5 Best Qatari Football Players 2022
The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar are unique in almost every sense, they are not the strongest of footballing nations, so it will be tough to determine who the five best players in Qatar are.
However, the country and the World Cup they will be hosting in a few weeks’ time is quite different from others. Qatar have emerged as one of the top football nations in Asia.
It is the first World Cup that won’t be held in the summer, but in November/December, it is also the first World Cup in the desert, and with all the preparations that Qatar has managed, not many of their players have been making the waves in the football world.
However, let’s help you with five of the best Qatari football players in 2022 that are worth keeping tabs on.
1. Saad Al Sheeb
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Age: 32
One of the hosts’ key players at the historic World Cup appearance is the man who was a part of the AFC Cup triumph in 2019.
Al Sheeb plays for Al Saad in the Qatari league and is undoubtedly the number one for the national team.
He’s been the number one for over a decade and is also a league champion in the Qatari league, back-to-back champion.
Since 2009, he has made over 70 appearances and will have much to do with The Netherlands and Senegal, plus Ecuador in Group A.
Hopefully, his experience at the Asian Cup (where he conceded one goal all tournament long in 2019), Copa America, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup should come in handy.
2. Abdelkarim Hassan
- Position: Left-back
- Age: 28
Abdelkarim Hassan is one of the most influential Qatari players with European experience courtesy of a stint in Belgium.
He’s one of Qatar’s most experienced players, having played 120 games for the national team.
Beyond the experience, he has everything you want from a player, the speed to go forward and return to recover while also packing a strong shot power and dribbling skills.
3. Hassan Al-Haydos
- Position: Forward
- Age: 31
Hassan Al-Haydos will command a lot of things for the hosts in the midfield, and expectedly so because he’s the country’s most capped player.
He was instrumental in their run to the 2019 Asian Cup triumph, that wasn’t the only time he has stepped up to carry the country, and they will need his experience once more.
4. Akram Afif
- Position: Forward
- Age: 25
If they don’t have as much quality as others, they will need all the experience and versatility they can get, and that’s where Akram Afif comes in.
He can play on the left and right-wing and even spearhead the attack. Furthermore, he’s gathered European experience in Spain and Belgium.
He’s also been considered for AFC best player two times, aside from his 2019 win. He won the QSL top scorer in the same period with 15 goals.
Afif is not just a great goalscorer, but a fantastic creator.
In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign, Afif provided 10 assists overall, which was a new record in the Asian tournament.
5. Almoez Ali
- Position: Striker
- Age: 25
Qatar will need a reliable source of goals at the world cup, and one of those sources will be 25-year-old Almoez Ali.
He was the highest goalscorer in the 2021 Gold Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup for Al Annabi, with nine and four goals, respectively.
He’s also Qatar’s third-highest goalscorer of all time with 39 goals and is on an excellent path to surpass Mansour Muftah’s 44 goals on the all-time goalscorers’ list.