Al Khor: Qatar coach Felix Sanchez labelled Ecuador as favourites when his side make their long-awaited FIFA World Cup debut at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday in the opening game of Qatar 2022 against the South Americans.
The reigning AFC Asian Cup champions will become the second nation from the continent – after Saudi Arabia faced hosts Russia in 2018 – to play in the FIFA World Cup opener and the game will mark the culmination of more than a decade’s work for Sanchez and his players.
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.
Doha: With a record six Asian nations headed to the FIFA World Cup™ Qatar 2022, the continent stands as big a chance of delivering exceptional results this winter as it ever had as the hosts Qatar are joined by Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia.
With the clock running down ahead of the FIFA World Cup, the-AFC.com takes an in depth look at Saudi Arabia as we conclude our series on Asia's Qatar 2022 cast.
Dubai: Japan slipped to a late 2-1 loss against Canada in Dubai’s Al Makhtoum Stadium on Thursday as Hajime Moriyasu’s Samurai Blue completed their preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a defeat.
Lucas Cavallini scored from the penalty spot four minutes into injury time after Miki Yamane had brought down Richie Laryea to hand the Canadians the win in a disjointed game that saw both teams make numerous changes.
Yuki Soma had put the Japanese ahead in the ninth minute before Steven Vitoria levelled 12 minutes and the match looked set to end in a draw until Cavallini’s late spot-kick.
The game was Japan’s last before featuring in Group E at the FIFA World Cup Finals, where they have been drawn to face Germany, Costa Rica and Spain.
Al Rayyan: Son Heung-min says he is willing to risk his health to bring joy to Korea Republic's fans at the FIFA World Cup™ Qatar 2022 after being pictured training in a protective mask.
Son's participation in Qatar was in doubt when he suffered a fracture around his left eye in Tottenham's UEFA Champions League win at Marseille earlier this month, causing him to miss Spurs' last three pre-World Cup fixtures.
However, Son was named in Paulo Bento's 26-man World Cup squad and subsequently declared he would not miss the tournament "for the world".
Dubai: With a record six Asian nations headed to the FIFA World Cup™ 2022, the continent stands as big a chance of delivering exceptional results this winter as it ever had as the hosts Qatar are joined by Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and Australia.
As the clock ticks down towards the opening ceremony on Sunday, the-AFC.com takes a look at Qatar, who will be making their FIFA World Cup debut.