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Barcelona To Take On Qatari Side Al-Ahli As Part Of Deal With Qatar Airways

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 21 / 16

Barcelona will play a friendly in Qatar against Al-Ahli on Dec. 13, according to Samuel Marsden of ESPN.com. The fixture, "which will be sandwiched between La Liga games against Osasuna, on Dec. 11 and Espanyol on Dec. 16," is part of the agreement Barcelona signed with principle sponsor Qatar ...

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