How unfair is the 2026 World Cup?
Spahn, who was present as a journalist during the 1994 World Cup in the United States, says that the warm climate during the World Cup is not unique, but the tournament that is spread over different cities with great climatic differences is.
For example, in the US state of Texas it can rise to 35 degrees. The temperatures in Vancouver range between 20 and 23 degrees in the summer. From a weather technology standpoint, teams playing in a cooler environment have an advantage. “A game in Dallas, Texas ruins your fitness,” said the sports journalist. Spahn does not expect any problems in the group matches. It is known that groups play in fixed stadiums, so they do not have to travel to one of the fifteen other cities. But in the later stages of the tournament, it can become more difficult in terms of temperature for teams who have to play in the heat of the day. “There is, of course, an unfairness to that,” Spann said.
‘FIFA is about money’
What is also remarkable about this championship of climate diversity is the number of participating countries. A total of 48 countries will qualify for the World Cup. According to Spahn, this has to do with money. “FIFA is about money, just like the National Olympic Committee.” Spaan says it also has to do with FIFA’s development strategy. The sports journalist explains that FIFA is allowing many countries to participate in the hope that football will also develop as a popular sport in developing countries.
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