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The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Council granted Qatar the honor of hosting the next three editions

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The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Council granted Qatar the honor of hosting the next three editions of the Arab Cup, specifically in the years 2025, 2029 and 2033, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the FIFA Congress scheduled for Friday in the Thai capital.

A FIFA statement said: “At the request of the Qatar Football Association, Qatar will host the Arab Cup in 2025, 2029 and 2033.”

Qatar had expressed its desire to host the Arab Football Cup for a second consecutive time in December 2025, through what was revealed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, in mid-February, in a television interview.

Sheikh Hamad said in an interview with BeIN Sports, “As a Qatari (I say) Qatar has announced its desire, (but) as Vice President of the Arab Federation, there is no clear decision.”

The former president of the Qatar Football Association continued, “There is an idea that the Arab Cup will be a continuation of the last edition, at the same level and under the umbrella of FIFA and the Arab Federation. We are in the final steps to hold the tournament in December 2025 in Qatar under the umbrella of FIFA.”

Sheikh Hamad added, “We hope, in coordination with FIFA, that the decision will be quick because the region needs such tournaments.” Playing under the FIFA umbrella is one of the most important reasons for its success, and countries are excited to participate.”

Qatar hosted the last edition in December 2021 with the participation of 16 teams, when Algeria won the title at the expense of Tunisia, in a mini-rehearsal for the 2022 World Cup.

A year after hosting the Arab Cup, Qatar hosted the World Cup finals in late 2022 with the participation of 32 teams, and the Asian Cup last January and February, which ended with Qatar winning the title for the second time in a row.