Gianni Infantino, president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), said that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar had the best group stage ever.
Chairman Infantino said on the FIFA website on the 7th, “I watched every game (group stage).
It was simply the best ever,” he said. “I’m really excited for the rest of the game.”
“There are no strong teams or weak teams anymore,” he said, “The level has become very, very equal.
For the first time in history, we reached the round of 16 on every continent.”
He was delighted, saying, “It shows that football is really globalising.”
In this tournament, Europe, Asia, Oceania, North America, South America and Africa, all six continents except Antarctica managed to pass the group stage.
In Africa, Morocco and Senegal, in Asia, Japan and Korea, and in addition, Australia and the United States beat traditional football powerhouses in Europe and South America to advance to the round of 16.
2 Asian teams, 1 Oceania team, 1 North American team, 2 African teams, 2 South American teams (Brazil, Argentina), 8 European teams (Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Switzerland, France, England, Netherlands, Poland ), the most 16 colorful teams in the history of the river was formed.
In the group stage, there were often ‘surprising events’ where the strong players were unexpectedly defeated.
Saudi Arabia opened the door with the “Miracle of Lusail,” defeating Argentina led by Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), and Japan surprised the world by beating Germany and Spain in succession.
Bentoho also held Portugal in the third group and progressed dramatically to the round of 16, while Tunisia and Cameroon also defeated France and Brazil, the ‘champion candidates’.
President Infantino said, “We have also set record numbers in relation to television broadcasting.
The number of viewers has already exceeded 2 billion,” he said.
28 goals were also scored in 8 games in the round of 16, the highest since 1986, when the round of 16 tournament began.”