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World Cup Qatar 2022

World Cup in numbers: €13 beer, $440m prize money, 6,500 deaths



The 80,000 seater Lusail Stadium designed by iconic London architect firm Foster & Partners with sports facilities specialists Populous will host the final of the 2022 World Cup. Tickets for the final were priced between €205 and €1,602. Sanjay JS/Shutterstock

The 80,000 seater Lusail Stadium designed by iconic London architect firm Foster & Partners with sports facilities specialists Populous will host the final of the 2022 World Cup. Tickets for the final were priced between €205 and €1,602. Sanjay JS/Shutterstock

As the Fifa World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Sunday 20 November, we take a look at some key figures and trivia surrounding the tournament. NOTE: the Qatar organisers decided after this article was published to not allow the sale of alcohol at stadia. 

$1.696bn

Fifa’s total budget for the 2022 tournament according to its 2022 annual report. That includes $49m for ICT, $33m for marketing rights delivery, $322m in operational expenses and $247m for TV operations.

6,500

The number of foreign workers who have died in Qatar in the decade since the country was awarded the World Cup in 2010, according to an investigation by The Guardian. They did not necessarily all die while working on World Cup projects. But the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported that in 2021 alone, 50 foreign workers died and over 500 were seriously injured, while another 37,600 suffered mild to moderate injuries.

$440m

The World Cup budget includes a total of $440m in prize money. The champions will collect $42 million , the runners-up $30 million. Even teams who do not get out of the group stage and finish between 17th and 32nd place will receive $9 million each.

The French team won the World Cup in 2018. It was their second championship after 1998. Only eight countries have won the World Cup. A.RICARDO/Shutterstock.

The French team won the World Cup in 2018. It was their second championship after 1998. Only eight countries have won the World Cup. A.RICARDO/Shutterstock.

8

The number of countries that have won the World Cup. Brazil lead the way with five wins, followed by Germany and Italy with four each. France, Argentina and Uruguay have two championships each, while England and Spain have emerged as tournament winners just once. Will there be a new name on the trophy in 2022?

$4.666bn

Fifa’s revenue for 2022. 56% ($2.64bn) of that comes from television broadcasting rights and a further 29% ($1.35bn) from marketing rights.

$2.4bn

Global advertising spend at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. With an anticipated 5bn TV and streaming views at Qatar 2022 (compared to 3.5bn in 2018), advertising spend is expected to increase accordingly.

80,000

That is the capacity of the largest venue at the Qatar World Cup, the Lusail Stadium designed by iconic London architect firm Foster & Partners with sports facilities specialists Populous. The stadium will host six group stage games and one game in each of the knockout rounds, including the final. The smallest venues at Qatar 2022 have a capacity of just 40,000.

€11-€1,602

The price of the cheapest and most expensive tickets at the Fifa 2002 World Cup. Tickets for group games are priced between €11 (though this is reserved for Qatar residents only) and €219. Tickets for the final on 18 December would have cost fans anything between €205 and €1,602.

50 riyals

The price of a 500ml draft of Budweiser beer at the World Cup--50 riyals is close to €13. The Anheuser-Busch lager has been the official brew at the World Cup since Mexico ’86, much to the consternation of some fans (especially at the 2006 World Cup in Germany). Budweiser pays roughly $75 million to associate itself with the World Cup every four years. A non-alcoholic Bud will be sold for 30 riyals (€7.70) and water will cost 10 riyals (€2.60).