FIFA Legends Kaka, Javier Mascherano and Julio Cesar believe the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will unite and inspire football fans from across the globe.
The South American trio – all previous winners of the FIFA Club World Cup are in Qatarfor the 2020 edition of the annual competition after it was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight (Thursday) they will all attend Education City Stadium when UEFA Champions League holders FC Bayern München face Mexican side Tigres UANL from the CONCACAF region in thefinal (kick-off 21:00 local time).
With the football world having played many matches behind closed doors in recent months, former Brazil playmaker Kaka was delighted to see Club World Cup games staged in front of a limited number of fans in Qatar – in line with the country’s COVID-19 protocols.
“The experience was really nice because we’ve all been through a very, very tough period,” said the former Sao Paulo, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder. “To be able to come back to the stadiums and watch a tournament like this – even if it is just with a limited capacity in attendance – is a sign of hope that we are almost finished after this dark period.”As part of their visit to Qatar, the trio also had the opportunity to see the latest infrastructure to be completed for football’s showpiece event. This included a trip to Al Khor to get a first-hand look at the spectacular Al Bayt Stadium – the venue for the opening match of the World Cup on 21 November 2022. (Vanguard)