(MENAFN - Gulf Times) All teams participating in the International Handball Federation (IHF) Super Globe 2018, which will be hosted by Qatar for the ninth consecutive year, have arrived in Doha.
The event will kick off today and conclude on Friday, October 19, with the participation of eight clubs: Qatar's Al Sadd, Barcelona, French Montpellier Handball, Bahraini Al-Najma, Brazilian Taubate, Sydney University Handball Club, Tunisian Association Sportive de Hammamet, and Fuchse Berlin. Fuchse Berlin received a special invitation by the international federation to participate in the tournament as a runner-up of the past tournament.
Three teams arrived in Doha yesterday, namely Bahraini Al-Najma, Fuchse Berlin, French Montpellier and Spanish Barcelona. The Sydney University team arrived on Sunday, and the Tunisian Association Sportive de Hammamet and the Brazilian Taubate over the weekend.
On the opening day of the tournament, at Duhail Handball Sports Hall, four quarter-final matches will be held, with Barcelona taking on Bahraini Al-Najma and French Montpellier Handball meeting Tunisian Association Sportive de Hammamet. Brazilian Taubate face Fuchse Berlin, while Al Sadd play against Sydney University Handball Club.
The four winning teams will qualify for the semi-finals scheduled for tomorrow. The teams will then take a rest on Thursday, and the final match will be held on Friday.
Al Sadd will be participating in the Super Globe for the 10th time and are hoping to continue the successes they achieved in their previous editions of the tournament. Al Sadd had won the title in the second edition of the tournament, which was held in Doha in 2002. They also finished runners-up twice — 2010 and 2014 — and third in 2012.
Al Sadd's squad includes Abdallah al-Karbi, Faisal al-Kuwari, Khaled Bakhder, Abdallah al-Kuwari, Mohamed Abdullatif, Uday Hussain, Noor Ashraf, Khaled Haj Yusuf, Nikola Mitrovic, Arhad Alihoudzich, Rachid Youssef and Amir Denkair.
The Organizing Committee of IHF Super Globe 2018 allocated large money prizes, where the champion will be awarded $400,000, and the second- and third-placed teams will receive $250,000 and $150,000 respectively.
The fourth-placed team will get $40,000, the fifth $25,000, the sixth $15,000, the seventh $12,000, and the eighth $7,500.
Five referees will participate in the tournament from Denmark, Tunisia, Spain, Argentina and Germany.
Qatar has been hosting the tournament since 2010, when the Spanish Ciudad Real team had lifted the title. Kiel from Germany won the 2011 edition, while Spanish Atletico Madrid team was the champion in 2012. Barcelona won the next two editions, before Fuchse Berlin of Germany emerged victorious in 2015 and 2016. Last year, Barcelona won their third Super Globe title since the competition found a home in the Qatari capital.
The governing body of the International Handball Federation will hold a meeting on Thursday on the sidelines of the tournament, while the meeting of the Executive Office of the Asian Handball Federation will be held tomorrow.