If FIFA can find appropriate countries to help Qatar host the 2022 World Cup, we may very well have a 48-team tournament.
The 2022 edition has been under the microscope about as long as Qatar has held the rights to host it, with workers’ rights and slave labor joining a suspicious bidding process which ultimately helped usher former FIFA czar Sepp Blatter out of his seat of power.
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Ten venues across five countries have been mentioned as possible co-hosts, with Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait in the running to host select World Cup matches.
FIFA conditionally approved the expansion of the tournament on Friday, pending a “joint feasibility study” conducted by Qatar and FIFA.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino infamously quipped that sharing the tournament could bring a measure of peace to the Middle East.