1st Edition

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar Global and Local Perspectives

Edited By Nikolay Kozhanov, Mahfoud Amara, Mahjoob Zweiri Copyright 2025
    256 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers in-depth analysis of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, this was a unique sporting mega-event, and the book explores its wider significance across political, socio-cultural, economic, organisational and historical dimensions. 

    Featuring the work of an international team of researchers, the book includes local and regional perspectives on the Qatar World Cup, as well as views from beyond the Middle East. It covers the development phase, including the bidding process, as well as the tournament itself, exploring key contemporary issues in sport and event studies such as sports diplomacy and the geopolitics of sport, post-colonial narratives, event legacies and community development, media framing, inclusive access, sport policy and governance, and mega-events and human rights. 

    Making sense of the world’s biggest sports event in an era in which sport has become a source of soft power for states around the world, this book is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the politics of sport, sport business and management, sport for development, event studies, or the relationships between sport and wider society.

    1. Revisiting the History of Qatar’s Decision to Bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

    2. A Geopolitical Economy of the FIFA World Cup: Observations from Qatar’s Hosting of FIFA’s Showcase Tournament

    3. Qatari Lessons For Activists Gearing Up For A 2034 Saudi World Cup

    4. The Impact of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Iran: A Clean Sheet for Scoring Political Points

    5. The 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Post-Colonial Narrative Examined

    6. Qatar’s Sports Diplomacy of the 2022 World Cup and Ontological Security of Qatar Foreign Policy

    7. Building a Lasting Legacy: Beyond Qatar 2022

    8. Infrastructural, Socio-cultural and Economic Issues Dealing with Disabled Spectators: Lessons from the FIFA World Cup 2018 and Qatar Experience

    9. Framing of the FIFA World Cup 2022: An Examination of Message Appeal in the English Language Press in the UAE

    10. Nation Branding Through Sport Mega-events: The Case of Qatar’s World Cup

    11. The World Cup and Human Rights in Qatar: A Catalyst For Change?

    12. FIFA World Cup as a Catalyst for Qatar to Achieve its Goals on Sustainability and Sports Diplomacy

    13. Sport Diplomacy and Soft Power Through Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022: A Case of Generation Amazing


    Nikolay Kozhanov is Research Associate Professor at the Gulf Studies Center of Qatar University, Qatar. His research interests are focused on the geopolitics of the Gulf hydrocarbons, Russian foreign policy in the Middle East as well as Iran’s economy and international relations. 

    Mahfoud Amara is Associate Professor in Sport, Social sciences and Management in the Physical Education and Sport Science Department, College of Education at Qatar University, Qatar. Dr Amara’s work focuses on sport, business, culture, politics and society in the MENA region, and sport, cultural diversity and Muslim communities in the West. 

    Mahjoob Zweiri is Director of the Gulf Studies Center and Professor in Contemporary Politics and History of the Middle East at Qatar University, Qatar. Prof Zweiri has more than 80 publications in the areas of Iran and Contemporary Middle East History and Politics. He tweets @mzweiri.