Arab Legends Talking about the Arab Cup 2021
Arab legends from all over the Arab world participated in the draw for the 2021 Arab Cup at the Katara Opera House last Tuesday. International guests headed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the draw as well.
The tournament will take place in Qatar later this year. It will witness 23 teams from the region compete for the title.
The Arab Cup will be the last major tournament in Qatar before the 2022 World Cup.
The teams were divided into four groups.
The top nine countries according to the FIFA rankings in April automatically qualified for the group stage.
The remaining seven teams will join after playing qualifying matches.
Younis Mahmoud and Wael Jumaa, both ambassadors of Qatar’s heritage, are considered legendary players from Iraq and Egypt respectively. The Arab legends talked about the tournament that brings together Arabs in Asia and Africa.
The two ambassadors said that the 2021 Arab Cup promises to offer some classic matches. they are sure to excite fans across the Arab world.
Mahmoud led the Iraqi national team to glory in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
The Iraqi legend expressed his excitement for his country’s team being in the group that includes Qatar.
“They are both Asian champions with relatively young teams,” he added. “They both will be keen to show their skills to an international audience before the first World Cup in the region.”
“Reaching the next round will not be easy for each team,” he emphasized.
“But doing so would mean facing some of the best teams in the region, especially those from North Africa that contain players from the major leagues in Europe,” he added.
In turn, Jumaa believes that the 2021 Arab Cup will finally decide who is the best Arab football team.
Jumaa refers to the debate that is constantly being raised on social media platforms across the Arabic region.
Fans are looking forward to the big match between Egypt and Algeria. They are both African champions with a formidable history.
Moreover, the Egyptian defender said he is also looking forward to seeing Saudi Arabia play with Morocco.
“The more we see intercontinental matches, the better we know who really deserves to claim the title of the best team in the Arab world,” he added.
The Arab Cup is an opportunity to celebrate a year before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Correspondingly, Qatari legend, Ahmed Khalil, talked about the upcoming competition.
Khalil is a former Qatari player. He was part of the iconic team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He is also one of the ambassadors of the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
The Qatari legend said that big tournaments are important to Arab fans.
“For smaller teams from the region, this tournament will be a great opportunity to show the worth of their football to the rest of the world,” he added.
The Arab Cup 2021 will take place in six World Cup stadiums Qatar has prepared for the 2022 World Cup.