Former France defender Mikaël Silvestre believes Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will be a significant milestone in the process of globalisation of football, of which he is both a staunch proponent and a beneficiary.
Silvestre – who was part of the France squad that reached the 2006 FIFA World Cup™final – first made his mark on the international stage in 1997 at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, and wound up his decorated professional career in 2014 with a season-long stint in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League.
During a visit this week to the offices of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the 39-year-old former Manchester United and Arsenal player also said the passion for football in the host nation of what will be the first ever FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East has impressed him during his regular visits as guest speaker and media pundit.
“The 2022 FIFA World Cup is very important for the globalisation of football, as an Arab country will be hosting it for the first time ever,” the five-time English Premier League winner said in an exclusive interview with www.sc.qa. “The entire Arab world will be making an important statement if Qatar delivers the best ever World Cup from an organisational point of view. I am happy to see that a lot of effort is going into the preparations to ensure the competition will be a success.”