A four-week tour of Qatar kicked off last Friday from Souq Waqif as preparations continue for the 16th edition of global club football's premier tournament. Hundreds of football fans visited Souq Waqif on Friday night to catch a glimpse of the FIFA Club World Cup Winner's Trophy, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
Along with seeing the trophy, fans enjoyed a range of family-friendly activities as well as cultural performances from several Doha-based community groups at Souq Waqif.
Hassan Al Kuwari, Marketing Director for the tournament's Local Organizing Committee, said Qatar is excited to be hosting the world's champion club sides.
"It's wonderful to see so many football fans, from so many different communities, engaging with this event and getting excited about Qatar's hosting of the FIFA Club World Cup," he said.
"Preparations are currently in full swing for the tournament and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of fans from across the world in December."
Al Kuwari added that he believes the tournament will help to fine-tune Qatar's plans for the FIFA World Cup - which is now just over three years away from kicking off.
"It is an honor to be hosting the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time and while giving fans a taste of what to expect in 2022, the tournament will also help us to finalize our plans for the World Cup," he continued. "With just three years to go, our plans are well advanced. We are honored to be hosting the Arab world's first FIFA World Cup and cannot wait to showcase our region to billions of football fans across the globe."
If you have missed meeting the FIFA Club World Cup winner's trophy at Souq Waqif, worry not as the next tour is going to happen at Aspire Park next Friday from 3 to 5 pm, and at Doha Festival City from 7 to 9 pm on the same day.
Five teams have qualified to-date: Al Sadd SC (host country representative), Liverpool FC (UEFA), CF Monterrey (CONCACAF), ES Tunis (CAF) and Hienghene Sport (OFC). The CONMEBOL and AFC representatives will be confirmed on 23 and 24 November respectively.
Tickets for the tournament are available via FIFA.com/tickets. Tickets are affordably priced in three categories, ranging from QAR 25 for Category 3 tickets to the first three matchdays, up to QAR 400 for Category 1 tickets for the double-header comprising the third-place play-off and the final.
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