Sunday, 05 December 2021 12:15 GMT

Qatar - Excitement mounts as squads confirmed for FIFA Arab Cup 2021


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Less than one week remains until the first FIFA pan-Arab football tournament, as 16 teams come together to compete in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021.

Excitement is building for the start of the competition on November 30 as the full squads of the participating teams have been released.

A total of 368 players are expected to take part in the competition with some big names called-up to compete in Qatar to lift the coveted trophy at the highly-anticipated final at Al Bayt Stadium on December 18.

Hosts Qatar will be looking to continue their success in recent years. The current Asian champions will be relying on several players who lifted the AFC Asian Cup title two years ago, the first major international trophy in their history.

Top scorer Almoez Ali, captain Hassan Al Haydos and the 2019 AFC Player of the Year Akram Afif will all feature.

African champions Algeria are also not short of well-known names as their squad includes Yacine Brahimi and El Arabi Soudani, who both played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, along with Qatar-based Baghdad Bounedjah, scorer of the winning goal in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Tunisia will arrive in Doha with an experienced squad that includes players who featured at the last FIFA World Cup in Russia; Farouk Ben Mustapha, Yassine Meriah, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul, Ferjani Sassi and Naim Sliti. Carlos Queiroz's Egypt will meanwhile rely on the vast experience of top goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

There will be plenty of other stars that fans will be able to watch playing across the six FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums including UAE's Ali Mabkhout and Ismail Matar, former FIFA U-20 World Cup Adidas Golden Ball winner, in addition to Syria's top striker Omar Al Soma and Feras Al Brikan of Saudi Arabia.

The squad lists of all the 16 FIFA Arab Cup teams are now available on the FIFA website.

Fans will have a chance to watch all these prominent players and many other rising stars as tickets for every FIFA Arab Cup match are still available from fifa.com/tickets

A number of Category 4 tickets priced QAR 25 (for Qatar residents only) remain available for all matches except the semi-finals and final.

All ticket holders must apply for a mandatory Hay'ya Card (Fan ID) from fac21.qa

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