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Löw says winter World Cup in Qatar bad for fans

The Local · 5 Jan 2011, 15:27

Published: 05 Jan 2011 15:27 GMT+01:00

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Speaking to Sport Bild, Löw pointed to the atmosphere generated at home during the last two World Cups in Germany and South Africa by fans watching matches on giant screens in open spaces.

Asked if the 2022 tournament should be played in January, he replied: "I really do not think that can be done because I also see the tournament from another point of view: that of the fans."

"At the World Cup in 2006, the European Championships in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, there were millions on the streets ... if the World Cup in 2022 takes place in winter, no fan is going to be on the street if it's minus five degrees," he added.

After football's world governing body FIFA decided to award the World Cup to the Gulf emirate, there were fears that the searing heat in June and July would make the tournament dangerous for players and fans alike.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he would support moves to stage the tournament during the winter months, but warned that such an action would be difficult to implement.

Speaking last month, Blatter said: "It is important to play when the climate is appropriate and I'm thinking about the footballers, not only the fans but the participants."

"Personally I think it would be better that it is played in the winter ... but it's not easy to realise."

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German legend Franz Beckenbauer, a FIFA executive committee member, and FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke are among those who have also voiced support for a switch of dates.


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Your comments about this article

03:47 January 6, 2011 by rutledm
Haven't they built an indoor ski hill over in the desert there somewhere? I figure they still have another 11 years to gouge us with their oil prices.... with all that money surely they can slap up a half dozen or so covered air conditioned stadiums in that time, so we can keep the Cup in summer where it belongs? Just a thought.
09:57 January 6, 2011 by auniquecorn
They need to stick with the regular schedule......
14:57 January 6, 2011 by Nathan_stuck
lilplatinum, did you read the article? Löw is talking about the Fan Miles across Germany where millions watch the matches in a carnival like atmosphere. I don't know what part of the States you're from, but I've never watched a Super Bowl game on giant outdoor screens with 500,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
16:17 January 6, 2011 by chicagolive
@lilplatinum I see where you are going but I am sorry the Super Bowl is 2 league compared to the World Cup stagings the fan miles in some countries have hundreds of thousands of people in them that is not something you would ever see for the SuperBowl the total TV audience for the World Cup dwarfs any major event period. This is a sponsors dream right here this is the Grand Daddy of money makers
23:02 January 7, 2011 by surj
They would not drag me to qatar for world cup for all the Tea in China, no way.
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