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GOAAAL! The Socceroos are going to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Start planning for an extended stopover in Qatar! The Socceroos have qualified for a fifth-consecutive men's World Cup spot in Qatar this November, and it's going to be huge!

Start planning for an extended stopover in Qatar! The Socceroos have qualified for a fifth-consecutive men’s World Cup spot in Qatar this November, and it’s going to be huge!

After a gruelling 1,008 days of World Cup qualifying through the pandemic including playing 16 out of 20 games away from home, Australia has this morning, sealed a spot at the men’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022โ„ข after beating Peru in Doha.

And phew, what a wild and at times, excruciating ride it was to get there.

After an exhaustingly tense 120 minutes of football and no goals, the game required a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out to split the two sides.

Cue intense nail-biting, frayed nerves and a cold sweat.

But cometh the hour and all that… Socceroos substitute (and now national hero) goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne made the crucial save to win the game 5-4 on penalties and seal the Socceroos’ place in Group D alongside France, Denmark, and Tunisia in Qatar in November.

Unsurprisingly, there have since been calls for a national day off, which is probably a fair call.

So if you’re reading this having taken the day off to celebrate – congratulations!

The global stage is now set for Australia’s flag to be added to the Road to Qatar and the FIFA Countdown Clock to the World Cup at the Corniche in Doha, which begins in 160 days on Monday, 21 November 2022.

While Australians are celebrating the world over, The excitement was equally off the charts this morning at Qatar Tourism’s Head Office in Melbourne, with Richard Styles, Regional Director ANZ for Qatar Tourism, saying, “It’s absolutely fantastic to be welcoming the Socceroos to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“The eyes of the world will be on Qatar in November and December when we get to showcase our truly authentic and magical destination.

Richard Styles, Regional Director ANZ, Qatar Tourism

“Since the launch of the World’s Best Value Stopover for $19 per person, per night in November, the travel trade have been fantastic supporters of this unbelievable deal which has seen visitors numbers grow month on month.”

That interest in visiting Qatar will no doubt only now continue to build in the coming weeks and months as Australian soccer fans look to secure tickets and packages in November and December.

As a soccer fan himself, too, Styles knows just how significant The Socceroo’s reaching the finals is and what it means to Australians everywhere to have the chance to travel to Qatar and cheer on the team.

“From a personal perspective, I am absolutely over the moon that The Socceroos have qualified and so proud to be representing the host nation. It’s going to be an incredibly special time for everyone,” he said.

A big shout-out and good luck also goes to The New Zealand All Whites who will tomorrow morning play Costa Rica in a last-gasp knockout game to claim the last spot at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The game kicks off at 8 am on Wednesday 15 June 2022 with the All Whites aiming to reach their first finals since In 2010.

For more, head to www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022