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Fifa world cup: 32 teams and 64 matches, there will be a fierce battle for 29 days to become the champion, the football season is starting

Doha: Human rights, migrant workers, the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and beer are expected to be on the agenda when the World Cup kicks off on Sunday with hosts Qatar and Ecuador. Criticism of the attitude of the monarchy here will be left behind. It is a moment of national pride for Qatar. But the Qatar team participating in this competition will have to overcome their biggest challenge. Qatar is in Group A, which includes Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands. In 2010, South Africa is the only host nation in the history of the Football World Cup to fail to get past the group stage. In such a situation, the challenge before Qatar will be to avoid such failure.

The challenge for Qatar to progress beyond the group stage

Senegal and the Netherlands are considered strong teams, so Qatar will have the best chance of winning against Ecuador on Sunday. Qatar’s team is ranked 50th in the FIFA rankings while Ecuador’s ranking is 44th.

The Qatar team has been preparing for this tournament for the last several years. Under this, the team includes participation in the 2019 Copa America and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. During this, the team also proved its talent by winning the Asian Cup in 2019.

The credit for that continental title was given to the brainchild of coach Felix Sanchez, who has been with the team since 2017. He was earlier in charge of Qatar’s Under-19 team. The success of the Asian Cup, however, cannot be compared to the Summer of the World as the game will be at its top level here.

Coach Sanchez has high hopes from the team

The Spanish coach told the Spanish sports newspaper ‘Marca’, ‘We will try to keep the team normal. We know there will be pressure, we don’t want to put more pressure on the players. We are following our routine. We are focusing on doing our best while trying to stay away from extraneous discussions about the team.

He said, ‘It is difficult to perform in front of 60,000 spectators in the ground. This is the World Cup and a lot is expected of you here. However, the Ecuadorian team would like to leave no stone unturned to defeat Qatar. The team was however accused of fielding an ineligible player during World Cup qualification.

Chile and Peru alleged that defender Byrne Castillo had ties to Colombia and had illegally played in qualifying matches. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, however, rejected that claim. Castillo was subsequently left out of the 26-man squad selected by coach Gustavo Alfaro for Qatar. It is expected that with the commencement of the Football Mahakumbh on Sunday, all these controversies will be left behind and the discussion will be only about this game.

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