Qatar’s astonishing win at the recent AFC Asian Cup proved that the Qatari football team is all geared up to make its presence count. On Tuesday, a ceremony to celebrate the historic win was organised by the Qatar Stars League (QSL) at its headquarters in Al Bidda.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) president HE Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani and QSL CEO Hani Taleb Ballan were also present to grace the ceremony.

Qatar defeated Japan 3-1 in the final of the Asian Cup, an unexpected defeat for Japan – a four-time winner of the tournament.

Qatar cleared the semi-finals by defeating the host country, the United Arab Emirates, 4-0. Celebrations in Doha lasted all night long.

While Qatar’s participation was completely focused on playing the game, it was no surprise that everyone else was discussing the gulf country’s political and diplomatic crisis.

Qatar’s Almoez Ali, who set a new record in the Asian Cup by scoring nine goals in the tournament with his glorious last overhead kick, bagged the Top Scorer and Best Player title in the tournament.

During the celebrations, Sheikh Hamad congratulated and encouraged all attendees. He said the triumph belongs to the whole football family of the country, including the QSL.

“Winning the Cup is the culmination of hard work, dedication, integrity and harmony between all sections of the system, and that everyone should be proud of what has been achieved, be it players or coaches as well as officials and staff, especially that of the QSL and various stakeholders. This achievement should be a great motivation for all employees of the organisation,” he said.

Qatar, whose team has never qualified for the World Cup, has left a mark on the playfield that will be remembered in years to come. The country is all set to host the 2022 World Cup – first time an Arab country to do the honours.

Qatar team’s coach Felix Sanchez said his mission throughout the Asian Cup was to show the world that his team could match and beat the best teams of Asia.