Questions around national identity and belonging are becoming a much-discussed issue, culminating in the question: Who qualifies and deserves to belong to a specific nation in international sport? While a vast majority of France’s winning World Cup squad in 2018 were immigrants, many players born in France represented other countries, such as Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia.
Likewise, Qatar’s football history is filled with naturalized players, including Sebastian Soria, Roderigo Tabata, and Fabio Cesar. However, on the national team that won the 2019 AFC Asian Championship, most players were born and raised in Qatar, many of them being sons of immigrants. Join the CIRS panel to listen to discussions about national teams and the national identity of their players.
Source and image credit: Qatar Foundation
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