Has Qatar ever participated in the World Cup? 2022 Host Tournament Record

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup in November and December, but has the Middle Eastern country ever taken part in the Fifa competition and what is Maroon’s tournament record?

Football was first introduced to Qatar in the late 1940s, but quickly gained popularity in the Arabian Peninsula nation. The boom the sport enjoyed during the 1950s also saw the country build the first-ever purpose-built football venue in the Gulf region in Doha.

Other grounds were built in the 1970s, including the Khalifa International Stadium. It will host eight matches at the 2022 World Cup, including six group stage matches, one round of 16 match and the third place match. England will also play their first draw there on 21 November.

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The rise in popularity of football saw Qatar set up the country’s football association, the QFA, in 1960. The QFA then became a member association of Fifa in 1963 and became part of the Asian Football Confederation, which governs gambling in Asia and Oceania. in 1967.

Yet it wasn’t until 1974 that Qatar first tried to qualify for a World Cup. But the QFA withdrew Maroon’s entry into the qualifying stages for the 10th edition of the Fifa event. The 1974 edition in West Germany was the last World Cup that Qatar did not try to reach.

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Has Qatar already participated in a World Cup before hosting the 2022 edition?

Qatar tried to qualify for every World Cup from 1978 to 2018, but never took part in a Fifa tournament. Thus, the Maroon will make a first appearance at the quadrennial event in 2022 as a host. Fifa granted Qatar the right to host the 22nd edition in a vote in 2010.

As the first two qualifying rounds for the 2022 World Cup also served as qualifiers for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, Qatar has always participated in the early stages of the Asian section. The AFC qualifiers saw 46 teams compete for four spots, plus an Inter-Confederation play-off spot.

Qatar faced Oman, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group E of the second round and went unbeaten. The Maroon picked up a near-perfect seven wins and one draw to seal their place at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. They only dropped on points in a goalless draw against India.

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How did Qatar perform in an attempt to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia?

Qatar had a bye to the second qualifying round in their bid to reach the Russia World Cup in 2018. Maroon entered the AFC qualifying path as the No. 92-ranked nation in the world and sixth-highest member of the Asian Football Confederation as the top 34 advanced.

Group C proved to be a breeze for Qatar in the second round, as they topped the standings with 21 points from eight games. Only China were able to beat the Maroons in one of their encounters to finish second with 17 points, ahead of Hong Kong (14), Maldives (6) and Bhutan (0).

Still, the third round would dash Qatar’s hopes of finally qualifying for the World Cup on merit. Maroon crashed out of the AFC path after finishing bottom of Group A with two wins from 10 games. Although one of their victories was against the second, South Korea.

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Has Qatar ever come close to qualifying for a World Cup on merit?

Qatar moved closer to the World Cup final for the 1990 edition in Italy after appearing in the final round of AFC qualifying. The Maroons dominated their first round table since Iraq, Jordan and Oman. They took nine points in six games, just enough to qualify by one point.

Victories were harder to come by in the second and final leg of the AFC path as Qatar took one win and three draws. Still, five points saw them stay in touch with South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. If South Korea had beaten the United Arab Emirates in the last confrontations, Qatar would have done it.

But in the end, Qatar failed to qualify for the World Cup and continued to do so in their next seven attempts. Now, Maroon will host the Fifa event in 2022 and take part in the tournament for the first time alongside Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands in Group A.

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