DUBAI: The Dubai Super Cup 2022 will host European heavyweights Liverpool, AC Milan, Arsenal, and Olympique Lyonnais at Al-Maktoum Stadium from Dec. 8 to 16.
The announcement was made by the Dubai Sports Council at Al-Nasr’s home ground on Tuesday.
The matches are set to be held on Dec. 8, 11, 13 and 16 — all days that have no World Cup matches taking place — and have been sanctioned by FIFA.
Liverpool are expected to name a strong squad for the tournament, including Egyptian ace Mohamed Salah, while national team colleague Mohamed Elneny will feature for Arsenal.
Players from the four clubs representing their nations at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will join up with the squads in Dubai in the event of early elimination.
Saeed Hareb, secretary-general of the Dubai Sports Council, said: “We are pleased to host this event, which is honored by the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the executive council, and we hope that it will be a mainstay in the winter sports scene.
“It contributes to consolidating Dubai’s position as a globally preferred destination for major teams during the winter period for training, competitive matches, and preparations for the remainder of the season and European tournaments.”
Marwan bin Ghalita, chairman of Al-Nasr Cultural and Sports Club, said: “We are proud that the matches of this tournament will be held at Al-Maktoum Stadium in Al-Nasr Club, an architectural and sports masterpiece well-qualified to host matches of this magnitude for popular teams and large audiences.
“The stadium has previously hosted international matches in the Asia Cup 2019 and World Cup Qualifiers. Fans of the game will relish the reception from the qualified cadres hosting such sporting events, bringing joy to audiences, and benefiting participating teams.”