The secret Jewish history of how Qatar got the World Cup

Al Janoub Stadium, one of the stadiums built in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. (Photo courtesy of

As the World Cup launches in Qatar, a country not historically known for its friendliness toward Jews and Israelis, Menschwarmers hosts Gabe and James wanted to look at the implications for Jewish fans. It’s one thing to scope out Jewish players and talk about Israeli-Qatari relations, but we wanted to dive deeper, so we’re bringing you a summary of the rise and fall of Chuck Blazer, a FIFA administrator-turned-informant who was partly responsible for bringing the World Cup to Qatar in the first place—and then blowing the whistle on the whole operation.

The boys also recap what else is new in the world of Jews and sports, including Alex Bregman’s World Series championship to Spencer Horwitz joining the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster.


Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is “Organ Grinder Swing” by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter @menschwarmers or TikTok @menschwarmers. To learn how to support the show by subscribing to this podcast, please watch this video.