FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

23 May - 15 June

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The team Qatar team pose for a photo

FIFA U-20 World Cup record

Qatar will be making their fourth FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance at Poland 2019 after making their debut in 1981 when they finished second. They hosted the competition back in 1996 but they bowed out at the first round and they had a similar outcome twenty years later when they finished at the bottom of group C in New Zealand 2015.

The road to Poland

Despite losing their opening match in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship against UAE, Qatar still managed to finish top of group A along with hosts Indonesia thanks to head-to-head results. A 7-3 win after extra time in the quarter-finals of the competition against Thailand meant the Qataris reached Poland 2019 before losing in the semi-finals against Korea Republic

The coach

Following several coaching stints in his country including giants Benfica, Portuguese coach Bruno Miguel Nogueira Pinheiro moved to Qatar where he joined Aspire Academy in 2015. He was then appointed as the coach of the Qatar U-19 team in February 2017 before the start of the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers.

The stat

7 - The number of goals scored by Abdulrasheed Umaru in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship, including a brace in the quarter-finals clash against Thailand. Qatar hit seven past Thailand in that game, which was the same amount of goals scored in their run to finish second in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship.

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