The Qatar national football team
is the national team of Qatar
and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association
. They have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup
but are hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup
. The team has also appeared in seven AFC Asian Cup
tournaments and hosted the 2011 AFC Asian Cup
History and overview
Football was brought to Qatar in the 1940s and 50s by oil workers. Soon after the formation of the Qatar Football Association
in 1970, the national team played its first match against Bahrain
in the Gulf Cup
. Qatar have only once progressed beyond the group stage in continental championships and have never represented Asia in a FIFA World Cup. However, they have won the Gulf Cup
twice, in 1992 and 2004, both times as host, and qualified for the Asian Cup
finals in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007, and as hosts for 2011.
Qatar reached the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998 when they beat China and Iran to enter the last match against Saudi Arabia
needing just a point to gain an automatic qualifying place. However, they lost out as the Saudis went through 1–0.
They reached the final qualifying round again four years later, but were defeated by Bora Milutinovic
's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier
took the manager's job after Korea–Japan 2002, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006.
Troussier was sacked... Read More