So with the tournament starting in a couple of days, it’s time to hate everything about Qatar again.
Friday night kicks off with Qatar v Lebanon.
I personally can’t see Qatar losing this. Lebanon will be lucky to get a draw for mine. They’re WCQs the other month they have drawn against both Palestine and Bangladesh, before losing 1-0 to Saudi Arabia the other night.
Qatar are no giant, but they shouldn’t really have too much issues against Lebanon.
I think we have another Asian Cup thread but I honestly prefer this one as its in a section I look in a lot of the time.
Very good chance Qatar tops their group, and probably go on to quarter finals at least. I know they sucked at the World Cup but Netherlands, Ecuador and Senegal aren’t in this competition, and Qatar smashed the last Asian Cup. So I think they’ll be competitive, even if they don’t match the quality of a Japan, South Korea or probably Iran.
The fight for second in some groups could be interesting. Malaysia have shown a big improvement in recent times and are doing well in their WCQ group. For me, if they keep up that form, they can be a smokie for second in Group E. Oman are stronger playing in that part of the world, so I’d expect them to fight hard with Thailand for second in Group F.
In the last 12 months, they’ve lost against Lebanon, and Malaysia. They had a good run of wins earlier in the year, but defeating Mongolia 2-0, and a late goal against Vanuatu to win 1-0 isn’t exactly a sign of a team on the up and up.
Sunil Chetri is still their main threat, but he’s on the verge of 40.
I think a lot of it is Qatar exhaustion. Everybody got so worked up about the World Cup, and all the Qatari bullshit, a lot of football fans when they announced it was to be held in Qatar, put it in the fuck it bucket.
Nobody (with the exception perhaps of Tim Cahill) likes Qatar. So us playing another regional tournament in the armpit corner of the Middle East is not exactly appealing to most.
I’m watching the highlights of Palestine v Iran and commentary cuts out just after Palestine pulls one back at half time… why do I get the feeling they brought up something about the invasion of Gaza that’s been deemed “controversial” by Paramount…