Starting at Al Bayt Stadium a great motivation for us: Qatar Coach Sanchez
DOHA: Felix Sanchez, Qatar’s Asian Cup winning coach, said on Thursday Al Annabi playing the first match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup would be ‘a great motivation’ for the national squad.
Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region, will be the stage for hosts Qatar to kick off the tournament on Monday, 21 November 2022 at 13:00 local time* (11:00 CET). The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00. Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on 17 December. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) on Wednesday announced that Al Bayt Stadium will host the first match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“Of course to see the date of the match and schedule is a reminder of how near the competition. It is another motivation for us to be ready and to give a memorable performance,” Sanchez said in reaction to the match schedule being announced.
“It’s nice to see when we start and where,” Sanchez added.
Talal Al Kaabi, Executive Director of the National Football Teams, on Thursday said the opening of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium, one of the most important football facilities in the country, will be a milestone for Qatari football.
He said with Qatar set to play the traditional opening game as the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the opening match at the new venue will give an added value to the atmosphere.
The World Cup, the first edition to be held in the Arab world, will make the occasion a historic one for the entire region, Al Kaabi said in his remarks.
He added that the first match for the Qatari squad in 2022 would be a culmination of a long journey that will also take a step into another chapter of memorable matches.
He said watching Qatar play in front of home matches would certainly inspire a future generation of players.