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Qatar succeeded with the Asian Olympics. It's to this day, many people talk about the cinematic experience they had as they viewed athletes from Asia, a tremendous rate of growth, and the unimaginable happen.

Qatar was on the map and wanted to prove to the world that anything was possible. So the country tried with the 2016 Olympics. Looking at the statistics comparing other bidding nations, Qatar was ranked quite high. Alas, 2016 wasn't Qatar's year.

The people and the country remained unwavered and there was a new sight on the horizon. The World Cup 2022.

Personally, I think Qatar can do it. In fact, it may be even better than winning the Olympics. Getting the World Cup means that there will be even more development in the country. Rather than one city, Qatar will have to work harder to develop various cities in Qatar. This means that things will kick into high gear.

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What better a way than to promote the gentleman's sport. The country's national sport. A Middle Eastern nation's dream. Football.

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Qatar urges FIFA to open its next 'World Cup door' in 2022

(KEIR RADNEDGE/Sports Features Communications)

LONDON, Oct 08: Qatar’s bid to host the World Cup 2022 is a serious one, the opportunity for FIFA to open a door to the Middle East as it is opening a door to Africa in 2010. This assurance was delivered by His Excellency Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani to international football decision-makers in London.
Twelve countries in 10 bids go to FIFA headquarters in Zurich in December next year to fight for the right to host the World Cups in 2018 and 2022.

Qatar, like South Korea, is bidding specifically to play host to the world in 2022. With a land area of less than 5,000 square miles (Uruguay 1930 was 67,000, and a population of 1.6m, Qatar would be the smallest nation to play host at a time when, conversely, the finals are expanding in size and fan ticket demand. But it has its own stated case for wanting to bid.

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Al-Thani said: “We have a a strong economy and I can guarantee many people there would love to see the World Cup in Qatar. FIFA says it is ‘For The Game, For The World’ and there have not been enough of these events in the Middle East of which Qatar is a strong component. It is passionate about football so why not open the door just as FIFA is doing in Africa next year?”

Al-Thani said that, with full government support, the country had the capacity to build facilities to provide a remarkable “fan experience” – including designated alcholol-consumption zones.
He added: “We can give every single fan who comes to Qatar the opportunity to see every single match without having to change accommodation or having to commute over long distances. We can offer a highly organised World Cup and a very successful one.

“A ‘Compact World Cup’ is one of our key sellings opioints and I urge fans to consider it before anything else. People who have been to World Cups know it’s not such an easy thing to get on a plane or train or bus to travel from one city to another to support their team.”

Al-Thani said that the country had technological solutions to deal with the issue of heat. He also pointed out that he considered Qatar as sitting “in the middle of the earth” so fans could come equally easily from all around the world.
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He thought that FIFA should be attracted by the idea of giving the Middle East its first opportunity to stage an event of such magnitude. Thus far Qatar could point to the 1988 Asian Cup, the 1995 World Youth Cup and the 2006 Asian Games with the 2011 Asian Cup to come. “Now,” he said, “we’re waiting for the truly global event.”
This could also help correct some misconceptions about the Middle East region as a whole. Al-Thani said: “Unfortunately the impression [of the region] abroad is not necessarily what we want but the World Cup would give us a chance to showcase what we’re really all about.”

He underlined Qatar’s commitment to international social aid programmes and to educational opportunities for childen from nations in the developing world.

Then he concluded: “This is a serious bid. I hope everyone gets to see Qatar and understand why we are making our investment in sport. We are not doing this for publicity but because we are more than capable and we think the Middle East is an ideal region to be host, one that needs the World Cup.

“People should understand there is a huge interest in football in the Middle East – just look at the newspapers to see that – this [bid] complements that. We love sports and the World Cup . . . we are not doing this for publicity or financial gain but for the sake of a sports legacy – and we are asking FIFA to give us that opportunity.”

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In less than ten years the great celebration of football will take place in Qatar and this event is going to bring invaluable opportunities. Not only for Qatar but for the whole of the Middle East.

Zinedine Zidane - it is a victory of the Arab World. It’s a victory for Middle Eastern Football, this is obvious, but there is whether we like it or not a huge business that surrounds the whole World Cup.

