The Qatari Men’s National Soccer Team won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions after beating four-time champions Japan in the final. This is Qatar’s first major title victory. With Qatar being a young team, winning the Asian Cup could be a start to the national team’s first true golden generation.
Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament, being the first Arab nation to do so. As a result, Qatar is automatically qualified, making it their first appearance in the World Cup. By winning the Asian Cup, they also qualified for the 2021 Confederations Cup and they’ve been invited to participate in the 2019 Copa America tournament. Qatar has a lot to look forward to before hosting the World Cup and winning their first major title is part of the preparation for the 2022 World Cup.
Their first title victory is one to be remembered; According to FIFA, Qatar became the first team in the tournament’s history to reach the final with six clean sheets. Simultaneously their allowing of just one goal is the best goal difference by any nation in the history of the Asian Cup.
Qatari star forward Almoez Ali is the center of attention for the team. The 22-year-old scored nine goals to become the highest goalscorer in one Asian Cup tournament. His performance put him in line to win the tournament’s Golden Boot and Best Player awards. Almoez has been described as the deadliest striker in Asia due to his performance at the Asian Cup. Shortly after the tournament, Ali expressed his hopes of playing for a big club in Europe in order to take his skills and career to the next level.
Winning the Asian Cup means a lot for Qatar. Such an accomplishment brings hope for the future of the Qatari Football Association.
The national team has never qualified for a World Cup before, creating excitement for the team and country. Getting the opportunity to compete for two other titles increases the team’s motivation. It will give them yet another opportunity to prove themselves and show the world what they’ve got.
Qatar’s time to shine has arrived. They have a young and talented team. They’ve won their first major title and they’re competing in three tournaments in the next three years. These are opportunities the team has been waiting decades for and they’ve finally earned them. There’s no telling what the new Qatari Golden Generation has in store for the world.