Fabio backs Winter World Cup 2022

Fabio backs Winter World Cup 2022
(Above) Fabio Cannavaro is in town to help give the Singapore leg of this year's Tiger Street Football tournament a leg up

The weather is too hot.

Fabio Cannavaro may have been standing in the mid-day heat at Marina Bay Sands' Event Plaza on Thursday but he was not referring to the conditions in Singapore.

Rather, the former Italy national captain was talking about the prospect of the 2022 World Cup Finals being played during the sweltering Qatari summer.

"The weather is no good," stressed the man who led the Azzurri to football's biggest prize in 2006. "It won't help the players' performance."

He should know, having spent the past four summers in the Middle East with the Dubai-based Al Ahli club - first as a player, and now as a member of their coaching staff.

"It will be tough," said the 40-year-old, who made his Arabian Gulf League bow in a match which kicked off at 10pm.

Even at that hour, the temperature was 42 deg C - a figure that can rise to a staggering 50 deg C in the day.

Such extreme weather forces local teams to do their pre-season outdoor training only after 10.30pm. Furthermore, to avoid the summer heat, the UAE football season runs from September to May.

One can only imagine how visiting teams will take to these conditions at the World Cup.

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