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More Barcelona vs Al Ahli tickets to go on sale soon

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Al Ahli faces FC Barcelona
Al Ahli faces FC Barcelona

This story has been updated to reflect the first batch of tickets have already sold out.

Tickets for next month’s friendly between FC Barcelona and Al Ahli are now on sale, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced. However, they sold out within hours.

Fans were able to buy up to four tickets, which cost QR100 and QR200 each, on QFA’s website.

The Spanish giants and Saudi Arabian league champions teams will go head-to-head in a long-awaited match on Dec. 13 at Thani Bin Jassim (Al Gharafa) stadium.

A second batch of VIP tickets will become available later, Qatar’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee has said. It did not specify a price for these.

Additionally, tickets should go on sale soon at several physical locations, including local malls. QFA said more details will be announced early next month.

Advance tickets for fans traveling from GCC countries for the match went on sale last weekend, as part of a package travel deal booked through Qatar Airways holidays.

Travelers from other Gulf states can book online to get a hotel-flights-match tickets bundle, or just another deal with flights plus tickets.

Sponsors’ agreement

Dubbed the Match of Champions, this latest friendly is being held as part of Qatar Airways’ sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona.

The Catalan club has been due to play in Qatar at least three times previously – in 2014, last year and in May this year. However, all those matches were eventually canceled.

Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu and CEO of Rakuten Hiroshi Mikitani.
Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and CEO of Rakuten Hiroshi Mikitani.

Earlier this month, Barcelona announced that Japanese retailer Rakuten will be its new sponsor from next year.

The record €220 million, four-year agreement with Rakuten will bring to an end the sometimes rocky four-year relationship with Qatar.

That began in 2011 when Qatar Foundation’s name first appeared on players’ shirts.

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