I assume there will be plenty of kick-backs for FIFA committee members as the Russians build the roads, railways, stadiums, hotels they'll need for 2018; meanwhile English fans can look forward to a rare old time in Qatar. This is information from the Foreign Office, which I have filched from The Guardian:
"It is a punishable offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in public. Offenders may incur a prison sentence or deportation. Alcohol is, however, available at licensed hotel restaurants and bars, and expatriates living in Qatar can obtain alcohol on a permit system. You should not carry alcohol with you, including in your car (except to take it on the day of collection from the warehouse to your home).
You should dress modestly when in public, including whilst driving. Women should cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts. You should behave courteously at all times. Any intimacy in public between men and women (including between teenagers) can lead to arrest. Homosexual behaviour is illegal in Qatar."
The question is this: in a nation of less than a million do they have big enough gaols to put all the English, Dutch, German and Scandinavian fans who like a beverage now and then?
As for the ban on homosexual behaviour, at least that will keep the Croats happy. And that's important, isn't it?
Qatar is ranked 113th best national team in the world, which is above Rwanda and New Caledonia, for a start. Actually, how about New Caledonia for 2026?