Doha's Amir Cup 2020 starts this week

Don't miss the country's biggest football tournament

Doha's Amir Cup 2020 starts this week

Football fans, the biggest football tournament in Qatar commences this week and here's what you need to know.

The Amir Cup starts on Wednesday February 5 and runs until Saturday February 8 at four different stadiums in Qatar – Grand Hamad, Thani bin Jassim, Hamad bin Khalifa and Abdulla bin Khalifa Stadium.

The teams include 16 QNB Stars League and Second Division team, divided into groups of two (eight each). The first round kicks off at Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium with Al Sailiya playing against Umm Salal at 4.30pm and Al Rayyan against Mesaimeer at 7pm.

On Thursday February 6, fans can catch their favourite Al Sadd (16-time winner) compete with Al Khairatiyat followed by Al Duhail versus Muaither at Abdulla bin Khalifa Stadium.

Grand Hamad Stadium will see Al Shahaniya play against Al Wakrah at 4.30pm and Al Ahli versus Qatar at 7pm on Friday February 7.

On Saturday February 8 at Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Al Arabi will play against Al Khor at 4.30pm and Al Gharaffa against Al Markhiya at 7pm.

Matches will be played in the knock-out format. Winners from each round will proceed to the next round. If a match ends in a draw, competing teams will resort to penalty shoot-outs to determine the winner.

The Amir Cup was first played in 1972/73 and was won by Al Ahli.

With all the races and other sporting events taking place in Doha this month, we’re just glad there’s a football cup to look forward to.
From QR20. Feb 5-8, 4.30pm, 7pm. Various locations, www.qfa.qa.

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