Everything you wanted to know and some additional information about the World Cup in Qatar. The World Cup is coming up soon. The schedule has been finished. League play has ceased. The athletes have shown up. Even though the teams are aware of their proper locations and opponents, there are still many uncertainties regarding how the month-long soccer festival in Qatar will pan out. The most significant sporting event in the world is the World Cup, a quadrennial competition that pits the top national soccer teams against one another for the title of world champion. Qatar will host the competition this year after defeating the US and Japan in the bid for the honor in 2010. There is still debate over whether or not that was a fair competition. There is a good reason why the Arabian Peninsula has never hosted the World Cup before. On Nov. 20, when Qatar takes on Ecuador, the tournament will get underway. That is a slow day; for the next two weeks, there will typically be four games played each day. On December 18, the tournament’s final will be held, and the winner will receive a massive gold trophy. No. Typically, the World Cup takes place in July, or it did until Qatar was awarded the hosting rights. Although temperatures there can reach 120 degrees, Qatar initially declared that it would still hold the tournament during its typical summer window. It dismissed any suggestions that it might not be able to do so without the aid of cooling technology that did not yet exist.