During a visit on Tuesday to Lusail Stadium, the venue which is expected to host the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced that 22 Arab national teams will be engaged in the first edition of the Arab Cup in December 2021, including Morocco. This tournament is expected to take place from December 1 to 18, 2021 and should see a large influx of Arab supporters.
Anxious to perform a rehearsal before the start of the final phase of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has finally decided to test its lawns and its enclosures by making them available to the Arab national teams. The information was confirmed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the inspection visit he made on Tuesday to the Lusail stadium (the stadium for the 2022 World Cup final). Thus, from December 1 to 18, 2021, twenty-two Arab national teams will take part in the Arab Cup, in brand new stadiums, and will therefore have the opportunity to test the lawns and playing conditions before all other selections. The Atlas Lions will be among the 22 contenders for the 2021 Arab Cup, according to information released by the FIFA website on Tuesday. Other competing teams will be Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco , Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. The FIFA press release announces that “The 16 teams that will participate in the final phase will be divided into four groups, of which the first two will advance to the quarter-finals”, which implies that previously there will be a qualifying phase. which will see 6 teams eliminated. FIFA also specifies that “a total of 32 matches will be held over 18 days”.
Infantino expects some 450 million fans
FIFA also announced on Tuesday that the Arab Cup will take place “in the same time slots as the FIFA World Cup”, adding in passing that “the finals of the two competitions will also take place exactly one year later. interval, December 18, Qatar’s National Day, which is a public holiday ”. FIFA President Gianni Infantio warmly welcomed the initiative, predicting a record attendance of Arab fans: “We are delighted that 22 teams from the Arab world have agreed to participate in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, which will take place in the stadiums of the next World Cup, and we can’t wait to see the best teams in the region compete for the title. Thanks to football, the tournament will bring together more than 450 million people from across the region and will undoubtedly help increase enthusiasm, as the first-ever FIFA World Cup staged in the Middle East and the Arab world is fast approaching ”.
The President of the Qatar Football Federation, Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, said: “This tournament will give our national team the opportunity to fine-tune their preparation for the World Cup. Fans from all over the region will be able to live this unforgettable experience which awaits those who in two years will come from all over the world for the World Cup… We invite our friends from the Middle East and the Arab world to join us for this coming event. as an important step and a life-size test for our preparations ”. Note that the Arab Cup 2021 will be organized by FIFA, the Qatari Football Federation, the Supreme Council for Delivery and Legacy and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC.