FIFA officially advances World Cup by a day for Qatar


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How did Qatar get a start and Brazil didn't, It is not the World Cup where those who can not pay the big bribes still have a avenue to still complete. Qatar v Ecuador what a hopeless game. Now Brazil v Ecuador would be better viewing.

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How did Qatar get a start and Brazil didn't

Host teams usually play first

Now Brazil v Ecuador would be better viewing.

Why would 2 non-European teams play each other in the first round?

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For all the money spent on stadiums and bribes the Qatar team should at least make the knockout stages.

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"The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions," added FIFA.

So why didn't they schedule it that way to begin with? What am I missing here?

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