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FIFA World Cup 2022: Gianni Infantino suffers major set-back as plans for 48-team tournament crash and burn
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Gianni Infantino suffers major set-back as plans for 48-team tournament crash and burn

The economic boycott of Qatar since 2017 by Saudi, the UAE and their allies, who accuse Doha of supporting Iran and Islamist movements, left FIFA in an impossible position, without countries to share the burden of the increased number of matches

FIFA President Gianni Infantino optimistic about expanding Qatar 2022 World Cup despite logistic, political hurdles
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino optimistic about expanding Qatar 2022 World Cup despite logistic, political hurdles

FIFA has decided to increase the number of teams that will participate in the 2026 World Cup from 32 to 48 but Infantino is campaigning to implement this reform as early as 2022

Widespread support for increasing number of teams at 2022 World Cup to 48, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino
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Widespread support for increasing number of teams at 2022 World Cup to 48, says FIFA president Gianni Infantino

FIFA has said it will make its final decision in March after the completion of a feasibility study. Infantino said that it is open to the idea of a 48-team World Cup.

Qatar not planning to share FIFA World Cup 2022 host duties with other countries, says tournament organiser Nasser al-Khater
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Qatar not planning to share FIFA World Cup 2022 host duties with other countries, says tournament organiser Nasser al-Khater

Governing body FIFA is currently carrying out a feasibility study to see if the first World Cup in Qatar, located in sweltering West Asia, could be expanded.

FIFA World Cup 2022: 1000 nationals from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE apply to be volunteers despite Qatar embargo
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FIFA World Cup 2022: 1000 nationals from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE apply to be volunteers despite Qatar embargo

Out of nearly 175000 people who applied to be the volunteers at the 2022 World Cup, nearly 1000 of them are nationals from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, countries that currently have a trade embargo with Qatar.