Qatar World Cup 2022: What can the controversial hosts expect to achieve on the pitch?

Qatar World Cup 2022
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This feature on the Qatar 2022 World Cup first appeared in the November 2020 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe today and get your first five magazines for just £5! 

The sandals rained down on Qatar striker Almoez Ali, bringing his impromptu, hip-swinging celebration to an abrupt halt. Ali had just scored the most important goal of his career to put Qatar 2-0 up against the hosts, the United Arab Emirates, in the 2019 Asian Cup semi-final. Home fans in Dubai didn’t share his glee, and responded by angrily flinging their footwear in his direction. 

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