In recent days, all eyes of the football world have been on the Middle East, where the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™ is currently taking place. Spectators watching the competition also discovered two stadiums at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™.
The Ahmad Ben Ali stadium and the Cité de l’Education Stadium served as a setting for the games between the best clubs on the planet. As millions of fans hold their breaths as they wait for the Feb.11 final, the Desert Diamond is preparing to welcome the final chapter of a competition that has held the world in suspense for a week. On the program: the match for third place between Al Ahly SC and SE Palmeiras, and the final between Bayern Munich and the UANL Tigers.
A total of four Club World Cup matches will have taken place in the 40,000-seat arena over the span of three days. On Thursday February 4, Qatari Stars League defending champion Al Duhail SC responded to Egyptians Al Ahly, CAF Champions League holder, for the second round. On Sunday 7 February, CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores winner SE Palmeiras took on the UANL Tirges, reigning Concacaf champions, in the semi-finals.
Watched all over the world, these posters offered an unprecedented exhibition at the Cité de l’Education stadium. This is a new direction for this building, which is the pride of all those associated with it. “In 2014, the Cité de l’Education stadium was just a gigantic hole in the ground. I am still amazed to see how quickly these foundations have given way to a sumptuous diamond in the heart of universities and schools of the City of Education “, confides Muneera Al Jabir, responsible for the district of the stadium of the City of Education.
“Sometimes when I stand in the middle of the field and see all of this wonderful equipment, the color of the seats and the quality of the pitch, I can’t help but feel immense pride and joy seeing that everything our work has paid off. “
The third site officially ready to host matches for Qatar 2022, the Cité de l’Education stadium was inaugurated in June. Since then, the places have been used to centralize national and international football competitions, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The enclosure served as the setting for 23 matches of the AFC 2020 Champions League: ten matches from the Western Region and 13 posters from the Eastern Region of the most prestigious club competition in Asia took place here. This busy schedule also provided valuable information.
“We learned a lot from which we were able to test the site, the readiness of the systems and the equipment in a competitive environment,” continues Al Jabir. “The Champions League gave us the opportunity to learn more about the operation of the stadium. We were able to improve many aspects.”
However, the organization of these high-level matches was not without its problems. “The most important challenges concerned the precautions related to Covid-19 and the safety of participants and staff present on site. On match days, certain parts of the stadium were disinfected three times: the conference room, the benches touchdown, the competition area and the bubble, “says Al Jabir.
“With 13 games in seven days, pitch maintenance also required special attention. The pitch was in great demand. In the areas reserved for warm-up and near the goals, the wear was noticeable. Fortunately, our team was very busy. followed this file closely and we managed to repair the grass, even if it meant replacing certain sections to maintain a satisfactory playing surface. “
Located 13km from downtown Doha and at the heart of the Qatar Foundation, a district dedicated to knowledge and innovation, the Cité de l’Education stadium has been appreciated by supporters. It must be said that the Cité de l’Éducation station on the Doha metro green line is a few minutes walk from the stadium, which does not spoil anything. This arena is also synonymous with sustainable development. It is, in fact, the first site in Qatar 2022 to receive a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System.
“The stadium has quality teams for everyone involved in the match, from spectators to players,” confirms Al Jabir. “In particular, it can host more than one match per day. Indeed, it has four changing rooms, instead of the two usually reserved for players in other stadiums. It is also possible to activate the air conditioning at the pitch level and in grandstands, which makes the experience much more comfortable, especially in summer. “
The Cité de l’Education stadium will host eight matches of Qatar 2022, until the quarter-finals. Everything is ready to receive supporters from all over the world. For Al Jabir, the Club World Cup marks another important step for the future of a project in which she has been involved from the start.
“When I attend an official match in this stadium and see the matches broadcast by television channels around the world, I feel proud. I am sure that we will be ready for the World Cup in 2022. Until then , we will do everything we can to provide an unforgettable experience for all those who come to watch matches in our stadiums in 2022. “