Truly professional?
IT WAS exactly a decade ago that the Qatar Football Association (QFA) had set up a professional league development committee within itself.
We’re on right track, says Hani
THE Qatar Stars League (QSL), since its launch in 2008, has gained further significance after the country won the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
Captain shows way
WHEN Luiz Martin got his second yellow card and marching orders from referee Khamis Al Kuwari for a foul on Meshaal Al Shammari, the clock on the giant screen at the stadium showed 85 minutes and the scoreboard read Al Sadd 1, Lekhwiya 1.
INCREDIBLE HULK!
LIKE all Brazilian players, Hulk has a lengthy name — Givanildo Vieira de Sousa —  which is best remembered by himself.
Young Bassam has lofty ambitions
YOUNG Qatari centre-back Bassam Al Rawi is fearless and confident, and not surprisingly idolises Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
BEFORE beginning his maiden Dakar adventure on four-wheels, Mohamed Issa Abu Issa had set a realistic target of a top-10 finish and he did exactly that. 
YOUSEF Adam, who helped Al Ahli finish sixth last season as a caretaker coach after replacing Croatian Luka Bonacic in November 2015, has failed to work his charm this time around. 
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QATAR let slip the advantage and settled for a 1-1 draw with Moldova in an international friendly at the Al Sadd Stadium on Tuesday.
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QATAR kept their chance of reaching the knockout phase of the Handball World Championship alive by beating Argentina 21-17 in a Group D encounter in Paris on Tuesday.

T TENNIS

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A month after the creme de la creme of men’s tennis entertained Doha fans, the women stars will descend on the Qatari capital.
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Arabic sports magazine Estad Al Doha honoured Qatar international striker Meshaal Abdullah with the 2016 Footballer-of-the-Year Award at a ceremony last Sunday.
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QATAR Football Association National Teams Management’s Technical Advisor Saeed Al Misnad felt the country’s league had a long way to go if it was to catch up with top European competitions.

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Lekhwiya’s lanky forward Mohammed Muntari, suffering from a knee ligament tear, will be sidelined for another six months.
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AL SADD coach Jesualdo Ferreira rued their lack of finishing and ill luck as they lost 1-2 to Lekhwiya in their top-of-the-table clash last week.
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A DELEGATION from Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose almost entire first-team squad and coach Caio Junior lost their lives in a plane crash in November, were in Doha last week at the invitation of Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani.
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ASPIRE Academy Under-16 football team emerged as winners last week in the latest edition of the tri-series tournament, which also featured Sporting Clube de Portugal and Thailand’s Buriram United.