The World Cup is an almost impossibly huge undertaking.

The World Cup is an almost impossibly huge undertaking. What other organization manages to bring together dozens of countries, balancing their egos and emerging as a force for good? Pretty much just the United Nations. So if anyone asks, FIFA and the UN are basically the same thing.

But pulling off the tournament every four years is extremely complicated. It isn't just one month of games, but years of qualifications and crazy logistics. And the more complicated something is, the more room there is for mistakes. That means that sometimes, bad things happen. People can be injured or killed on the soccer pitch itself, during construction projects in the lead up, or even just while watching the matches. It doesn't even matter if your team wins, loses, or draws, the World Cup can still find a way to screw up your life. Here are just some of the terrible things that have happened around the world's biggest sporting event.

Hundreds of workers are dying for the 2022 World Cup

Some countries that host the World Cup are already home to all the state-of-the-art stadiums, parking lots, and public transportation they could ever need when they get chosen. But some less developed nations have been given the honor if they promise to build all that infrastructure in time. That means a huge, complicated, almost decade-long building process gets underway. In most cases there aren't really any problems. For example, in the runup to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa only two workers died. But then FIFA decided to award 2022 to Qatar, and it's been a humanitarian disaster ever since.

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