Winter World Cup in 2022 is `best solution`: Joachim Loew
Germany coach Joachim Loew believes playing the 2022 World Cup in November and December is the "best solution" for the players, but lamented the probable absence of public viewing areas in Europe.
Berlin: Germany coach Joachim Loew believes playing the 2022 World Cup in November and December is the "best solution" for the players, but lamented the probable absence of public viewing areas in Europe.
Football`s governing body FIFA has recommended the 2022 World Cup in Qatar be moved from the traditional months of June and July due to extreme temperatures in the region.
"For the players, it`s the best solution," Loew told German broadcaster ZDF on Sunday.
"From a sporting and medical perspective, it would probably have been a disgrace to have played it in summer."
But Loew believes it will be shame that public viewing areas, which became popular during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, are likely to be ignored by fans due to the cold average temperatures in Europe during November and December.
"It`s a shame there won`t be any public viewing areas. The images of fans celebrating had always inspired us at tournaments," added Loew, who coached Germany to their Brazil 2014 World Cup triumph.
Moving the 2022 World Cup to a November start promises to be a logistical headache for Europe`s top leagues and competitions, which Loew acknowledges will be a "difficult task, but I think they will find a solution".
Despite calls to boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to political tensions, the German coach says he expects the tournament to go ahead there.
Last week, Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko called on its allies to consider boycotting the tournament if Russia did not pull its troops out of Ukrainian territory.
"Sporting boycotts have not had much of an impact on politics in the past," said Loew, who has a contract with the German Football Association (DFB) until the 2018 World Cup.
"When the decision was made to award the World Cup to Russia, no one could have foreseen that it would come to all this tension.
"We all hope that these tensions will soon be resolved."