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Gianni Infantino: "Qatar 2022 is the best World Cup in history" | Israel today


Despite the criticism, it seems that the FIFA president was impressed by the tournament so far in Qatar • "I saw all the games - the quality was high"

The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, was interviewed today (Wednesday) by the Spanish Marca and described the current World Cup in Qatar as "the best in history", after the end of the group stage and the round of 16, with attendance figures for fans in stadiums and television viewing around the world. The president praised the quality of the games Of all the 32 teams that competed in the group stage.

"Actually, I saw all the games, and to put it simply and clearly, it was the best group stage in the World Cup. The games were of excellent quality, with the addition of large stadiums. On top of that, the number of fans was amazing with more than 51,000 spectators on average" , Infantino said.

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"We have more than two billion viewers worldwide, which is truly amazing. Two and a half million people on the streets of Doha and several hundred thousand every day in the stadiums, all cheering together, supporting their teams and creating a fantastic atmosphere. Add to that great goals, excitement and incredible surprises."

For the first time in the tournament's history, teams from every continent were represented in the round of 16: three from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and two from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for the second time in history.

"There are no smaller or larger groups," he said.

"The level is very, very equal. Also for the first time, national teams from all continents move to the knockout stage, this shows that football is becoming truly global. I am sure we will reach five billion viewers worldwide. In terms of attendance in the stadiums - they are full almost every game."

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Source: israelhayom

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