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Qatar U-19 football team ‘underdogs’ win first AFC championship (GIFS)

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Beating a losing streak that lasted more than 30 years, Qatar’s national under-19 football team claimed its first AFC U-19 Championship title this week after a 1-0 victory over DPR Korea in Thursday’s final in Yangon, Myanmar.

The team received a hero’s welcome last night when they returned to Qatar.

According to Doha Stadium Plus, this is the first time in 34 years that the team even qualified to play in the finals.

The publication continues:

“The latest achievement has much relevance as the current group of players will form the nucleus of the Qatar team at the ’22 World Cup. It will also boost Qatar’s confidence of staging a successful World Cup.

For any edition, a good performance by the host nation is crucial and the boys’ good show should delight the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, for Qatar’s low ranking has been a tool for critics.”

For those who haven’t been keeping up with the matches, @vatyma explained all in a recent post titled “How the Qatar youth team captured our hearts (and won the tournament).”

We republish it here, with her permission:

Qatar’s Under 19 team hadn’t qualified for the Under 20 FIFA Youth World Cup since 1981 in Australia. In Myanmar the team had the chance to reach next year’s finals in New Zealand if they finished in the top 4.

From the moment they walked on to the stage

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To their undefeated run to the final

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To Afif’s little dance number

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..and then there’s Moez

Who can do things like this

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And simply shrug it off

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This is what the crowd looked like when they faced Myanmar

And yet they kept on going, from victory to victory

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To taking a moment from all the madness to pray

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No one expected them to win

But they stopped history from repeating itself by qualifying for the youth World Cup when they beat China in a 4–2 quarterfinal victory

http://instagram.com/p/uQjBZiyi3r

The underdogs from Qatar

A team that played its heart out

And won our hearts in the process

#Annabi all the way

Congrats, guys! Thoughts?

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Expat_QTR
Expat_QTR
6 years ago

A Big Congratulations to the Team 🙂

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

The most beautiful thing is this is an all Qatari team, born and bred … And the aspire academy years of hard work starting to pay off…

brorick
brorick
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

the average Qatari I have played football with has got great control of the ball, im hoping that the authorities stop this rubbish of getting foreigners in..
Also, I should ask if all these are nationals? I have a friend who is born and bred from Qatar, played for the Qatari team but they took his passport off him when he enters the country so only got a temproray Qatari passport.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  brorick

I’ve met sportsmen who have the Qatari passport, but it doesn’t come with all the perks and bonuses of being a ‘real’ Qatari: none of the good stuff like land and loans etc. And once their contract is up the passport is surrendered and they go back to being Yemeni etc. The ‘nationality’ is a requirement of the governing body for the sport they play.

True enough these players were almost all born here, and they are all (on paper at least) Qatari.

taurz
taurz
6 years ago

Finally an ALL QATARI TEAM… 🙂 … Its a big achievement..!

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  taurz

Strange that 19 year old Abdou Serigne, born in Senegal can get Qatari nationality, but people who have worked here for 30 years can’t. And Akram Afif’s father was Tanzanian, but magically Akram is Qatari…

I hope this victory will inspire other Qataris to also start playing competitive sport.

Luis Henrique Rolim
6 years ago

Qatar is confirmed in the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. But how will this qualification reflect on the future of Qatari football? Read the full article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141022135840-78158915-qatari-youth-on-the-road-to-2022-world-cup

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago

Well Done Boys !!

BigDaddyDK
BigDaddyDK
6 years ago

And the North Korean team was welcomed at the airport in Pyongyang and its members were summarily executed.

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