Standing apart memorabilia from his profession, Qatari goalkeeper Ahmad Khalil remembers the second he was referred to as as much as characterize his nation on the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
“There were many great players in the league that season. We were all excited about the prospect of representing Qatar. The day before the announcement was made in the newspaper, I was awake all night due to the excitement,” stated Khalil, who starred for Al Arabi within the Qatar Stars League.
“We had many notable names on the team (Al Arabi). In Barcelona, we were all motivated to represent our country on the global stage. It was the dream of every team to make it to the Olympics and be part of such a beautiful gathering where we were proud to fly the Qatari flag and wear traditional clothes during the opening ceremonies,” Khalil added.
Qatar certified for the Olympics after beating Japan in the course of the Asian qualification spherical. During the video games, Qatar opened with a 1-Zero victory over Egypt earlier than drawing 1-1 with Colombia. Despite a 2-Zero defeat to eventual gold medalists Spain; Qatar certified for the quarterfinals. In the final eight, Qatar misplaced 2-Zero to a powerful Poland staff, who would go on to assert the silver medal.
To Khalil, the event showcased Qatar’s skills on a worldwide stage and established the staff as an up-and-coming power in Asian soccer.
“This team gave birth to a new generation of players after the great Qatari team of the 1980s,” stated Khalil. “We played at a level that reflected the pedigree of Qatari football. Everyone played with pride and we were widely supported by the media and fans back home.”
Later in 1992, Khalil would declare the largest success of his storied profession: the 1992 Arabian Gulf Cup. Qatar gained the event for the primary time, and in doing so broke Kuwait and Iraq’s 22-year stranglehold on the competitors. After conceding only one objective in the course of the event, Khalil was named because the event’s greatest goalkeeper.
Since then, Qatar has made big strides each on and off the pitch. Success on the membership and worldwide ranges has continued over the previous 30 years, most notably previously decade because the nation gained the rights to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
“In the 2000s, we started getting noticed at both the club and international level. Our style of play entertained fans in Asia and around the world, leading us to the high level of play that we are so proud of today,” stated Khalil.
Qatar is now established as probably the greatest groups in Asia and can go into the World Cup as continental champions after successful the AFC Asian Cup for the primary time in 2019.
“Our current squad has many stars,” stated Khalil. “Winning the Asian Cup was a huge achievement and since then Qatar has performed well in the Copa America and European qualifiers. Playing consistently well at this high level is a great achievement.”
With 16 months to go till Qatar 2022, Khalil is assured of a powerful efficiency from the host nation when it takes half within the World Cup for the primary time.
“Qatar will host an amazing World Cup, but what will really amaze people will be Qatar’s performance on the pitch in front of a home crowd. We will surprise many fans around the world.”