The UAE's love of football is palpable now, with the World Cup getting everyone excited and thinking about the major matches that are coming to the capital in the next six months. Recent announcements about FIFA Club World Cup in December and the AFC Asian Cup in January are fuelling this fire.

The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup champions Real Madrid punched their ticket to return to Zayed Sports City Stadium last month and are scheduled to play in the semi-final match on Wednesday 19 December. Al Ain, Guadalajara and Team Wellington also have earned a nod to attend the tournament already while the final three teams will be determined in November. Details and tickets are found on

UAE as a nation is prepared to host and do their best at the AFC Asian Cup where they have drawn GCC brethren Bahrain as their opening match at Zayed Sports City Stadium. India and Thailand are also in the group. More information about schedules and tickets is on the way!