Perceptions of FIFA Men's World Cup 2022 Host Nation Qatar in the Twittersphere

Susan Dun*, Hatim Rachdi, Shahan Ali Memon, Rohith Krishnan Pillai, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber

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Abstract

The FIFA Men's World Cup Qatar 2022 has been analyzed through the frameworks of nation branding and soft power. As the world's most popular sport event, the World Cup has the possibility to enhance host nations' images internationally, but we are not aware of empirical work attempting to assess public perceptions of Qatar, despite the considerable attention it has been paid. Accordingly, we assessed the discussion in the Twittersphere to shed some light on whether Qatar's nation-branding and soft power attempts are reflected in public perceptions. We collected, geotagged, and analyzed 4,458,914 tweets with the word "Qatar."We found that, contrary to the expectations of the organizers in Qatar, host nation status has not necessarily brought better nation branding or enhanced soft power, especially in the Global North. We conclude that socialmedia's interactive nature, which enables users to influence the discussion agenda, should have been considered by event organizers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Communication
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • discussion agenda
  • nation branding
  • public perceptions
  • soft power
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Communication
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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