Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium Diamond in the Desert ready for FIFA Club World Cup

The past few days have seen the football world focused on the Middle East and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™. As fans around the globe have tuned into the action, they have been introduced to two FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venues.

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Alongside Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium has been front and centre, while the world’s top clubs have battled it out for the prestigious title. As anticipation builds for the tournament’s final match day on 11 February, the ‘Diamond in the Desert’ is ready to showcase an exciting conclusion to the week-long event by staging the third-place play-off between Al Ahly SC and SE Palmeiras and the final between FC Bayern München and Tigres UANL.

The 40,000-capacity venue was tasked with staging four matches over three match days at the Club World Cup. On Thursday, 4 February, reigning Qatar Stars League champions Al Duhail SC took on Egyptian giants and CAF Champions League holders Al Ahly in a second-round clash. On Sunday, 7 February, Education City played host to recently-crowned CONMEBOL Libertadores champions Palmeiras in the competition’s first semi-final, as they faced Concacaf Champions League holders Tigres UANL.

Those match days have given worldwide exposure to Education City and are the latest milestones for a venue that is a source of pride for those closely connected to it. “I recall Education City Stadium as a huge hole in the ground in 2014, and I often catch myself overwhelmed to see how quickly this excavation became a huge diamond located in the middle of universities and schools in Education City,” said Engineer Muneera Al Jabir, Education City Stadium’s Precinct Manager.

“Every now and then, when I stand in the middle of the pitch, and look around at the beautiful infrastructure, and all the details from the colour of the spectators’ seats to the quality of the grass, I cannot help but feel pure pride as well as gratification to see that all our hard work has paid off.”

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