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Saudi Arabia team arrives in Doha

DOHA: Saudi Arabia football team arrived in the Qatari capital to complete the line-up for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, which starts today until December 18.

Drawn in Group C with Jordan, Morocco and Palestine, the Green Falcons will be aiming to make their mark during the tournament, which is seen as a vital opportunity to test operations and facilities ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Sixteen national teams from the Arab world will contest 32 matches over 19 days during the FIFA Arab Cup, with six of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums to be showcased during the tournament.

They include Al Bayt and Stadium 974, which will be inaugurated on the opening day of the tournament. Al Janoub, Ahmad Bin Ali, Education City and Al Thumama will also host matches.

The FIFA Arab Cup will feature some of best national teams from African and Asian football.

Hosts Qatar are the reigning AFC Asian Cup holders, while Algeria won the last CAF Africa Cup of Nations title in 2019.

The participating teams have been drawn into four groups of four teams each, with the two best-placed teams from each group advancing to the knockout phase.

Quarterfinals and semifinals will be played before the third-place play-off and final take place on 18 December – Qatar National Day – which also marks one year to go before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final.

The tournament will get underway with four matches on the opening day today.

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