Matchworld Football SA, in cooperation with its partners RPM (Saudi Arabia) and Sportlive (Russia), are pleased to announce the organization of the third edition of the Matchworld Cup which will take place in Abu Dhabi on 16th and 19th January 2013. Four world-renowned teams will compete, namely FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Champion of Ukraine, World’s best promoted team of the 1st decade of the 21st century), FC Zenit St.Petersburg (Champion of Russia), Al Hilal FC (Saudi Arabia, Asia’s Club of the 1st decade of the 21st century) and Zamalek SC (Vice-champion of Egypt). The tournament will take place in the Zayed Sports City Stadium, which has a capacity for 43'000 spectators.
After having eliminated Chelsea FC in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, FC Shakhtar Donetsk will face Borussia Dortmund (Germany) in 1/8 finals on February 12 and March 5, 2013. FC Zenit St.Petersburg will play against Liverpool FC in 1/16 finals of the Europa League.
The Matchworld Cup was created in 2011. Its two first editions, which took place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), were a tremendous success in terms of sports market reactions. This tournament is about to become one of the most famous winter tournaments for top professional teams in the world and the 2013 edition will no doubt set a new landmark.
Here is the record of the two previous editions:
2012: FC Zenit St. Petersburg (victory in the final against Uzbekistan Olympic National Team)
2011: Al Hilal FC (victory in the final against FC Zenit St. Petersburg)
A press conference will take place on January 13th in Abu Dhabi in order to present officially the tournament.
All the necessary information in connection with this event can be found on the tournament's official website: www.matchworld-cup.com