The Making, Means and Aim of Qatar’s Foray Into Global Soccer

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No, as with all things in the region this month and next, the World Cup is the prominent display. Scott Wachter/USA TODAY SportsThis is how a World Cup team is built in a tiny country where soccer didn’t exist until 1948. So here it was, the World Cup opener, after everything above, a mixture of awe and spectacle, contrast and contradiction. This was exactly what Eric Hobsbawm, the late British historian, meant when he wrote about soccer tournaments like the World Cup. They were headed back to the city of luxury that soccer built.
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