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The World Cup, the biggest single sporting event on the planet, began earlier this month. By the time the tournament finishes, half the global population is expected to have watched.

The 2022 World Cup has also been the focus of over a decade of controversy because of its unlikely host: the tiny, energy-rich country of Qatar.

How did such a small nation come to host the tournament, and at what cost?


Tariq Panja, a sports business reporter for The New York Times.

“This is not what a World Cup normally looks like,” said the Times reporter Tariq Panja on today’s episode.
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Tariq Panja contributed reporting.

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