Qatar (/ˈkæˌtɑːr/,i/ˈkɑːtɑːr/, /ˈkɑːtər/ or i/kəˈtɑːr/;Arabic:قطرQaṭar[ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic:دولة قطرDawlat Qaṭar), is a sovereigncountry located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.
A television viewing audience of 484 million in 80 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America and North Africa witnessed Japan defeat Australia 1–0 in the final.
Qatar, India and Iran all lodged interest in hosting the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, while Australia also considered making a late bid. Qatar officially submitted their bid on 19 June 2006, while India withdrew their interest and Iran failed to submit proper documentation for their bid on time.
Qatar was announced as host nation on 29 July 2007, during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to FIFA regulations stating that confederation events can be hosted either in January or July, and July being peak summer heat in the Middle East, it was also announced that the tournament would be held in January of that year.
In a dusty car park, near to one of the largest labour camps in Qatar, Worker A gets into my car ... through secret meetings in car parks and messages that can be set to disappear within five minutes ... That fear even extends beyond Qatar’s borders ... Workers at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums toil in debt and squalor.
A long-range Awer Mabil strike proved the difference as World Cup-bound Australia bid farewell to their fans with an unconvincing 1-0 win over New Zealand in a friendly at Brisbane’s Lang Park on Thursday ... Australia will take some concerns to Qatar, after struggling to put away a side ranked well below them.
... & TechnologyPark, with its innovation programs that include mentorship and enrolment into its flagship accelerator program, XLR8.Other contestants have also used their engineering knowledge to offer preventive solutions that could lessen the burden on healthcare systems.
NationsLeague...Sky Bet odds ... Ultimately though, they fell at the penultimate hurdle en route to Qatar, as Wednesday's opponents beat them 3-1 at HampdenPark at the start of June ... Mariani has brandished 40 cards in his last seven games in all competitions, flashing red in five of his last 12 games, so we could see a few at Hampden Park on Wednesday.
These will be the last two games Southgate has before deciding on his final 26-man squad for the QatarWorld Cup by November 13. Here Sportsmail takes a look at the top 40 players who will be vying for those final seats on the plane to Qatar ahead of their final round of fixtures.
The UAE stands to be a winner at the QatarWorld Cup if an overspill of fans floods its hotels, restaurants and planes. With little investment the UAE, and in particular Dubai, stands to gain if, as expected, supporters opt to stay in the tourism hotspot instead of tiny Gulf neighbour Qatar during the November-December tournament.