In December 2010, Qatar saw off competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to win the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, becoming the first-ever Middle Eastern nation to do so.
Five years later, FIFA confirmed both that the tournament would, for the first time in its history, be moved to the winter to compensate for Qatar’s searing heat and that the final would take place exactly a week before Christmas.
Now, the qualification process – comprised of teams from six confederations – is largely complete, the official World Cup draw has come and gone and the tournament is swiftly approaching.
The 2022 World Cup, which will be the first-ever winter tournament, will be held in Qatar
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