Legendary Brazilian right-back Cafu believes that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can be historic and Brazil has a chance to lift the cup.
"Qatar has changed a lot since my last visit before the pandemic. Every year the country progresses at such a fast rate that it is like visiting a new city or country. The infrastructure (for the World Cup) is now 95 per cent complete so they are almost ready for next year's
World Cup that I believe will be one of the greatest in history
," the Qatar Legacy Ambassador told the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
"I am very impressed by the way Qatar has dedicated themselves to ensuring this is an amazing tournament.
The World Cup winner feels that the small area of Qatar and the short distance between the stadiums make the 2022 World Cup more attractive.
"At Qatar 2022 you will have an entire World Cup compacted into a small area. You will have all the venues, fan zones and facilities in one place with just a short distance to travel between any two venues. For example, the longest distance between stadiums is just 75km so fans will be able to watch two or maybe even three live games in a single day.
"This is wonderful for the fans, but it is also great for the players. With less travel the players won't be as tired as they can get more rest between games which should hopefully result in better performances on the pitch and less injuries."
Cafu also felt that fans are in for a treat while watching the World Cup in Qatar's unique venues.
"I had the opportunity to visit Qatar earlier this year for the FIFA Club World Cup. My experience of the country during this tournament was wonderful as I had the opportunity to watch great games and see great teams in the stands as a fan. Watching football in Qatar’s new state of the art stadiums is the stuff of dreams for someone that loves football. Everything has been considered to make the fan experience as positive as possible."
Cafu went on to describe his experience of visiting two stadiums hosting the tournament.
“We travelled the longest distance possible between two World Cup stadiums – from Al Janoub to Al Bayt – taking in all the beautiful sights along the way. The journey took us just over one hour in total which really highlighted to me just how compact this World Cup will be. All the fans and everyone in Qatar for the World Cup will be part of the action from start to finish and it should help create a special atmosphere.”
Cafu believes that the Brazilian national team is full of talented stars who can win the World Cup after 20 years.
“Brazil will always be a very competitive team on the world stage because as a country we love football and always produce talented players. What the current Brazil team need is a long streak of great games and great results and I think this will lead to great achievements once again.”
The style of play of the Brazilian national team has always been of interest to football fans, especially the football that the 90s team played. Cafu, who was a member of the same team, explains the specific style of Brazil.
"What made the Brazilian team of 1990s unforgettable is not only winning titles but the way that Brazil won titles. From 1990 to 2006, the Brazilian team won almost every competition it played in, including Copa América, Confederations Cup and the World Cup.
"Brazil created a very strong identity during this time in the minds of the fans, other players, the press, the critics. I think this identity of playing the Brazilian way is also what made this team special. During that time everyone had the desire and belief to try and win every game the Brazil way. This made us very difficult to beat."
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