, etc. Digital Content to Aid the Visually Impaired Bonocle is the first and only accessible platform for audiovisual entertainment with transcoding functionalities to support individuals with visual impairments so that they are able to view World Cup 2022 events just like everyone else. Another technology named Feelix Palm will be used in the Qatar World Cup event for visually challenged people. This technology works through tactile palm communicators to use electric impulses to transmit braille-like messages to the visually impaired without restricting their physical movement or hearing. Sensory Viewing Rooms Sensory viewing rooms are being installed in football stadiums for the 2022 World Cup with the aim of offering a safe space and calm environment for young people with autism or sensory processing difficulties. The technologies have been designed to engage their sensory channels with interactive visualization, lighting, bean bags, and other toys. Read Qatar World Cup Football 2022 jerseys: Where to buy online in Bangladesh Techie World Cup Ball The official match ball for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Al Rihla, is an innovative product from Adidas. The match ball contains connected ball technology, which transmits live information to VAR officials to make any sensible decision. This device will collaborate with FIFA’s new Semi-Automatic Off-Side Technology. The ball features the new Adidas Suspension System in the core of the ball, which includes a motion sensor. Semi-automated Offside Technology This tech will be a useful aid to football referees, helping them make appropriate, speedy, and accurate offside calls during a match. The new camera component of the technology will have 12 HD tracking cameras surrounding the field in addition to the sensor housed within the newly designed Al Rihla ball. The technology will automatically detect that a player in an offside position receives a pass and alert a Video Assistant Referee. Navigation Assistance For those who are new to Qatar, navigating inside or outside the stadiums among crowds can be a challenge. The navigation solution technology called NavBuddy Qatar (navbuddy.qa) will assist users to access partitions, restrooms, food kiosks, theatres, and other places effortlessly. Additionally, sensors are being placed around Doha to derive real-time information related to transportation, traffic, parking, and taxi services, so that anyone can easily visit places. Read 8 Stadiums of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Words So far, we have discussed some astonishing technologies that will be seen in the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. Some of these technologies have been never used before. This will include advanced stadiums, futuristic footballs, and other techs that are sure to keep fans entertained throughout the entire tournament.
Saudi Arabia made a proposal during the FIFA's annual congress in May of this year. Saudi Arabia has formally proposed to organize the World Cup every two years. FIFA has decided to evaluate their proposal. A feasibility study has already been started in this regard. UEFA, on the other hand, is not pleased with such a decision. If the World Cup is held every two years, they believe that the existing UEFA games would clash with different competitions. UEFA will face significant challenges as a result of this; while FIFA President Infantino endorses this plan considering its financial prospect. Read: Argentina to Face Brazil in FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Saudi Arabia's FIFA World Cup Proposal Saudi Arabia’s plan to conduct FIFA World Cup event every two years instead of four has already been approved by FIFA's Congress. The Saudi proposal was carried by the assembly, with 166 national federations approving and just 22 votings against evaluating the existing position. Yasser Al-Misehal, head of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation, requested a feasibility assessment on the move during a meeting in May, 2021. He believes football's future is in jeopardy, particularly because the recent coronavirus outbreak has worsened the sport's recent issues. FIFA president Infantino endorsed Saudi Arabia's proposal, saying it will help the organization boost its economy in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. Read: FIFA, AFC Qualifiers: Indian captain Sunil Chhetri strike twice to beat Bangladesh 2-0 What is Asia's Take on the Proposal? The football federations of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, and Bangladesh have officially endorsed the proposal, suggesting that the world football calendar needed to be updated to reflect the contemporary age, according to a joint statement. According to a spokesperson for the ASEAN Football Federation, other Asian countries are becoming more interested in the concept. The number of Asian teams competing in the World Cup is usually low. Only 4 to 5 of the 32 countries are given the opportunity to compete in the World Cup. However, Asia is home to over half of the world’s population. Asia will gain a lot if the new regulations are implemented. That is why the majority of Asian football federations are excited about Saudi Arabia's proposal. Furthermore, instead of 32 teams, the World Cup will be open to a total of 48 countries starting in 2026. As a result, more Asian nations will have the opportunity to participate in the World Cup. Read: FIFA, AFC Qualifiers: Indian captain Sunil Chhetri strike twice to beat Bangladesh 2-0 What is the Position of UEFA on the Proposal? The World Cup is held every two years, and UEFA is not interested in this kind of proposal. European Football Federation is unhappy with FIFA's approach to implementing this proposal. They have already voiced its position. Aside from continental football competitions, hosting the World Cup every two years has the potential to cause schedule conflicts with UEFA Club Football, Nations League, and the Olympic Games. Therefore, UEFA believes such a move is illogical. Interestingly, the former Arsenal manager and current FIFA head of global football development Arsene Wenger is backing the proposal to stage World Cup every two years rather than every four years. Wenger stated in a recent interview that it will be a global initiative for both men's and women's football. He is confident that this initiative will help to popularize the game even further. Meanwhile, UEFA has a plan to speak out against FIFA's proposal to stage World Cup every two years next week. They hope that they would be able to gather more support by going through this approach. Read: FIFA, AFC qualifiers: Bangladesh face India Monday Bottom Line It will be a difficult task to organize the World Cup every two years. Continental football tournaments are also organized outside of the World Cup. These championships are held in Asia, South America, and Europe every four years. The African continent, on the other hand, organizes a continental football competition every two years. Furthermore, UEFA already has a busy calendar with domestic football competitions. As a result of this, FIFA will face a significant challenge in hosting the World Cup every two years.