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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Metsu names squad for second European tour

French coach Bruno Metsu announced the Qatar squad that will face Paraguay and Belgium in their European tour next week.

Qatar will meet Paraguay in Paris on November 14th, before traveling to the small town of Sedan to face Belgium on the 18th.

The most notable change in the squad is the absence of Sebastian Soria due to injury.

The tour is part of the team’s preparations for the 15th Asian Cup Finals that will to be hosted by Qatar in early 2011.

Last October, Qatar played three matches as part of the first European tour, losing to Croatia in Zagreb 2-3 and to Macedonia in Skopje 1-2, before ending the tour with a 2-2 against RD Congo in Paris.

Goalkeepers

Saad Al Shib (Al Sadd)
Qassim Burhan (AL Gharrafa)
Baba malick (Umm Salal)

Defenders

Mosaad Al Hamad (Al Sadd)
Taher Zakaria (Al Sadd)
Ibrahim Majid (Al Sadd)
Bilal Mohamed (Al Gharrafa)
Ibrahim Al Ghanem (Al Gharrafa)
Khaled Al Zekiba (Qatar sc)

Midfielders

Majdi Sediq (Al Sadd)
Talal Al Baloushi (Al Sadd)
Mohamed Abdul Rab (Al Sadd)
Ahmed Faris (Al Gharrafa)
Mohamed Yasser (Al Rayyan)
Waheed Mohamed (Al Sailiyah)
Fabio Cesar (Umm Salal)
Fadl Omar (Qatar sc)
Mohamed Omar (Qatar sc)

Attackers

Ali Hassan Afif (Al Sadd)
Majid Mohamed (Al Sadd)
Hassan Al Haidos (Al Sadd)
Yousef Ahmed (Qatar sc)

Umm Salal beat Al Khor


Umm Salal continued their momentum in the Qatar Stars League with a 1-0 win over ten-man Al Khor in the seventh round.

The only goal of the match came in the 77th minute after a neat cross from the right by Nabeel Anwar, was chested down by Magno Alves to Qatari international Fabio Cesar who sent a nice left-foot shot past AL Khor’s goalkeeper.

AL Khor played with ten men since the 33rd minute after Iraqi defender Salam Shaker was sent off for a foul from behind on Brazilian Davi.

Winning start for Cesa

Brazilian Cesa made a winning start to his tenure as coach of Al Ahli’s first team by defeating Al Arabi 2-1 on Friday, in the seventh round of Qatar Stars League.

Cesa was the youth team coach at the club until last week when he took over the first team job, after his compatriot Ricardo Ferreira was sacked due to poor results.

Ivorian striker Tia Olivier created the first goal for Brazilian Wagner after 11 minutes, before scoring the second goal himself in the 27th minute.

Brazilian Cabore snatched the only goal for Arabi early in the second half, his fourth goal this season.

Al Ahli defended well till the final whistle to hand Arabi their first defeat of the season.

With Argentinean star Leonardo Pisculichi out till March after suffering a foot injury last week, Al Arabi’s midfield looked relatively weak and a replacement for the Argentinean star is a must if they aim to challenge for top spot or at least a top four finish.