Almoez Ali discusses Jordanian football, Qatar, fans

Qatari player Almoez Ali. (Photos: Redbull)
AMMAN — The Qatari football player of Sudanese origin, Almoez Ali (24), graduated from Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha, with a market value of 2.70 million euros, according to TransferMarkt.اضافة اعلان

After graduating from the academy, Ali played with European youth clubs, most notably Austrian LASK Linz and the Spanish team Cultural Leonesa. He has also played with Al-Duhail SC Qatari club for 56 games so far, scoring 18 goals and winning the Qatar Stars League three times, the Emir of Qatar Cup twice, and the Qatar Cup once.

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Ali gradually began his participation with the Qatari national football team, or Al-Annabi team. He played with the U-23 and U-20 teams, and in 2016 he started his participation with Qatar’s first team. Since then, he has played 35 games with the first team, scored 19 goals, and was awarded the “Golden Boot" award in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup and the 2019 AFC Asia Cup.

Ali told Jordan News in an exclusive interview that his interest in football began when he was just five years old. Since then, “I’ve been playing for over 15 years,” he said.

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Ali comes from an athletic family that influenced his love for sports, "my older brother and my father both love football. What drove me to take it up was the joy I saw on my family members’ faces thanks to it,” he said.

Ali also expressed his admiration for many Arab players. "In my opinion — and keeping in mind that there are many outstanding stars — Mohamed Salah. I’d also say Mohamed Aboutrika and Younis Mahmoud,” he said.

Ali praised the Arab Cup, which recently concluded in Qatar, and crowned the Algerian national team as winners. "The tournament finally returned after years of absence, and it’s one that is precious to everybody and unites all Arab countries,” he said and emphasized that the tournament is important as it allows teams to determine where they stand and diagnose their strengths and weaknesses.

Qatar came in third place last season of the Arab Cup, but Ali emphasized the importance of their participation, saying: “We were happy to come in third place. The participation was amazing, and I hope that the tournament will continue to be held in the future.”

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The Qatari national team player confirmed Qatar’s readiness to host the 2022 World Cup, emphasizing that Qatar is a “pioneer” in terms of organizing events, as seen by the Arab Cup, according to Ali.

“We noticed that the Arab crowds were amazed by the stadiums and organization, and the preparation itself was held at an international level. Qatar is one of the most pro-sports Arab countries, and it’s always outperforming on many levels, especially when it comes to stadiums, facilities, infrastructure, and fans, as we witnessed in the Arab Cup. So, the country is more than ready to host the World Cup at the end of 2022, to make history with it,” he said.

Ali believes that Jordanian sports have the ingredients to follow in the footsteps of Qatari sports, saying: "Of course! Jordanian football is more than capable of evolving with time, training, and improvement. Jordan can most definitely construct high-level and international stadiums to compete with larger countries.”

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Despite not following Jordanian football closely, Ali praised Al-Faisaly and Al-Wehdat teams and their appearance in the Arab competitions and noted that they play at a “high level”.

Ali concluded by asking the Arab public to support the next World Cup.

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