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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #341
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wow! totally forgot that this thing was going on
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Old January 20th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #342
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saw bunch of Chinese looking guys banned entering the luxury area of Villagio... overheard it was "family area" only. I cant believe they are still applying this s**t even with event on going in Doha. Dont they realize that they can be tourists???
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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:36 PM   #343
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saw bunch of Chinese looking guys banned entering the luxury area of Villagio... overheard it was "family area" only. I cant believe they are still applying this s**t even with event on going in Doha. Dont they realize that they can be tourists???
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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:45 PM   #344
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Poor crowds typify Asian Cup

The on-going Asian Cup has put the spotlight on Qatar after its controversial success in winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, but a glaring lack of atmosphere and fans has done it no favours.

There were barely 2,000 supporters to watch powerhouses Japan and Saudi Arabia, while less than 4,000 witnessed China's thrilling showdown with Uzbekistan and a similar number saw Australia beat Bahrain on Tuesday. Few of them were Qataris.

More people turned up to watch an English non-league match between Luton and York on the same night that an Australian team boasting players like Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer booked their place in the last eight. Even more worrying was the failure of Qatari fans to fill the stadium for the host nation's crucial final group match against Kuwait -- their biggest game in years.

They came through it 3-0 to make the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history, but there were reams of empty seats for a game that was said to have been a sell-out.

It followed thousands of fans streaming out of the hosts' opening game with 30 minutes left, leaving Khalifa Stadium eerily quiet at the final whistle.

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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:50 PM   #345
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There is, of course, one Newcastle United shirt in the crowd (there always is, the world over). And its wearer explains that, whatever the price, it does not help if you queue, as he did, for three hours for opening-game tickets to walk away empty-handed, and then if you queue again for China-Kuwait tickets to find the computer system has gone down.

"There is no logic to the queuing here," he says. "There is no logic to anything."

Despite the problems, though, there is a culture that is used to having its football and its tickets subsidised by its royal family. As one local commentator explains, the best way to ensure a turnout is not by putting international footballers on stage but by raffling off a car at half-time.

Yet if you rewind a month to the Zurich vote and the publicity about the growing nation desperate to embrace football, it is hard not to feel that you have been sold short. This is not so much a population desperate for football, it is a government that has decided that sport, and football in particular, is the brand it needs to wear as the outer garments of its progress in the modern world.

It would help, of course, if they had a decent football team to get behind. Not that this limits their ambition. Already in the home side you have a goalkeeper from Senegal, a Ghanaian and a Brazilian in midfield, a Uruguayan up front and another Brazilian out injured. There is no bending of FIFA regulations here -- the requirement to qualify is five years' residency over the age of 18 -- merely proof that if you fund your league extravagantly, you can reap success.

At the grassroots, extravagance goes even farther. The Aspire Academy has a scouting system that covers 15 countries, mostly African, where a network of 7000 volunteers collectively watches 600,000 players a year over a total of 35,000 games.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1225986619156
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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #346
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Poor crowds typify Asian Cup

The on-going Asian Cup has put the spotlight on Qatar after its controversial success in winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, but a glaring lack of atmosphere and fans has done it no favours.

There were barely 2,000 supporters to watch powerhouses Japan and Saudi Arabia, while less than 4,000 witnessed China's thrilling showdown with Uzbekistan and a similar number saw Australia beat Bahrain on Tuesday. Few of them were Qataris.

More people turned up to watch an English non-league match between Luton and York on the same night that an Australian team boasting players like Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer booked their place in the last eight. Even more worrying was the failure of Qatari fans to fill the stadium for the host nation's crucial final group match against Kuwait -- their biggest game in years.

They came through it 3-0 to make the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history, but there were reams of empty seats for a game that was said to have been a sell-out.

It followed thousands of fans streaming out of the hosts' opening game with 30 minutes left, leaving Khalifa Stadium eerily quiet at the final whistle.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...5aee0f52f1.761
Why would many people go to these 2 matches when they are of no significant value, Uzbekistan has already qualified at the time, and Saudi Arabia was already eliminated.

