22 remarkable achievements during the Qatar World Cup in 2022

22 remarkable achievements during the Qatar World Cup in 2022

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

The year 2022 in Qatar was all about the World Cup. Voted ‘Best World Cup this century’ in a BBC Sport survey, football’s largest sporting championship in Qatar undoubtedly left a mark on visitors from around the world.

With 2022 coming to an end, here is a list of 22 outstanding accomplishments during the Qatar World Cup, both on and off the pitch.

Groundbreaking feats

(1) The World Cup received 5.4 billion cumulative views on beIN SPORTS during the tournament period.
(2) More than 18.2 million passengers transported by Doha Metro and Lusail Tram during the World Cup.
(3) Qatar welcomed approximately 1.4 million visitors during the 29-day event.
(4) Approximately 3.4 million match tickets were sold for the World Cup.

Not to be outdone, FIFA World Cup Qatar™ also became a global phenomenon around the world, bringing us together in new ways!

(5) Whatsapp reached a record of 25 million messages per second during the World Cup final.
(6) Google Search’s 25 year old record for traffic, was broken during the final of the World Cup between Argentina and France.
(7) The picture of Lionel Messi holding the world cup trophy is the most liked post in Instagram history with 74 million views and counting,  a record formerly held by a brown egg.
(8) Twitter set a new record of 147 billion global impressions of #WC2022 conversation.

Image source: Lionel Messi official Instagram

For the history books

(9) Remarkably, this is the first FIFA World Cup™ to be held in the Middle East and the Arab World.
(10) This was the most compact FIFA World Cup™ since the inaugural edition in 1930.
(11) Qatar 2022 is the first FIFA World Cup™ to be awarded the international sustainability certification.
(12) Stadium 974 is the first ever fully-demountable World Cup stadium.
(13) Qatar is the first World Cup host country to use a large fleet of electric buses, and electric and hybrid taxis, greatly reducing the tournament’s environmental impact.
(14) Ooredoo Qatar facilitated the first-ever 5G-Enabled FIFA World Cup™.
(15) First all-female trio with referee Stéphanie Frappart along with assistants Neuza Back and Karen Diaz officiated a men's World Cup match.
(16) This is the first time in World Cup history, that at least one team from all continents qualified for the Round of 16.
(17) England vs USA became the most watched men's football match on US television ever.
(18) Morocco became the first African team to qualify for the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup™. 
(19) The World Cup in Qatar witnessed the most goals in tournament history, setting a new world record of 172 goals.

Records set by Lionel Messi

(20) Messi’s appearance at the World Cup final, bagged him the title for the most FIFA World Cup™ appearances, with a total of 26 and most World Cup appearances as captain with a total of 19.
(21) Messi is the only player to register an assist in five World Cups.
(22) Going on to secure a well-deserved World Cup Trophy with his team, Messi also has the distinction of earning the most Man of the Match awards won at the FIFA World Cup™ (11).

Image source: Lionel Messi official Instagram

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