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.
There is a concern among the Russian supporters about the cost of the tickets of the matches of the upcoming World Cup because the costs of the upper classes of tickets are too high for most of them.
The tickets of World Cup matches are divided into four classes. The first three classes are there to be bought by anyone, but, the last class which is the fourth class belongs to the Russian nationals and only they can buy them.
The thing with that fourth class of tickets is that their cost is significantly lesser in comparison to that of the upper classes and it’s been introduced with the sole purpose of facilitating the people of the moderate income group of Russia to go and watch the matches live from the stadium. (more…)