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Friday, January 7, 2011

Germany's coach says winter 2022 World Cup to be bad for fans

 
QATAR TOURNAMENT: The coach of the German football team is against moving the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter

QATAR TOURNAMENT: The coach of the German football team is against moving the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter

The coach of the German football team is against moving the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid the summer heat, claiming the cold weather would be bad for European fans.
"At the World Cup in 2006, the European Championships in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, there were millions on the streets ... if the World Cup in 2022 takes place in winter, no fan is going to be on the street if it's minus five degrees," Germany coach Joachim Loew said in an interview with the Sport Bild publication.
"I really do not think that can be done because I also see the tournament from another point of view: that of the fans," he added.
Following the awarding of the tournament to Qatar – the first Arab and Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup – concerns were raised about the impact the summer heat would have on players and fans. While authorities have designed air conditioned stadiums, many have called for the tournament to be moved to winter when temperatures are more accommodating.