In a simulation of what will be the start of the 2022 World Cup in Doha, a year later, on Tuesday from Al Bayt Stadium, the second largest stadium in Qatar, the opening whistle of the tenth edition of the Arab Football Cup between the landowner Qatar and neighboring Bahrain.
The match opening official is preceded by two clashes between Tunisia and Mauritania, Iraq and Oman, followed by a match between Syria and the United Arab Emirates, who had already met in the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup.
The Arab Cup returns in its new guise after a nine-year absence, with sixteen teams from Qatar hosting six of the eight World Cup stadiums.
For the first time, the Arab Cup will be held under the auspices of the International Federation (FIFA), in finals that will serve as a mini-rehearsal for the World Cup, which will be hosted by the small gas-rich Gulf state at the end of 2022 for the first time in Middle East and the Arab world.
In addition to Al-Bayt, the matches will be held in the Ahmed Bin Ali, Al Janoub, Al Thumama, Education City and 974 stadiums, until the final scheduled for December 18, in coinciding with Qatar National State Day at the same stadium.
Qatar organizers have adopted the “Haya” fan card, based on the fan card system adopted at the World Cup in Russia 2018.
Thus the smart card “Haya” has become mandatory to attend matches and the applicant must be fully vaccinated to obtain it, and allows its owner to enter stadiums and benefit from a range of services and benefits related to free transport.
Burgundy and red
At the Al Bayt Stadium, built in the style of the Arabian tent, the opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, and will include musical performances by famous artists, fireworks, as well as a paragraph that traces the history of the Arab region and tells the deeds of the Arabs, their unity and solidarity.
It is learned that invitations have been sent to Arab kings, princes and presidents to attend the opening ceremony, as well as Swiss FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was recently widely present in Doha.
For 58 years, the Qatar national team has been content with just two participations in the previous nine Arab Cup tournaments. She first appeared in the fourth Arab Cup which took place in Saudi Arabia in 1985 and ranked fourth, while she came as vice president for the seventh edition which she hosted on her soil in 1998.
For its part, the Bahraini national team is entering the competitions with the intention of reaching a new milestone in Doha, where they won their first Gulf title in 2019.
After six previous appearances in 1966, 1985, 1988, 2002 and 2012, the Bahraini team finished runner-up twice in 1985 and 2002, and currently hopes in a new title, after the Western Asian Cup in Iraq in 2019 and immediately after the Gulf Title in Doha.
Tomorrow Iraq will meet Oman, Syria with the Emirates and Tunisia with Mauritania
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