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Nicknames: Annabi (The Maroon)
Head coach: Sebastião Lazaroni
Home stadium: Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Football is the number one sport in Qatar by far. The objective of the national association has long been to gain major success at club and international level. In 1992, the national team triumphed in the 11th Gulf Cup in Doha. The Olympic team have twice qualified for the Olympic Football Tournaments - in Los Angeles in 1984 and Barcelona in 1992. The U-20 team won the silver medal at the FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981, while the U-17s reached the final competition of the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1985, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999. In 1995, the Qatar Football Association organised the FIFA World Youth Championship in record time after the original hosts had been forced to withdraw from staging the tournament at the last minute for logistical reasons. In 1991, Al-Sadd Sports Club won the 8th Gulf Cup for Clubs in Doha. Although Qatari football is not particularly well known in Europe, four Qatari players are currently with European clubs.
On 1 May 2003, the Goal Bureau added Qatar to the list of nations to benefit from the Goal Programme. The project is currently in the preparation stage and is due to be presented at the next meeting of the Goal Bureau. Funds from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme have been used to set up a youth development programme for young players of various ages. This scheme comprises organising training courses for coaches, bringing together the most promising players in each age group and providing the necessary equipment. The Qatar FA hopes that it will thus perpetuate its long tradition at youth level and help to build a strong national team for the future.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.