Gianni Infantinopresident of the FIFAconsidered this Wednesday that the first phase of the World Cup Qatar 2022 has been “Is the best ever”so he wanted the competition to end as it has been so far “a fantastic success” and showed his conviction that the tournament will reach “the five billion viewers around the world.
In statements to official media of the aforementioned governing organization of world soccer, infantino stated the following:
I have seen all the games, in fact, and said in few words and very clearly, this has been the best World Cup group stage in history. Therefore, it looks very promising for the remainder of this FIFA World Cup.
On why the 2022 edition of the World Cup has been the best, Infantino highlighted that “heThe matches have been of great quality in beautiful stadiums; we already knew that. But also the public that was there has been incredible. More than 51,000 viewers on average… Likewise, record numbers on television: we already have more than two billion viewers, which is really incredible”.
But the emotion does not stay only in the stadiums, since “atthe rest, two and a half million people on the streets of Doha and a few hundred thousand every day in the stadiums; all together, cheering together, supporting their teams… Fantastic atmosphere, magnificent goals, incredible emotion and surprises”.
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By First time in historythe round of 16 they had at least a selection from each continentsomething that the president of FIFA did not hesitate to assess. “There are no longer small teams and there are no big teams. The level is very even. Also for the first time, national teams from all continents have gone to the knockout phase. For the first time in history. That shows that football is truly going global.”
We hope that the FIFA World Cup continues and concludes as it began: a fantastic success. I am sure that we will reach 5,000 million viewers all over the world.
Regarding assistance, Infantino stated that tickets to all stadiums are sold out, filling them in practically every game. In the FIFA Fan Festivalevent with giant screens to watch the matches in the streets of Qatar, “They are also very crowded, with people celebrating and having a good time.”
And at the end of the day, we simply want to bring joy and smiles to people around the world. That’s what football is about, that’s what the FIFA World Cup is about; and that is what should happen also from now until the end.
(With information from EFE)