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FIFA Arab Cup 2021 – News – Enticing encounters headline Arab Cup draw

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FIFA Arab Cup 2021 - News - Enticing encounters headline Arab Cup draw
  • The FIFA Arab Cup Qatar draw has thrown up thrilling fixtures
  • Two coaches face former groups, whereas Egypt and Algeria are set to resume their rivalry
  • The first all-Arab match at a FIFA World Cup to be replicated at Qatar 2021

The draw for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™, which was carried out on the Katara Opera House within the Qatari capital Doha on 27 April, threw up some mouth-watering ties in what guarantees to be an exhilarating competitors one yr earlier than the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ kicks off. Particularly eye-catching are the Algeria-Egypt and Morocco-Saudi Arabia fixtures, and a possible assembly between Palestine and Jordan.

The Arab Cup 2021 would be the first pan-Arab FIFA match, with the ultimate set to be performed on the identical day the World Cup Final will unfold one yr later: December 18, Qatar’s National Day. The taking part groups may even get to play at six World Cup venues.


Ahmed Hassan of Egypt challenges Karim Ky Ziani of Algeria

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Much anticipated Algeria-Egypt showdown

The extent of the rivalry between Algeria and Egypt, each at membership and nationwide-group degree, isn’t any secret. At worldwide degree, every of them have beforehand eradicated the opposite from World Cup qualifying. After consecutive appearances by Algeria at Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986, the Egyptians dashed the Greens’ hopes of constructing it three in a row at Italy 1990, defeating them 1-0 in Cairo and drawing 0-0 in Algiers.

The tables had been turned in 2009, nonetheless. Although the Pharaohs had on the time an exquisite era of gamers led by Mohamed Aboutrika, Algeria, with the likes of Karim Ziani, Antar Yahia, and Madjid Bougherra, had a gifted crop of their very own and duly eradicated their rivals. After ending with equivalent information of their qualifying group, a play-off was required within the Sudanese metropolis of Omdurman. Antar Yahia’s aim famously gained the sport for Algeria, taking them again to the World Cup after a 24-yr absence.


Nabil Maaloul, Head coach of Tunisia sings the national anthem

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Renard and Maaloul dealing with former employers

The Arab Cup will characteristic particular reunions for coaches Herve Renard and Nabil Maaloul. The former, who coached Morocco from 2016 to 2019 and engineered their return to the worldwide stage at Russia 2018 after a 20-yr wait, presently holds the reins with Saudi Arabia. The Frenchman will definitely know his opponents properly when the Green Falcons tackle Morocco in December.

Tunisian coach Maaloul can count on an identical expertise. After main his homeland to a spot at Russia 2018, he now finds himself answerable for Syria, who had been drawn in the identical group because the Eagles of Carthage. The prospect of dealing with gamers he is aware of intimately will certainly make the fixture a particular one for him.


Tahar El Khajeh of Morocco with, daneben Saeed of Saudi Arabia

Morocco and Saudi Arabia evoke 1994 World Cup recollections

No one within the Arab world may overlook the well-known assembly of Morocco and Saudi Arabia at USA 1994. The first all-Arab match at world soccer’s flagship occasion led to a 2-1 win for the Saudis, with Sami Al-Jaber and Fuad Anwar grabbing their objectives and Mohamed Chaouch scoring for the Atlas Lions. That sport will definitely come to thoughts when the pair cross swords once more in Doha.

Potential conflict between neighbours Palestine and Jordan

Both Jordan and Palestine have to win a qualifying sport to safe their place on the match. However, if profitable, they may face one another in Group C alongside Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Were that to occur, it might be an historic encounter between neighbours with robust historic and social ties and two groups that know one another properly.


FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 Official Draw

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The quotes:

“I have beautiful memories from my time coaching Morocco. Playing against them will mean a lot to me as this country will always remain in my heart. I spent three years there, and it was a great time with a great team with strong support from the Moroccan Football Federation. But that’s all in the past. Now I’m in charge of Saudi Arabia and looking forward to the future, hoping to reach the 2022 World Cup with them.”
Herve Renard

“The tournament is excellent for all Arab teams in terms of competitions and preparation, especially for the African teams competing at the African Cup of Nations in January 2022 and at the Qatar World Cup at end of that year. The tournament will also be an opportunity for Qatar to test their preparations for the World Cup and make sure all venues and facilities are ready for the world’s premier football event.”
Wael Gomaa, former Egypt defender

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