The attendance for the Asian Cup 2011, so far is better than the attendance in the previous ones. Just a reminder to you, that the AFC is not the World Cup.

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Old January 21st, 2011, 12:00 AM   #347
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I would say attendances are good compared with the last Asian cup. considering that low attendances were as low as 500 for several matches (2000 was Qatar's worst which is 4 times the amount of 2007 Asian cup lowest).

Not to mention that the LOC did what they need and want which is to sell out on many matches (which did happen), HOWEVER, when you have organisations buy many tickets and hand them in bunches to their employees you don't really expect them to attend 100% do you ? I say the problem here is that the tickets arnt available at the ticket counters but their are obviously many people in need of them, but they are not available because they are probably in some guys car not bothering to go to the match, what a waste of seats...
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Old January 21st, 2011, 12:20 AM   #348
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Attendance Statistics for groups stage:

Total Attendance for Groups Stage: 301,279
Total Matches in Groups Stage: 24
Average attendance for the match: 12553

Not bad....and there is 8 final matches left
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Old January 21st, 2011, 12:56 AM   #349
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lol, what are you on about, Qatar has been clearly doctoring the fan numbers as well, last I saw the average was 11k and none of those other nations stole the hosting rights for the World Cup in 2022. As that article says Qataris loving football is a total joke and the Asian Cup has further emphasised that fact, anyone who's been to Qatar knows the truth. Qatar has to pay fans to support even their national team (that's if you can call it a "national" team at all), club football has nobody at all, games are played in empty stadiums even with free tickets, most you'll get is like 5 people, except for the final when the Emir calls in his inbred relatives and auctions a few cars :s
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Old January 21st, 2011, 01:06 AM   #350
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Thanks, took a lot of time collecting them
Yeah, no wonder pretty hard finding a football fan in Qatar, even harder to find a Qatari in the Qatar football team
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Old January 21st, 2011, 01:17 AM   #351
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Yeah, no wonder pretty hard finding a football fan in Qatar, even harder to find a Qatari in the Qatar football team
I'm really tired of you spreading false info and ruining this topic, I am still willing to prove you wrong on every false info you try to spread.

I only see 3 non-qatari names on there


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Old January 21st, 2011, 01:40 AM   #352
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Qatar's team of many nations marches on

While midfielder Lawrence Quaye was born in the Ghanian capital of Accra and started his career with Liberty Professionals, Sebastian Soria was born in the Uruguayan town of Paysandu and first made a name for himself as a player with Liverpool Montevideo.

What combines the two is that they are team-mates.

That, in itself, would not be anything special, but the team in which they play together is a national team - the national team of Qatar, which Sunday qualified for the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup after beating Kuwait 3-0 in their final group game.

The South American and African players donning the maroon Qatari jersey at the Asian Cup are joined in their team by a host of other nationalities.

Fabio Cesar, for instance, was born in Londrina in Brazil and started playing football for Sao Paulo, before moving to Europe where he played for one of Diego Maradona's previous clubs, Napoli.

At that time the midfielder no doubt was dreaming of a successful and lucrative career in Serie A, but things unravelled as Napoli ran into financial problems.

The midfielder then moved on to Avellino, who were playing in the lower regions of Italian football, and after just nine games for the club he joined Al-Arabi Sports Club in Qatar in 2005 and has been in the country since then.

Goalkeeper Qasem Abdulhamed Burhan was born in Dakar, Senegal, while his centre-back 24-year-old Mohammed Kasola hails from Kenya.

French coach Bruno Metsu has also called up players born in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait into his squad for the Asian Cup.

http://www.sify.com/news/qatar-s-tea...roahjaiab.html
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Old January 21st, 2011, 01:43 AM   #353
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Qatar's team of many nations marches on

While midfielder Lawrence Quaye was born in the Ghanian capital of Accra and started his career with Liberty Professionals, Sebastian Soria was born in the Uruguayan town of Paysandu and first made a name for himself as a player with Liverpool Montevideo.

What combines the two is that they are team-mates.

That, in itself, would not be anything special, but the team in which they play together is a national team - the national team of Qatar, which Sunday qualified for the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup after beating Kuwait 3-0 in their final group game.

