Qatar media hails 'guts, gumption and glory'

"The young bid team successfully swayed FIFA's ageing executive committee with promises of a colourful, compact and carbon-neutral World Cup," The Peninsula newspaper said on their front page.

That Qatar was able to persuade FIFA decision makers came as a surprise to many, and the country rejoiced exuberantly on Thursday night in outdoor cafes and along its seaside corniche.

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