Has Qatar been in the World Cup before? 2022 host’s tournament record

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Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup this November and December, but has the country been in FIFA competition before and what is the Maroon’s tournament record?

Football was first introduced in Qatar during the late 1940s, but quickly grew in popularity in the Arabian Peninsula nation. The boom the sport enjoyed in the 1950s also saw the country build the first-ever purpose-built football ground in the Gulf region in Doha.

Other grounds were built in the 1970s, including the Khalifa International Stadium. It will host eight matches in 2022, including six group matches, a round of 16 match and a third-place play-off. England also play their first match there on 21 November.

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The rise in popularity of football saw Qatar establish the country’s football association, the QFA, in 1960. The QFA later became a member association of FIFA in 1963 and became part of the Asian Football Confederation, which governs the game in Asia and Oceania. in 1967.

Yet it was not until 1974 that Qatar first attempted to qualify for the World Cup. But the QFA withdrew Maroon’s entry into the FIFA 10 qualifying stages. The 1974 edition in West Germany was the last World Cup that Qatar did not attempt to reach.

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Has Qatar ever been to the World Cup before hosting the 2022 edition?

Qatar has attempted to qualify for every World Cup between 1978 and 2018, but has never been to a FIFA tournament. Maroon will thus make their first appearance at the quadrennial in 2022 as hosts. FIFA awarded Qatar the right to host the 22nd edition in a 2010 vote.

As the first two rounds of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers also acted as qualifiers for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, Qatar still competed in the early stages of the Asian section. In the AFC qualifiers, 46 teams competed for four spots plus a place in the inter-confederation play-offs.

Qatar faced Oman, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group E of the second round and remained unbeaten. The Maroons made it a near-perfect seven wins and a draw to book their place at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. They only dropped points in a goalless draw against India.

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How did Qatar fare in their bid to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia?

Qatar had a second qualifying round bye in their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Maroon entered the AFC qualification journey as the No. 92 nation in the world and the sixth-highest member of the Asian Football Confederation as the top 34 advancers. .

Group C proved to be a piece of cake for Qatar in the second round as they led with 21 points from eight matches. Only China could beat the Maroons in one of their meetings, finishing second with 17 points, ahead of Hong Kong (14), Maldives (6) and Bhutan (0).

However, a third round would spell the end of Qatar’s hopes of finally qualifying for the World Cup on merit. The Maroons crashed out of the AFC race after finishing last in Group A with two wins from 10 matches. Although one of their wins was against the runners-up, South Korea.

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Has Qatar ever come close to qualifying for the World Cup on merit?

Qatar came closest to the finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy after reaching the final round of AFC qualifying. Maroon topped their first round table from Iraq, Jordan and Oman. They took nine points from six matches, which was enough for a points lead.

In the second and final leg of the AFC trip, victories were harder to come by as Qatar won and drew three. Still, five points kept them in touch with South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. If South Korea beat the UAE in the last matches, Qatar would do it.

But Qatar ultimately failed to qualify for the World Cup and continued to do so in the next seven attempts. The Maroons will now host the FIFA event in 2022 and will be at the tournament for the first time alongside Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands in Group A.

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