Qatar who is invited to participate in South American football competition Copa America, will be the team that every soccer fan to eye. Winning 2019 AFC Asian Cup from nowhere, Qatar have proved that they can play soccer very well at the international level and have guts to beat top class teams like Japan to claim title.
Winning Asian Cup and reaching to Copa America 2019 final and winning it, is quite different thing. In South American championship, 2022 world cup hosts to play top teams like Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay in the group matches of tournament. Beating these teams will not be an easy task for Felix Sanchez Bas side.
Nobody predicted 93-ranked Qatar to even reach the final of AFC Asian Cup but team showed good footballing skills to make it to the final and beat four time champions Japan to snatch the maiden trophy. Now Qatari team will be making their first ever appearance in Copa America as guests and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the competition starting from 14 June 2019.
Million dollar question is can Qatar win Copa America?
How far Qatar will go in 2019 Copa America Brazil?
Scenario 1: Qatar is in Group-B along with Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia. To make it through to knockout stage, Qatar have to win at least one match to enter in quarterfinals. All three Groups winner and runners-up will be playing quarter-final matches and two best teams from third place in Group A, B, C will qualify for knockout. Hence one math has to be won by Qatar to see themselves in the QFs.
Scenario 2: If Qatar manages to win two group matches out of three, they have real chance of qualifying into quarterfinals. The fact is as Qatar wins two games, they will certainly get 2nd place in the points table after group matches and team will enter in the knockout stage. But it is not going to be easy as Qatar have to defeat three previous Copa America champions Argentina (14 titles), Paraguay (2 titles) and Colombia (1 title).
What Qatar’s star Almoez Ali thinks about Copa America 2019?
Team’s star striker Almoez Ali is determined to perform well in the upcoming Copa America in Brazil. After claiming Asian Cup trophy, Ali said that team’s working towards the process of 2022 world cup and they’ve started it with Asian Cup and are focusing on South American soccer championship now.
“We are working on the target of the 2022 World Cup and we have started well with the Asian Cup. We managed to win [the Asian Cup title] and defeat Japan and for the next step towards the World Cup, we will be preparing for that with the Copa America in Brazil,” Ali said.
Almoez Ali scored nine goals in the Asian Cup and he’ll be crucial player for Qatar in upcoming big tournaments like Copa America and world cup. He is ready to learn more footballing skills from South America event. He said, “We don’t expect to get results but to learn more about football because we know the Copa America is one of the biggest tournaments in the world. The Copa America is different and we will learn a lot from that. As a team from the Gulf, that will help us to have a better performance in 2022,”
Qatar Copa America fixtures
16 June: Qatar vs Paraguay (Maracana, Rio de Janeiro)
19 June: Qatar vs Colombia, (Morumbi, Sao Paulo)
23 June: Qatar vs Argentina, (Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre)
Qatar will play their first game of 2019 Copa America against Paraguay on 16 June meanwhile they face Colombia on 19 and Argentina on 23rd June.