Qatar's Rich FOOTBALL History: Memorable moments from 1960s

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Qatar's Rich FOOTBALL History: Memorable moments from 1960s

Football is the biggest and the most popular sport in the world. Over 200 countries are associated with FIFA and have a national team of their own. Qatar is one of them. Football was introduced to the country in 1948 when oil workers organized a match among themselves. The first football club was established in 1950, it was named 'Al-Najah', which went on to become Al Ahli. This is how football began in Qatar. 

 

The history of sports in Qatar

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) was formed in 1960 and the first league season was launched in 1963–64. League matches were played in Doha Stadium, which accommodated the first grass football pitch in the region.

Qatar's rich football history: memorable moments from 1960s to 2014

Qatar will be organizing the biggest show on earth- The FIFA World Cup in 2022. The final of the 2014 Brazil World Cup was watched by over 1 billion people around the world (According to FIFA) which was the highest ever watched sports event. The average audience watching a World Cup stands at 3.5-billion. So people will be looking at Qatar in 2022. 

The World Cup will attract the people of Qatar to watch football more even after the World Cup ends. Generally, a domestic league match in Qatar has 2,000-10,000 people attending at the stadiums, which is expected to rise after the World Cup. In 2002, when Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup, it helped their domestic leagues to get better as more football players of the country started considering football as a career option. South Korea became 4th (Semi-finalist) in that tournament which motivated the supporters to watch football more and made the beautiful game more popular in that country. South Korea and Japan both are now two of the biggest teams in Asian Football. As Qatar will be organizing the World Cup in 2022, the national team of the country will be participating in the tournament. The experience of playing in a World Cup will help the players of the country a lot in the future. The national team of Qatar will become stronger and will start performing better in international matches.

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