2019 Season

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2019 Schedule
2-0-0, 1st in AFC Asian Cup
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Qatar's Hassan named Asia's best player

Qatari defender Abdelkarim Hassan was named Asian Player of the Year for 2018, while Chinese defender Wang Shuang claimed the women's award.

Qatar 2-2 Iceland: Stunning strikes in Qatar (1:48)
Infantino: World Cup in Qatar must be even better than Russia (0:34)
198dDermot Corrigan

Gabi: Xavi convinced me to join Al-Sadd

Madrid-born Gabi played 413 games for Atletico Madrid in two different spells, winning six trophies including the La Liga title.


Network accused of illegally showing WC games

FIFA accused television channel BeoutQ, which is widely available in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.

226dIan Holyman

World Cup expansion defended by Infantino

Infantino has been criticised after saying the 2022 tournament, rather than the 2026 finals as originally planned, could see 16 teams added.

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229dESPN staff

England thrash Qatar at Toulon Tournament

England's under-21s defeated Qatar 4-0 at the Toulon Tournament but must wait to see if they advance to the knockout stage.

279dESPN staff

Bayern deny ignoring human rights advice

Bayern Munich have hit back at an investigative report suggesting the club ignored Human Rights Watch warnings before partnering with Qatar Airways.

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323dAssociated Press

Coroner condemns Qatar working practices

A British coroner has blamed dangerous working practices for the death of a worker on a 2022 World Cup stadium building site in Qatar.

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329dJohn Duerden

Xavi, Sneijder bringing star power to Qatar

Former Spanish star Xavi has written the blueprint on late-career success in the Qatar Stars League, one Wesley Sneijder should pay attention to.

EXCLUSIVE: Infantino hopeful 2018 & 2022 World Cups change perception of hosts (1:43)
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361dESPN staff

Blatter told Obama US lost before '22 vote

Sepp Blatter called United States president Barack Obama before FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar to tell him the U.S. was likely going to lose

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377dMark Lovell

Join me in Qatar, Xavi tells Bayern's Ribery

Ribery, 34, is Bayern's longest-serving player, having arrived from Marseille in 2007, and his one-year deal expires this summer.

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398dPress Association

Qatar suffer embarrassing Liechtenstein loss

Qatar's preparations for hosting the 2022 World Cup plumbed new depths on Thursday when they suffered an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Liechtenstein.

RankingsAFC Asian Cup

Goal Difference81st
Goals Scored81st
Goals Conceded0Tied-1st