Qatar 2022 logo reveal reflects regional tensions

The Qatar 2022 World Cup organizers went all out -- well, as much as they can these days -- with the unveiling of the logo for the next World Cup.

The logo's white emblem is set against a maroon background -- the color of the Qatari national flag -- in the design of a winter shawl -- for the first winter World Cup in the Northern Hemisphere -- with a unbroken loop depicting a figure eight -- for the eight stadiums of the 2022 World Cup -- and infinity -- for what organizers termed the “interconnected nature” of the World Cup.

But this World Cup's connections are complicated.

In Doha, Qatar's capital, the "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" logo was projected at 8:22 p.m. -- 20:22 -- on to the facade of the National Archives in the Msheireb district, where the crowd was treated to a procession of soldiers on horseback, and at the Al Zubarah Fort, an historic Qatari military fortress that serves as a museum.

The logo was also displayed at Times Square in New York, train stations in Paris and Rio de Janeiro and the Arch of Peace in Milan.

There were unveilings at 10 sites in Turkey, and in Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. But there were no ceremonies in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which have boycotted Qatar economically and diplomatically since 2017.

The heavy promotion in Turkey reflects the close ties it has developed with Qatar, which uses it to get around the effects of the boycott.

4 comments about "Qatar 2022 logo reveal reflects regional tensions".
  1. Ian Plenderleith, September 4, 2019 at 4:30 a.m.

    For me it beautifully symbolises the plastic handcuffs that the state police may twist around the wrists of any fans openly displaying signs of non-heterosexual behavior, or protesting at the multiple deaths of low-paid, slave-wage migrant workers working in chronically unsafe conditions to build the stadiums for this magnificent propaganda sham. Fifa unites the world - but only in the fantastical rhetoric of its own myopic, mendacious press releases. 

  2. Adam Cohen, September 4, 2019 at 12:11 p.m.

    oh I guessed it was the official match ball after being used in 120 degree weather.

  3. Peter Bechtold, September 4, 2019 at 12:28 p.m.

    Ian, you badly need a break; you have been off for some time. I suggest Bornheimer Platz for FSV Frankfurt Jugend or Schueler. Along with rippche and aepplewoin, of course.(Sure that you know the Hessian dialect). Peace.

  4. R2 Dad, September 4, 2019 at 4:21 p.m.

    If FIFA was serious about getting a host in the middle east, Turkey would have been a much better fit (had they vied to host). The fact they chose Qatar--the least suitable candidate--speaks to the amount of grease required to encourage FIFA voters to "do the right thing" and get "on the right side of history". The amount of disruption this tournament will cause to the club season cannot be underestimated, either. Complete cluster all the way around.

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