Everton & Australia midfielder Tim Cahill backs Qatar as 2022 World Cup host

The midfielder, who was in Zurich with the Australian bid team when Qatar won the tournament’s hosting rights, says he had 'never seen anything like' the Middle East nation's bid

Tim Cahill has backed Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup despite himself playing a part in Australia's failed bid.

The 31-year-old Everton midfielder was among the Australian bid team in Zurich last December when Qatar was awarded hosting rights of the 2022 Fifa event.

Qatar's victory has since been shrouded in controversy with allegations of corruption and bribery, but Cahill told the Nine Network he had been very impressed by the Middle East nation's bid.

"I was there for the bid and saw their presentation being made," said Cahill.

"To be totally honest with you, it was the best presentation I saw and the most impressive. I've never seen anything like it."

Cahill added that he would love to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite suggestions the conditions could be difficult for visitors and spectators.

The Australian said: "They looked for so many faults in South Africa, everywhere they look for faults. But it's all about chances.

"Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world and the thing is they will give every chance of making it happen.

"And if it means sticking air conditioning in every stadium and things like that, that's what they're going to have to do."

Cahill is rated by the Castrol EDGE Rankings as the 92nd best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.

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