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Barca’s Guardiola to be Qatar 2022 Ambassador 20, February 2010

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Barcelona’s legendary player and current manager Pep Guardiola is to act as an Ambassador for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid. Guardiola who played football in Qatar for two years joins Rodger Milla and Frank De Boer in promoting Qatar as the venue for the 2022 games. Whilst Qatar are undoubtedly outsiders for the tournament, their practically unlimited budget means that they cannot be ruled out.

Qatari stars league 22, November 2009

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To those of you with a bit of football knowledge here’s a far from complete list of some of the stars that have graced the faux-green pitches of Qatar.

Josep Guardiola, Gabriel Batistuta, Mario Basler, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, Fernando Hierro, Stefan Effenberg, Romario, Frank Leboeuf, , Marcel Desailly, Christophe Dugarry, Claudio Caniggia, Tony Popović, Taribo West, Emile Mpenza, Sonny Anderson, Titi Camara, Eric Djemba Djemba, Hakan Yakin, Juninho Pernambucano.

In a brief (and probably highly inaccurate) calculation it seems to me that there are four World Cup winners there and 8-9 Champions League winners not to mention some of the greatest players ever to grace the game (Batistuta, de Boer, Romario). Quite the little selection that Qatar have assembled over the years.