The wait is over. This Sunday, after the inaugural show, the Qatar World Cup 2022 will officially begin, with the selected host team facing Ecuador, in pool A. Meanwhile, the rest of the coaches have been putting the finishing touches on their teams for their respective previews in the tournament.
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Ninety minutes before the ball begins to move, that element which gathers tens of thousands of fans in Qatar and which will gather millions in front of the screens in every corner of the planet, the World Cup will have its opening party at the Al Bayt Stadium in Jor, a city of 31,000 inhabitants located 50 kilometers north of Doha.
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The possible starting eleven of the opening match
Qatar and Ecuador will face each other from 13:00 (Argentina time) at the Al Bait stadium in the municipality of Jor, in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup.
The probable lineups, according to the FIFA website, are as follows:
Qatar: Saad Alsheeb, Boualem Khoukhi, Bassam Alrawi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Pedro Miguel Correia, Abdulaziz Hatem, Hassan Alhaydos, Karim Boudiaf, Homam Ahmed, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif. Technical director: Félix Sánchez Bas.
Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez, Robert Arboleda, Félix Torres, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán, Jhegson Méndez, Moisés Caicedo, Gonzalo Plata, José Cifuentes, Romario Ibarra, Enner Valencia. Technical director: Gustavo Alfaro.
Brazil will train for the first time in Qatar this Sunday
Brazil will hold their first training session in Qatar this Sunday, four days after their World Cup debut in Qatar (against Serbia) and with high expectations of reaching the top of the competition.
Tite’s were the last of the 32 teams to arrive in the Asian country, after five days of preparation in the black and white training camps in Turin, Italy, where they did not play any friendly matches.
Upon his arrival in Doha, Tite assured that he still doesn’t have the starting eleven, and assures that he will decide based on what he sees in training at the Gran Hamad stadium in Doha, whose changing rooms have been decorated with the motivational phrases used by the Brazilian technician. “Take advantage of the moment of trust”, “trust is not taken and released when you want”, “prepare yourself well to win”, “concentrate and have fun” reads the walls of the locker room.
Carlos Alfaro Moreno: “Ecuador can make history”
Former Argentine striker and current president of Barcelona de Guayaquil, Carlos Alfaro Moreno, was confident in the Ecuador team’s chances at the World Cup in Qatar, ahead of their debut in that tournament against the local side. “This selection can make history,” he said.
“Ecuador had a very good qualification with a very young team and a very good work by Gustavo Alfaro, a hardworking and studious man who adapted quickly to the Ecuadorian idiosyncrasy,” praised the nickname Beto on ESPN.
Furthermore, the former footballer who played for Platense, Independiente and Ferro Carril Oeste in Argentina added: “It’s a team with a great present and an extraordinary future. We hope you have a great World Cup. We always hope for the best, but I am convinced that the next few years will be the best.”
An equal record between Qatar and Ecuador
The teams of Qatar and Ecuador, which will kick off the 2022 World Cup, have so far met on three other occasions, all in friendlies, forming a very balanced balance sheet.
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