Qatar’s fiercest football fans show their the passion for their clubs on the pitch
After nearly a week of thrilling matches between 16 teams, the 12th Player Tournament organised by Aspire Zone Foundation is entering its final stages.
Following 20 competitive games featuring players representing football fan associations for a variety of local, regional and international clubs in Qatar, the quarter finals are now taking shape as the thrilling tournament enters the final straight.
The challenge has now soared at the group stage with the last day of the qualifiers taking place on Thursday. Teams are now competing hard to secure the points that will keep them in the competition for longer.
On Monday, four thrilling Group (C) matches were played out, with Qatar's Al-Gharafa beating Morocco's Raja Casablanca 2-1, Spain's FC Barcelona losing to Qatar's Al-Arabi 6-0, Italy's Napoli hammering England's Chelsea 6-0, and Al-Rayyan scoring an incredible six goals in their match with Spain's Real Madrid that ended 6-1 at the final whistle.
The second round of matches in Group (A) on Tuesday saw the following high-scoring results: Italy's Roma beat Inter Milan 12-1, Tunisia's Club Africain beat England's Arsenal 10-1, Egypt's Al-Ahli beat Sudan's Al-Merrikh 3-1, and Qatar's Al-Sadd beat Italy's Juventus 3-0.
Group (C) and (D) resumed their matches on Tuesday with the following results: Qatar's Al-Gharafa beat Spain's FC Barcelona 13-0, Qatar's Al-Arabi beat Morocco's Raja Casablanca 4-0, Qatar's Al-Rayyan beat England's Chelsea 5-1 and Italy's Napoli beat Spain's Real Madrid 3-1.
With these high-scoring results, Arsenal, Al-Ahli, Al-Arabi and Al-Rayyan all top their groups respectively until the announcement of the final group stage results on Thursday.
The quarter-finals will start on April 22nd and the semi-finals on April 24th. The final match will then be played on April 26th, with a championship for AZF workers running in parallel which will start next Saturday, April 22nd.
The 12th Player Tournament is being organised with the help of the following sponsors: Doha Bank, Nissan, and Oxygen and Oryx. The Strategic Partner, the Qatar Football Association, and Community Partner, Qatar Living, are also supporting the event.
Football fans are welcome to attend the tournament and cheer on their favourite teams. Only the final match requires a ticket, which can be purchased at the entrances to Aspire Park Aspire Academy for only 10 riyals.
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