Former Brazil midfielder Juninho Pernambucano has stated that "it is impossible" to hold the World Cup during the searing heat of the Gulf State's summer - citing his experience of playing in Qatar.
The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has declared that Qatar would be the host of the 2022 World Cup; after Brazil host 2014 and Russia, 2018.
The average temperatures in Doha soar beyond the 40 degrees Celsius mark during June and July when the World Cup is normally be held - which could put players at risk of sunstroke and dehydration.
As such, the 38-year-old Brazilian, who spent two years with Qatari club Al Gharafa after leaving Lyon, points out that the scorching summer weather would not be suitable for top-class football.
"I spent two years in Qatar and felt really good there, I didn't have a problem with either my personal life nor football," he told reporters.
"It was two magnificent years for me and my family, but it's impossible to have a World Cup in Qatar in June and July. Even if they have the money and are capable of putting everything in place, it's impossible to play with that heat," Juninho told RMC.
"I don't think it's practical. There's no football season during summer, the league starts in September. If FIFA chose Qatar for 2022, they already must have known it was impossible to play in July."
Juninho's comments came after FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told the French media that the 2022 tournament would be switched so it is held in winter between November and January.
However, FIFA's Executive Committee is not expected to make any decision yet on the issue until after next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
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