December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 9 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Qatar at the Asian Cup

Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on Qatar ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:

FIFA world ranking: 93

Ranking in Asia: 13

Previous Asian Cups: 9

Best performance: Quarter-finals (2000, 2011)

2015: Group stage

Nickname: The Maroons

Coach: Felix Sanchez Bas

Regular captain: Hassan Al-Haydos

Player to watch: Abdulkarim Hassan

Recent form:

Oct 16 Uzbekistan 2-0 Qatar Tashkent

Nov 14 Switzerland 0-1 Qatar Lugano

Nov 20 Qatar 2-2 Iceland Eupen

Dec 23 Qatar 2-0 Jordan Doha

Dec 25 Qatar 1-0 Kyrgyzstan Doha

Dec 27 Qatar 0-1 Algeria Doha


Group E

Jan 9 Qatar v Lebanon Al Ain

Jan 13 North Korea v Qatar Al Ain

Jan 17 Saudi Arabia v Qatar Abu Dhabi

Qatar arrive in the UAE for their 10th Asian Cup on the back of some strong results in international friendlies and hoping to make an impression on the soccer community ahead of their maiden World Cup appearance in 2022 as hosts.

The tournament will be Qatar’s last before the 2022 World Cup and the tiny but wealthy Arab state will look to better their best-ever Asian Cup show of reaching the quarter-finals.

Felix Sanchez’s men would hope to advance deep in the tournament, having been boosted by two stellar performances in recent international friendlies against Switzerland and Iceland. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien)

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