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Football World Cup: Poland wins against Saudi Arabia

IIn 2019, the world football association FIFA presented a study in which the expansion of the World Cup to 48 instead of 32 teams was examined in detail for the next tournament. The result: quite possible. The limitation: but not for Qatar alone. At least one neighbor should have become co-hosts.

Tobias Rabe

Responsible editor for Sport Online.

Gianni Infantino would certainly have liked it very much if this partner had become Saudi Arabia. Like others, the country had severed diplomatic relations with Qatar at the time. And then a political rapprochement through a joint football tournament? For the FIFA President, that would have been a good argument for his Nobel Peace Prize.

It didn’t come to that. In January 2021, Saudi Arabia ended the blockade even without Infantino. And the World Cup is currently being played at the old team level before it is increased in 2026. Despite all that, the Saudis make this World Cup theirs. Many fans have made the relatively short journey to Doha and are cheering on their team at an impressive volume.

At the start of the tournament, there was even a sporting sensation. Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina 2-1. In the second game, however, the party in green was – for the time being – over. Poland prevailed with 2:0 goals. Piotr Zielinski (40th) and Robert Lewandowski, with his first goal at a World Cup, scored (82nd).

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