The 2014 FIFA World Cup ended in thrilling fashion, with Germany scoring an extra time goal to defeat Argentina. Now we are left to reflect on what was a mostly successful month-long affair for Brazil.
It didn’t always look like it was going to turn out that way. Coming into the tournament, concerns about Brazil’s capacity to handle an event of this magnitude were rampant. Security, infrastructure, stadiums, basically everything was a question mark.
Still, it ended well for Brazil, and that has some thinking that worrying about World Cup venues in the future is unnecessary.
Not so fast.
Jumping beyond Russia in 2018 to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the world has the right to be gravely concerned with what appears to be a multitude of serious problems. The human rights issues alone are enough to consider this event an international catastrophe waiting to happen. In two years, a reported 1,200 imported World Cup workers have died in Qatar largely due to inhumane living conditions.
Even if we somehow manage to ignore that, we are left with weather conditions so brutal that FIFA President Sepp Blatter has admitted that playing the games in the summer would be a mistake.
It’s true, the traditional worries over transportation and stadiums might be a little repetitive, as no country would cut any corners when they know the eyes of the world are upon it. Still, Qatar has some serious issues that might not be solvable. Unless the Middle Eastern nation finds a new labor system and implements it quickly, and then changes climates entirely, we could be headed for a disaster of a World Cup.
So no, the concerns and questions aren’t unfounded. It’s just important that we have the right ones.