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Qatar defender Abdelkarim Hassan named best player in Asia

Abdelkarim Hassan played a key role for Qatar and for club side Al Sadd.

Qatari defender Abdelkarim Hassan has been named Asian Player of the Year for 2018, claiming the Asian Football Confederation's annual individual award ahead of Japanese duo Yuma Suzuki and Kenta Misao.

The left-back received the award at a ceremony in the Omani capital of Muscat after playing a key role in club side Al Sadd reaching the semifinals of the Asian Champions League this season.

"I am very glad and proud to achieve this award," said Hassan, who becomes the second Qatari to secure the...

Qatar's mystery men may not be the 2022 World Cup flops they're expected to be

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

LUGANO, Switzerland -- Xherdan Shaqiri was shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders in the players' tunnel of Lugano's ageing Stadio Cornaredo, attempting to explain how Switzerland, sitting in eighth position in the FIFA World Ranking, had lost 1-0 to Qatar.

"It is difficult when you play a team of players you don't know," the Liverpool forward told ESPN FC. "In those kind of games, you can only lose.

"We watched them on video, but we didn't know their players at all, so it was difficult. Still,...

Qatar's Akram Afif scores as 2022 World Cup hosts stun Switzerland

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Qatar pulled off one of the most impressive results in their history when they won 1-0 away to Switzerland in a friendly on Wednesday.

Qatar, ranked 96th in the world, snatched the win after Akram Afif broke away and rounded Yvon Mvogo to score the only goal in the 86th minute of a lacklustre match played in front of a paltry 4,000 crowd.

The Swiss twice hit the crossbar, with a Michael Lang header in the first half and then a Christian Fassnacht effort after the break, but the visitors also had...