Qatar World Cup 2022 Squad: Squad, Outlook, Players in Eye

Qatar has been working towards this moment for years. Even before FIFA accepted the small Middle Eastern nation’s bid for the 2022 tournament in 2010, there was a clear plan for the country and its national team to put on a show when the time came. But the run-up to the tournament was not without its drama, scandal, tragedy and controversy. Over the past decade, multiple reports have surfaced of the mistreatment and deaths of migrant workers building tournament infrastructure. Questions have been raised about the country’s politics for visitors – an alcohol ban was announced, then (partially) lifted, and it’s still not clear how the nation will deal with LGBTQ+ fans as homosexuality is considered a crime in the country. FIFA even wrote a letter to the participating national teams, effectively urging them to stay in the sport.

On the pitch, the Qatari fielded one of the most interesting sides of the tournament. Some of their key players are naturalized citizens who have played for clubs in the country for at least five years. But although they come from all over the world, they are experienced – and experienced together. Manager Félix Sánchez has spent years building a cohesive team – he became senior national team coach five years ago but has been involved with Aspire Academy and Qatar youth teams since leaving Barcelona in 2006 – made up mostly of players from the top clubs in the world Qatar Stars League.


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