Qatar Football AssociationNews
25.02.2016 12:41 in :

DOHA: Qatar will play Euro 2016 side Albania in an international
friendly on May 29 this year, the Qatar Football Association (QFA)
announced on Thursday.

The match – to be played in Austria – will be part of Qatar’s friendly
series against top-50 ranked sides in the world, QFA said.

Coached by Daniel Carreno, Qatar are currently top of Group A in the
2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifying phase with six wins from as
many matches so far.

“Since last year, we have decided to play against teams that are
ranked in the top-50 on the FIFA computer rankings,” a QFA official
said on Thursday.

“The forthcoming clash will give Carreno and boys ample time and
opportunity to test the players against some of the best sides in the
world,” the official said.

“Since last year, Qatar has played teams like Algeria,Slovenia,

Ireland,Scotland, Turkey and now we are getting ready to play

againstAlbania,” the QFA official said.

“This trend will continue as we seek top-50 ranked sides for our
future international friendlies,” he added.

Albania, currently ranked number 36 in the world, are going to feature
at this year’s Euor 2016 championships.

The European side presented a fierce appetite for tough football by
beating former World Champions France and powerhouse Portugal during
their 2016 Euro qualification.

At Euro, Albanian, coached by Gianni De Biasi, will be paired with
France, Romania and Switzerland.

Qatar are hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.