The 2022 World Cup just got a little bit more real, as FIFA unveiled the emblem for the tournament that’s set to be hosted in Qatar. And yep, it’s still going to be the first World Cup to be played in November and December. Still struggling with that one…

The emblem was simultaneously revealed in the host country as well as 24 other major cities across the world, including London, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Mumbai, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Seoul. According to FIFA, the swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event.

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The emblem also echoes the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, while a new typeface has been created to accompany it, re-imagining traditional Arabic calligraphy in a new, contemporary font that takes inspiration from the region and Asia as a whole.

Can't fault the thought and meaning that's been put into this design, but not sure that it screams football. Maybe it's a grower. 

The 22nd edition of the World Cup, which will be the first staged in the Arab world, will get underway on 21 November, 2022, with the final being played on 18 December.