Krishanu Majumder: “Qatar is a strong team like Japan, South Korea, Iran, Australia. If they reach the next round of the World Cup, they will have the advantage of playing at home.” Afghanistan’s footballer Faysal Shayesteh was saying these words in one breath.

Indian club Srinidhi Deccan player Faizal Shaiste. That Faizal also says, “under the coaching of coach Felix Sanchez, Qatar is showing good football.” Afghanistan faced Qatar in the World Cup qualifiers. Afghans were devastated by the Qatar storm. Afghanistan had to concede half a dozen goals in the first match. The results of the next phase were much more modest. Qatar beat Faizal Shaiest’s Afghanistan 1-0. “Qatar has spent a lot of money in the last 10 years to develop its national football team,” Shaeste tells Daily Daily Digital after seeing Qatar up close. The infrastructure has improved greatly. Brought great coaches from outside. Several players have been brought in from other countries and given citizenship to their country.” All in all, Qatar is now blossoming in football.

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Qatar will face Ecuador in South America in the opening match of the World Cup. Qatar’s FIFA ranking is 50. On the other hand, Ecuador is number 44 in the FIFA ranking. As a result, 44 fought against 50 in the opening match of the World Cup.

Even before the ball of the first match, a great discussion has started about Qatar. There is intense speculation on social media that Ecuador will abandon the match to Qatar. Eight Ecuadorian footballers were also reportedly paid to leave matches. Ever since Qatar was given the responsibility to host the World Cup, there has been intense controversy. Even before the start of the World Cup, many controversies chased Qatar. But there is no doubt in anyone’s mind about Spanish coach Felix Sanchez’s boys’ football. Rather, the football players and coaches of Afghanistan and Bangladesh respect their football. They had to face Qatar in the World Cup qualifiers. Apart from Qatar, the group included Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India and Oman.

Former Bangladesh coach Jamie Day tells Sangam Pratid Digital, “Qatar footballers are very strong. Also athletic. Against us, they used a 4-3-3 formation. Very strong team. They have the ability to give momentum to any team.” But will Qatar stop the debate with good football?

Bangladesh lost 2-0 in the first match against the host nation of the World Cup. In the second match, Qatar defeated Bangladesh 5-0. “Qatar have been preparing for the World Cup for several days,” said Jamie Day. Along with bringing coaches from abroad, the country’s footballers have improved. The football infrastructure has changed completely. Qatari footballers are now playing international standard football.”

As Afghanistan and Bangladesh crumbled, India, however, fought with dignity. Doha went to the field and drew against the mighty Qatar. One after another Qatari attacks came and stopped in the gloves of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Not being able to score showed Qatar’s footballers disappointed. In the next match too, Qatar stormed India’s goal. Gurpreet once again held the fort single-handedly. But in the end he was defeated. At the end of ninety minutes of fighting, India had to lose the match by just one goal.

Qatar won the AFC Asian Cup before landing on a big stage like the World Cup. Faizal says, “AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar. And this victory has shown that Qatar is moving in the right direction. I have no doubt that Qatar is ready to face strong teams at the World Cup.”

A little later, Qatar will enter the World Cup. Faizal, Jamie Day will be staring at the TV screen. One day they came down to stop Felix Sanchez’s team. Today, a planet beyond their reach is Qatar.

 

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