No real joy for the World Cup at home

No real joy for the World Cup at home

Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich said his “childhood dream” of taking part in a World Cup is being tarnished by constant criticism of hosts Qatar from his country, adding there is no “real joy” in his home country ahead of the tournament 2022.

“I would like to look forward to a World Cup, even if it takes place here,” Kimmich said on Tuesday before Germany’s opening match against Japan the following day. “It’s a big dream for all of us, we’re all on fire. We all want to play a good tournament, we all want to win tomorrow and yes, it’s not our fault where the World Cup takes place.”

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Kimmich also spoke of the general atmosphere in Germany, where there are none of the usual big fan parties outside and hundreds of pubs and bars boycott the tournament in protest. Few flags fly from balconies or car windows and there is little sign of any enthusiasm for the event.

“I don’t feel like there’s any real joy there,” Kimmich added.

Germany’s lead-up to the Qatar tournament was overshadowed by domestic fan protests, political statements and calls to boycott the tournament over human rights concerns, including the treatment of migrant workers and members of the LGBTQ community in the oil and gas-rich Persian Gulf. Golf. .

Kimmich, who has never suggested that the complaints or grievances were in any way misplaced, previously said the protests were 12 years overdue in relation to FIFA’s 2010 decision to award the game’s premier tournament to Qatar.

The 27-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder reiterated that point on Tuesday.

“We talked a lot about the World Cup being awarded here. That was 12 years ago when I was 15 and now I always have to comment on it somehow. I don’t know if it’s always right .” he said.

Kimmich said he felt it was important for players to speak out against issues and grievances.

“But we also need to master this balancing act by focusing on the sporting side,” Kimmich said. “I mean, no matter where the World Cup takes place, it’s a World Cup, it’s the biggest competition for us footballers out there.

“It’s a big childhood dream to play tomorrow and yet somehow I feel like there’s always a bit of talk or you can’t really look forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Kimmich’s manager at the Germany team, Hansi Flick, praised the quality of Japanese football ahead of their World Cup Group E match on Wednesday, but said he is confident in his team’s preparations for the tournament.

Germany lost their first World Cup group stage match of 2018 and crashed out in the first round, their first exit in over 80 years.

“I have to sacrifice myself as a little fan of Japanese football. They are doing really well,” Flick said on Tuesday. “We see the quality they have in the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt [Daichi] Kamada is playing a great season or [Wataru] Endo, one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.

“It is a very big task, but we are going into the game prepared and looking forward to it.”

Germany, four-time world champions who also play against Spain and Costa Rica in their group, want to put the debacle of 2018 behind them.

This story uses information from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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