Bahrain NT and the world cup playoffs
In an Arab forum there should be some attention to what was a dramatic event: Saudi Arabia came 1 minute short of qualifying for the world cup playoff against New Zealand, Bahrain equalising in stoppage time and eliminating the Falcons on away goals rule.
Bahrain now takes on New Zealand for a spot in the world cup. I think for many outside the Middle East, Bahrain is the big mystery, the big unknown. We have all seen Saudi Arabia play at major tournaments, those following the Asia Cup will even know the Saudi league and some of the better players. Saudi football is not a big unknown globally. Bahrain however, is the opposite. Few people outside of the area will know a single player.
So how strong is this Bahraini team? Did they get this far mainly with luck and having gained the monumentum, or did they manage to (despite a really small population pool) build a team that is actually having quality enough to deserve a world cup ticket? Which are their players to watch out for, and what style do they play?
I think for many people the playoff will be very interesting, as neither New Zealand nor Bahrain are traditional football nations whose teams are well-known worldwide. However, the fact is one of both will play at the world cup... I am curious to see them , hope to find a TV channel or livestream broadcasting the Bahrain-NZL games. But can anyone inform me a bit about how strong this Bahraini team really is?