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It's no secret that the 2022 World Cup has been embroiled in controversy following allegations of bribery and corruption in the selection process.

Not only has the tournament been surrounded by controversy, but this will be the last World Cup to involve 32 national teams, as 48 countries will take part in the next tournament.

Basically, the hype surrounding this competition is mostly negative rather than positive. It often feels like politics are overshadowing the actual purpose of this competition.

But let's look at the positives.

In 2022, an incredible array of stadiums will be built to accommodate thousands of fans from across the globe and now impressive footage of the first completed arena have emerged:


Credit: Al Jazeera English

Pictures of the very first stadium, the Khalifa International, have surfaced online and many have praised its design.

The Khalifa was first opened in 1970, but has since undergone significant improvement ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

It features a state of the art air cooling system, 10,000 sqm of VIP/corporate hospitality zones and a seating capacity of 40,000.

It is believed the air-cooling system will keep the pitch at a 26C temperature.

Here's a collection of photo's from the finished stadium:

In the past. the stadium has hosted two international friendly football matches - one between Brazil vs England on 14 November 2009 and the other, Brazil vs Argentina on 17 November 2010.

The stadium has also hosted a number of other events, most notably, the 2006 Asian Games.

It will also host the IAAF Athletics World Championship.


(H/T: Al Jazeera English)

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