Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) smiles at FIFA President Gianni Infantino (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As part of the closing ceremony, Putin passed a soccer ball to al-Thani, whose country will hold the next tournament in 2022, in a symbolic gesture.
The controversies already swirling around the 2022 games in Qatar and the recent discord among the three host countries of the 2026 North American tournament could make for a departure from the nationality and identity narratives that dominated this year's World Cup....
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