• Rummenigge, Al Thawadi speak on 2022 World Cup
By Onochie Anibeze, Qatar
Football has kept Qatar busy in the past few days. Junior teams from top European clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid, PSg etc were in doha rounding off a tournament at the time European Football Cub Association, ECA, led by Karl Heeinze Rumemenigge were holding their congress in Doha too.
And just as this was ending Qatar were taking on Malaysia in a 2015 Asia Cup qualifier in the same Doha, the city that where the prestigious Aspire Football Academy is cited, a city that boasts of one of the best sports medicine hospitals in the world, a city that has hosted many international sports events and still longing for more and a city behind the winning of the 2022 World Cup bid that Qatar promises the world amazing things.
One hour after Qatar beat Malaysia 2-0 on Wednesday here in Doha, World and European Champions, Spain, with their armada of stars took on South American champions, Uruguay, in an international friendly match at the beautiful Khalifa Stadium. It was a match that lived up to it’s billing.
The two teams made football look easy. Spain were better and deservedly won 3-1. But it was what they did with ball that mattered most to the 60,00 cpacity stadium that had a full house.
They watched live what they see on television. Spanish football is very popular here, just like the Premier League holds sway in Nigeria. Qatarians love Lan Liga.
The Wednesday match was originally billed for Portugal but Qatar showed interest and got it. It was all in the process of developing a football culture that will really thirill the world in 2022.
”The world can expect a fantastic World Cup in Qatar,” Rummenigge said the European Club General Assembley. He said that he was impressed with what he saw in Qatar.
”We have a good feeling about what we have seen so far, infrastructure and the hotels. The presentation was magnificent. I’m optimistic that Qatar is capable of hosting World Cup.”
Hassan Abdullahi Al Thawadi, the Secretary of the 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee addressed the ECA General Assembly and spoke about their readiness to host a compact World Cup in 2022.
He announced timeline for the readiness of the facilities, their determination to deliver a superb World Cup, the values and culture of football that will spread in the Middle East and the business the World Cup will generate in the area and beyond. Ovation followed and all including Michelle Platini and other football dignitaries left Qatar with high expectations.
The match at the Khalifa Stadium was superb. The ambiance was great and Rummennigge said this about the turf: “I have played in many stadiums and I have see great facilities but I have not seen a turf as good as the one at Khalifa Stadium.”
That is a tip of iceberg on what Qatar said that they will present to the world in 2022.