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.
A World Cup appearance for Nigeria would have been magical because it would have created an atmosphere to attract top Nigerian artists to Qatar who have a large following in the country.” Nigeria’s supporters attend the World Cup qualifier match between Nigeria and Ghana [Afolabi Sotunde /Reuters].
A football club said its captain would wear a rainbow armband following concerns from LGBTQ+ fans ahead of a match against a team from Qatar. Fan group Proud Salopians said they were "disappointed" over Shrewsbury Town FC's plans to play a pre-season training match with Qatar SC at a hotel pitch in Spain.
Hoteloperator Accor is recruiting 12,000 temporary overseas employees to operate 65,000 empty rooms in apartments and homes in Qatar as temporary fan housing for the 2022 soccer World Cup, its chairman and CEOSebastien Bazin told Reuters ... “We will be under pressure until the first match has started.
Fun times ... Day out ... Beachwear ... RELATED ARTICLES ... Share ... Such a deal could suit all parties, with Pirlo keen to grab an experienced star to help his side, who finished eighth in the Turkish top flight last term, push towards a European spot next season, while Ramsey can try and build up his match fitness ahead of this winter's World Cup finals in Qatar ... .
Watford have cancelled a friendly match against the Qatar national team after two supporters’ groups voiced concerns about the country’s human rights record ... Qatar’s Football Association (QFA) said it had received a number of offers from European clubs, including Watford, to play friendly matches.
Watford have called off their proposed friendly against the Qatar national side after supporters voiced their concerns with the fixture ... 'WOW and Proud Hornets are very disappointed that Watford FC will play the Qatar national team at its training camp ... In a practice match in Marbella, Spain on Tuesday night, David Healy's side beat Qatar 1-0.