FIFA World Cup 2022: Sports show pundit Hitzlsperger looks for answers

Status: 11/12/2022 13:03

For the first time, the World Cup will be held in winter. In stadiums, for the construction of which people died. Sports show expert Thomas Hitzlsperger asks himself “Qatar. why?” – and looking for answers.

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Saraswoti Devi Chaudhary did not hear from her husband for three weeks. Then suddenly his coffin was at his door.

42-year-old Saraswoti Devi Chaudhary lives with her two sons in a village in southern Nepal, the poorest region of the country. ARD “Qatar. why only” in the documentary film. she tells the story of her husband, Sambhu Narayan, to Thomas Hitzlsperger, who is visiting her in Madesh state. Like many other Nepalese workers, he left for Qatar to find work shortly after the World Cup awards ceremony. To give the family a future. He did not survive the inhuman working conditions in the desert state.

Noof Alabdullah. “Where is the evidence of all the dead?”

Half an hour away from Doha, the capital of Qatar, Thomas Hitzlsperger meets 37-year-old Qatari Nouf Alabdullah. A conversation about the role of women, life in Qatar, the government and the people who died building the stadium. “Personally, we’ve never heard of a victim,” he says. It’s fake news to me.”

A film full of contrasts

It is these contrasts that Thomas Hitzlsperger, a former national player and World Cup 2022 sports pundit, experiences during his journey. He meets with human rights activists, talks to people in the LGBTQ community, interviews national team players Ilkay Gundogan and Manuel Neuer, and visits a former childhood teammate at his hometown club.

Sports show expert Thomas Hittlesperger with national player Ilkay Gundogan

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Hitzlsperger and his team also spent months studying; What were the means by which FIFA’s decision makers were persuaded to award the World Cup to Qatar in 2010?

“Qatar. why only” is a film about double standards, despair, fear and the love of football being put to the test.


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