Writer: Valero Rivera


Key Players: Frankis Carol Marzo (left back), Daniel Saric (Goal Keeper ), Rafael Capote (left back)



History in Tournament: 1954-2001: DNQ, 2003: 16th, 2005: 21st, 2007: 23rd, 2009-2011: DNQ, 2013: 20th, 2015: 2nd, 20 17: 8th


Valero Rivera will observe his sixth season as Qatars national trainer at Germany/Denmark 2019 after he started that the job back in 2013. In 1993 and from 2008-2013 he coached that the Spanish mentherefore team, winning the World Championship in the home before moving to Qatar to just take the reins of their Asian side, that were getting ready to host their personal World Championship, at 2015.


In 2015, the Qataris moved entirely to the final but lost to France — the first non-European side to reach a final after they’d beaten Austria (eighth-finals), Germany (quarter-finals) and Poland (semi-finals). At the 20 17 variant in France, Qatar ended eighth once they lost their quarterfinal to eventual bronze medallists Slovenia.


Considering taking over in 2013, Rivera has made Qatar prominent on the continental stage, winning the Asian Championship in three variants (2014, 2016 and 2018) in addition to the Asian Games in August at Indonesia. The last two continental competitions — Indonesia in August and Korea at January — saw Qatar beat Bahrain in both events, even though Indonesia saw the Bahrain side take the Qataris to additional time.


We fought hard to win, said key player, left back Rafael Capote, that was created in Cuba, but turned into a naturalised Qatari.   He was joined in the squad by left back Frankis Carol Marzo, that plays in the EHF Champions League together using Sporting CP at Portugal, also that was likewise naturalised from Cuba. Long time goalkeeper Danijel Saric, who’s played internationally for Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is place to play with Germany/Denmark at age of 41-years-old.


As well as this naturalised players, Qatar are working hard to develop homegrown talent and recent squads have proven the long term project from Rivera resulting in an mix of homegrown and naturalised players with names including Firas Chaieb, Rasheed Yusuff, Mahmoud Hassaballa, Ahmad Madadi, Kamal Aldin Mallash, Youssef Ali, Moustafa Heiba and Anis Zouaoui included.


To qualify to Germany/Denmark 2019 Qatar ended in the top four of those 2018 Asian Championship in Korea, winning the name as a result of coming rear from a halftime deficit at the final against Bahrain.


Frankis Carol was called as best Player at the last and he led the way for his side, scoring at crucial points at the 60 minutes to finish with eight goals, alongside his teammate,” Bertrand Roine, who plays his club hand ball for Al Ahli SC at Doha.


“all of us deserved to get the name,” said Rivera after the last. “This achievement is a result of the hard work put in both by the team and the management on the last several years. The game wasn’t straightforward.


“there’s no doubt that we’re the best in Asia,” he continued. “Our third name proves it. Winning the Asian name was an ambitious project for all of us. I thank all the players to their efforts. ”


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Friday 11 January            Angola Versus Qatar (15:30)

Sunday 1-3 January          Qatar Versus Egypt (15:30)

Monday 14 January        Hungary Versus Qatar (15:30)

Wednesday 16 January  Qatar Versus Sweden (20:30)

Thursday 17 January       Qatar Versus Argentina (18:00)


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