Akram Afif is set to play a key role for Qatar when they make their World Cup debut next year at home, says Qatari football historian Matthias Krug. Photo: Getty Images
Akram Afif is set to play a key role for Qatar when they make their World Cup debut next year at home, says Qatari football historian Matthias Krug. Photo: Getty Images

Qatar 2022: Pele visit in 1973 helps tiny Persian Gulf nation catch football fever as they start one-year countdown clock to World Cup hosting duties

  • The Middle Eastern nation prepares to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup and is ready to surprise on the global stage, Qatari football historian Matthias Krug says
  • Krug’s book, ‘Journeys on a Football Carpet’, details how the Qatari football team have regularly overachieved at big moments and tournaments through the decades

Topic |   Fifa World Cup 2022
Akram Afif is set to play a key role for Qatar when they make their World Cup debut next year at home, says Qatari football historian Matthias Krug. Photo: Getty Images
Akram Afif is set to play a key role for Qatar when they make their World Cup debut next year at home, says Qatari football historian Matthias Krug. Photo: Getty Images
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