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Jonathan Mahler

Qatar's World Cup Fiasco

It requires a rare sort of organizational incompetence to turn an event that’s almost a decade away into a public-relations disaster today.

It requires a rare sort of organizational incompetence to turn an event that's almost a decade away into a public-relations disaster today, but FIFA has proved itself equal to the task, and then some. Because that's what FIFA does. No matter how low your opinion of Sepp Blatter and his bloated apparatchiks, they never fail to squeeze under the bar.

How hard can it be, really, to preside over the most popular international tournament in all of sports? A tournament that countries across the globe dream of hosting, that literally half the world watches on TV?