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Seeing positive evolution of football among Indians: Fernando de Matos of Visa

storyboard18 | Dec 24, 2022 3:43 PM IST

Seeing positive evolution of football among Indians: Fernando de Matos of Visa

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Visa, a worldwide partner of FIFA since 2007. Visa is the official payment service partner of FIFA events around the world. In this episode of Storyboard18, speaking to Shibani Gharat Fernando de Matos, Head of Sponsorship Marketing at Visa, Asia Pacific Region said he is happy to kind of see a very positive evolution of football in Indians and added Indians were the second largest of foreigners, foreign people coming into Qatar, after Saudi Arabia.

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar that took place from November 20 to December 18 had 32 national teams from five confederations playing right here in Doha, and it provided them a great opportunity to create history.

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Visa, a worldwide partner of FIFA since 2007. Visa is the official payment service partner of FIFA events around the world. The partnership provides visa with worldwide exclusive access to experiences at FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup and over 40 other people competitions.
Speaking to Storyboard18’s Shibani Gharat, Fernando de Matos, Head of Sponsorship Marketing at Visa, Asia Pacific Region said, “I have had the pleasure of working on this since our the beginning of our partnership with FIFA. We have seen an unprecedented growth of football in Asia Pacific. And then if you kind of drill it down a little bit more into the Indian subcontinent, comparing it just with four years ago, I am really happy to kind of see a very positive evolution.”
He added, “Just to put things into perspective according to the Qatari Government, Indians during the group stage where the second largest of foreigners, foreign people coming into Qatar, after Saudi Arabia. So that kind of really demonstrates how football has evolved over the last four years and how Indians are now behind this, this sport.”
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