Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lebanon's route to World Cup 2014



As explained in a previous post, Lebanon have now reached the Round 4 of the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Last month they were seeded in Group A of the Asian qualifiers which includes 5 teams: Qatar, Iran, Uzbekistan, South Korea and, of course, Lebanon.

Over the course of one year, starting in June 2012 and ending in June 2013, Lebanon will have to play each of these teams twice - home & away - culminating in 8 matches which hopefully could lead the team to qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil. There’s a long way to go, we all know that, but at least there’s a way…

The fixtures of this group were recently released and here they are, in order:





As you can notice, between the 3rd and the 12th of June, Lebanon have got 3 games to play. That’s a big amount considering that normally qualifying games for any World Cup are played within months of each other. Two out of those three games are played at home, in Beirut, and that’s when it’s up to the Lebanese crowd to get to the stadium and show their full support. If Lebanon can start off well with 2 victories, who knows what can be achieved.

I’ve long advocated for Lebanese people to support to their National Football team in the same way they do with other nations, and I’m a strong believer that when a team plays at home, with the help of its supporters, it can become a massive advantage for the team. Whether it’s by mentally affecting the opponents, or by intimidating them, the momentum switches very quickly in Football. You don’t need me to tell you that. You’re reading this, so I'm assuming that you’re a Football supporter and you already know this. No need for a prep talk. On June 3rd, when the location of the 1st qualifying match is announced, if you’re in Beirut - you know what to do.

2 comments:

  1. I think our best chance is landing in the second place of the group. We beat korea, but lets face it, it probably wont happen again. With that said, Im confident that Korea will book first spot and this is where we come in. I truly believe that we can give Iran, uzbekistan and qatar a run for their money and hopefully land that second place spot. I would rather we fight for 2nd spot then 3rd spot because we're pretty much out if we have to play a south american team. With our stubborn counter-attacking style and roda antar back, I wouldnt be too surprised if we beat these guys, we have a down-to-earth coach who knows how to exploit well-organized teams and the players to rock them. Just my two cents.

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  2. I agree with this post and in all honesty, I think fans NEED to go. In all honesty, the best we can hope for in away games is a draw. You may not have heard much about Qatar, Uzbekistan and Iran but they are all good teams in Asian football, Iran and Uzbekistan especially. If the stadium is full and rocking with people that is our best chance of catching a few wins. I will stay optimistic and say that 3rd is possible but unprobable, so with every fan attending the chances of winning push up just a bit more.

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