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Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums: Shining masterpieces of retro-Space Age weirdness

Now that Qatar's won the right to host the 2022 World Cup finals, we can look forward to seeing these futuristic-bling-happy stadium designs brought to life. The other-worldly, curvaceous structures have the "grounded mothership" aesthetic down pat.

The stadiums were designed by Albert Speer & Partner, GmbH, and they represent a huge leap forward in energy-efficiency as well as looking like an alien invasion in progress. The five stadiums will use solar energy to power air-conditioning systems that will keep fans and players cool during the games, in the midst of the Middle Eastern summer.

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The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression as Qatar 2022 World Cup bid unveils it's stadiums on September 16, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The architecture of the stadium references its location by creating a shape reminiscent of a marine animal.

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In this handout illustration provided by Qatar 2022, the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee today unveiled detailed plans for the iconic Lusail Stadium. With a capacity in excess of 86,000 and surrounded by water, the stadium would host the World Cup Opening Match and Final.

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In this handout illustration provided by Qatar 2022, the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee today unveiled detailed plans for the iconic Lusail Stadium. With a capacity in excess of 86,000 and surrounded by water, the stadium would host the World Cup Opening Match and Final.

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In this handout illustration provided by Qatar 2022, the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee today unveiled detailed plans for the iconic Lusail Stadium. With a capacity in excess of 86,000 and surrounded by water, the stadium would host the World Cup Opening Match and Final.

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Wakrah stadium complex is pictured in this artists impression

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Sports City stadium is pictured in this artists impression

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Umm Slal stadium is pictured in this artists impression

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Rayyan stadium is pictured. It has been designed to include a 'media facade' that includes a membrane that acts as a screen for projections; news, commercials, sports updates and current tournament information and matches.

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this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Education City stadium is pictured in this artists impression

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Khor stadium is pictured in this artists impression

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Gharafa stadium is pictured in this artists impression. The facade will be made up of the colours of the flags of all countries that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to symbolise football and the friendship, respect and understanding.

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In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 The Al-Shamal stadium is pictured in this artists impression. Its shape was derived from the traditional 'dhow', the local fishing boats of the Arabian Gulf.

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Doha Port Stadium. The architecture of the stadium references its location by creating a shape reminiscent of a marine animal.

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franknstein
FrankN.Stein

OK, as most Americans here have probably not heard ot the reaction of the rest of the world to Qatar's vitcory let me sum it up:

A nation with absolutly no football history or experience, no stadiums, and unbearable heat in the month the event will take place has just been granted the right to host the second most important sports event of the planet. Imagine the Super Bowl taking place in Ontario. In Midwinter.

What DOES Qatar they have that speaks for them? Oh... yes... right... Money.

Welcome to the world of professional sports.