Back in March 2015 I wrote "The Tiny Gulf State" and examined Qatar's 2022 World Cup hosting. A very quick seven and a half years later, the competition is almost upon us.
While Qatar is a remarkable venue for many reasons, one of the most remarkable is its size. This will be the most condensed World Cup ever.
The 2015 blog post contained a map of venues. The 2022 map is even more concentrated then back then as Ash Shamai is no longer a host city. The five locations were games will be played are presented below to the left. Qatar's area compared to Ireland's is compared to the right (taken from 2015).