The 2022 World Cup is over. Against the background of many rumors, negative preconceptions and critical opinions about the time and place of the tournament, the winner of the biggest football forum was the Argentine team for the third time in history, and Lionel Messi completed his collection of the richest titles.
After the end of the tournament, it is interesting to see what fate awaits the stadiums in Qatar, the construction of which required huge financial resources and which was accompanied by the biggest scandals.
It is not yet known in detail exactly what each stadium will be used for, but there are already some big goals that Qatar is preparing for.
Two arenas will be used by local football clubs: “Al Rayyan” will play at “Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium”, and “Al Wakhra” will play at “Al Janoub”.
The Khalifa International Stadium is most likely to host matches of the Qatar national team, including the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
A number of stadiums may be eligible to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. 1 month before the start of the World Cup, China was deprived of the right to host the next draw of this tournament, the reason for which was named the Covid-pandemic, and Qatar became its replacement.
“Stadium 974” - as the name symbolizes, this arena is similar to the international telephone code of the country and is assembled using exactly 974 different containers, according to the “Lego principle” and will be dismantled after the end of the championship. However, stadiums made of containers may return and we will see them in the Americas at the next world championships.
Qatar will host another big tournament in 2030, which will be the Asian Olympic Games, therefore, the country will use the stadiums in this direction as well.
The biggest tournament that Qatar wants to host is the 2036 Olympic Games, in which case the arenas built for the 2022 World Cup will certainly not remain unused.