2022 football World Cup will probably be in January

2011-01-08 00:00

DOHA — The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will probably be staged in January rather than June or July, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said for the first time yesterday.

Speaking to a media roundtable in the Qatari capital before the opening match of the Asian Cup, he said: “I expect it will be held in the winter. We have time to look at this question. It is still 11 years away, but we must decide the most adequate period for a successful World Cup, which means January or the end of the year.”

Summer temperatures in Qatar can soar to over 40 degrees Celsius, while those in the winter months are far more comfortable. — Reuters.

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