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Barcelona agree to play friendly in Qatar in December - report

The official announcement will come soon

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Ever since Barcelona signed a (somewhat controversial) sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways a few years ago, there was an understanding before the two parties that the Catalan club would play a friendly in Qatar at some point throughout the duration of the contract.

The first four years of the deal came and went and no friendly was scheduled, although it came close to happening a few months ago. Another contract has been signed between Qatar and Barça, and since the friendly was apparently an obligatory condition to get the deal done, the game will finally happen.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the Catalan giants agreed to play a friendly against Al Ahli from Saudi Arabia, who have already announced the match in their official website. There isn't any confirmation from Barça yet, but MD says a club source confirmed that the game will indeed take place on December 13 in Doha, capital of Qatar.

We don't know yet if the Blaugrana will have to use their biggest stars (I'd say yes, but who knows) or if a mix of first team reserves and Barça B youngsters will play. Barça face Osasuna in La Liga just two days before the friendly in Qatar, and it wouldn't be fair for the players to travel to Asia 48 hours after a demanding match. But we're not sure about the contractual obligations regarding the friendly, and we'll need more information from Barça about it.

But one thing's for sure: the friendly will happen.

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