Doha,April,02: The 2013 Emir Cup draw ceremony was held on Monday with theyet-to-be-named teams pitted against each other in the five-stage event.
The draw was conducted by the Qatar Football Association (QFA).The draw ceremony was attended by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of QFA, Saoud Al Mohannadi, General Secretary of QFA, Ali al Naimi, Assistant Secretary, Ahmed Albuainain, Treasurer of QFA, and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mohanadi, Board Member of QFA.
The tournament will be contested by 18 teams and divided into four groups, ceremony anchor Hamad Al Hajri said.
The Emir Cup is the most popular football tournament in the country.The top officials of all the participating clubs were present at the
draw ceremony held at Grand Hyatt Hotel.A few of the Qatar Stars League (QSL) club coaches like Sebastiao
Lazaroni and Alain Perrin were also present QFA officials were also present to conduct the draw which was telecast
on Al Kass Sports Channel.
The first-round matches will be held between April 22 and 28.The second phase will be held on May 5 whereas the quarter-finals will be staged on May 8.The semi-finals will be held on May 11 while the title clash – to be played at Khalifa Stadium – will be played on May 18, QFA said.
Commenting on the draw ceremony, Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director ofMarketing and Communications, QFA, said: “Preparations for the Draw Ceremony were started early on this year and we are happy that we have delivered and hosted a unique ceremony this year.”
He also added: “We strive to incorporate new ideas every year to bring together astonishing events that are in line with the Emir Cup season.We hope all the fans will enjoy the events planned and attend the tournament matches to support their teams.”
The Emir Cup will take place in 4 stadiums – Qatar Sports Club, Al Arabi Sports Club, Al Sadd Sports Club and Khalifa International
Stadium.More details will be made public once the QSL ends in the second week of April.
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