The World Cup fever in Qatar 2022 has spread throughout the world, including Indonesia. Children and adults welcome the World FootbalI event in South Sulawesi. Football fans waved the flags of the participating countries in a parade ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup kick-off, in Pambusuang village, West Sulawesi, Sunday (20/11/2022).
The euphoria of the 2022 World Cup can also be seen in Jembrana Regency, Bali. Some flags of the 2022 World Cup contestant countries were seen lined up in Batuagung Village, Jembrana Subdistrict, Jembrana Regency on Tuesday (22/11).
This also illustrates the passion of Indonesian people for football. The Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia, Lambert Grijns in a discussion on the 2022 Qatar World Cup at Voice of Indonesia’s Studio, Wednesday (23/11/2022) pointed out that Indonesian football is always interesting. He further explained this is because Indonesia has an interesting competition and fans or people who like football.
"Why is it interesting? Because the people, the supporters, and the atmosphere, the people love football," Ambassador stated.
Lambert Grijns further conveyed that because football and Indonesian people are good, Indonesia is a good place for professional players, including Dutch footballers.
”Yes… there are several Dutch football players in Indonesian football competitions. Why are they playing in Indonesia? Indonesian football competition is interesting. They could have played in the Netherlands or Belgium, but they chose Indonesia. That's because Indonesia has an interesting competition,” Lambert said.
Lambert also explained that Indonesian football is developing rapidly. Therefore, he is sure that in the next 4 years, Indonesia will join the World Cup finals.
“The second is that I think Indonesian football is developing rapidly. I hope the Indonesian team will be able to play in the next tournament. Indonesia is a big country that has talented players. Indonesia is good at sports. So, I think sooner or later Indonesia will reach that level. Maybe in the next 4 years, we can talk about the same thing. But related to the Indonesian team,” he concluded.
On Tuesday morning (Indonesia Western Time), the Dutch national team won their first match against the Senegalese team in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The Orange team defeated Senegal 2-0 because young players Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaasen scored at Al Thumama Stadium.
Ambassador Lambert Grijns further pointed out that although the Netherlands did not play very well, the Netherlands Vs Senegal match was a class match since Senegal is the champion on the African continent. Lambert Grijns conveyed that for the next match Netherlands Vs Ecuador, by buying tickets that are not too expensive, football fans can watch the match together at an event held by the Dutch football association on Friday at Jakarta’s GBK Stadium. (VOI)