By Jim McCarthy Dec 2, 2010 1 comment

Is “Bribey” a Word?

Because if so, the awarding of the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar seems about as bribey as anything I can recall.

Russia: questionable infrastructure, gangster economy, no track record of successful hosting of non-Soviet-style events.

Qatar: wealthy, but tiny; far from all major media and fan centers; sizzling temperatures during the time of the year where the tournament will be played; and the prospect of being tossed in the klink for drinking a beer during a game; and really, absolutely no soccer tradition to speak of at all.

(Don’t give me the whole ” The US isn’t great at soccer either.”  First of all, we finished in the top 16 in the World Cup this year and won our group, and even before all that, compared to Qatar, we’re soccer giants.  And don’t give me that whole “we don’t even call it football” garbage.  The Japanese, Australians, and others call it “soccer” too.  The Italians call it calcio.  You got a problem with their soccer bona fides?)

What do those countries both have?  Well, petrodollars to start and semi-dictatorial governments, and the willingness to throw money at shady organizations like FIFA to get what they want.

I can’t really say FIFA’s been bribed, but I can say this whole thing is bribey.

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