(Original post by 419)
Still don't think that it'll be an issue as much as you're trying to make it. All the stadium are unlikely to take more than 1% of the total area of the country. Olympic gets hosted in cities with no problem where more events are going on and with many people. Yes, it'll be a challenge. Yes it'll be different. But, that's not a reason to discount them.
I'm not saying they aren't capable of hosting the tournament (although their track record is dire). What I'm saying is that it will be a farce. Some of the stadia will be hours and hours of trekking through the desert to see a football match in a tiny fishing village with a population of 3000, that has a stadium with a capacity of 50,000. That location will have nothing whatsoever to do with football - it's just a stadium in the middle of nowhere.
One of the great things about international tournaments is the atmosphere you get - that's why Italia 90 was amazing - the country loved football and the venues were the grounds of great clubs like the Milan clubs, Juventus, Fiorentina etc. Same went for Euro 96 with big matches at Highbury, Anfield and Old Trafford. There's a sense of occasion and that a match is taking place in a real temple of sport.
Lately, this has been lost with the South African World Cup, and to a lesser extent in Japan/Korea and USA. No one can say that Germany, France weren't much greater events, or that Brazil won't be.
On the other hand - what will Qatar 22 be? Everything about it is wrong. They don't really play football, they don't really have a league to speak of, it's too hot, they can't host sports events, it was sold as a summer tournament, and will now very likely be a winter one - inconveniencing the major playing leagues; the country doesn't have the facility to host the supporters, outside of Doha, the country has virtually nothing, none of the stadia have any history or real professional clubs - they're just sterile buildings amongst the sand dunes built for one event and then very likely either torn down or abandoned.