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Qatar to host Russia’s ‘Match Premier’ TV tournament of four Russian football clubs

December 07, 18:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The participants of the tournament are Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg and Rostov

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MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. Qatar will host a tournament of four Russian football clubs running from January 21-29, 2019, organized by Russia’s ‘Match Premier’ television channel and co-organized by the Russian Premier League (RPL), according to the TV station’s press release.

The participants of the tournament (where $200 million in prize money is up for grabs) are four of the Russian leading football clubs, namely Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg and Rostov.

"The ‘Match Premier’ Cup will be the main event of Russian football in 2019 and it will receive extensive media coverage…," the press release stated.

Qatar won the right to host the matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010.

FIFA officially announced in March 2015, that the 22nd edition of FIFA’s flagship event would be played in November and December 2022, with the final match occurring on December 18, 2022 - Qatar National Day - and with the objective, in principle, of holding the tournament for 28 days.

The initiative to switch seasons for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from being customarily in the summer time to a cooler November-December period was proposed in 2015 by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who cited the blazing summer heat in the Arab Persian Gulf state as the reason for the drastic change to the traditional timeframe.

Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup between November 21 and December 18 at seven venues across the country, namely in Doha, Lusail, Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Umm Salal and Madinat ash Shamal.

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