The FIFA World Cup 2022 kicks off on Sunday, shifting the focus to the action on the field and bringing to a close Qatar’s extraordinary campaign to win the vote to host the event and then go on a spending binge to the tune of tens of billions of dollars to construct the stadiums and infrastructure needed to support it.
The nation, which only has 3 million citizens but is one of the top producers of natural gas worldwide, has lavishly spent. More than $6.5 billion was spent on brand-new stadiums, and five of the eight venues are served by a driverless metro system that cost $36 billion. An AFP report states that some estimates put the total amount spent on infrastructure over the previous ten years at $200 billion.
However, Qatar has come under fire, with FIFA pleading with World Cup teams to concentrate on the soccer.
Even though Pakistan’s men’s team is ranked 194th out of 211 teams in the most recent update in October, there is still another kind of interest at home. Comparatively speaking, the women’s team rank is better, coming in at 160th place overall out of 187 positions.