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BOUNCING BACK IN FRANCE?

When Spanish coach Valero Rivera arrived in 2013, he fanned Qatar’s ambitions to win a place in the handball world. The trainer, who had been a World Champion with Spain, used his extensive contacts to convince top players to come and play for Qatar. Frenchman Bertrand Roiné, Egyptian Hassan Mabrouk, Bosnian goalkeeper Danijel Saric and Cuban Rafael Capote were quickly seduced by the ambitions Qatar had set itself. In a few months, the Spanish trainer managed to create a team that was capable of competing on the world stage, even to the point of giving the French team a run for its money in the final of the 2015 World Championship in Doha. With a silver medal in the World Championship just one year after the Asian Championships title (2014), there was no doubt that Qatar was a good and fast learner. Winning the Asian Games again in 2016, Qatar went on to do well at the Games in Rio (beaten in quarter nals by Germany) but were out of medal contention. It will, no doubt, want to jump back into form in France and to prove it has a solid place in the international handball arena.


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DID YOU KNOW?

In 2015 in Doha, Qatar became the first team from outside Europe to play in a World Championship final. Beaten by France, the team then played their first Olympic Games in Rio. Their dream is now to be the first non-European team to be crowned World Champion…

 

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COACH:  Valero RIVERA (Spain)

PLAYERS

  • QAT_55_ABDALLA_ABDELRAHMAN
    Abdelrahman Abdalla 01/01/1994 Centre Back
  • QAT_10_AL-KARBI_ABDULLA
    Abdulla Al-Karbi 10/06/1990 Right Back
  • QAT_11_MURAD_ABDULRAZZAQ
    Abdulrazzaq Murad 29/06/1990 Left wing
  • QAT_13_ABDELHAK_AHMED
    Ahmed Abdelhak 14/02/1988 Right Back
  • QAT_14_ALRAYES_BASSEL
    Bassel Alrayes 04/03/1979 Pivot
  • QAT_07_ROINE_BERTRAND
    Bertrand Roine 17/02/1981 Left Back
  • QAT_12_SARIC_DANIJEL
    Danijel Saric 27/06/1977 Goalkeeper
  • QAT_04_MABROUK_HASSAN
    Hassan Mabrouk 29/07/1982 Pivot
  • QAT_25_MALLASH_KAMAL_ALDIN
    Kamal Aldin Mallash 01/01/1992 Centre Back
  • QAT_86_HASSABALLA_MAHMOUD
    Mahmoud Hassaballa 22/11/1986 Centre Back
  • QAT_05_ALKRAD_MUSTAFA
    Mustafa Alsaltialkrad 16/03/1987 Right Back
  • QAT_20_ALSAFADI_OMAR
    Omar Alsafadi 04/09/1994 Centre Back
  • QAT_09_CAPOTE_RAFAEL
    Rafael Capote 05/10/1987 Left Back
  • QAT_24_SINEN_WAJDI
    Wajdi SINEN 17/09/1990 Left Back
  • QAT_41_BENALI_YOUSEF
    Youssef Ali 28/05/1987 Pivot
  • QAT_85_AL-ABDULLA_YOUSUF
    Yousuf Al-Abdulla 26/02/1985 Goalkeeper