In the build-up to the Qatar World Cup, FIFA has announced the first FIFA Arab Cup in the region to be held in Qatar next year.
The 22-team Arab Cup will take place from December 1-18 2021 and feature teams from the Middle East and North Africa.
It will be the first major pan-Arab football tournament since the Arab Nations Cup which was last held in 2012.
“We are delighted that all 22 teams from across the Arab world have agreed to take part in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021. And we are looking forward to seeing the region’s best teams battle it out to see which nation will become champion,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.
The teams include Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The tournament will be vital planning for the Qatar World Cup team as it falls 11 months before the global event.
Maradona dies of heart attack
Football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 of a heart attack two weeks after being released from hospital after bleeding on his brain.
The news has been confirmed by Maradona’s lawyers, with tributes pouring in from across the world.
Maradona had been admitted to hospital in November for emergency brain surgery. He left the hospital on November 11 after a successful operation to remove a blood clot on his brain.