Qatar timeline: From Winning The World Cup Bid In 2010 To One Month Away to Hosting

Qatar was the first country in the Middle East to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The emirate beat out stiff competition from the US and Australia. They got the hosting right on January 1, 2010.

In the past several months, there have emerged accusations of corruption and claims that Qatar is “trying to buy World Cup tickets.” The way the country treats workers who are migrants has also been under scrutiny.

Here’s a timeline of significant events and landmarks that have occurred from the time Qatar was awarded their World Cup bid

December 2, 2010

Qatar has been granted the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, making them the first country in the Middle East to attain such a feat.

May 5, 2011

The executive committee member and FIFA vice president Jack Warner were suspended over a corruption investigation. And an email from FIFA’s general secretary appeared, claiming that Qatar purchased the rights to host the World Cup.

May 10, 2011

A report in the British House of Commons by Damian Collins. The member of parliament for Liverpool. It was believed that Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast were part of the Qatar World Cup team.

The FA (football association) failed to recover following defeat in the tournament informed to The Times newspaper.

May 2011

A whistleblower Phaedra al-Majid, was involved in Qatar’s World Cup bid. He says Qatar has paid $1.5m for African Football Confederation president Hayatou Anouma; the Nigerian suspended Amos Adamu. The three have denied the claims.

Al-Majid later admitted that she had made up her allegations. Then, in November 2014, she confessed her coercion into retracting her claims due to security concerns and the lack of legal counsel.

July 17, 2012

FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared that. Ex-US Attorney Michael Garcia and German Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert was already selected. By President Rodrigo Duterte to examine the claims of misbehavior.

September 25, 2013

The investigation was performed by the British paper The Guardian. Establishes the systematic exploitation and misuse of Nepalese workers in Qatar to cover modern slavery.

November 18, 2013

A report released by Amnesty International discloses Qatar as rife with misuse in the construction industry. With workers on multimillion-dollar projects abiding by severe exploitation.

March 17, 2014

The Telegraph published a report in October 2018 that conveyed Warner. One of several former Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) executives. And his family to Qatari lobbying efforts to decide whether Qatar could host a FIFA World Cup.

September 5, 2014

FIFA received the three reports submitted by the FIFA Ethics Committee after a comprehensive investigation. Eckert did not publicize any of the three investigation reports.

September 24, 2014

Garcia requested FIFA’s assistance in publishing his report.

November 13, 2014

Eckert issued a confession, relieving Russia and Qatar of misconduct by permitting both countries to host a World Cup. Garcia released the confession as so falsified or inadequate.

November 20, 2014

FIFA confirmed to Reuters it would continue a review of giving local officials hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups by studying a US prosecutor’s 430-page report on allegations of widespread corruption.

February 24, 2015

Qatar agreed to host the World Cup in 2022 because extreme heat during the summer posed a danger to players and fans.

May 27, 2015

The Attorney General of Switzerland has completed a raid against private individuals that bleaches in comparison to organized crime within the meaning of the abbreviation of LORIM (Swiss).

Seven senior FIFA officials were charged with disgrace and took the blame for the transfer of the upcoming World Cups and World Cup 2022 for large sums of money.

September 25, 2015

FIFA has announced that the 2022 World Cup will take place on November 21.

September 29, 2015

After FIFA banned Warner from football activities because of his several breaches of the organization’s code of ethics, he has forbidden from competing in sports.

April 1, 2016

Amnesty International discovered that residents in Qatar. who remodeled a sports stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup suffered rights offenses for two years. After the event s, organizers composed worker welfare policies.

April 22, 2016

Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s elected president, offered to establish an independent committee to monitor working prerequisites for workers at Qatar’s World Cup 2022 stadiums.

May 19, 2017

Khalifa International Stadium will be the first venue in Qatar to host the 2022 Doha World Championship.

June 5, 2017

These five Arab nations are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and assessed a land and sea blockade after accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar was quick to dispute the allegations.

June 27, 2017

FIFA issued its entire report on the concluded investigation into alleged corruption around the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.. The report found a functioning voting method and no evidence of mandated bribes.

October 26, 2017

Qatar has placed a bill before Congress to raise funding for an expatriate workers fund.

October 2017

Qatar has agreed to adopt the recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Particularly by emphasizing reforming the kafala (sponsorship) system.