The South American and African players donning the maroon Qatari jersey at the Asian Cup are joined in their team by a host of other nationalities.

Fabio Cesar, for instance, was born in Londrina in Brazil and started playing football for Sao Paulo, before moving to Europe where he played for one of Diego Maradona's previous clubs, Napoli.

At that time the midfielder no doubt was dreaming of a successful and lucrative career in Serie A, but things unravelled as Napoli ran into financial problems.

The midfielder then moved on to Avellino, who were playing in the lower regions of Italian football, and after just nine games for the club he joined Al-Arabi Sports Club in Qatar in 2005 and has been in the country since then.

Goalkeeper Qasem Abdulhamed Burhan was born in Dakar, Senegal, while his centre-back 24-year-old Mohammed Kasola hails from Kenya.

French coach Bruno Metsu has also called up players born in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait into his squad for the Asian Cup.

http://www.sify.com/news/qatar-s-tea...roahjaiab.html
*yawns

I just showed you the list and it has only 3 non-Qatari names on it

+ the players that have been called up from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, have been living in Qatar all their life, and they have Qatari nationality, so they are indeed Qatari.
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lol, Qatari name maybe, but Qatari they ain't. Qatar just swaps names, steals players and makes up a rubbish football team, one of the last Qataris they had, Hussain Yasser, got booted from the squad for nothing just this week, his crime? He wasn't an African, Brazilian, Uruguayan etc lol, what a joke, Qatar = international footballing disgrace.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 02:07 AM   #355
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Distressing to see the low crowds.The Group D-with 3 neighbours of Qatar in it and 6 live matches had doctored crowds of
3,639
10,478
6,488
7,233
4,111
5,012

Australia v Bahrain attracted 3,919 in a live 3rd group

The Indian match figures would be a different matter if the workers weren't getting bused in as well-despite the extremely low prices.
Children(all categories)$1.85
Adults(including the 1 bay dedicated to females only) start at $5.55
The Asian Cup Final prices are
Children-(all categories)$1.85
Adults from $7.40

Also note that if you're female(50% of the population) you must contact the organising committee for tickets

Can't trust those wandering hands

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*yawns

I just showed you the list and it has only 3 non-Qatari names on it

+ the players that have been called up from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, have been living in Qatar all their life, and they have Qatari nationality, so they are indeed Qatari.
Listen up
Qatar has an EXTREME nationalising program-famous the World over.They even have a nationalising factory(some call it Aspire)Every year 25,000 matches are carried out in 9 African countries using 400,000 kids and 7,000 scouts to find little boys(7-13) to become Qatari's
It is the thing that Qatar is ranked number 1 in the world(besides pollution).There are 12 of the 23 players that have been nationalised including 6 starters.Forget what someone's name is-they are nearly all changed ala Stephen Cherono


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Australia $3.50
Japan $3.70
Korea Republic $3.75
Uzbekistan $9.00
Iran $8.50
Qatar $17.0
Iraq $21.0
Jordan $29.0
North Korea $67.0


Japan ($1.80) vs. Qatar ($5.53)
Draw : $3.73


Uzbekistan ($2.00) vs Jordan ($4.43)
Draw : $3.42
Australia playing one of the most dangerous opponents and current champion(the only Middle East team of the 5 teams I picked to definitely go through the group stage,the others being Uzbekistan,Australia,South Korea and Japan)
Its the toughest of the 4 matches imho with the injury/suspension toll Australia has.
Iraq were easily Australia's best opponent in Stage 3 of WCQ and only missed out on advancing because despite playing an unregistered player Qatar still didn't get punished.Another black day for football that was
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Careful boys - you will receive an infraction like I did for 'wrong attitude' - classic I know... In other words you are not allowed to have an opinion (even based on fact) that may ruffle the feathers of the crew from Doha.
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I'm really tired of you spreading false info and ruining this topic, I am still willing to prove you wrong on every false info you try to spread.

I only see 3 non-qatari names on there

Oh dear - better check before posting next time.
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Good luck to Qatar in today's match, you will be facing the current strongest (in my opinion) team in AFC, Japan.
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