Qatar 2022: Christmas shopping just got easier and your liver will be thankful - reasons for fans to welcome a winter World Cup

And a few reason why combining football with Christmas isn't a great idea

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A winter World Cup in 2022 now looks as inevitable as a family argument on Christmas Day - it's going to happen.

It has looked likely since the day the tiny Arabic nation was pulled from an envelope by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, confirming that the nation with no history of football had won the right to host the beautiful game's jewel in the crown.

A Fifa task force has now officially recommended the tournament be switched from it's traditional slot in the summer months to November and December, with the final potentially being played two days before Christmas Day.

If the move is ratified by Fifa's executive committee in March then disruption across so many levels will be confirmed.

But is a winter World Cup that combines football with Christmas all bad? We take a look at some of the pros and cons for fans...


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