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Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium

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The Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium (Arabic: ستاد محمد بن زايد‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is currently used mostly for football and cricket matches and is the home ground of Al Jazira Club. It is named after Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium
Al-Jazira Stadium
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Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium during 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Full nameAl-Jazira Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium
LocationAbu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Coordinates24°27′09.95″N 54°23′31.27″E / 24.4527639°N 54.3920194°E / 24.4527639; 54.3920194 (Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium)
OwnerAl-Jazira
OperatorAl-Jazira
Capacity15,000 (1980–2006)
24,000 (2006–2010)

37,500[1] (2010–present)
Record attendance40,893
UAE vs Australia
(6 September 2016)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1979
Opened1980
Renovated2006–2009
Tenants
UAE national football team (some matches)
Al-Jazira

Capacity changeEdit

The stadium's original capacity was 15,000 but it is currently being expanded which will increase its capacity and make it into an ultra-modern air-conditioned sporting arena. The expansion project also includes two residential towers to be built on the stadium. Half of the project was completed by December 2006 and the stadium hosted the 18th Arabian Gulf Cup the next month. The UAE won the tournament in the stadium which held 24,000 spectators. The stadium was expanded again for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

TriviaEdit

2019 AFC Asian CupEdit

Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium hosted seven games of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, including a Round of 16, quarter-final and semi-final match.

During the semifinal match between Qatar and the tournament host United Arab Emirates, the UAE supporters threw bottles and footwears into the pitch. This conduct was preceded by booing the Qatari national anthem. Qatar won 4–0 despite the situation, reaching their first Asian Cup final.[2][3][4][5]

Date Time Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
7 January 2019 20:00   Iran 5–0   Yemen Group D 5,301
11 January 2019 17:30   Philippines 0–3   China PR Group C 16,013
15 January 2019 17:30   Palestine 0–0   Jordan Group B 20,843
17 January 2019 17:30   Oman 3–1   Turkmenistan Group F 8,338
20 January 2019 21:00   Iran 2–0   Oman Round of 16 31,945
24 January 2019 20:00   China PR 0–3   Iran Quarter-finals 19,578
29 January 2019 18:00   Qatar 4–0   United Arab Emirates Semi-finals 38,646

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 AFC Asian Cup Welcome Guide". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Qatar 4-0 United Arab Emirates". BBC. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ Aditya (29 January 2019). "Watch: Fans throw shoes at the Qatar players after Almoez Ali scores their second goal against the UAE in the AFC Asian Cup 2019". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "With Shoes and Insults Flying, Qatar Beats U.A.E. and Advances to Asian Cup Final". The New York Times. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Asian Cup: Qatar pelted with shoes by hostile UAE fans as they thrash hosts 4-0 to reach final". South China Morning Post. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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