Because the host nation, Qatar secured an computerized World Cup qualification spot and will probably be hoping to show they don’t seem to be out of their depth.
The workforce is managed by the Spaniard Felix Sanchez, who got here by the ranks teaching FC Barcelona’s youth facet earlier than transferring to move up Qatar.
The 46-year-old has lived and labored in Qatar since 2006 and joined the Aspire Academy to assist scout younger athletes. After teaching Qatar’s nationwide under-19 facet, throughout which they received the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup, and stints managing the under-20 and under-23 sides, Sanchez changed Jorge Fossati within the senior workforce in 2017.
Since then, Qatar have had blended success on the worldwide stage, however can a house crowd flip round their fortunes?
Qatar World Cup 2022 squad
World Cup squads are often introduced round six weeks earlier than the World Cup begins. This 12 months the World Cup will run from Nov 21-Dec 18.
The present workforce’s high goal-scorer, Almoez Ali (39), has a goal-to-game ratio of 0.53, adopted by Hassan Al-Haydos (33) on 0.21 and Akram Afif (24) on 0.29.
Who’re more likely to be the star names within the squad?
Many of the squad in current match are minor names who play for a handful of Qatar golf equipment, principally Al-Sadd and Al-Duhail.
However most notable needs to be Akram Afif, a left-winger who can play up entrance, who performed for Spanish membership Sevilla as a youth, earlier than becoming a member of Belgian facet Eupen in 2015 to launch his senior profession.
The 26-year-old then grew to become the primary Qatari-born signing in LaLiga historical past when he moved to Villarreal in 2016.
What are Qatar’s fixtures?
Qatar are in Group A with Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands.
Nov 20: Qatar vs Ecuador, Al Bayt Stadium, 7pm
Nov 25: Qatar vs Senegal, Al Thumama Stadium, 1pm
Nov 29: Netherlands vs Qatar, Al Bayt Stadium, 3pm
The knockout part will start with the Spherical of 16 from December 3-6.
See the total listing of World Cup 2022 fixtures.
What’s Qatar’s World Cup report?
Qatar has didn’t qualify for each World Cup it has been eligible for, till this 12 months they certified as hosts.
They’ve fared barely higher at a continental stage, profitable the AFC Asian Cup title for the primary time in 2019.
The nationwide workforce has performed at numerous different worldwide tournaments, such because the 2019 Copa America the place they misplaced to Argentina and Columbia, and reaching the semi-finals of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Friendlies in March this 12 months introduced a 2-1 win over Bulgaria and 0-0 draw with Slovenia which can be a confidence booster.
Qatar are at present 350/1 to win the World Cup 2022.
Different main contenders…
- Brazil 9/2
- France 6/1
- England 11/2
- Argentina 7/1
Data right as of September 7