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Qatar World Cup best in Century: BBC Sports Poll

BBC Sports, one of the most popular channels in the world, conducted an opinion poll about the best world cup of this century. Football Fans worldwide voted Qatar’s 22, the greatest tournament in the 21st century.


Up against the 2002 to 2018 FIFA tournaments, Qatar’s 22 dominated the poll with a majority of 78% votes. Meanwhile, the other tournaments got votes in the range of 3 to 6%.

The second on the list is the 2002 World Cup, with almost 6 percent votes. The 2014 Brazil Tournament got only 4% votes. Meanwhile, 2006, 2010, and 2018 tournaments are at the end of the list.

The biggest moment of this world cup was when Lionel Messi finally brought the trophy home after 36 years. Argentina beats France on penalties at last, in a nail-biting 3-3 final at Lusail stadium.

The poll also focuses on the memorable events of the Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Indeed, Qatar is considered a “World Cup of shocks,” with Morocco’s impressive run in the tournament as it became the first African team to reach the semi-finals. 

Japan’s stunning wins over Germany and Spain also suggest that they have a brighter future in this tournament. 

Moreover, the biggest upset of the world cup was Saudi Arabia’s defeat to eventual champions Argentina.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino declared the tournament the best ever due to the diversity and inclusion of the game.

“Many people from around the world come to Qatar and discover the Arab world, which they didn’t know, or they knew only for what was portrayed to them,” the FIFA president added.

The results come despite the BBC’s decision to shun the World Cup’s opening ceremony, instead launching a campaign against Qatar’s human rights record. On this move, BBC receives significant backlash from football fans in the UK and worldwide.

More than 1.4 million fans from across the globe visited the country for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Most football fans attended more than 1 match per day for the first time in the modern history of the tournament. 




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