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Winter World Cup in Qatar?

This week, FIFA's general secretary told a French radio station that he expects the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played in the winter. The world's biggest soccer tournament is traditionally played in June and July, but there have been major concerns over staging the World Cup in Qatar's extreme heat. Would you be OK with a winter World Cup? Would you travel to Qatar to watch the tournament?

  • What do you make of FIFA saying that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar won't be held in June or July and is likely to be held sometime between November and January?

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  • Will Qatar remain the host of the 2022 World Cup?

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  • Can Qatar handle hosting a World Cup?

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  • Would you travel to Qatar to watch the 2022 World Cup?

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Mega-events coming in 2014

If mega-events are your thing, just wait for 2014. You'll get a double dose in February with a cold-weather Super Bowl in New Jersey and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Bide your time until June, and you will be rewarded with the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil with its conveniently timed games for U.S. viewing. Weather and construction delays could plague these events, but that hasn't dampened the public's anticipation for seeing greatness on a grand stage. With so much on the line, which event would you most want to attend? Would travel be a deterrent?

  • Which event would you most like to attend?

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  • Which will you watch more of on TV?

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  • What is the farthest you have traveled specifically to attend a sporting event?

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  • Which of these tickets for an upcoming World Cup, Super Bowl or Olympics is the best value?

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  • If you were attending the 2014 Winter Olympics, how worried would you be about reports of construction delays?

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  • If you were attending the 2014 World Cup, how worried would you be about reports of construction delays?

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USA's win benefits Mexico

The United States and Mexico are fierce rivals on the pitch, but El Tri found itself in debt to its longtime enemy Tuesday night. Mexico's World Cup hopes are still alive after a 3-2 Team USA win over Panama. It'll have to play New Zealand in a winner-take-all match if it wants to attempt a World Cup run in 2014, but for now, it has Team USA's backups to thank for taking their match against Panama seriously.

  • Which team will make the World Cup?

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  • Which team will perform better if both make the 2014 World Cup?

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  • If you were a Team USA fan, would you have wanted the U.S. to lose if it meant that Mexico's national team wouldn't have made the World Cup?

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  • What are you expecting from the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup?

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  • How have Mexico's recent struggles affected the USA-Mexico soccer rivalry?

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  • Jurgen Klinsmann says Clint Dempsey must earn his place on the U.S. roster for the 2014 World Cup. What do you make of this?

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Brazil wins Confederations Cup

Spain's run of dominance in international soccer came to an abrupt end on Sunday, as Brazil scored three times on the defending World Cup champions to win the Confederations Cup. Brazilian phenom Neymar scored an exceptional goal before halftime, and Spain were generally left chasing after Brazil's aggressive strikers. It's a good sign for Brazil going into the World Cup, but can Spain get back on track in time for 2014?

Which team will win the 2014 World Cup?

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  • What did Sunday's 3-0 Confederations Cup Final loss to Brazil mean for Spain?

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  • Where does Neymar rank among current players?

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  • Which was a bigger moment in the Confederations Cup final?

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  • Would Italy have made the Confederations Cup championship match if Mario Balotelli was healthy enough to play?

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Confederations Cup final

Some of the world's best soccer players will be on the field Sunday when host Brazil takes on defending World Cup champion Spain for the FIFA Confederations Cup title. Spain has experience on its side, with players like Xavi and Andres Iniesta who have won on soccer's biggest stage. But Brazil has emerging young stars in Neymar and Oscar, as well as home-field advantage. Which of these soccer powers will lift the trophy? Vote below!

  • Which team will win the Confederations Cup final? (Sun., 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the Confederations Cup final?

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  • Which of these players is most likely to score a goal in the final?

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  • Which goalkeeper would you rather have?

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  • Which team looked more vulnerable in its semifinal match?

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  • Do you expect at least one of the teams in the Confederations Cup final to play in next year's World Cup final?

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