#FIFAArabCup https://www.qatar2022.qa/en en Football legends look forward to historic FIFA Arab Cup™ https://www.qatar2022.qa/en/news/Football-legends-look-forward-to-historic-FIFA-Arab-Cup Football legends look forward to historic FIFA Arab Cup™ <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/en/user/76" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">a.habib</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 30/04/2021 - 12:38</span> <time datetime="2021-04-30T13:36:12Z" class="datetime">30 April 2021</time> <p>Football legends from across the Arab world took part in the draw for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ at Katara Opera House earlier this week. The tournament, set to take place in Qatar later this year, will see 23 teams from the region vie for the highly anticipated title in what will be the final major tournament to take place in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022™.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2b6f7ea9-7e9f-49ad-bba3-4b330f29f97e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/postpostbody1.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Teams were drawn into four groups, with the top nine nations according to the FIFA World Rankings qualifying automatically, and the remaining seven joining after a series of one-off qualification matches. <a href="https://www.qatar2022.qa/en/news/draw-sets-the-stage-for-an-exciting-FIFA-Arab-Cup-Qatar-2021">Click here for details of the draw.</a></p> <p> </p> <p>For Younis Mahmoud and Wael Gomaa, who are both Qatar Legacy Ambassadors and considered legendary players from Iraq and Egypt respectively, the tournament promises to deliver some classic match-ups that are sure to excite fans across the Arab world. </p> <p> </p> <img alt="Younis Mahmoud takes part in the FIFA Arab Cup draw" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="245905c2-6734-4b6b-bcd9-52f0d32074f4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/postpostbody2.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>“I was excited to see Qatar and Iraq drawn in the same group because the two teams have built a very nice rivalry that has seen results go both ways,” said Mahmoud, who led Iraq to AFC Asian Cup glory in 2007.</p> <p> </p> <p>He continued: “Both are former Asian champions with relatively young squads and they will both be keen to show off their skills to a global audience ahead of the first World Cup in the region. Going through to the next round for each of the teams will not be easy, but doing so will mean facing some of the region’s best teams, mainly those from North Africa who boast players from Europe’s top leagues.”</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Wael Gomaa holding up an Arabic language sign that says &quot;See You in 2022!&quot;" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8693537a-53e5-41f3-bef6-14753a6f4767" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/postpostbody3.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Gomaa believes the tournament will finally confirm the best Arab football nation – a debate regularly aired in coffee shops and social media forums across the region. </p> <p> </p> <p>“Although most fans will rightfully look forward to the colossal first round match between Egypt and Algeria – two African champions that have a tremendous history with each other – I also look forward to seeing Saudi Arabia play Morocco. The more we see intercontinental match-ups, the better sense we will get of who really deserves to lay claim to the title of best team in the Arab world,” said Gomaa, a former Egyptian full-back and three-time winner of the African Cup of Nations. </p> <p> </p> <p>“For fans, the Arab Cup will also kick off a year-long celebration in the build-up to Qatar 2022. Seeing their teams in action in World Cup stadiums will be a treat, particularly for those smaller nations that might not qualify for the World Cup next year,” added Gomaa.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Ahmed Khalil at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ecb66da9-30d4-4cea-9289-dfc9a04117c3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/postpostbody4.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>As a former Qatari player who was part of the famous side that made it to the quarter-finals of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Ahmed Khalil, who is also a Qatar Legacy Ambassador, knows the importance of big tournaments like the Arab Cup for younger players, especially those from lesser known teams.</p> <p> </p> <p>“For the smaller teams from the region, this tournament will be their big chance to show off their footballing merit to the rest of the world. Having the opportunity to play against the Arab world’s best players at World Cup stadiums will be the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Khalil, a former goalkeeper who turned out for Qatar Stars League side Al Arabi SC.</p> <p> </p> <p>“I know how much this tournament will mean for those teams, and the passion that they will bring on to the field. Their skill, along with the support many of them will have in the stands, will surely mean that we see an upset or two,” Khalil added.</p> <p> </p> <p>Set to take place at six Qatar 2022 stadiums, the tournament will be the final major milestone prior to the country’s hosting of the World Cup, which will be held from 21 November to 18 December 2022.