FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to inaugurate third stadium for marquee tournament during 2019 Club World Cup

'The FIFA Club World Cup 2019 will provide a glimpse of Qatar's compact nature ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022,' FIFA said in a statement

Agence France-Presse September 30, 2019 17:52:29 IST
FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to inaugurate third stadium for marquee tournament during 2019 Club World Cup
  • The 40,000-seat venue, seven kilometres outside central Doha will also host the third-place play-off and the final of the FIFA Club World Cup

  • The inaugural game will see Liverpool, as European champions, face either CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey, Al Sadd of Qatar or minnows Hienghene Sport

  • The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts have so far inaugurated the newly-built Al-Janoub stadium in May, as well as the Khalifa International stadium

Doha: Qatar will inaugurate the third of its eight FIFA World Cup stadiums when the Education City ground hosts the Club World Cup semi-final tie on 18 December, FIFA said on Monday.

The 40,000-seat venue, seven kilometres (four miles) outside central Doha will also host the third-place play-off and the final of the tournament which gets underway on 11 December.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar to inaugurate third stadium for marquee tournament during 2019 Club World Cup

The Khalifa International Stadium is currently hosting the World Athletics Championships. AP

The inaugural game will see Liverpool, as European champions, face either CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey, Al Sadd of Qatar or minnows Hienghene Sport of New Caledonia who are Oceania champions.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts have so far inaugurated the newly-built Al-Janoub stadium in May, as well as the Khalifa International stadium which opened in 1976 and was relaunched in 2017 after a full refurbishment.

"With all three venues located a maximum of 12 kilometres from central Doha, the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 will provide a glimpse of Qatar's compact nature ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022," FIFA said in a statement.

"Taking place around the same time of the year and with matches kicking off from 17:00 local time (1400 GMT), this year's tournament will also give teams and fans alike the chance to experience Qatar's mild winter."

Average temperatures are expected to range between 15 and 24 Celsius (59 to 75 Fahrenheit), it added.

Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary-general of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, had said following Al-Janoub's opening in May that two new stadiums would be ready "by the end of this year or the first quarter of 2020."

The exact date would depend on the timing of events to launch the two venues, he added.

"By 2021 all our stadiums will be ready," he said.

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