Since Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, there have been amusing anecdotes about the tiny nation's preparation. These have included plans to develop an artificial cloud to hover above the stadium and block the sun, and a critical review of stadium designs.
But the bulk of Qatar-related stories in recent months have centered on charges of bribery in the bidding process, and the exploitation and deaths of migrant construction workers, mostly from Nepal.
As the body count continues to rise, so has the outrage, particularly because Qatar has not allowed workers who want to quit and go home to leave the country.
HBO's Real Sports takes a closer look at the human cost of Qatar's construction projects for 2022 in an episode that premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Here's a preview: