FIFA World Cup 2022™ – Information – Al Haydos: Qatar have lofty ambitions for 2022
- The opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is precisely two years away
- Qatar captain Hasan Al Haydos appears to be like forward to the momentous day
- “I think about everybody will ask one query: ‘Have been you in a position to sleep?'”
In two years’ time, the eyes of the world might be on Qatar for the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
When: 21 November 2022
The place: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
What: The opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
At 12:55 native time, the ceremony will begin and the Qatari gamers and their first group opponents will stroll out to a capability crowd of 60,000 at Al Bayt Stadium. The announcer on the venue, which was designed to resemble a conventional Arab tent, will invite all attendees to kindly stand for the nationwide anthem of the State of Qatar.
In a single voice, Qatari followers and gamers will chant their nationwide anthem, which is able to echo across the stadium and reverberate throughout the nation. The cameras will zoom in on among the stars of Al-Annabi (The Maroons), akin to Hasan Al Haydos, Saad Al Sheeb, Akram Afif and Almoez Ali, in a second that may dwell lengthy within the reminiscence of all Qataris.
From the surface wanting in, that is the scene we hope to see in 2022, however how does group captain Hasan Al Haydos, image this second, and the way does he suppose he and his team-mates might be feeling? FIFA.com talked solely with the Al Sadd star, who is predicted to put on the skipper’s armband on the finals, about how he anticipates what might be a really historic event for Qatar.
FIFA.com: In the present day we’re precisely two years away from kick-off. How do you envisage 21 November 2022?
Hasan Al Haydos: It could possibly be similar to what you described, however I most likely expertise a few of that each time I pull on the Annabi jersey. I believe all my team-mates and I are wanting ahead to the day after we play the opening match. I hope that we’ll be prepared when 21 November 2022 comes round. I think about that we’ll meet within the morning with everybody smiling, and everybody asking one query: “Have been you in a position to sleep?”
Nevertheless, I don’t suppose sleep [or lack of] might be an issue. We’ll have enormous quantities of optimistic vitality and all of the gamers might be wanting to go to the stadium and write a brand new chapter within the superb historical past of the State of Qatar.
How do you think about the scene in your approach to Al Bayt stadium?
If I shut my eyes now, I can image the streets filled with followers streaming into Al Khor, the place Al Bayt stadium is positioned, from all quarters. I see Qatari flags adorning automobiles and buildings, and being waved by the followers. Contained in the stadium, I anticipate the stands to be at capability, and the nearer we get to kick-off, the extra the strain will rise. Nevertheless, that is regular, because it’s the day we have been ready for since Qatar was awarded the internet hosting of the finals again in 2010.
How about once you arrive on the stadium, do your warm-up after which come collectively for kick-off?
To be sincere, we’ve skilled these particulars in lots of massive video games, however this time it’ll actually be totally different. I can’t think about how I’ll be feeling at the moment, however with every passing second, anticipation will improve. I anticipate the warm-up will improve our motivation, as we’ll see the followers and listen to them cheering for us. Nevertheless, I anticipate the ultimate minutes earlier than kick-off to be the very best. Like after we go hand in hand in the direction of the pitch at Al Bayt Stadium and when the nationwide anthem begins to play, and I hear the phrases echo round the entire stadium. The gamers will, as all the time, be united whereas singing the anthem, which has all the time motivated us to win. I hope to expertise a terrific ambiance on today.
What are Al-Annabi’s ambitions for Qatar 2022?
Now we have lofty ambitions that transcend a mere honorary look. We wish to present the abilities and the skills of Qatari gamers. We wish to get outcomes that assist us progress to the knockout stage, although we all know that received’t be straightforward. Some earlier editions of the World Cup noticed massive groups exit from the group stage (Argentina and France in 2002, Portugal in 2014, and Germany in 2018), so we’ll do all we are able to to keep away from an early elimination.
How would you sum up the group’s improvement in recent times?
Qatari soccer started to comply with a well-thought-out course of 17 years in the past. Targets had been set, the Aspire Academy was opened, and the seek for expertise started. In 2014, Qatar received the AFC U-19 Cup and certified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. The highest gamers of that technology subsequently turned a part of the senior nationwide group. Because of successive camps and matches, we developed a group able to competing and successful titles.
