“Of course you ask yourself why Qatar was voted on anyway”
The honorary captain of the German national team can not understand why the next World Cup will be held in Qatar. Philipp Lahm strongly criticizes the award procedure and calls for more transparency.
BIn the last great triumph, he was one of the main characters in the German football team’s camp: Philipp Lahm. As captain, he led the team that won the World Cup in Brazil almost eight years ago. He has since resigned, but is still an important person in the industry. As tournament director for the European Championships 2024, he is now more and more in demand as an official.
But before Lahm is fully in focus in this function, the first winter World Cup in football history takes place: From 21 November to 18 December, 32 nations will duel in the desert state of Qatar, which is usually largely free of big and important football. The German honorary captain considers it a great mistake that it is being held.
Lahm is particularly critical of the selection process for the awarding of the World Cup: “Basically, I think it is essential that future World Cup awards are based on watertight criteria, which are then adhered to. The selection process must be transparent, “says the 38-year-old in an interview with” Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland “. Asked whether the 2010 decision should have benefited Qatar, Lahm replies: “No, it should not.”
FIFA in focus
The FIFA Executive Committee launched the two global tournaments in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022 twelve years ago at a double price. Since then, allegations of corruption against the world federation and host nations have followed international football. In the debate, Lahm agrees with the new head of the German Football Association: “I see it exactly as our president Bernd Neuendorf. Looking at the Fifa evaluation report, it was discouraged, partly because of the human rights situation and sustainability. Of course, one wonders why Qatar was voted on anyway. I think that’s funny. “
However, Lahm speaks out against a boycott of the DFB selection at the World Cup in the Emirate at the Persian Gulf: “I think it is absolutely right that we compete.”
However, the 113-time national player does not include his successors on the field among his favorites to win the World Cup: “When I look at the home European Championships in 2024, I am very optimistic. We have to wait and see if it is enough to play ahead, “said Lahm. Good progress has been made step by step, which must now be confirmed. All in all, the national team is” well staffed in all positions “and can compete internationally.” Almost “All the national team players play in top clubs in the big leagues. But the time under Flick is still fresh, the core of the team must be found first. That’s why I lean towards 2024.”
Lahm makes it clear how quickly a great football nation can lose weight with the selection of Italy – after all reigning European champions and just failed in the World Cup final against Northern Macedonia. “It has just been seen with Italy that smaller nations can also create surprises. Each country has 15, 20 good football players, and you have almost no time to practice during international matches, unlike the clubs. Therefore, the risk of stumbling as a favorite is greater, “says Lahm.