From the timing of the event to the style of the participating teams, the statistics for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar are interesting facts.
Among the highlights is that Qatar spends so much money on hosting the world’s second-biggest sporting event after the Olympics.
From the amount of funds disbursed, Qatar seems to no longer think about how much they can get from the 2022 World Cup.
Data from a number of media shows that Qatar spends a lot of money on a much smaller projected income.
FIFA has allocated Rp 6.8 trillion for prizes, of which Rp 650 billion will be for the 2022 World Cup winners. Teams that do not qualify for the group stage will each receive Rp 132.9 billion.
FIFA also spent large operational funds which included Rp 3.82 trillion for television broadcasting the 2022 World Cup, Rp 5.04 trillion for the 32 teams competing, and Rp 3.2 trillion for the committee. As a result, FIFA’s total operating costs reached Rp 26.3 trillion.
FIFA will cover the operational costs of that amount from the income from television rights, tickets, accommodation and sponsorships, which grossly reach IDR 72.7 trillion and a net IDR 46.4 trillion.
Ten percent of the revenue will be allocated to the 200’s national football associations around the world.
Qatar will not get a share of FIFA’s revenue, even though as organizers they have spent so much money.
For the security of the tournament alone, Qatar spent Rp 15.4 trillion.
In total, Qatar spent IDR 3,404 trillion for the 2022 World Cup, of which IDR 154.7 trillion was to build seven stadiums and renovate one other stadium.
Qatar has also invested hundreds of trillions of rupiah in transportation, accommodation, telecommunications and security infrastructure, including 557 trillion rupiah to build a metro or subway in and around Doha, a new airport, highways, and 100s of hotels.
Rp 3,404 trillion was calculated since Qatar was awarded the right to host the World Cup in 2010, until now, or for 12 years.
Thus, the average annual fund issued by Qatar is IDR 283 trillion.
If Qatar’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year which reached Rp 2,732 trillion is the benchmark, then the Rp 283 trillion figure is equal to 10% of their GDP.
Qatar may lose from the financial aspect, but not in other aspects because what this rich country is pursuing does not seem to be financial gain.
Moreover, in most cases, hosting major events such as the World Cup and the Olympics is almost always related to the reputation and international image of a country, rather than seeking profit. If you are looking for a profit then it is a long term profit.
But Qatar will continue to be forced to spend big money even after the 2022 World Cup is over because most of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup will still require large funds to operate and maintain.
Also with 100 hotels built specifically for the 2022 World Cup. After this tournament is over these hotels will probably be empty of visitors. From this aspect, it can be seen how much work Qatar has done in presenting this tournament.
With such an effort it is only natural that Qatar has recently been reactive to criticism, especially those that have nothing to do with football or sport.
After all, there has never been a World Cup host that has been so wide and harshly highlighted as Qatar has.
But so far no country has done anything further, except for calls for a boycott from a number of European fans and calls for not holding concerts in several European cities.
This call is also a bit odd because it is impossible for people to struggle to penetrate sub-zero temperatures during winter just to watch the World Cup together in the open. Winter itself is another uniqueness of the Qatar World Cup.
The World Cup has always been held mid-year, between June and July.
The problem is that in those months Qatar’s weather is super hot which can torture people from the four seasons regions and even tropical countries.
For this reason, this tournament is held in the second half of November to the first half of December, or coincides with winter in the four seasons regions.
Not only that, the total competition time is only 28 days, making the Qatar World Cup the shortest after the 1978 World Cup in Argentina which took 25 days.
The next uniqueness of the third Qatar World Cup is the “market value” of the teams that will immediately fight each other from November 20 to December 18.
The English squad, which are mostly domestic league products, has the highest market value, reaching Rp 21.16 trillion. This figure is calculated from the transfer value of the 26 players they brought to Qatar.
France is in second place with IDR 17.3 trillion and Kylian Mbappe is the most expensive player with IDR 2.56 trillion.
The Qatar squad itself is a low market value team, only IDR 224 billion. Qatar’s most expensive player is Akram Afif whose value is IDR 64 billion.
In terms of market value, Europe is the champion. Their value is 2/3 of the total market value of the 2022 World Cup teams.
Right behind them are South America and Central America, then Africa in third place, followed by North America, while Asia has the lowest market value.
South America or Europe?
In terms of achievements on the gridiron, European teams have the experience of appearing further than the round of 16.
Four of the 13 European teams in Qatar 2022 have been and are currently World Cup winners. Germany four times, France twice including the last, while Spain and England once each.
There are still the Netherlands who have been runners-up three times and Croatia who have been runners-up in the 2018 edition.
Only Denmark, Switzerland and Wales have had less experience in the quarter-finals. Ten other European participants have experienced the semifinals of the World Cup.
Europe can only be rivaled by South America which includes four teams and three of them have been world champions. Brazil five times, Argentina and Uruguay twice each. Only Ecuador has the best achievement in the round of 16.
The North, Central and Caribbean teams are third in terms of reaching more stages than the group stage.
Mexico and Costa Rica have reached the quarter-finals, while the United States have reached the semifinals once in 1930. But Canada have never been more than the group stage, let alone 2022 is their second World Cup after the 1986 edition.
From Africa, only Tunisia has never passed the group stage, whereas before this the North African country has already qualified for the World Cup finals five times.
Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana have all reached the quarter-finals, once each. While Morocco’s best achievement is the last 16 of the 1986 World Cup.
Asia was slightly better off having South Korea through to the semifinals in 2002. The other three countries made the best performances in the last 16, including Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan, who have done so three times.
Iran, which has often entered the World Cup finals, has never progressed from the group stage in the five World Cups they have previously participated in, while Qatar is the only debutant in this World Cup.
Will all these records affect who will win the 2022 World Cup? It could be. However, it is very likely that the teams that are subscribed to the championship are those who have a great chance of winning the Qatar World Cup.
Even if there is a burst, then it is the teams that have entered the semifinals and finals. And these are European and South American teams.
Perhaps the most appropriate question to ask is, does the Qatar World Cup belong to South America or does it still belong to Europe?
Europe has won the tournament four times in a row, while South America last won the World Cup 20 years ago when Luiz Felipe Scolari led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup.
South America now has Brazil and Argentina both entering the tournament armed with long unbeaten streaks and the top three of the FIFA rankings.
But it could be that all of that is not enough and there could also be new world champions outside Brazil, Germany, France, Uruguay, Spain and Italy who did not qualify for Qatar. Nothing is impossible in football.