DFB Director Oliver Bierhoff wants to continue the critical discourse about World Cup hosts Qatar and hopes for close cooperation with representatives from politics.
“Maybe the German football and German politics can act in hand in this important question by using the attention of a football World Cup to continue driving processes in Qatar,” said the DFB director responsible for national teams in an interview The “Frankfurter Rundschau”.
For him and national coach Hansi Flick, in the coming months, it is also about developing a positive principal in the team for the tournament in late autumn despite the legitimate criticism of the human rights conditions in the Emirate on the Gulf. “We need to be careful that we do not close the important and necessary political debates, but at the same time awaken an internal euphoria, which arises from the team,” said the 53-year-old.
Hardly insights for beerhoff
Even before the early failure at the World Cup four years ago, there would have been too much distraction. “My experience is that the discussion of issues away from the football Worlding soccer can be overlapped temporarily. In front of the 2018 World Cup, it was scary hard to get an enthusiasm for the World Cup internally,” reminded Bierhoff.
Despite various trips to Qatar, he has not yet been able to get the same overview of the country as before the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. “South Africa or Brazil it was possible to visit Townships and Favelas to directly learn how people there Life and how to help you in the context of your own possibilities, “said Bierhoff.
Bierhoff does not expect greater findings of this kind in the next World Cup host country before traveling to the World Cup Group Detention this Friday in Doha. “In Qatar, I have to see only beautiful stadiums, training places and hotels. I’m not optimistic that we get even deeper insights.”