FIFA World Cup 2015 game

Qatari workerThis Indian man shares his room with seven other workers in Doha, Qatar. The housing has been cited by Qatari labour officials for substandard conditions. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

Clearly there must be a magic number of slave deaths in the world’s richest country that would render the Qatar World Cup a moral and political no-no. But what is that number? What is the ballpark figure where deaths in the construction of ballparks become unacceptable?

The question is not believed to be keeping Sepp Blatter awake at night. Something tells me the Fifa president sleeps the bewilderingly untroubled sleep that only a certain stripe of western leader enjoys. (Do recall that Tony Blair actually had to be woken up to be told the bombing of Baghdad he had co-ordered was soon to begin.)

Fifa’s sponsors, though, are deemed more reachable. This week has seen the launch of a campaign by the International Trade Union Confederation, Play Fair Qatar and the NewFifaNow group to shame them with the appalling conditions endured by labourers building tournament infrastructure for 2022. “As things stand, ” declares Play Fair Qatar, “more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament.”

To repeat: more than 62 per game. Perhaps players in every match could each wear 62 black armbands. Then again, that would probably contravene Fifa’s strict rules on what constitutes official kit, infringements of which it punishes ferociously. On infringements such as mass slave death, however, the evidence suggests it is more relaxed.

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How many games are played at the FIFA 2010 World Cup?

64 total games will be played.
There are 32 teams with 4 teams per group in the group stages of the tournament. The group stages are in the round-robin format with each team playing the other teams in their group once giving us 4C2 (6 games) per group leading to 48 matches in the group stages. The top two teams in each group on points qualify for the knockout phases of the tournament.
The 16 remaining teams are paired up with the winners of each game moving to the next round leading to 8 + 4 + 2 + 1 (15) games being played to determine the winner of the competition. There's also a game t…

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