5/18/2018 10:39:04 PM (GMT+3)

France, Germany will be title-contenders in Russia: Gullit

France, Germany will be title-contenders in Russia: Gullit

DOHA, Qatar: Dutch legend Ruud Gullit praised the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for the rapid infrastructure progress and country’s compact tournament plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“Every time I visit Qatar I find something new,” said Gullit, who led the Netherlands to success at the 1988 UEFA European Championship. “Even though I visit Doha on a regular basis, I see obvious progress every time.”

The former Netherlands captain later took a tour of the SC’s Legacy Pavilion at Al Bidda Tower.

Gullit, who represented the Netherlands at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, also praised Qatar’s compact tournament plans.

The maximum distance between stadiums will be just 55km while fans will have the chance to attend more than one match per day during the early stages of the tournament.

“It will be a lot easier for the players as they will hardly have to travel at all,” said Gullit, who is now assistant manager of the Netherlands national team. “Also, the tournament being held in November and December means players will be at their physical best. I think a lot of stars will emerge.”

On this year’s World Cup in Russia, Gullit said he was disappointed that his country won’t be represented after failing to qualify for the finals for the first time since 2002.

In their absence, Gullit is backing four nations to be among the title-contenders.

“France and Germany both have a great chance. Brazil will be seeking revenge after the embarrassment of 2014 when they lost heavily to Germany in the semis. Spain also has the quality and ability to go far in the tournament,” said the 1987 Ballon d’Or winner.