December 4 – Qatari telecoms company Ooredoo has become a local sponsor of the Club World Cup which kicks off on December 11 in Doha, Qatar.
“Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s digital lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential,” said a FIFA press statement. “As a National Supporter, Ooredoo will provide fixed-line telecommunications services with world-class technology at the stadiums to enhance the spectator experience and ensure everyone stays connected, so match-goers can enjoy fast, reliable internet and top-quality voice calling.”
“Promoting sport and a healthy, active lifestyle is a key priority for us as part of our corporate social responsibility strategy – as is supporting our local community – and teaming up with FIFA for this prestigious event is an honour for Ooredoo,” said chief executive officer at Ooredoo Qatar Waleed Al Sayed. “We look forward to seeing some fantastic football from some of the world’s top players, and wish all the teams the best of luck.”
On November 29, OFC Champions League holders Hienghène Sport from New Caledonia were the first team to arrive in Qatar for the tournament. In an all-New Caledonian final in the Oceanian Champions League, the club prevailed over AS Magenta to become the first team from the country to qualify for the Club World Cup.
Qatari champions Al Sadd will be their opponents in the opening game of the tournament. European champions Liverpool and South American champions Flamengo enjoy a bye until the semi-final stage of the competition. Liverpool are expected to reach the final and dominate the tournament, which has been marred once again by criticism that is interfering with the domestic calendar in Europe.
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