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Eto’o: the Club World Cup is an important milestone on the road to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar

The Barcelona and Cameroon legend spoke about the FIFA Club World Cup, being held in Qatar, with the final on Thursday 11 February.

Samuel Eto'o of Italy's Inter Milan celebrates with Javier Zanetti after scoring a goal against DR Congo's TP Mazembe during their Club World Cup final soccer match at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi December 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Samuel Eto’o, ambassador for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is responsible for managing the projects for FIFA Qatar 2022 said about the Club World Cup: “This tournament is so important for Qatar in its journey to hosting the World Cup in 2022, because it offers the chance to really try things and perfect the working experience around the requirements of organising such a major event, and acquire new knowledge, test the stadiums for Qatar 2022, evaluate all the operational processes for the tournament, and make the necessary improvements that will ensure the World Cup is an amazing experience for nearly a million and a half people.”

Eto'o on the Club World Cup

“Based on my experience as a former player and current ambassador of the Supreme Committee, I believe the players from the participating teams will have the chance of a unique experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. In spite of the challenges thrown up by the covid-19 pandemic around the world, which means it is necessary to avoid having many visitors, I’m confident the local Qatar football fans’ will create a great atmosphere. I also think it’s great for the footballers to have the two World Cup stadiums at 30% capacity.”

“I think that European champions, Bayern Munich, will be lucky enough to win the title and they’ll be going into the tournament full of confidence. The team has such a strong attacking line-up, with Robert Lewandowski, one of the best strikers in the game. I think Bayern Munich will become the second team to win six titles, domestically and internationally, in a season.”

Eto’o finished, saying: “I keep my feelings for this tournament very close to my heart from when I was at Inter Milan, and we were able to win the title for the first time in the club’s history, winning 3-0. I was then able to go to the Mazembe dressing room where I celebrated with their players.”


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