France football legend Claude Makélélé believes the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will make a positive difference to the long-term development of football due to Qatar’s use of cutting-edge technology.
The iconic defensive midfielder, who helped France reach the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ final, is renowned as a pioneer in his position, and the 44-year-old was quick to identify the innovative elements of Qatar’s tournament preparations during an exclusive interview with www.sc.qa.
Makélélé, currently the coach of Belgian side KAS Eupen, said Qatar is at the forefront of football’s evolution due to the technology being developed ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
“Every World Cup has distinct, unique elements and I believe the use of technology will make 2022 special,” said Makélélé, who won 71 caps for France.
“Last year, the football world took notice of the stadium cooling at Khalifa Stadium. I also understand that Qatar is using technology to give visiting fans a connected tournament experience.”
Makélélé continued: “Football has developed over the last few years due to the use of technology – both on and off the pitch – and Qatar’s efforts will further contribute to the growth of the sport. During my playing days, I was a beneficiary of technology and I admire Qatar’s efforts in this area.”