Qatar Goalkeeper

Qatar Goalkeeper

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The Qatar Goalkeeper or Qatar Goalie refers to professional footballer Saad Al Sheeb who plays for the Qatar national team. The Qatar goalkeeper became the subject of memes during the first game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in the Qatar vs. Ecuador match, after he was called the "worst footballer ever" by some. Many also joked about the Qatar goalkeeper being sent to jail or mysteriously disappearing due to his poor performance, referencing the host country's controversial human rights record.


On November 20th, 2022, the national football teams of Qatar and Ecuador played in the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted in Qatar in which Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0.[1] The Ecuadorian team was led most notably by player Enner Valencia who scored both goals.

Online discourse about the game soon surfaced regarding the Qatari goalkeeper, Saad Al Sheeb, and his perceived lack of skills compared to the rest of the talent at the World Cup. For example, at around 11:21 a.m. EST on November 20th, Twitter[2] user CFCRaf2 tweeted, "This Qatar goalkeeper is definitely 'mysteriously' disappearing after the game," gaining roughly 4,000 likes in less than a day (shown below).

N°1 900kca Raf @CFCRaf2 This Qatar goalkeeper is definitely 'mysteriously' disappearing after the game 11:21 AM . Nov 20, 2022 Twitter Web App ● ●●● 282 Retweets 43 Quote Tweets 4,041 Likes


Following Twitter user CFCRaf2's tweet, multiple others followed up with similar memes about the Qatari goalkeeper on November 20th, 2022. For instance, Twitter[3] user ItsChanzu likened the goalie to a man smoking hookah while in goal, gaining roughly 2,300 likes in less than a day (shown below, left). Twitter[4] user amitttrmfc also labeled an odd-looking and ill-equipped goalie as the Qatari goalkeeper on November 20th, earning roughly 4,200 likes in the same time period (shown below, right).

Sun Tzu @ItsChanzu Qatar's Goalkeeper #WorldCup2022 11:23 AM . Nov 20, 2022. Twitter for Android I❤ : Amit Zohar @amitttrmfc Qatar goalkeeper today 31:14 PRIME 49 YouTube Shots 11:27 AM . Nov 20, 2022. Twitter for iPhone : TS

Around the same time on November 20th, 2022, Twitter[5] user upblissed posted a video quote retweet related to the Qatari goalkeeper being exiled following the loss by captioning a video of Luis Suárez crying and looking at his phone on the pitch, gaining roughly 66,100 likes in less than a day (shown below).

Also, an image of the Qatari goalkeeper looking at the Ecuadorian team celebrating earned viral usage. For instance, the Twitter[6] account TrollFootball tweeted the photo on November 20th with the caption, "What a sad day for Saad," gaining roughly 35,700 likes in less than a day (shown below).

SOCCER Troll Football @TrollFootball What a sad day for Saad 7 33:15 WORLD QAT O 2 ECU 922 #FIFAWor Mai 10 1:16 PM . Nov 20, 2022 Twitter Web App SAAD LIVESPORTS A CUP O Qatar2022 ...

The Qatar goalkeeper going to jail or being exiled also trended on TikTok. For instance, on November 20th, 2022, TikToker[7] _mrbossman_ captioned the Punisher's 'No, No, No, Wait, Wait, Wait' video with, "The Qatari goalkeeper when he comes back to the hotel room," gaining roughly 1.9 million plays and 336,500 likes in less than a day (shown below).

@_mrbossman_ Bro stinks #fyp#wc#worldcup #qatar2022 #qatarworldcup #fifa#football#messi#cr7 #ronaldo #mrbossman ♬ sonido original – 𝑷𝑯𝑶𝑵𝑲 𝑴𝑼𝑺𝑰𝑪

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Football Football Memes @ogfootballmemes Qatar's goalkeeper after this match Memes SHRESVETS 11:31 AM. Nov 20, 2022 Twitter for iPhone : Rayan @aguero_role Qatar goalkeeper checking his hotel dor tonight 12:03 PM Nov 20, 2022 Twitter for Android . ... KALYJAY @gyaigyimii Qatar's goalkeeper is called Saad. What a sad day for Saad. P 12:00 PM · Nov 20, 2022 Twitter for Android . : 5
@alrzry #fyp #IntuitTouchdownDance #worldcup2022 #qatar #goalkeeper #socce #football #soccer #soccerball #goofy #meme @lildolog @underrated.natalie @eduardo_big_man #screammovie ♬ original sound – Zack holland

@futball.edits00 Hes in danger 😶 #fyp #worldcup #qatar #football #edit ♬ Made You Look – Meghan Trainor

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External References

[1] CBS Sports – Qatar vs. Ecuador

[2] Twitter – @CFCRaf2

[3] Twitter – @ItsChanzu

[4] Twitter – @amitttrmfc

[5] Twitter – @upblissed

[6] Twitter – @TrollFootball

[7] TikTok – @_mrbossman_

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