Khalifa International Stadium

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This article is about a stadium in Qatar. For the stadium in UAE, see Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium.
Khalifa International Stadium
Brazil vs Argentina at Khalif a Stad in Doha.JPG
Khalifa International Stadium
Location Doha, Qatar
Opened 1976
Renovated 2005
Owner Qatar Football Association
Surface Grass
Capacity 40,000
Tenants
Qatar national football team
2006 Asian Games
2011 AFC Asian Cup
2011 Pan Arab Games
2022 FIFA World Cup
2022 Summer Youth Olympics
Opening fireworks at the 2006 Asian Games set off inside the stadium

Khalifa International Stadium (Arabic: ستاد خليفة الدولي‎) also known as National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower.[1] It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium.

History[edit]

The stadium was originally opened in 1976, but was fully renovated and expanded in 2005 prior to the 2006 Asian Games in order to increase its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000. A roof has also been built on the western side of the stadium, along with a large arch on the eastern side which was used as a platform for the launch of fireworks during the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony. Before its renovation it was used mostly for football matches, but it includes facilities for many other sports. Since 1997 it hosts the annual track and field event Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix, now as part of the IAAF Diamond League. It is currently the stadium of Qatar national football team.

The venue hosted two international friendly football matches between Brazil and England on November 14, 2009 and Brazil and Argentina on November 17, 2010 and the athletics of the 2009 ISF World School Games, held between December 8–12, 2009.

The stadium also hosted the inaugural function of the 2011 Pan Arab Games.[2]

Sport events[edit]

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
2011-01-07 19:15  Qatar 0–2  Uzbekistan Group A
2011-01-12 19:15  China PR 0-2  Qatar Group A
2011-01-16 19:15  Qatar 3-0  Kuwait Group A
2011-01-21 19:25  Uzbekistan 2-1  Jordan Quarterfinal
2011-01-25 19:25  Uzbekistan 0-6  Australia Semifinal
2011-01-29 18:00  Australia 0-1  Japan Final

Friendly[edit]

Khalifa Stadium in 2009
Outside - December 2011
Date Time(QST) Team #1 Res. Team #2
2009-11-14 19:15  Brazil 1–0  England
2010-11-17 19:15  Brazil 0–1  Argentina
2010-11-18 18:00  Qatar 0–1  Haiti
2010-12-22 16:00  Qatar 2–0  Estonia
2010-12-28 19:15  Qatar 0–0  Iran
2013-02-06 21:00  Spain 3–1  Uruguay
2014-1-2 17:45 Spain Real Madrid 1-0[3] France Paris St-Germain

References[edit]

Coordinates: 25°15′49.19″N 51°26′53.08″E / 25.2636639°N 51.4480778°E / 25.2636639; 51.4480778

Preceded by
Busan Asiad Stadium
Busan
Asian Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

2006
Succeeded by
Haixinsha Island
Preceded by
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Indonesia Jakarta
AFC Asian Cup
Final Venue

2011
Succeeded by
Stadium Australia
Australia Sydney