In the 1960s, Doha Stadium became the first grass pitch stadium in the region and saw the formation of Qatar’s earliest football stars. By the 1970s, the stadium had welcomed global stars such as three-time FIFA World Cup™ winner Pelé. The Brazilian legend arrived with his former club Santos to play a friendly game against Qatar's oldest football club, Al Ahli, in 1973.
The stadium was also home to other sporting royalty, welcoming ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali, who fought an exhibition bout in front of a sold-out crowd in 1971. Eventually newer arenas replaced Doha Stadium, but the historic and well-loved venue has retained a vibrant legacy in Qatar.
Come discover the unique journey of maroon sportsmen and women, from Qatar’s football origins to hosting the world at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.