Meeting and dealing - the business

Doha - West bay

Throughout these nine years, before the Cup, Qatar has to become a commercial and sporting hub in the Middle East. Recently Deloitte reported that Qatar is going to invest $140 billion in transportation and over $200 billion in construction projects. This means that the business movement is going to be hysterical. Companies, delegates, CO’s have to start contacting and building business relations to consolidate a share of the benefits. All this incredible explosion of ideas takes place in Doha business centres, hotels, meeting rooms or even web-conferences. It’s going to be a tough bidding, meeting, conferencing, dealing scene - with potentially important benefits.

All this business doesn’t have to be the priority and unfortunately, football purists/fans believe, it is being transformed into a business monster. This is why we should reflect upon this common belief - football becoming a business. By remembering the rich history of football and who were and are the professionals behind the ball.

Following is a minute section of football history and its unknown heroes:

Nijinsky, the King of the Kippax

Nijinsky, the King of the Kippax, aka Colin Bell was and still is the football legend at Maine Road, Manchester. Raised in Hesleden, Durham by a miner and a housewife. Bell started his professional career playing for Bury in 1963 (First Division) and three years later he was transferred to Man City.
Part of British Football History

The years Bell spent playing for Man City were magical and he played a key part on what is known as ‘Man City’s Golden Years’. After two years, Nijinsky, was the leader. During this long spring and squired by a dream attack - Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee and Neil Young. City won the Premier League Championship, snatching it from the almighty and city rival’s Bobby Charlton and George Best’s Man United. This lead to a succession of victories, seconded the following year, 1969, by the conquest of the FA - CUP and culminated in 1970 with the European Cup Winner’s Cup.

Why Nijinsky? He was compared on the one hand to the famous ballet dancer, due to his capacity of dancing with the ball stuck to his feet. On the other hand it was a tribute to an impressive racing horse that won uncountable races at the British racetracks.

The years following were not as productively incredible as the ‘Golden Years’, but Bell had become a national star. His stride electrical, bland and full of strength and stamina earned him the name of Nijinski. Compared to George Best (1968 Ballon d’Or) and some assuring Bell was much better than Best.

By 1975 Man City had won two Community Shields (1969 and 1973) and were playing a League match against Man United. That unlucky day was the beginning of the end of the King of the Kippax football career. In a challenge with Martin Buchan, Nijinsky’s right knee was seriously injured and it took 2 years to recover. By then Man City had won another Premier League (1976) but Bell wasn’t the same and his short and magical career finished in 1979. He was only 29, when his knee was injured in 1975.

George Best - I was very good...but Colin Bell was much better

Colin Bell’s Manchester City honours won - 1966-78

Second Division Champions 1966-67
First Division Champions 1967–68, runner-up 1976-77
FA Cup winner 1969
Charity Shield winner 1969, 1973
League Cup winner 1970, 1976, runner-up 1974
European Cup Winner's Cup winner 1970
Reserve League Champions 1977-78

Did you know? That the King of the Kippax, comes from the Kippax terraced stands, known for their singing, and that, these stands were named after Kippax Street, which ran along this side of the ground.

Individual achievements

Included in the Football League 100 Legends list to celebrate the centenary of the Football League in 1998
The Colin Bell Stand was named in his honour at the Etihad Stadium
Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to English Football
Voted Manchester City's all-time cult hero by BBC Football Focus
Awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005 for services to the community in Manchester

Colin Bell entered the Football Hall of Fame (UK) in 2005 and in 2010 he was selected to be in the top 100 players list of the XXth Century as bulleted above. To these recognitions Nijinski thanked by saying - As a football player I did ok, but I’ve always been a normal kid, who was son to a miner...And at this situation, the son of a miner, is speechless.

