Al Khor: Qatar made the worst possible start to their hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Sunday as Felix Sanchez’s Asian champions slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ecuador in their Group A opener at Al Bayt Stadium.
Enner Valencia’s first-half double sent the South Americans on their way to victory while the tournament organisers are left needing to bounce back in their next game when they take on Senegal on Friday. The African side face the Netherlands in their opener on Monday.
Doha: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz believes a fighting spirit is key if his side are to stand a chance against England in their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 campaign opener on Monday.
One of six AFC representatives taking part in the global showcase, Iran’s Group B campaign kicks-off against the 2018 semi-finalists at the Khalifa International Stadium before they take on the United States and Wales; three testing matches for Asia’s top placed nation in the FIFA rankings.
Having faced the challenges of Spain, Portugal and Morocco back in 2018, walking away with four points and finishing third in the group, Queiroz’s young Iran side back then are four years more experienced now and look more capable of navigating the challenges presented in the current group stage.
Doha: We’re now just hours away from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicking off as the hosts prepare to make their tournament bow against Ecuador on Sunday while five other Asian nations begin their campaigns in the ensuing days.
It’s a record number of Asian Football Confederation members participating as the festival of football returns to the continent 20 years after being co-hosted by Japan and Korea Republic in the first time it was ever held in Asia.
As excitement builds ahead of the opening round of group fixtures, the-AFC.com highlights six things to look out for.
Doha: AFC representatives Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will feature some of the biggest names in Asian football at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
With a record six Asian teams at the FIFA World Cup, the participating nations will be turning to their star players to drive them forward against the world’s elite. The-AFC.com profiles six players who could make the difference for the continent's representatives in Qatar.