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Qatar World Cup To Be Played In Winter

Wed 8th Jan 2014 | Club & Country Competitions

The FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played during the winter it has been suggested today.

Speaking on Radio France, FIFA general secretary, Jerome Valcke said the tournament would be likely to take place between 15 November and 15 January.

The decision to award Qatar the right to host the World Cup in 2022 has caused huge controversy due to the summertime temperatures in the region.

FIFA president, Sepp Blatter had already said the tournament would be in November or December but organisers had still hoped to host it in June and July.

Valcke told Radio France, "The dates for the World Cup (in Qatar) will not be June-July,"

"To be honest, I think it will be held between 15 November and 15 January at the latest.

"If you play between 15 November and the end of December that's the time when the weather conditions are best, when you can play in temperatures equivalent to a warm spring season in Europe, averaging 25 degrees.

"That would be perfect for playing football."

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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