El Mago

Mágico’ González or Jorge Alberto González Barillas, born in San Salvador, wasn’t a typical football star, he could’ve been - but he just wasn’t interested. The Bohemian Football Star, contrary to other players at his same level. Didn’t decorate his football career with team and individual trophies and medals. ‘Magico’ Gonzálezs’ career is overloaded with urban legends (mainly from the streets of Cadiz, Spain), some true some false…

1982 FIFA World Cup

Just by being in these finals was an incredible feat achieved by San Salvador, thanks to ‘Mágico’s’ magic in the qualifying rounds. Although they didn’t pass the group finals, González was in the Top 10 best players of the 1982 World Cup. His club tripled his salary and south american clubs like Pumas of Mexico wanted his services, but the most serious proposition came from PSG. The French Club contacted ‘Magico’s’ club, FAS, to agree for a meeting. When the delegates of PSG Club arrived at San Salvador and at the meeting place, they waited around 4 hours until they gave up. Some relatives have said that he was taking a nap (he adored naps) and that is why he never showed up. This was ‘Mágico’ González. One of a kind.

In the end González decided to sign up for Cádiz FC and spent most of his career in Cádiz, from 1982-1991, with a year break in 1985 when he tried for Valladolid. He arrived in 1982 and ascended Cádiz to First Division, but his unstable character couldn’t keep up with the demands of a professional football player.

Ramón de Carranza Cup vs Barcelona

‘Mágico’ González was nowhere to be seen and the first half of the match had ended with a disastrous 0-3 for Barcelona. He arrived for the second half of the match and in those 45 minutes he was able to score twice and assist on another one. Cádiz turned the match around and won 4-3.

After such a display by ‘Mágico’ González, Barcelona was highly interested in signing ‘Mágico’ to team him up with Maradona and he agreed. The experience didn’t last very long. During the US tour, in a hotel in California, the fire alarm was turned on. Everybody left the premises, except ‘Magico’. He was found napping with a misses lying by his side.

Questioned about that day - I’ve always been very lazy and that day I could hardly get up. Anyhow there was no fire. Because there was no fire that night, right?

He returned to Cádiz and this constant behaviour gained him the bench many times. David Vidal his football manager in Cádiz, entered the locker rooms after the first half of a league match and there was ‘Mágico’. He was substitute that day for unjustified indiscipline. Everybody was staring at ‘Mágico’ who was controlling a packet of cigarettes, for at least 20-30 times. Vidal later described González’s skills as - the sensibility that God gave humans in the hands, to Jorge, God gave it to his feet.

Manuel Irigoyen, President of Cádiz FC was a huge admirer of ‘Mágico’ and wanted to try to stabilize the players life. He sat down with Jorge and offered him a 50 million pesetas (€300,000) contract, with one condition. Jorge Alberto González Barillas would have to pay the club 500,000 pesetas (€3,000) for every unjustified absence.

Answer - President, if I sign that I’ll finish the season owing a lot of money to Cadiz FC...My word is worth less than a false coin of ‘un duro’ (five pesetas, €0,03 cents).

‘Mágico’ González continued to behave in the same way throughout the rest of his career, that finished in San Salvador. After playing for TAS again for most of the 90’s. At TAS he was free to come and go as and when he pleased. Combining great goals with unforgettable sprees. When he retired and gave himself in soul and body to the pillow he expressed his thoughts on his love affair with football - “Respeté al fútbol pero no me respeté a mí” (I respected football but I didn’t respect me).

Maradona - El Mago was much better than me. I come from planet earth. He is from another galaxy.

Here are just two samples of the extensive and rich World Football History. Presenting another perspective that may or may not attract more fans to this wonderful sport. There are many more interesting and unknown football ‘stories’ that should be recovered and retold, like the turmoil that Osvaldo Ardiles created in the UK. The incredible achievement, in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, by North Korea or the great 'Torschützenkönig'.

Football gives the possibility to young girls and boys to communicate with each other. It’s a sport that can be played with one goal, with two goals. And the goals can be built with anything sticks, stones, t-shirts, goals or anything that can leave a mark. It can be practised with 2, 4, 6, 8,9,11,15...players and in all surfaces. Great players like Nijinski started in the streets or town squares during their childhood days. Let's try to keep this amazing sport in perspective!

Sources -

es.eurosport, meed, es.eurosport, riyadh world trade centre, usatoday


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