Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez claims that the upcoming World Cup 2022 will be a historic occasion since it takes place in the Middle East for the first time. After several years in European football, the Spanish footballer left for the Middle East a few years ago. He has become a major brand ambassador for football in the Middle East. He is currently playing his football for Al SaddSc, who are based in Qatar. Qatar will be hosting the 2022 World Cup and it will be a winter tournament for the first time.
There has been a lot of improvement in the Middle East football over the last few years. One of the latest highlights came in the form of the AFC Asian Cup in which Qatar was able to defeat Japan under unexpected circumstances. As a result, a lot of focus has been put on Qatari football and Xavi says that quality has been growing a lot in recent times. This is a major boost for a player like Xavi, who is used to playing with a much greater quality of players during his time at Barcelona. However, his presence has led to a significant growth in terms of youth football in the nation.
It is reported that 90% of the roads that will be leading the 2022 World Cup stadiums have been completed. The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.
The Public Works Company known as Ashghal has stated that 90% of the highways that will provide access to these stadiums have already been completed way ahead of schedule. A spokesperson for Ashghal said that this is a great achievement for the company as Qatar is currently facing an economic blockade and despite that, they have managed to complete their assignment.
Qatar’s soccer stadium at a distance of 12 miles from Doha is getting prepared for hosting the World Cup 2022. The stadium with 40,000 seating capacity is almost ready. Only interiors, roof, and facades are in progress. The stadium is expected to complete by 2019 as mentioned by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and legacy. It was announced that the energy center of the stadium is fully completed. Hard landscaping and pending infrastructure is progressing.
As soon as the unveiling pictures of the stadium were out, the fans immediately observed the pinkish stadium in resemblance to a female body part. Soon, the internet was flooded with female genitalia memes and tweets pertaining to the stadium. The Al Wakrah stadium is designed by late Dame Zaha Hadid, a British Iraqi architect who passed away in 2016. She is popular for designing the Guangzhou opera house in China, Italy’s MAXXI museum and the aquatics center for London Olympics 2012. She was in the list of Times’s 100 most influential people in 2010.
At the present time attracting more and more number of international tourists in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be one of the top priorities of the hospitality sector. The reason is they are taking an important role before this global sporting event. The key strategy of most of the popular hotels in the country at the time was surrounded around the FIFA World Cup only and this includes promoting Qatar as the primary tourist destination as well as tapping the new markets.
In an interview, the General Manager of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Gianrico Esposito said: “The opportunities that we are seeing at the moment in Qatar are to move beyond the real sources from where we are already getting business to new countries. Targeting those countries that don’t have any knowledge about Qatar and its prime destinations. It is creating curiosity among people to collect more information about the country. This way, we attract the attention of international media. This will support us to promote the country as the popular tourist destination and its state-of-the-art development and facilities.”
The ambassador of Paraguay in India, Fleming Duarte, has said that the love for football can strengthen the relations between both countries aside the regular ties that bind them such as trade.
Duarte was interacting with members of the Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). Whilst speaking on cultural and people-to-people exchanges, the envoy said particularly the “love for football” can create bridges of friendship between his host city and his native. He called on Indian business men and women to consider making investments in Paraguay.
When it comes to qualifying for a FIFA World Cup, China has historically struggled trying to accomplish this task as the last time that they managed to do it was back on 2002 and have ever since then not been able to secure their qualifying ticket.
For the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup, the Chinese national side were pitted in group A of the AFC section where they had compete along the likes of: Qatar, Uzbekistan, Syria, South Korea and Iran.
In 10 qualifying matches, China could only collect 12 points which was not enough to snatch a spot in one of the coveted spots that would allow them to qualify and actually compete in the approaching 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The national sides that did indeed manage to secure the qualifying spots from this group were: Iran, South Korea and Syria.
Despite not being able to qualify, the head coach of the China national side Marcello Lippi has recently talked about his team and the improvement that they have been going through, from the looks of it, the Italian manager appears to be fairly optimistic of his team. (more…)