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Qatar will likely be placed in Group A, featuring Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Serbia and Azerbaijan.

Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, will be the venue of a special 22-team Arab Cup next year.

Qatar to host FIFA Club World <em>Cup</em> in February

The New Arab Staff

Qatar to host FIFA Club World Cup in February

The FIFA Club World Cup will be held from 1 to 11 February in Doha, the second time Qatar has hosted the event.

World <em>Cup</em> host Qatar set to play Gold <em>Cup</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

World Cup host Qatar set to play Gold Cup

Qatar is only the second team from Asia invited to play in the Gold Cup.

'Blockade Derby': Qatar beat UAE in Gulf <em>Cup</em>

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'Blockade Derby': Qatar beat UAE in Gulf Cup

The match took place after a two-year blockade on Qatar by the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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Qatar and UAE compete for Gulf Cup semi-final place

The two regional rivals will meet in the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup.

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Saudi Arabia breaks Qatar blockade for Gulf Cup tournament

While the UAE stuck to the blockade, the Saudi national team flew directly from the kingdom to Doha.

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Date set for Gulf Cup held in Qatar

The attendance of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain at the Gulf Cup held in Qatar suggests to many that the Gulf crisis could be ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain confirm Gulf Cup attendance

The trio confirmed their attendance in official statements published by their football associations just over a week ahead of the tournament.

FIFA slams Saudis for pirating Qatar football feeds

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FIFA slams Saudis for pirating Qatar football feeds

Saudi-based BeoutQ has been broadcasting bootlegged football feeds from beIN Sports based in Qatar - on which Saudi Arabia has imposed an ...

Sana Uqba

Qatar blockade: Severed brotherhood, unshaken defiance

Two years on, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt’s blockade of Qatar has largely failed to have an impact on Qatar's trajectory.

Brazilian footballer converts to Islam after years in Saudi

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Brazilian footballer converts to Islam after years in Saudi

Sergio Ricardo spent years playing for clubs in the Middle East, notably in Saudi Arabia, and on Wednesday converted to Islam in the company of ...

Middle East football season ends in fever pitch

Uri Levy

Middle East football season ends in fever pitch

With football seasons in the Middle East coming to a close, there have been some unpredictable ends to league battles.

Flamenco in Qatar: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Flamenco in Qatar: This week in Middle East football

Qatar has announced that Felix Sanchez will extend his contract until the 2022 World Cup in the country.

Spain in Saudi: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Spain in Saudi: This week in Middle East football

Troubles are afoot in one of Saudi Arabia's establishment clubs, Al-Hilal, while Spain's Super Cup could be heading to the kingdom.

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No eggplants, please: UAE criminalises 'rude emojis'

In March, a British woman was arrested over a Facebook post in which she compared her ex-husband's new wife to a horse

Uri Levy

War-torn Libya misses out on Africa Cup place

Burundi, Tanzania, Namibia and Kenya will all take to the AFCON field, while Israel and Turkey both got their Euro 2020 campaigns off to a ...

Jalal Bounouar

The Arab world's new wave of football academies

Analysis: Developing football in the Arab world requires investment and patience to stop talent leaving for European leagues, notes Jalal ...

Uri Levy

Iranian rivalry erupts: This week in Middle East football

As many as 100,000 fans crowded into the Tabriz stadium to enjoy one of the biggest derbies of Iran's league, reports Uri Levy.

Palestinian champions book their place in AFC <em>Cup</em>

Uri Levy

Palestinian champions book their place in AFC Cup

Al-Hilal, Jerusalem's Lions, now face opposition from Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian giants.

The New Arab

Tory-linked strategist 'offered to sabotage' 2022 Qatar World Cup

Conservative Party strategist Sir Lynton Crosby offered to sabotage the 2022 Qatar World Cup for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Detained in Dubai: UAE no longer safe for tourists

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Detained in Dubai: UAE no longer safe for tourists

Beyond the sun, sea and skyscrapers, most tourists are oblivious to the UAE's continued detention of foreigners arrested for behaviour deemed ...

UAE's bid for World <em>Cup</em> appears even more distant

Paul McLoughlin

UAE's bid for World Cup appears even more distant

The Saudi-UAE blockade of Qatar has seen Doha come out even stronger as the Gulf state prepares for the World Cup.

Qatar emir visits Kuwait amid Gulf fall-out

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Qatar emir visits Kuwait amid Gulf fall-out

Kuwait and Qatar's leaders have held talks in Kuwait city, as a Gulf regional crisis continues.

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