By Staff writer
Over 300 football legends to take part in the charity event
The organiser of the Legends World Cup has invited Qatar to be the host of the event in 2016.
World Sport Company, organiser of the charity event, told Gulf Times that it is keen to have Qatar as host of the competition in two years’ time.
Speaking at the Aspire Global Summit in Doha, World Sport Company managing director Jawid Bunyadi said Qatar would make ideal hosts of the inaugural event, which will be played over 32 games with over 300 football legends from 16 countries taking part.
“We are aiming for the Middle East and will be happy if Qatar hosts the first edition of the championship in 2016,” Bunyadi said.
“This event will generate image building for the host country. Everyone is saying that the Middle East is a very hot place but when you bring in 350 legends who know what football is and once they play there, they will be able to give their opinion that will clear all doubts,” he added.
Former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert and former Spain international Gaizka Mendieta were also in Doha to promote the Legends World Cup.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency, Kluivert said that Qatar deserved the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
He said FIFA's decision came after its confirmation that Qatar's bid fulfilled the requirements to win the right to organise this big tournament.
“It is the right of the people of the Middle East to host the World Cup,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials have announced that the 2014 Italian Super Cup between champions Juventus and Cup holders Napoli will be played in Qatar on December 22.
Serie A president Maurizio Beretta made the announcement at a press conference in Paris along with the Qatar Football Association general secretary Saoud Al Mohannadi.