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Qatar World Cup 'likely in January'

Berlin, December 4, 2010

The 2022 soccer World Cup in  Qatar could take place in January or February to avoid the scorching temperatures of the summer months in the desert  state, FIFA executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer said on Saturday.

Beckenbauer, who won the 1974 World Cup as West Germany  captain and also coached his nation to the 1990 title, said  hosting the tournament during the winter would be an  alternative.

The World Cups are traditionally held during the northern  hemisphere's summer months after the end of the domestic  league competitions.

Qatar, which beat bid rivals Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States, said it would deploy  climate-control technology to keep the temperature on the pitch to 27 degrees Celsius while outside it was a scorching 50 degrees.

"One should think about a different solution," Beckenbauer  told the Bild newspaper, where he also works as a columnist.

"In January or February you have a comfortable 25 degrees  there. Plans for the biggest leagues would have to change for  2022 but that would not be a major undertaking."

"It would be an alternative to using climate control at  great expense for stadiums and fanzones," added Beckenbauer, who is stepping down from Fifa's powerful executive committee in March.

Qatar, which has never qualified for World Cup finals, was picked by soccer's governing body Fifa on Thursday to stage the 2022 tournament, a first both for Middle East and for an Arab country. It will also be the smallest nation ever to host the World Cup.

Fifa awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia on the same day  and Beckenbauer had long opposed the double vote by FIFA,  which has been severely criticised for it.

"It was a mistake to do both 2018 and 2022 on the same day  but now it has happened. I would be happy to leave the 2022  decision to the next generation," Beckenbauer said.-Reuters




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