After our exit from the group stage on the 2015 Asian Cup, we constructed a brand new aspect. We improved rather a lot over the next 4 years and, as everybody noticed, we had been the very best group on the 2019 version and deservedly received the title.
Speaking in regards to the 2019 Asian Cup, what was the important thing to successful the title?
It was a match of contradictions for us. This was maybe the one and solely time we performed with out help from our followers within the stands. We had been conscious of that large accountability and the way a lot the Qatari individuals and everybody else right here had been supporting us. We realised this due to social media and the cellphone calls we had been getting from our households, which conveyed the ambiance to us. After every win throughout the knockout section, we’d return to the resort and comply with the celebrations in Qatar. We realised the significance of what we had been doing.
The group had a improbable marketing campaign, scored probably the most targets on the match and solely conceded as soon as. How did you attain these information?
We pledged to do our utmost in each sport. We gave our all and didn’t spare any effort. I don’t suppose we may have been extra targeted. We approached each sport and each opponent professionally. We knew what we wanted from every sport and managed to achieve much more than we’d set to attain earlier than the match. We had the very best assault and defence, and dominated the person awards, akin to greatest participant and greatest goalkeeper.
Trying again on these video games, I believe we had been on the assault the entire time towards Korea DPR (6-0) and had been scientific towards Saudi Arabia (2-0). We eked out wins towards Iraq and Korea Republic (each 1-0) however dominated the semi-final towards the UAE, scoring 4 targets. Within the decider towards Japan, we took the sport to them early on and scored two targets. On condition that it was the ultimate, we then defended our lead within the second half earlier than we managed to attain our third.
Do you suppose the 2019 Asian Cup would be the benchmark for the gamers and training employees?
It actually confirmed our capability to cope with totally different conditions: the best way to assault, when to defend, the best way to exploit an opponent’s weaknesses, when to retain the ball as a lot as potential earlier than going ahead, when to resort to capturing from distance, and when to penetrate by the center. Let me thank all of the gamers for his or her dedication to the technical and tactical directions of our coaches, and I’d wish to salute them for producing their expertise. We had what it took and had been invincible there, thank God. The efforts of the technical employees paid off on this match, as we received the title and impressed the entire continent with what we did.
On the World Cup you’ll be enjoying towards totally different groups from varied continents. How do you assess that problem?
That’s true, which is why we’ve got a protracted preparation programme during which we’ll plan for varied eventualities. For instance, on the 2019 Copa America we performed towards three sturdy groups (Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia), having already performed a pre-tournament pleasant with Brazil. This 12 months we went up towards Ghana and Costa Rica, whereas we proceed to compete within the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. We’ll participate within the Copa America once more in 2021 in addition to the Concacaf Gold Cup, earlier than competing within the Arab Cup on the finish of the 12 months.
All these tournaments and video games will assist us acquire new experiences and provides us extra alternatives to get used to enjoying towards massive groups in numerous circumstances. They’ll give our younger gamers the very best alternative to prepare for the finals. In 2022, I believe we’ll even have time to play extra matches earlier than the World Cup.
What’s your message to all of the gamers, nationwide groups, and the followers anticipated to come back to Qatar?
I simply wish to say, “Welcome to Qatar”. You’ll have a improbable private expertise, and also you’ll get pleasure from the very best finals ever. Qatar can have the very best footballing surroundings.
To the gamers and groups: we assure you’ll participate in the very best match. Inns, coaching grounds and stadiums are very shut to one another, which is able to assist you to preserve vitality. This could encourage you to carry out at your highest. Many world stars have been to Doha already and skilled the ambiance right here. A few of them loved smaller-scale occasions right here, such because the FIFA Membership World Cup in 2019, and in lower than three months, others will get to expertise this when the most recent version takes place subsequent February.
To the followers: our stadiums will give you the very best expertise to observe soccer matches, and also you’ll have the uncommon alternative of having the ability to attend two video games on the identical day. I’m additionally certain that you simply’ll benefit from the distinctive range of Qatar; the ocean, the desert, in addition to each previous and fashionable markets. All these might be related by the very best community of roads and trains. In brief, Qatar is able to amaze you.