Qatar (/ˈkæˌtɑːr/,i/ˈkɑːtɑːr/, /ˈkɑːtər/ or i/kəˈtɑːr/;Arabic:قطرQaṭar[ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic:دولة قطرDawlat Qaṭar), is a sovereigncountry located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.
A television viewing audience of 484 million in 80 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America and North Africa witnessed Japan defeat Australia 1–0 in the final.
Qatar, India and Iran all lodged interest in hosting the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, while Australia also considered making a late bid. Qatar officially submitted their bid on 19 June 2006, while India withdrew their interest and Iran failed to submit proper documentation for their bid on time.
Qatar was announced as host nation on 29 July 2007, during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to FIFA regulations stating that confederation events can be hosted either in January or July, and July being peak summer heat in the Middle East, it was also announced that the tournament would be held in January of that year.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Australia completed its World Cup warmup matches with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Sunday, for its second win against the All Whites in a week ... A two-match series against New Zealand — which included a 1-0 win in Brisbane on Thursday — completes Australia's match preparations before the World Cup in Qatar.
Mbappe has begun the campaign in scintillating form, with 10 goals in nine games already, and despite his startling run Deschamps will be keen for his forward to make it to Qatar fully fit ... If they are to have a hope of coming anywhere near matching that achievement in Qatar, then they will need him to be fresh and at his best.
The Socceroos will head to the World Cup as winners after a youthful side overcame New Zealand 2-0 in their final friendly ahead of Qatar... With Thursday night's XI that beat the All Whites 1-0 spared the trip to New Zealand, Arnold said he wanted to use the match to find his 'Plan B' for Qatar.
The ThreeLions are on a dreadful run of form at the moment, and put in another underwhelming performance as they lost 1-0 to Italy in their latest NationsLeague match this week ... “But I’ve got to separate the summer and the circumstances around the summer from (this match).” More Stories / Latest News.
England managerGareth Southgate, under fire after a disappointing NationsLeague campaign, said he is nonetheless "the right person" to take the team into this year's World Cup in Qatar... "Now we know the level, now we know what we've got to improve and we'll be better placed for that by having had the quality of matches that we've had.".
England managerGareth Southgate, under fire after a disappointing NationsLeague campaign, said he is nonetheless “the right person” to take the team into this year’s World Cup in Qatar... “Now we know the level, now we know what we’ve got to improve and we’ll be better placed for that by having had the quality of matches that we’ve had.”.