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Winter finals in 2022 could be considered

January 4, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent
The Qatar Football Association president has admitted the country would consider an official request to make the 2022 World Cup a winter tournament.

With summer temperatures in the Persian Gulf state soaring above 50°C, fears world football's showpiece occasion would be ruined by the searing heat have led to calls to change its traditional June-July slot.

On a visit to Dubai last week, UEFA President Michel Platini claimed "the best period" to stage it would be November and ...

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