Can Qatar cope with pressure, expectations at World Cup 2022? | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

The Maroons hope to make it previous the group stage of the worldwide soccer match the place they are going to be making their debut.

Earlier World Cup appearances: Debutants
Participant to observe: Akram Afif
Rating: 50
Fixtures: Ecuador (November 20), Senegal (November 25), Netherlands (November 29)

Qatar is making its first look on the international soccer match.

The Center Jap nation of two.8 million folks comprised of largely expatriates certified mechanically because the host nation. The reigning Asian champions are ranked 50 on this planet and are the primary Arab nation to host the competitors.

Of their run to lifting the Asian trophy, the nation’s first massive soccer title, the Maroons conceded only one objective and beat favourites and four-time champions Japan 3-1 within the closing.

Main the crew from the dugout on house soil is Spaniard Felix Sanchez – a former Barcelona youth coach.

The Maroons have been busy getting ready for the match collaborating in a number of competitions as they hope to make it previous the group stage.

Final 12 months, Qatar beat Egypt on penalties to complete third within the FIFA Arab cup hosted within the Qatari capital, Doha.

Within the semi-final, the Maroons misplaced 2-1 to eventual winners – Algeria’s Desert Warriors – in a pulsating match at Thumama stadium, conceding a objective within the seventeenth minute of stoppage time.

AFC Asian Cup Final - Japan v Qatar
The Maroons conceded only one objective and beat favourites and four-time champions Japan 3-1 within the 2019 Asian cup closing [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

In 2019, Qatar was invited to participate within the Copa America the place they had been positioned in Group B with Argentina – who completed third – Colombia and Paraguay. The Maroons had been eradicated within the first spherical after ending backside of their group with a single level after drawing 2-2 with Paraguay of their opening match.

The squad consists of gamers picked from the native league – Qatar Stars League. The Maroons are in Group A with Ecuador (ranked 44), Senegal (ranked 18) and the Netherlands (ranked 8).

Because the host nation, the Maroons will kick off the present with their match in opposition to the South Individuals on the 60,000-seater Al Bayt stadium.

The star of the crew is the tough left-winger Akram Afif. The 25-year-old is the 2019 Asian footballer of the 12 months after his one objective and 10 assists led Qatar to the continental trophy.

Afif was beforehand on the books of La Liga aspect Villarreal and has additionally performed KAS Eupen within the Belgian league. Afif’s older brother, Ali, can be a part of the squad.

The match might be the final World Cup for Qatar’s most capped participant and the present crew captain Hassan al-Haydos who will flip 32 earlier than the ultimate on December 18.

Al-Haydos, who performs for Al-Sadd, can be fourth on the nation’s goal-scorer’s checklist.

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