February 10, 2019

The Guardian mentions Sir Lynton Crosby, a British political strategist living in Australia. He got approached about running. An advertising campaign to have England win the 2022 FIFA World Cup to compensate $6.4 million.

March 15, 2019

FIFA’s Congress authorized subject specialists to analyze the possibility of growing the World Cup in Qatar by arranging to involve at least one additional country in the area in hosting the games.

May 8, 2019

The first metro service in the capital city of Doha is available to the general public.

May 16, 2019

Al Janoub Stadium as unveiled. It is the host venue of the first Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Championship tournament, made from scratch.

May 23, 2019

FIFA has decided to scrap its plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 teams.

June 18, 2019

Police detained French former UEFA boss Michel Platini for questioning the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. He was later released.

September 4, 2019

The International Federation of Football Associations chose Qatar as the site to reveal the logo of the World Cup after a vote among its board members. The logo got revealed on easels in Abu Dhabi, Doha, and other major cities worldwide.

September 19, 2019

According to an Amnesty International report, the number of migrant laborers lost on those human rights benefits amounts to hundreds since March 2018.

October 2019

Qatar will abolish its leniency system, allowing workers to change employers.

January 16, 2020

Qatar will stop requiring all workers seeking to leave their country. Regardless of whether they have received permission from their employers.

April 6, 2020

The US Department of Justice asserts that representatives from Russia and Qatar paid bribes to secure World Cup hosting rights.

June 15, 2020

The Qatar 2022 Soccer Stadium was inaugurated. It will host matches up to and including the quarter-final round.

August 24, 2020

Human Rights Watch reports that the scene for Qatar’s migrant workers is dismal. Often failing to deliver their wages on time and not receiving perishable expenses such as concealed dues and sign-off letters.

Al Jazeera journalists interviewed migrant workers who reported suffering from deficits. Due to lagging wages, delay of dues, and non-payment of NOCs.

August 30, 2020

Qatar decided to discontinue its controversial kafala system, allowing migrant workers free choices about employing and relocating. Additionally, the country announced that it would be introducing a monthly minimum wage for all workers of 1,000 riyals ($275).

December 8, 2020

Qatar has disclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will recognize the equality of people regardless of nationality. And sexuality and will be given images of rainbow flags.

December 18, 2020

The Qatar 2022 World Cup venue Al Rayyan Stadium was opened in 2022.

March 2021

An Al Jazeera investigation found that some workers held authority positions. Under the Qatar-sponsored sponsorship employment ordinance. Which could change jobs a year after Qatar abolished this system. However, many faced delays during this process. And threats, harassment, and exploitation by their employers.

June 2021

Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national, was imprisoned in Qatar in May when he was arrested for spreading false news. Following this, charges were omitted against him.

October 22, 2021

Qatar officially opens the fifth tournament venue, Al Thumama Stadium.

November 16, 2021

A 48-page report from Amnesty Real Check 2021 revealed. Practices like paying workers withholding wages and requiring them to leave their jobs were widespread, despite the introduction of labor reforms.

November 30, 2021

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, also called Stadium 974, is being unveiled.

December 16, 2021

The appeals court in Qatar confirmed the guilty verdict given to an ex-2022 FIFA World Cup official for fraud and bribery, but he was sentenced to prison from five years to just three years.

Abdullah Ibhais, a former media director at the Supreme Committee, was arrested in 2019 and sentenced to 5 years in April 2021.

January 19, 2022

Tickets to attend for Qatar 2022 World Cup will be available for sale with prices for locals. Who wants to go to the tournament beginning from 40 riyals ($11), the lowest price for residents since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico?

In the meantime, Turkey announces it will send 3,250 security guards to Qatar to watch the World Cup. And that Ankara has also provided training to Qatari security personnel in preparation for the tournament.

April 1, 2022

Draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Qatar 2022 World Cup Draw was held in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, Doha.

May 17, 2022

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and eight other human rights groups. Sent a letter to Infantino requesting that FIFA and Qatar compensate the families of the workers killed during the World Cup preparations.

June 8, 2022

Former FIFA head Blatter and the Former UEFA chief Platini has become removed from corruption allegations by a Swiss court.

August 11, 2022

Today is a big day for football fans everywhere! FIFA has announced that the World Cup will kick off earlier than planned. The opening game, between Qatar and Ecuador, will take place on November 20.

October 20, 2022

It’s less than one month until the Football World Cup 2022 Classic starts.


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Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports and Surprise Movies.


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