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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and his wife Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser al-Misnad hold a copy of the World Cup trophy after the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. The event marked the first time a World Cup finals was awarded to a nation in the Middle East - the second time the event will take place in the Asian confederation (Japan-South Korea 2002).

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and his wife Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser al-Misnad hold a copy of the World Cup trophy he received from FIFA President Sepp Blatter (unseen) after the announcement that Qatar will be the host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in Zurich in this December 2, 2010 file photo. Sheikh Hamad and his glamorous second wife Sheikha Mozah have gained a reputation as modernisers in recent years, however, raising the country’s profile significantly with the launch of the Al Jazeera television network and successful hosting the 2006 Asian Games, as well as initiating the country’s World Cup bid. To match QATAR-NEIGHBOURS/ REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files (SWITZERLAND – Tags: SPORT SOCCER ROYALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)