Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
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Qatar national football team
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (Arabic: ملعب جاسم بن حمد) (also known as al-Sadd Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has facilities for athletics. The football team Al-Sadd plays there. The stadium, originally built in 1974, was rebuilt in 2004 for the Gulf Cup and currently has a capacity of 14,000 people. The stadium has a unique atmosphere, and being close to the city centre it attracts fans. For these reasons, the stadium is the de facto home stadium of the Qatar national football team. This stadium is one of a kind in the Middle East because it has new facilities such as the stadium is cooled.
Important tournaments held in the Stadium
- The Gulf Cup of Nations
The Gulf Cup of Nations final match was played on this stadium when Qatar defeated Oman on penalties and won the title, the final ceremony was held there.
The final of the football tournament of the Games was held there when Qatar defeated Iraq by one goal and won the title.
As this is Al Sadd's home stadium they play their home league matches there and in the 2009-2010 season it was shared with the other Qatari side Al Ahli. And when ever Al Sadd scores a goal a sound of a wolf howling comes out of the stadium's speakers because the clubs nick or mascot is the wolf.
The Qatari football team plays its important matches there such as the World Cup qualifiers matches there.
- Qatar Heir Apparent's Cup
All the matches of this cup are played on the same stadium because this cup is only made up of two semi-finals and a final match.
- Qatar's Emir Cup
The semi-final matches are played on these stadiums while the quarter final matches and round of sixteen matches are played in the Grand Hamad Stadium and the final match is played in the Khalifa Stadium.
- Qatar and Iran in goalless draw, www.gulf-times.com, 11 January 2008, retrieved 2008-08-25
- "Al Sadd, the kings of Qatar". FIFA. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
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