Al-Qahtani will work as an analyst on BeIN Sports to cover football matches.
Yasser Al-Qahtani, former Saudi Arabia national team captain, who also played for Al-Qadisiyah FC, Al-Hilal FC, and United Arab Emirates FC, Al Ain, has joined the BeIN Media Group’s talent line-up.
As the most recent member of beIN’s media team in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Al-Qahtani will be working as an analyst across football matches on its flagship sports channel, beIN Sports.
Commenting on the appointment, Tareq Zainal, Chief Financial & Human Resources Officer of beIN Media Group, said: “Al-Qahtani joins our line-up of best-in-class analysts, with many more noteworthy talent announcements, across the board, to be revealed shortly. The new appointment comes at a truly exceptional time in our company’s history, as we’re working around-the-clock to exclusively broadcast the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the world’s greatest and biggest show, across the region later this year.”
Al-Qahtani expressed his happiness in joining beIN, and described it as a timely move as it precedes the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, where 32 teams, including his country’s national team, will compete for the very first time in the region. He stated: “I hope this step will be a good addition for viewers, especially with beIN’s existing line-up of top sports analysts.”
Notably, Al-Qahtani was honoured as the AFC Asian Footballer of the Year in 2007, scored 172 goals with 354 professional appearances, across his 18-year football career, and his career highlights include the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, where he scored a goal against Tunisia. This is in addition to achieving the honour of the tournament’s top scorer during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup; and playing for his country’s national team for over 11 years.