Qatar’s football team started the Asian Cup ranked 93rd in the world.
But after an almost flawless month-long tournament, Qatari players brought home their first major trophy.
All the more remarkable because their matches were played in the United Arab Emirates.
Will the victory ease or exacerbate tensions in the Gulf?
Presenter: Martine Dennis
Mahfoud Amara – head of the sports science programme at Qatar University; author of Sport, Politics and Society in the Arab World
James Dorsey – senior fellow at S Rajartnam School of International Studies; author of Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Rob Harris – international sports journalist
Source: Al Jazeera News