Qatar has been constructing at this second for years. Even earlier than FIFA accepted the small Center Jap nation’s bid for the 2022 match again in 2010, there was a transparent plan in place for each the nation and its nationwide staff to placed on a present when the time comes. However the lead-up to the match hasn’t been with out drama, scandal, tragedy and controversy. A number of experiences have surfaced during the last decade surrounding the mistreatment and deaths of migrant staff constructing the match infrastructure. Questions have been raised surrounding the politics of the nation for guests—a ban on alcohol was introduced, then (partially) repealed, and it is nonetheless not clear how the nation will deal with LGBTQ+ followers, as homosexuality is taken into account a criminal offense within the nation. FIFA even wrote a letter to collaborating nationwide groups successfully telling them to stay to sports activities.
On the pitch, the Qataris have fielded one of the vital attention-grabbing groups on the match. Various their key gamers are naturalized residents who performed at the very least 5 years at golf equipment within the nation. However whereas they hail from world wide, they’re skilled—and skilled collectively. Supervisor Félix Sánchez has spent years constructing a cohesive staff—he turned senior nationwide staff coach 5 years in the past however has been concerned with the Aspire Academy and Qatari youth groups since leaving Barcelona in 2006—primarily of gamers among the many high golf equipment within the Qatar Stars League .
Qatar might have mechanically certified as host, but it surely’s the reigning Asian Cup champion (2019) and breezed by way of its Asian qualifying matches, successful seven and drawing one whereas permitting only one purpose (it participated within the second spherical of World Cup qualifying, because it doubled as 2023 Asian Cup qualifying). That mentioned, it has misplaced six straight matches in opposition to World Cup-bound groups. If it hopes for a stunning run to the knockout stage, then it should journey its expertise together with any power from the house crowd cheering on what’s the fruits of a very complete sporting venture.
Group A Schedule (all instances Jap)
– Ecuador, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.
– Senegal, Nov. 25, 8 am
– Netherlands, Nov. 29, 10 am
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Gamers to Watch
Almoez Ali, striker
One of the best pure goalscorer on this staff is the 26-year-old Al-Sadd participant. Usually enjoying in a two-man entrance line alongside Akram Afif, Ali is at his greatest when enjoying off the shoulder of the defender as Qatar tries to strike on the counter.
Abdelkarim Hassan, left again
Some of the skilled gamers on this facet will play a big position each defensively and within the assault for Qatar. Hassan has sufficient pace to help on the counter and can look to assist present defensive stability out of possession, significantly up in opposition to the difficult wingers of Senegal and the Netherlands.
Hassan Al-Haydos, ahead
Al-Haydos is the nation’s most-capped participant (167) for a cause. He understands the system, in addition to the restrictions of this Qatar facet. Enjoying as a No. 10, the technically gifted midfielder might want to run the present in midfield for the hosts to create goalscoring possibilities.
Saad Al Sheeb, goalkeeper
There aren’t any true “breakout” potentialities from this Qatar squad—the staff depends closely on a veteran core that has been cultivated over years of enjoying collectively. However whereas the main target of this staff is its attacking stars, Al Sheeb has an opportunity to make his personal headlines. The 32-year-old has held down his spot in purpose for Qatar for years. He was key in his facet’s Asian Cup title in 2019, Qatar’s first. However he’ll probably be referred to as upon repeatedly in his first World Cup.
Stable appearances in opposition to Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay within the 2019 Copa América proved he can maintain his personal in opposition to a number of the world’s high assaults. The magnitude of attacking expertise held by Senegal, the Netherlands and Ecuador means Al Sheeb’s position will probably be decisive in his facet’s hopes of constructing a shock knockout stage look.
World Cup Historical past
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Outlook and Expectations
Just one host nation, South Africa in 2010, has ever failed to achieve the knockout stage. Even then, the host performed an exciting tournament-opening draw vs. Mexico after which shockingly upset France. Can Qatar create comparable chaos inside Group A?
At first look, the Netherlands and Senegal look to be clear favorites to achieve the knockout stage. However each Ecuador and the host nation could also be powerful outs. And for Qatar, it is all about whether or not the staff can reside as much as the years of buildup and anticipation. A gaggle-stage flameout is probably going, however something extra could be an enormous win for a nation attempting to change into a constant presence on the planet of soccer.
World Cup Squad
GOALKEEPERS: Saad Al Sheeb (Al Sadd), Meshaal Barshim (Al Sadd), Youssef Hassan (Al-Gharafa)
DEFENDERS: Homam Ahmed (Al-Gharafa), Bassam Al-Rawi (Al-Duhail), Jassem Gaber (Al-Arabi), Abdelkarim Hassan (Al-Sadd), Musab Kheder (Al-Sadd), Boualem Khoukhi (Al-Sadd) , Pedro Miguel (Al-Sadd), Ismaeel Mohammad (Al-Duhail), Tarek Salman (Al-Sadd)
MIDFIELDERS: Salem Al-Hajri (Al-Sadd), Ali Assadalla (Al-Sadd), Karim Boudiaf (Al-Duhail), Abdulaziz Hatem (Al-Rayyan), Assim Madibo (Al-Duhail), Mostafa Tarek (Al-Sadd), Mohammed Waad (Al Sadd)
FORWARDS: Akram Afif (Al-Sadd), Nief Al-Hadhrami (Al-Rayyan), Hassan Al-Haydos (Al-Sadd), Ahmed Alaaeldin (Al-Gharafa), Almoez Ali (Al-Duhail), Khalid Muneer (Al-Wakrah) , Muhammad Muntari (Al-Duhail)
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