- The opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is precisely two years away
- Qatar captain Hasan Al Haydos seems to be forward to the momentous day
- “I imagine everyone will ask one question: ‘Were you able to sleep?'”
In two years’ time, the eyes of the world will likely be on Qatar for the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
When: 21 November 2022
Where: 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 standard Arab tent, will invite all attendees to kindly stand for the nationwide anthem of the State of Qatar.
In one voice, Qatari followers and gamers will chant their nationwide anthem, which can echo across the stadium and reverberate throughout the nation. The cameras will zoom in on among the stars of Al-Annabi (The Maroons), equivalent to Hasan Al Haydos, Saad Al Sheeb, Akram Afif and Almoez Ali, in a second that can stay lengthy within the reminiscence of all Qataris.
From the skin trying in, that is the scene we hope to see in 2022, however how does staff captain Hasan Al Haydos, image this second, and the way does he suppose he and his staff-mates will likely be feeling? FIFA.com talked completely with the Al Sadd star, who is anticipated to put on the skipper’s armband on the finals, about how he anticipates what will likely be a very historic event for Qatar.
FIFA.com: Today we’re precisely two years away from kick-off. How do you envisage 21 November 2022?
Hasan Al Haydos: It may very well be similar to what you described, however I in all probability expertise a few of that each time I pull on the Annabi jersey. I believe all my staff-mates and I are trying 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: “Were you able to sleep?”
However, I don’t suppose sleep [or lack of] will likely be an issue. We’ll have enormous quantities of constructive vitality and all of the gamers will likely be wanting to go to the stadium and write a brand new chapter within the wonderful historical past of the State of Qatar.
How do you think about the scene in your solution 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 vehicles and buildings, and being waved by the followers. Inside the stadium, I anticipate the stands to be at capability, and the nearer we get to kick-off, the extra the stress will rise. However, 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 heat-up after which come collectively for kick-off?
To be sincere, we’ve skilled these particulars in lots of huge video games, however this time it’ll definitely be completely different. I can’t think about how I’ll be feeling at the moment, however with every passing second, anticipation will enhance. I anticipate the nice and cozy-up will improve our motivation, as we’ll see the followers and listen to them cheering for us. However, I anticipate the ultimate minutes earlier than kick-off to be one of the 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 an excellent ambiance on today.
What are Al-Annabi’s ambitions for Qatar 2022?
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, regardless that we all know that received’t be simple. Some earlier editions of the World Cup noticed huge groups exit from the group stage (Argentina and France in 2002, Portugal in 2014, and Germany in 2018), so we’ll do all we will to keep away from an early elimination.
How would you sum up the staff’s improvement in recent times?
Qatari soccer started to comply with a nicely-thought-out course of 17 years in the past. Objectives have been set, the Aspire Academy was opened, and the search 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 prime gamers of that technology subsequently turned a part of the senior nationwide staff. Thanks to successive camps and matches, we developed a staff able to competing and profitable titles.
After our exit from the group stage on the 2015 Asian Cup, we constructed a brand new aspect. We improved quite a bit over the next 4 years and, as everybody noticed, we have been one of the best staff on the 2019 version and deservedly received the title.
Talking in regards to the 2019 Asian Cup, what was the important thing to profitable the title?
It was a event of contradictions for us. This was maybe the one and solely time we performed with out assist from our followers within the stands. We have been conscious of that super duty and the way a lot the Qatari individuals and everybody else right here have been supporting us. We realised this due to social media and the telephone calls we have been getting from our households, which conveyed the ambiance to us. After every win in the course of the knockout part, we’d return to the lodge and comply with the celebrations in Qatar. We realised the significance of what we have been doing.
The staff had a implausible marketing campaign, scored probably the most objectives on the event 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 realize much more than we’d set to attain earlier than the event. We had one of the best assault and defence, and dominated the person awards, equivalent to finest participant and finest goalkeeper.
Looking again on these video games, I believe we have been on the assault the entire time in opposition to Korea DPR (6-0) and have been medical in opposition to Saudi Arabia (2-0). We eked out wins in opposition to Iraq and Korea Republic (each 1-0) however dominated the semi-closing in opposition to the UAE, scoring 4 objectives. In the decider in opposition to Japan, we took the sport to them early on and scored two objectives. Given 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 definitely confirmed our potential to cope with completely different conditions: the way to assault, when to defend, the way to exploit an opponent’s weaknesses, when to retain the ball as a lot as doable earlier than going ahead, when to resort to capturing from distance, and when to penetrate by way of the center. Let me thank all of the gamers for their dedication to the technical and tactical directions of our coaches, and I’d prefer to salute them for producing their expertise. We had what it took and have been invincible there, thank God. The efforts of the technical employees paid off on this event, as we received the title and impressed the entire continent with what we did.
At the World Cup you’ll be taking part in in opposition to completely different groups from varied continents. How do you assess that problem?
That’s true, which is why we have a protracted preparation programme by which we’ll plan for varied situations. For instance, on the 2019 Copa America we performed in opposition to three sturdy groups (Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia), having already performed a pre-event pleasant with Brazil. This yr we went up in opposition to 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 yr.
All these tournaments and video games will assist us achieve new experiences and provides us extra alternatives to get used to taking part in in opposition to huge groups in numerous circumstances. They’ll give our younger gamers one of the best alternative to prepare for the finals. In 2022, I believe we’ll additionally have time to play extra matches earlier than the World Cup.
What is your message to all of the gamers, nationwide groups, and the followers anticipated to return to Qatar?
I simply wish to say, “Welcome to Qatar”. You’ll have a implausible private expertise, and also you’ll take pleasure in one of the best finals ever. Qatar will have one of the best footballing setting.
To the gamers and groups: we assure you’ll participate in one of the best event. Hotels, coaching grounds and stadiums are very shut to one another, which can provide help to preserve vitality. This ought to encourage you to carry out at your best. Many world stars have been to Doha already and skilled the ambiance right here. Some of them loved smaller-scale occasions right here, such because the FIFA Club 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 one of the best expertise to look at soccer matches, and also you’ll have the uncommon alternative of with the ability to attend two video games on the identical day. I’m additionally positive that you simply’ll benefit from the distinctive range of Qatar; the ocean, the desert, in addition to each outdated and fashionable markets. All these will likely be related by one of the best community of roads and trains. In brief, Qatar is able to amaze you.