Fans of the Reds might reconsider their pre-Christmas plans, should they wish to celebrate their club's symbolic game in Qatar. Liverpool FC will open Education City Stadium in a Club World Cup semifinal. Against whom?
Earlier this year we've seen the iconic Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah open its doors for the first time. Back in 2017 the spotlight was on Khalifa International Stadium, thoroughly revamped for the 2022 World Cup. Currently the stadium is hosting the 2019 Athletics World Cup and enjoys mixed reactions. Sure, the air conditioning is very satisfactory, but the stands are still dramatically empty...
This shouldn't be the case on December 18, when another major ceremony is to take place. There are a few reasons for people to turn up in many thousands.
First, it's the opening of Education City Stadium, another 40,000-seater built for the 2022 World Cup. Second, Liverpool FC are the host team and it's the semifinal of the Club World Cup. Third, December 18 is the National Day in Qatar, which means people should have more time on their hands and put the new transport network to a test.
It's still not certain who LFC will play against. Two previous games will determine the rival. First, Qatari Al Sadd will face Hienghène Sport. Whoever comes out on top then has to beat CF Monterrey and only the victor of this match will meet Liverpool.
Called the 'diamond of the desert', Education City Stadium will be one of three hosts of the Club World Cup. Remaining two are Khalifa Stadium and Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, of course both also in Doha.
Education City stands in the Al Rayyan district of Doha, placed between vast golf courses and the Education City campus of universities. It's one of three stadia nearly ready for their debut at this time. The other two are Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and Al Rayyan Stadium. And if you think „Al Rayyan Stadium is also in Al Rayyan, right?” then of course you're right. It's just 8 km away from Education City Stadium!