In addition to Infantino’s statements earlier, the secretary general of the World Cup organizing committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, also launched harsh responses to Qatar’s critics: “This World Cup is probably the most written and commented on, even before a ball has been thrown. It is unfortunate that much of this commentary has veered toward embracing misinformation, rejecting nuance and depth, and often relying on racist tropes based on longstanding stereotypes and prejudices about the Middle East and the Arab world”, shot.
In addition, the executive was in charge of classifying the campaign as successful based on the sale of tickets in the stadiums: “Despite those who believe that Qatar and the Arab world are not suitable or do not deserve to be hosts, the facts suggest that the people disagree: 97% of the tickets are sold. The United Kingdom is among the top five markets for those sales.”
It is already a matter of hours before the curtain opens on the World Cup starting on Sunday, when the local Qatar and Ecuador face each other from 1:00 p.m. And in the previous press conference, the protagonists could not hide their excitement for participating in the event: “It was very special to know that we would play the opening game because the eyes of the world will be on that game,” said Moisés Caicedo, figure of the tri. “We know that Qatar is a strong team. It will be a tough match and we will both fight until the end”.
For his part, coach Gustavo Alfaro shares his coach’s expectation of playing in his first tournament: “Belonging to this select list of coaches who coach in a World Cup is a privilege,” he said, then going on to analyze his rival: ” Qatar is the champion of Asia, that’s no coincidence. It is a very orderly and organized team”. In addition, the former DT of Arsenal, Huracán and Boca did not avoid the theme of Byron Castillo, who was finally removed from the call due to the controversy surrounding his nationality, offering him strong support: “Tomorrow Byron Castillo is going to go out on the field with us. For me he should be here ”.
The last Ballon d’Or winner had joined the French squad with some precautions regarding his physical condition, due to his start to the season with some injuries at Real Madrid, but initially it was expected that he would arrive with chances to resume his place in the starting team of coach Didier Deschamps. However, this morning the newspaper L’Equipe reported that, for the moment, the chances of the Real Madrid striker being from the start in his team’s World Cup debut, on Tuesday against Australia, are very few, so it will depend on Olivier Giroud also arriving in favorable conditions.
The FIFA president offered a press conference prior to the start of the World Cup in Qatar in which he vigorously defended the organization of the tournament, marked by intense controversy from the first moment it was appointed, with unusual justifications: “Today I feel Qatari, Arab, African, gay, disabled, migrant worker”, the Swiss began. “I feel like them and I know what it is like to be bullied as a child. I was red-haired and I suffered bullying. I cried and tried to participate with them. If I read the press I would be depressed. I am the son of migrant workers, in very difficult conditions in Switzerland, how they lived and the rights they had. He saw how those trying to enter the country were treated. Switzerland has become an example of tolerance. Qatar has progressed and we’ll talk about it, as I also hope we’ll talk about football, if you’re not tired. FIFA is proud to be here. It tires me to read comments about people and decisions from twelve years ago. It will be the best World Cup. What people want is football”.
After receiving the unexpected news that they will have to replace the injured Nicolás González and Joaquín Correa, their “substitutes” Thiago Almada and Ángel Correa have already arrived in Qatar to join the rest of their teammates from the Argentine team at the Qatar University grounds. , ahead of the World Cup debut on Tuesday against Saudi Arabia.