Will Qatar be able to cope with the pressure, expectations for the 2022 World Cup?

Опубликовано: 15-11-2022, 12:50, , 122, 0
The mostly expatriate Middle Eastern country of 2.8 million automatically qualified as a host country. The reigning Asian champions are ranked 50th in the world and are the first Arab nation to host the competition.
En route to the Asia Trophy, the country's first major football title, the Maroons conceded just one goal and beat favorites and four-time champions Japan 3-1 in the final.
The Spaniard Felix Sanchez, a former Barcelona youth coach, leads the team from the dugout in his native land.
The Maroons have been busy preparing for the tournament by taking part in several competitions as they look to advance through the group stage.
Last year, Qatar beat Egypt on penalties to finish third in the FIFA Arab Cup held in the Qatari capital, Doha.

In the semi-finals, the Maroons lost 2-1 to the eventual winners, the Algerian Desert Warriors, in a thrilling match at the Tumama Stadium, conceding a goal in the 17th minute of stoppage time.
In 2019, Qatar were invited to take part in the Copa América where they were placed in Group B with third placed Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. The Maroons were eliminated in the first round, finishing last in their group with one point after a 2–2 draw with Paraguay in the first leg.
The roster is made up of players selected from the local Qatar Stars League. The Maroons are in Group A along with Ecuador (44th), Senegal (18th) and the Netherlands (8th).
As host nation, the Maroons will kick off the show with their match against the South Americans at the 60,000 capacity Al Bayt Stadium.
The star of the team is the cunning left winger Akram Afif. The 25-year-old was named the 2019 Asian Footballer of the Year after his one goal and 10 assists led Qatar to the continental trophy.
Afif previously played for La Liga team Villarreal and also played for Eupen in the Belgian league. Afif's older brother, Ali, is also part of the squad.
The tournament could be the last World Cup for Qatar's highest scoring player and current team captain, Hassan al-Haidos, who will turn 32 before the final on December 18.
Al-Haidos, who plays for Al-Sadd, is also fourth in the list of scorers in the country.
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