New Delhi, March 29: Former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid player Luis Garcia said FIFA should give world cup hosting rights to non-traditional countries as it is a way to increase the popularity of football and inspire the next generation. .
The former Spanish soccer player added that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have a similar effect on the region.
“The World Cup in Qatar is an opportunity to inspire the youth of the region. Of course, they can watch the matches on television and they can be inspired. But when you can watch the matches live, feel the atmosphere, see the players live and even get an autograph from them, that’s different. That’s forever,” he said.
“You can watch any number of games on TV, but the most important thing is to get inspired after watching the World Cup live. That’s great for game development in the region,” he added.
Garcia, who has been to Qatar in the past, said the ‘Advanced Cooling Technology’ is a revolutionary idea that will be a game changer for players.
“Yes, of course. If the players have to perform on the pitch, there need to be the best conditions for them to do so. The only way to do it in Qatar is by lowering the temperature,” he said.
Garcia experienced Cooling Tech while in Qatar to watch matches involving current Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez, who was in charge of Al Sadd at the time. Garcia revealed that temperatures were sometimes chilly inside the World Cup stadiums.
“I was there in Qatar when Xavi was the coach of Al Sadd SC. I was watching several matches in the World Cup stadiums and I could see that inside the stadiums, it was even cold at times. When the cooling system is fully working , the temperatures drop a lot. That for the players is key, “he added.
The Qatar World Cup starts on November 21 and the final will take place on December 18. Eight venues will host the World Cup matches and interestingly, most of them feature Advanced Cooling Tech, which keeps the ambient temperature low and comfortable.