The Maroons hope to make it past the group stage of the global football tournament where they will be making their debut.

Afif is the star of the team and the best Asian player 2019 after his only goal, 10 assists led by Qatar to win the Asian title

Previous World Cup appearances: Debutants
Player to watch: Akram Afif
Ranking: 50
Fixtures: Ecuador (November 20), Senegal (November 25), Netherlands (November 29)

Qatar is making its first appearance at the global football tournament.

The Middle Eastern country of 2.8 million people mostly made up of expatriates automatically qualifies as a host country. The Asian champion is ranked 50th in the world and the first Arab country to host the tournament.

In their run to lift the Asian Cup, the country’s first major football title, the Maroons conceded just one goal and beat the four-time winner Japan in the final 3-1.

L’Espagnol Felix Sanchez, ancien entraîneur des jeunes de Barcelone, dirige l’équipe depuis la pirogue à domicile.

Les Maroons étaient occupés à préparer le tournoi en participant à plusieurs compétitions car ils espéraient passer la phase de groupes.

L’année dernière, le Qatar a battu l’Égypte aux tirs au but pour prendre la troisième place de la Coupe arabe de football organisée par la capitale qatarie, Doha.

En demi-finale, les Maroons ont perdu 2-1 contre le futur vainqueur – les Warriors du désert algériens – lors d’un match animé au stade Al Thumama, où ils ont encaissé un but à la 17e minute du temps additionnel.

The Maroons conceded just one goal and beat favourites and four-time champions Japan 3-1 in the 2019 Asian cup final

In 2019, Qatar was invited to participate in the Copa America where it was placed in Group B along with Argentina – who finished third – Colombia and Paraguay. The Maroons were eliminated from the first round after they finished last in their group with one point after drawing 2-2 with Paraguay in the opening match.

The team consists of players selected from the local league – Qatar Stars League. The Maroons are in Group A with Ecuador (44th), Senegal (18th) and the Netherlands (8th).

As hosts, the Maroons will kick off the show with their game against South America at the 60,000-seat Al Bait Stadium.

The star of the team is deceived left winger Akram Afif. The 25-year-old is the 2019 Asian Footballer of the Year after his lone goal and 10 assists lifted Qatar to the continental title.

Afif was previously on Villarreal’s books in the Spanish League and also played in the Eupen Cup in the Belgian League. Afif’s older brother Ali is also on the team.

The tournament could be the last World Cup for Qatari players and current captain Hassan Al Haydos, who turns 32 before the final on December 18.

Al Haydos, who plays for Al Sadd, is also the country’s fourth top scorer.

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