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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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Sheikh Salman Going For Fan Appeal

FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa is "going for simplicity and fan-appeal with headline pledges to transform a discredited FIFA:" relinquish "much of the power" Sepp Blatter built up over 17 years at FIFA and "take no salary," according to Rob Harris of the AP. Sheikh ...

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Qatar To Host 3x3 All Stars Until '20

FIBA and the Qatar Basketball Federation extended the contract to organize the FIBA 3x3 All Stars for an additional five years, until '20. The FIBA 3x3 All Stars is the season-ending event of 3-on-3 basketball and the most lucrative one for the players, with $120,000 in prize money. The '15 edi ...

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BeIN To To Expand Platform

Qatari TV sports network beIN announced it is to "expand its platform to include movies and entertainment channels," according to ARABIAN BUSINESS. The 24 new channels, all available in HD and with parental controls, will include Hollywood films, documentaries, drama and comedy series and child ...

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Arab Royals To Clash In FIFA Battle

Two Arab royals are "set to face off for control" of FIFA with the "main battleground likely to be Europe," according to Simon Evans of REUTERS. The election to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of FIFA "took a fresh twist on Friday" as Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh Salman Bin Eb ...

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Kuwait Clubs Back Government

Kuwait's national sports clubs "rallied behind the Gulf state's authorities in their dispute with FIFA over alleged government interference" in local FAs, according to Mahmoud Harby of REUTERS. FIFA has given the Kuwait FA until next week "to avoid implementing a new set of sports laws it believes t ...

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Aspire Summit, ICSS Renew With FFF

The ICSS and the Aspire Academy "renewed their partnership," while the French Football Federation made a pledge for a closer cooperation with its Qatari counterpart, according to Samindra Kunti of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The partnership between the Aspire Academy and the ICCS "aims to strengthen and ...

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Aussie World Cup Qualifier At Risk

Australia's World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh "is at risk of being cancelled" after Football Federation of Australia raised safety concerns with FIFA and federal government agencies, according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The "risk of a terrorist attack in the Bangladesh ...

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Aussies To Pull Out Of Bangladesh Tour

Cricket Australia recalled its security team "without a resolution in sight and the states are already making plans to include members of the Test squad" in next week's domestic one-day tournament as the prospect of the team touring Bangladesh diminishes, according to Peter Lalor of THE AUSTRALIAN.& ...

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Qatar 2022 Final To Be Played On Dec. 18

FIFA stated that the 2022 World Cup will be played from Nov. 21-Dec. 18, "with the tournament in Qatar set to last just 28 days," according to the London GUARDIAN. The World Cup "will take place in a host country’s winter for the first time," with the final set to be played on Dec. 18, whic ...

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Platini Explains Support For Qatar

UEFA President Michel Platini has revealed "how a meeting attended by senior Qatari officials convinced him to pledge his support to the Middle East emirate" rather than the U.S. to host the 2022 World Cup, according to Mark Cue of the LONDON TIMES. The Frenchman acknowledged that he "might hav ...

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