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Qatar World Cup 2022 squad: Who's in and who's out?

05:00 EAT 29/11/2022
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Qatar's first-ever World Cup squad has been announced as they prepare to host this year's showpiece

Qatar are set to make their first-ever World Cup appearance after automatically qualifying for the 2022 edition as the host nation.

However, they are not completely new to major tournaments as AFC Asian Cup regulars, having even lifted that trophy back in 2019, while also clinching a third-place finish in the 2021 Arab Cup.

Spanish manager Felix Sanchez has literally grown old with the squad from managing the Aspire Academy in the country from 2006 to taking charge of the Qatar U-19 and U-23 sides, before taking charge of the senior national team in 2017.

The Maroon will be playing the tournament opener against Ecuador on November 20, before facing Senegal and the Netherlands in Group A.

Here are the 26 players who will make history by being the first to represent Qatar at the World Cup finals.

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  • saad abdullah alsheeb Al Sadd Qatar

    GOALKEEPERS

    Saad Al Sheeb of Al-Sadd is undoubtedly the first-choice goalkeeper for Qatar, with his club team-mate Mashaal Barsham serving as his deputy.

    Youssef Hassan makes the cut, too, but Salah Zakaria has been dropped.

    Name

    Club

    Saad Al Sheeb

    Al-Sadd

    Youssef Hassan

    Al-Gharafa

    Meshaal Barsham

    Al-Sadd

  • Bassam Al-Rawi : Qatar : Asian Cup 2019

    DEFENDERS

    Abdelkarim Hassan is a household name and has over 100 caps under his belt, with Boualem Khoukhi and Ro-Ro offering plenty of experience as well.

    Mohammed Emad has been dropped but Jassem Gaber, who is also yet to make his first international appearance at senior level, has been included.

    Name

    Club

    Ro-Ro

    Al-Sadd

    Abdelkarim Hassan

    Al-Sadd

    Tarek Salman

    Al-Sadd

    Musab Kheder

    Al-Sadd

    Homam Ahmed

    Al-Gharafa

    Bassam Al-Rawi

    Al-Duhail

    Boualem Khoukhi

    Al-Sadd

    Jassem Gaber

    Al-Arabi

  • Abdulaziz Hatem Qatar Bahrain Arab Cup 30.11.2021

    MIDFIELDERS

    Mohammed Waad cuts an interesting figure in midfield, having been born in Iraq, but representing Qatar at international level.

    Abdulaziz Hatm, Karim Boudiaf and Ali Assadalla are among the experienced ones in the squad, among youngsters such as Mostafa Tarek and Osama Al-Tairi.

    Name

    Club

    Abdulaziz Hatem

    Al-Rayyan

    Mohammed Waad

    Al-Sadd

    Ali Assadalla

    Al-Sadd

    Salem Al-Hajri

    Al-Sadd

    Karim Boudiaf

    Al-Duhail

    Assim Madibo

    Al-Duhail

    Mostafa Tarek

    Al-Sadd

  • Almoez Ali

    ATTACKERS

    Hassan Al-Haydos is Qatar's most capped player of all time with over 160 appearances and a prolific goalscorer as well.

    Left winger Akram Afif is another certainty, with star striker Almoez Ali ready to lead the line.

    Name

    Club

    Akram Afif

    Al-Sadd

    Ahmed Alaaeldin

    Al-Gharafa

    Mohammed Muntari

    Al-Duhail

    Hassan Al-Haydos

    Al-Sadd

    Ismaeel Mohammad

    Al-Duhail

    Khalid Muneer

    Al-Wakrah

    Almoez Ali

    Al-Duhail

    Naif Al-Hadhrami

    Al-Rayyan

  • STRONGEST XI

    Felix Sanchez will have a few systems in place for Qatar's first World Cup finals, but will probably stick to his most tested 5-3-2 formation.

    Their last official friendly came in September when they held Chile to a 2-2 draw.

    Meshaal Barsham was Qatar's No.1 in that game, but Saad Al Sheeb seems to the favourite to start between the sticks against Ecuador.

    With Ro-Ro and Homam Ahmed on either flank, Bassam Al-Rawi, Tarek Salman and Abdelkarim Hassan should be entrusted with the defensive responsibilities in the middle.

    Abdulaziz Hatem, Karim Boudiaf and Hassan Al-Haydos should feature in midfield, with the latter offering support to the two attackers.

    Akram Afif and Almoez Ali are likely to be given the nod up front.

    Ali in particular is an interesting option up top, with the Sudan-born striker having shone for the national team on a consistent basis since making his debut in 2016.

    He was the top scorer at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and has also found the net at the Copa America and Gold Cup, a feat no other player has ever achieved.

    His next challenge will be to score at the World Cup!

    Qatar XI (5-3-2): Al Sheeb; Ro-Ro, Al-Rawi, Salman, Hassan, Ahmed; Hatem, Boudiaf, Al-Haydos; Ali, Afif