The players of the United States (US) national team, Thursday (10/11), became the first of the participating teams for the 2022 World Cup to arrive in Qatar, ten days before the start of the global soccer party.
The US are playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in eight years and will have one of their most politically charged matches when they take on Iran on November 29.
Some of the players were on board a Qatar Airways jet from New York, which was one of the first flights to use the new section of Hamad international airport that opened Thursday, an AFP photographer at the airport said.
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Most of the 26 players, including captain Christian Pulisic, are based in Europe and still have domestic league games to play this weekend.
Team USA will start Group B against Wales on November 21, followed by facing England on November 25, and then a crucial match against Iran, which is one of the most eagerly awaited games in Doha due to the political feud between the two countries.
The US team, coached by Gregg Berhalter, is staying at Marsa Malaz Kempinski on Pearl, an artificial island north of Doha that is favored by expats.
They will train on the pitch of the Al Gharafa club about 15 kilometers away.
The US has appeared in the World Cup 11 times. They finished third in the first edition of the tournament in 1930, famously beating England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup and reaching the quarter-finals in 2002.
They advanced to the World Cup from 1990 to 2014 but failed to make it in Russia 2018. (Ant/OL-1)