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/draw-sets-the-stage-for-an-exciting-fifa-arab-cup-qatar-2021tm#fifa-arab-cup-qatar-2021-official-draw-x9163">Click here for details of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ draw and match schedule. </a><br />  </p> <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/402" hreflang="en">#FIFAArabCup</a> <img src="/sites/default/files/news/images/postpost.jpg" width="4088" height="1064" alt="Aerial view of Khalifa International Stadium" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/mobile_header_image_480_x_375_/public/news/images/postpostmobheader.jpg?itok=7uY3mEDU" width="480" height="375" alt="Aerial view of Khalifa International Stadium" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-mobile-header-image-480-x-375-" /> <img src="/sites/default/files/news/images/postpostmeta.jpg" width="1200" height="630" alt="Younis Mahmoud takes part in the FIFA Arab Cup draw" typeof="foaf:Image" /> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:38:29 +0000 a.habib 3435 at https://www.qatar2022.qa Qatar invites people to volunteer for the FIFA Arab Cup™ https://www.qatar2022.qa/en/news/qatar-invites-people-to-volunteer-for-the-fifa-arab-cup Qatar invites people to volunteer for the FIFA Arab Cup™ <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/en/user/83" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">s.fudge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 28/04/2021 - 11:15</span> <time datetime="2021-04-28T09:00:00Z" class="datetime">28 April 2021</time> <p><img alt="FIFA Volunteers - Stadium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="61806b7a-af23-4390-b356-db8b5534342e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Body%201_61.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>People in Qatar are being encouraged to volunteer for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™, which will take place later this year.</p> <p> </p> <p>The tournament organisers – FIFA, the Qatar Football Association, the Supreme Committee for Delivery &amp; Legacy (SC) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC – are looking for enthusiastic people aged 18 and above to support a range of operations, including spectator services, hospitality, broadcasting and media, among others.</p> <p> </p> <p>Volunteers will receive full training, tournament accreditation and a branded uniform. During their shifts, they will be entitled to a meal and use of public transport.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="FIFA Supporter Services Volunteer" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="681a2934-1655-498d-ae02-ac66b9ba7467" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Body%203_54.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Volunteers must be fluent in English, with fluency in Arabic considered an advantage. They must be available for a minimum of eight shifts, lasting approximately eight hours each, spread across weekdays and weekends during the tournament, which will culminate on 18 December.</p> <p> </p> <p>Rasha Al Qarni, the SC’s Human Resources Executive Director, said: “We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to support the staging of this historic event. Volunteers are a key part of any tournament – they help to create an exciting atmosphere through their engagement with thousands of fans. In addition, volunteers gain valuable experience and develop new skills – all while meeting like-minded people and helping Qatar to deliver a global event which will significantly help the country finalise preparations for the World Cup next year.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Al Qarni continued: “This is a great opportunity to be part of an international tournament and increase your chances of being chosen as a volunteer for next year’s FIFA World Cup.”</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="FIFA Volunteer" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="adbba41f-cf56-416a-8b7c-bbe92f97812d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Body%202_56.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Twenty-three teams from across the Arab world will take part in the FIFA Arab Cup™, with the tournament seen as a vital opportunity for Qatar to test operations and facilities ahead of the World Cup. Matches will be held at six Qatar 2022 stadiums.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.qatar2022.qa/en/opportunities/community-engagement/volunteers">Click here to register your interest in becoming a volunteer during the FIFA Arab Cup™.</a></p> <p> </p> <p>If you have any questions, email <a href="mailto:Q22volunteers@2022.qa">Q22volunteers@2022.qa</a>.</p> <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/69" hreflang="en">#Volunteers</a> <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/402" hreflang="en">#FIFAArabCup</a> <img src="/sites/default/files/news/images/Header_97.jpg" width="1920" height="500" alt="FIFA Volunteers" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/mobile_header_image_480_x_375_/public/news/images/Mobile%20Header_41.jpg?itok=JF5XCbWv" width="480" height="375" alt="FIFA Supporter Services Volunteer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-mobile-header-image-480-x-375-" /> <img src="/sites/default/files/news/images/Meta_76.jpg" width="1200" height="630" alt="FIFA Volunteers - FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 " typeof="foaf:Image" /> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 08:15:09 +0000 s.fudge 3433 at https://www.qatar2022.qa Local legends look forward to first FIFA Arab Cup™ in Qatar https://www.qatar2022.qa/en/news/local-legends-look-forward-to-first-fifa-arab-cup-in-qatar Local legends look forward to first FIFA Arab Cup™ in Qatar <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/en/user/53" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">y.algailey</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 25/04/2021 - 11:25</span> <time datetime="2021-04-25T08:26:50Z" class="datetime">25 April 2021</time> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><img alt="Wael Gomaa" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b697c46e-8f9d-4565-b706-585cde2bfdcd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Wael%20Goamma.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px">Qatar will host the FIFA Arab Cup™ later this year, with the draw for the tournament taking place at Katara Opera House on Tuesday, 27 April at 21:00 Doha time.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> <p>Twenty-three national teams will compete for the trophy, with matches set to be played at six FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venues. The tournament is regarded as a final rehearsal for the first World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world, which will take place from 21 November to 18 December 2022.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ahead of the draw, qatar2022.qa caught up with a number of Qatar Legacy Ambassadors to discuss the tournament and its significance ahead of the World Cup.