David Beckham, who is a co-owner of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, was in Doha in December and was interviewed on the subject of the World Cup which is coming to Qatar.
During a visit to Education City Stadium – exactly three years before the Qatar 2022 final will take place – the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain star said Qatar’s tournament will be ‘a dream’ for players and fans thanks to its friendliness and state-of-the-art facilities.
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“I think as a player and a fan you want to visit a World Cup competition with great facilities, safe facilities, great hotels and great culture – and that’s what Qatar is all about,” said Beckham, who was given a tour of Education City Stadium by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
Speaking of challenges, he compared the challenges that were overcome to bring the tournament to Qatar to those he faced during the past seven years of securing his club in Miami.
“To make dreams come true, to make memories like this, it takes hard work. You always are questioned on certain things, and people will always doubt you on certain things. But, Miami is proof, and Qatar is proof that anything is possible.”
Beckham has been a frequent visitor to Qatar in recent years, and he said he has seen the country rapidly evolve. “I’ve been here quite a few times and I’ve seen the change and development,” said Beckham, who was visiting to attend the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final between CF Monterrey and Liverpool FC at Khalifa International Stadium.
“Most importantly, it’s always been such a family environment here – and I think that is something as a player and a fan you really want at a World Cup. Three years to the day [until the World Cup final] it’s going to be pretty incredible.”
Listen to David Beckham speak about the World Cup 2022 which will be held in Qatar.