Qatar will head into the World Cup as continental champions after lifting the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the World Cup.
Akram Afif: Al-Sadd
Akram Afif is the striker for the Al-Sadd club and the Qatar National Team. He faced tough competition in the domestic league last season, finishing third in the top scorers’ chart but he won his third best player award at Qatar Football Association Awards.
The player is a prominent player within the local and Asian football world and sees much ambition for the Qatari national team by preparing for the upcoming World Cup finals. Afif’s contribution to the Qatari national team is noteworthy, being one of the spearheading players for the 2019 Asian Cup victory, where he scored 10 goals.
He played for the youth teams of Sevilla and Villarreal but he moved to Belgium as a senior playing for Eupen for one year. He scored eight goals in 26 appearances for Eupen before moving back to Villarreal. he became the first Qatari-born signing in La Liga history, but he was loaned to fellow top-tier club Sporting de Gijon in a season-long deal.
In 2020 he moved to his country signing a contract with Al-Sadd. If you’re betting online and you back him to score you are rich. Since 2018 he played 76 games for his new club being their top scorer with 62 goals. He earned his first cap on the national team in 2015 and he netted 24 goals in 83 appearances.
Qatar at the World Cup
Qatar has never qualified for any FIFA World Cup since the country’s independence in 1971. While Qatar has been a regular participant in the continental AFC Asian Cup, the national side has always fallen short in the final stage of World Cup campaigns.
By playing host to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar became the second nation to play in World Cup without qualifying for it. Qatar has brought some significant improvement, however, which included the surprising 2019 AFC Asian Cup win.
They were drawn into Group A together with the Netherlands, Ecuador, and Senegal, and of course, they are seen as the fourth favorite to qualify in the knock-out stages being priced at +500 with the latest soccer odds. It’s very important to note that Barcelona’s coach, Xavi, was in charge of Al-Sadd, the club with the best players in their domestic league. All players have noticeably improved under Xavi with his former club giving the most players to the national team.