In the last two decades, the Qatari men’s national football team was often criticised in international media for using “nationalised”, foreign-born football players to represent the country. In 2004, the public controversy was focused on three Brazilian-born players, to know Aílton, Dedé and Leandro, who were accused by FIFA of having the intention to sell and swap their Brazilian nationality for a Qatari one. By doing so, they would have instantly become eligible to play for Qatar’s national football team. Striker Aílton was said to be offered USD 1.2 million for swapping his nationality. However, the motivation of these...
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