World Cup daily: Qatar’s football dreams encounter truth

So, we lastly have some football to discuss. Hosts Qatar dealt with Ecuador in the World Cup opener on Sunday night in front of 67,000 fans at Al Bayt arena, 50km north of Doha. The place, created to appear like a camping tent, beings in the middle of, well, absolutely nothing.

How numerous fans were still there for the 2nd half is more difficult to state — numerous Qatar fans chose to head for the exits early after an unpleasant start. On Sunday night’s type, Qatar fans will not get a lot more opportunities to see their group at a World Cup — this one, or any other. But possibly the novelty has actually currently diminished.

More unpleasant news originated from outside the Fifa fan celebration in main Doha, where 10s of countless individuals attempted to see the video game survive on a cinema. Riot authorities were released after the swell of individuals resulted in disorderly scenes at the security boundary.

On Monday, attention on the pitch moves to a few of the European groups’ opening components. England, Wales and the Netherlands all play, and are set to use their “One Love” rainbow armbands, defying last-minute calls from Fifa to rather use its own armbands including mottos such as “Football Unites the World”. All 3 groups might be penalized as an outcome.

One to see: Early test of assaulting danger for tired England

England captain Harry Kane, right, in training on Sunday © PA

Gareth Southgate’s males start their project versus Iran at 4pm Doha time on Monday. The line-up is not likely to yield numerous surprises — Southgate has actually revealed himself to be increasingly faithful to his most relied on gamers, even those having a hard time for type in the domestic video game.

Iran, led by Carlos Queiroz, the previous Manchester United assistant and Real Madrid coach, will provide a well-organised defence, something significantly uncommon in the worldwide video game. Instead, the majority of groups have actually moved towards a high-press method, as is now typical throughout European club football.

Much will depend upon whether a generally careful England group can break down the Iranian protective wall without opening themselves as much as a sucker punch. But Southgate has a lot of assaulting skill at his disposal.

Read our complete sneak peek of the England group here.

Kuper’s column: Can van Gaal direct the Dutch to triumph?

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal © AFP by means of Getty Images

Financial Times writer Simon Kuper will be composing routinely from Doha throughout the competition. To begin things off, he takes a look at Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.

The Netherlands might be doing not have leading skill this year, he states, however with a first-rate coach at the helm and such an abundant football culture, no one ought to compose them off prematurely.

Read Simon’s column here.

Monday’s component list:

England vs Iran, kick-off: 1pm UK time/4pm Qatar time

Senegal vs Netherlands, kick-off 4pm UK time/7pm Qatar time

Wales vs U.S.A., kick-off 7pm UK time/10pm Doha time

Sunday emphasize: Qatar’s football job faces truth

Ecuador gamers commemorate their triumph over hosts Qatar on Sunday © AP

Qatar 0 Ecuador 2

Qatar has actually been imagining the World Cup for 12 years (find out more about the nation’s football aspirations here). On Sunday night, the not likely competition hosts found the truth. An Ecuador side, led by captain and controling centre forward Enner Valencia, offered Qatar a bruising lesson in World Cup football.

Valencia opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, just to have actually the objective prohibited by a doubtful VAR choice. The South Americans were granted a charge after less than 15 minutes, which Valencia coolly put away, prior to heading in Ecuador’s 2nd with half an hour gone.

The 2nd half started with thousands, of empty seats, as Qatar fans chose to get on the roadway back to Doha. They did not miss out on much, an alarming 2nd half left ball game the same.

Things will not get any simpler for the hosts: they next deal with African champs Senegal.


  • The competition started with the mad words of Fifa chief Gianni Infantino still sounding in reporters’ ears. He implicated Qatar’s critics of hypocrisy, stating that the west remained in no position to by far “moral lessons”.

  • Fans taking a trip to matches will no longer be provided the possibility to purchase beer after Qatar’s last minute U-turn on alcohol policy. Budweiser beer camping tents will now be released just at designated fan websites around Doha.

  • Concerns are growing over the state of lodging for those getting here in Qatar. The feet checked out the Free Zone fan town on Thursday recently — to discover much of it still a structure website. The Guardian and the BBC discovered similarly distressing circumstances at a few of the other momentary fan camps. Organisers firmly insist that all centers are “100 per cent ready”.


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