Having spent some time playing professional soccer in the UAE I can honestly say that the Qatari National Team are going through a restructure in their soccer IQ. For years, the game in the UAE has been enjoyed by many players, usually from poorer areas in the UAE. With the popularity of soccer increasing in recent years Qatar have begun to encourage players to learn the game from an earlier age and, more importantly, from all social classes. The investment in the youth systems and domestic leagues are now developing the soccer IQ, rather than just the physical ability which means Qatar are developing into real soccer players. The Qatar players have always had natural ability but now, their abilities are being blended with knowledge of how to play the game and the result is a nation going from strength to strength.

Qatar National Soccer Team: Tactics & Principles

Having watched the team play in recent months the first thing you will notice is their tireless running. Training in the heat and dry air develops physical engines capable of utilising oxygen faster than a milder climate. The team close down the opposition defensively although, at times it is visible they are still learning how to close as a unit which is imperative against higher level opposition. Going forward, they attack from either flank but like to play the ball inside with intricate passing. Overall, Qatar are a side that move the ball well and have technically gifted players. The weakness in the squad is the ability to change the point of the attack as they commit to a thought and rarely are able to switch out play and rebuild with possession.

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World Cup PREDICTIONS & What to Expect?

The hosts of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar have an automatic qualification to the World Cup. Though they will be spurred on by tens of thousands of fans, Qatar will struggle to make it though the group stages. The quality is within the players but the speed of play against the likes of Brazil and Germany will be something they have not had to deal with before. Defensively they will be exposed by teams able to change the point of attack within seconds and players that are able to think multiple phases ahead. soccer at this standard is hardly ever about ability but IQ and, unfortunately, Qatar are light years behind World Cup standard.

Qatar National Soccer Team: Top 5 Players

Almoez Ali:

Ali has been playing in the UAE after spells at LASK and Cultural Leonosa. As a forward player, he is adept with his feet and does possess raw speed that will cause defenders a few problems. His goal scoring record in domestic leagues is ok but his international record is good having scored an average of over a goal every other game.

Hassan Al Haydos:

Al Haydos plays his trade with Al-Sadd in Qatar and is another forward player that has good raw technical ability. He tends to drift in the pocket, picking up the ball in deeper positions and working angles to slide teammates in toward goal. He has a pretty decent scoring record for Qatar and will be looking to shine in the World Cup as an important playmaker.

Abdul Azeez Hatem:

Qatar based Soccer player Azeez Hatem plays for Al-Rayyan week to week in Qatar’s top flight. As one of the more experienced players in the national side, Azeez Hatem marshals the midfield as a box to box player that is capable of upsetting opposition play as well as chipping in with a few goals.

Bassam Al Rawi:

Al Rawi is a strong defender that plays for Al-Duhail. He has good defensive IQ and is also able to win physical duels with many strikers. He has made nearly 50 appearances for the National team despite being only 24 years old. At only 5’9” he will surprise many strikers if he is deployed in the centre back position.

Homam Ahmed:

22 year old Ahmed is a prospect. He is fast, agile and gets forward to join the attack well. Against higher level opposition he has a chance to shine with his raw attributes but his defensive duties cannot be ignored as he will become over exposed and alienated against higher-level opposition. He has already scored 2 goals for the National Team and has made a good start to his international career.

Who is Qatar’s soccer Manager?

Spanish soccer manager Felix Sanchez has never played the professional game but has developed as a coach nonetheless. He managed Barcelona youth in his early career which no doubt built processes in soccer IQ that he has taken on his journey in managing an academy in Qatar, to the youth National Teams eventually landing him the National Team Coach position. He will be excited for the World Cup, where a good campaign could offer opportunities to the 46 year old manager.

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