Argentina v Brazil: Saudi Arabia to host Latin America’s fiercest rivalry next month

Messi and co will compete against Brazil in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Argentina v Brazil: Saudi Arabia to host Latin America’s fiercest rivalry next month

  • The annual match between the two giants of South American football will be well attended by Saudi fans

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host a four-team international football tournament in early October, featuring Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and a fourth team to be named shortly, Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of the Kingdom's General Sports Authority, announced on Friday.
The tournament will include the 2018 Superclasico de las Americas (Super Derby of the Americas) the annual friendly match that pits Brazil against Argentina.
The sports authority has successfully organized a variety of sports and recreational competitions and events, including signing an extensive 10-year contract to bring WWE shows to Saudi Arabia on an annual basis.
Other events include the Saudi Super Cup, recently held in London, and the King Salman International Chess Cup, and the Riyadh International Marathon.
 


FIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran

Updated 18 July 2019
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FIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran

  • Iran will host their first World Cup qualifier in October
  • FIFA wants the issue of women attending men’s games to be resolved before the game

ZURICH: FIFA says Iran’s football federation supports letting women attend 2022 World Cup qualifying games of its men’s national team, though government approval is still needed.
FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Some women were allowed to watch the Asian Champions League final in Tehran last November when FIFA President Gianni Infantino also attended.
FIFA wants the issue resolved before Oct. 10 when Iran — the top-ranked team in Asia — hosts its first home World Cup qualifier against Cambodia. The next is March 26 against Hong Kong.
Football’s world body says Iran federation president Mehdi Taj has replied to Infantino saying “the matter has been taken up directly with the minister of sports and youth.”