2019 AFC ASIAN CUP SEMI FINALS & FINAL (Now 100% Aussie Free)

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With the way both teams had been travelling, I would've expected the opposite. Seems like Japan are clicking at the right time and I suspect they go on and win it now.
 

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Tonight's game is like choosing cancer or aids. That being said, I actually hope Qatar smash the UAE. Either way, Japan will probably have a hard time in the final, mainly from dodgy refs listening to AFC directives.
 

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Qatar obviously went all out for this to showcase their ‘deservedness’ of hosting the World Cup. But UAE are pathetic, we gave them the win on the platter. How would’ve Australia gone if we played Qatar tonight?
 

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Only about 310,000 of Qatar's population are actual Qatari citizens, the rest are expats. How does a country with no football history with a talent pool that thin to choose from make the final? Is there some sort of match-fixing going on for their opposition to play bad to make them look go so that FIFA can validate giving them the WC?
 

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Only about 310,000 of Qatar's population are actual Qatari citizens, the rest are expats. How does a country with no football history with a talent pool that thin to choose from make the final? Is there some sort of match-fixing going on for their opposition to play bad to make them look go so that FIFA can validate giving them the WC?
Nail, hammer, head.

The ME sides have always been much stronger in familiar surrounds, that's what makes Japans win so impressive, particularly as theyd been poor by their standards up to that point.
 

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Only about 310,000 of Qatar's population are actual Qatari citizens, the rest are expats. How does a country with no football history with a talent pool that thin to choose from make the final? Is there some sort of match-fixing going on for their opposition to play bad to make them look go so that FIFA can validate giving them the WC?
Qatar, like most middle eastern countries, are decent in familiar surroundings. Away from the middle east, like most of their neighbours, are ****
 
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Tonight's game is like choosing cancer or aids. That being said, I actually hope Qatar smash the UAE. Either way, Japan will probably have a hard time in the final, mainly from dodgy refs listening to AFC directives.
Aids is curable so I guess they were UAE. A shame they folded quicker than superman on wash day.
 

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Only about 310,000 of Qatar's population are actual Qatari citizens, the rest are expats. How does a country with no football history with a talent pool that thin to choose from make the final? Is there some sort of match-fixing going on for their opposition to play bad to make them look go so that FIFA can validate giving them the WC?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspire_Academy

Set up in 2004 with the obvious goal of preparing a decent team for the World Cup.

Importantly:

In 2014, the Qatar U-19 National Football Team, composed solely of past or current Aspire Academy student-athletes, won the 38th edition of the AFC U-19 Championship in Myanmar, for the first time in Qatar's history
Those players are now in their footballing prime.

Someone on Reddit posted that although 8 of the team were foreign born, 5 were raised in Qatar and all of them went through the academy. They've largely ditched the route of naturalising Z-grade Brazilians.

Did you raise the same concerns about Iceland's success in continental competition?
 

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At least they're not naturalizing randoms anymore. Although their leading goal scorer and most capped player is Uruguayan born and raised Sebastien Soria.

Most of Bahrain's squad was home grown, and born in Bahrain, which is remarkable given their tiny size.
 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspire_Academy

Set up in 2004 with the obvious goal of preparing a decent team for the World Cup.

Importantly:



Those players are now in their footballing prime.

Someone on Reddit posted that although 8 of the team were foreign born, 5 were raised in Qatar and all of them went through the academy. They've largely ditched the route of naturalising Z-grade Brazilians.

Did you raise the same concerns about Iceland's success in continental competition?
I'll openly admit I am biased against the gulf states. Soulless entities made up of predominately expats with no footballing history who make their oil money off slavery. Regardless of their youth results, it would be a tragic result for football if those corrupt campaigners became successful, and as I type this, those campaigners go 1-0 up.
 

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I'll openly admit I am biased against the gulf states. Soulless entities made up of predominately expats with no footballing history who make their oil money off slavery. Regardless of their youth results, it would be a tragic result for football if those corrupt campaigners became successful, and as I type this, those campaigners go 1-0 up.
If your criteria for support is whether they were or were not corrupt campaigners, your pool of national teams to support would be in the single digits.
 
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What do you like about them?
As I said, U19 champions in 2014. Same coach the whole way through.

Look into what they have done. Overtaken Australia (and many other nations) by investing in football, and doing so wisely.

And now they are 2-0 up against Japan before half time. Amazing stuff.
 
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