</p> <p> </p> <p>Wael Gomaa, regarded as one of Africa’s best defenders of all time, said: “Firstly, the Arab Cup will provide the Qatar 2022 organisers with an important final test of stadiums and all the related infrastructure that will play a key role in hosting a successful World Cup.</p> <p><br /><img alt="Khalid Salman" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e55678db-939d-48dc-85cd-7e9092911d1a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Khalid%20Salman.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>“Secondly, Arab teams from Africa can use the tournament as a welcome opportunity to test their squads for the African Cup of Nations set to take place in early 2022, whereas those Asian countries which end up qualifying for the World Cup can use the tournament to prepare themselves for the big stage,” Gomaa added.</p> <p> </p> <p>“Thirdly, there are the social implications of the Arab Cup, in that the tournament will unite fans and teams from across the Arab region, something that no other football competition has been able to do at this scale in the recent past.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Khalid Salman, who famously scored a hat-trick for Qatar against Brazil at the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, believes the Arab Cup will provide some highly anticipated clashes.</p> <p> </p> <p>“We will have current and former continental champions mixing it up with up-and-coming teams – it will be an exciting tournament and one that shows teams from the Arab region in the best possible light,” said Salman.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Ibrahim Khalfan" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="89030713-0768-441b-a122-64b2274cd68c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Ibrahim%20Khalfan_0.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>“And to play the tournament at World Cup stadiums while benefiting from World Cup infrastructure, including the transport network, training sites and top-class accommodation, will make it even more special.”</p> <p> </p> <p>For Ibrahim Khalfan, another Qatari football legend, the FIFA Arab Cup™ will be the culmination of an important year for the next World Cup hosts.</p> <p> </p> <p>“The Qatar national team is in the midst of what will be a very formative few months in its preparations. Playing in the European qualifiers, along with their debut in the Gold Cup, will provide key experiences for their growth as a squad,” said Khalfan.</p> <p> </p> <p>“The Arab Cup will provide yet another important experience before the World Cup and comes as part of a comprehensive plan put in place by the Qatar Football Association to prepare our team for the big stage.”</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Adel Khamis" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="69c94b8e-662f-4941-b7bd-5d41f5a3bfc4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Adel%20Khamis.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Qatar will enter the FIFA Arab Cup™ as the champions of Asia after lifting the continental title in 2019 following an unbeaten run to the trophy, which included victories against Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Korea Republic and Japan.</p> <p>Adel Khamis, the first Qatari player to play abroad when he was signed by a Kuwaiti club in the late Nineties, believes entering the tournament as continental champions will give the players a boost.</p> <p> </p> <p>“Although many of the participating nations in the Arab Cup will boast players from the world’s best clubs, and will come into the tournament wanting to make a statement prior to the World Cup, I am certain that the Qatari team will prove to be a difficult opponent,” said Khamis.</p> <p> </p> <p>Despite the popularity of the game in the Arab region, the 23 participating countries have largely failed to qualify past the second round at the FIFA World Cup™, with Morocco being the first country to make it out of the group stage at Mexico 86. Since then, only Saudi Arabia and Algeria have made it to the second round, in 1994 and 2014 respectively.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Mubarak Mustafa" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="426b8c91-57a8-4389-9a4d-eb2596a49315" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Mubarak%20Mustafa.jpg" /></p> <p> </p> <p>Mubarak Mustafa, however, sees that the quality of Arab teams has been gradually improving in recent years, pointing to the fact that four teams from the region qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia. In turn, the former captain of the Qatar national team is looking forward to the Arab Cup as a platform to showcase some of the region’s talent to the rest of the world.</p> <p> </p> <p>“I’m certain that Arab teams will have their say at the World Cup. In the past, one could see the anxiety that Arab teams felt when facing football giants like Argentina and Brazil. More recently, this has changed. Teams from the region are now playing with much more confidence. This is as a result of many Arab players plying their craft in top European leagues,” said Mustafa.</p> <p> </p> <p>“The Arab Cup, therefore will be a celebration of this new, exciting style of play, and will give the world an idea of what teams from the region are capable of achieving on the world stage,” he added.</p> <p> </p> <p>The FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ draw will be held at 21:00 Doha time on Tuesday, 27 April. The draw will be streamed live on @roadto2022 and @roadto2022en.</p> <p> </p> <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/402" hreflang="en">#FIFAArabCup</a> <img src="/sites/default/files/news/images/header_96.jpg" width="1920" height="500" alt="Al Bayt Stadium" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/mobile_header_image_480_x_375_/public/news/images/mheader_27.jpg?itok=PE4EHBDf" width="480" height="375" alt="Al Bayt Stadium" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-mobile-header-image-480-x-375-" /> <img src="/sites/default/files/news/images/META%20%281%29_29.jpg" width="1200" height="630" alt="Adel Khamis" typeof="foaf:Image" /> Sun, 25 Apr 2021 08:25:25 +0000 y.algailey 3427 at https://www.qatar2022.qa