FC Barcelona will play the Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli in a friendly match in Qatar at the Al-Gharafa Doha Stadium on Tuesday 13 of December at 5.00pm CET. The blaugranas will play in Qatar for the first time and have also never faced a team from Saudi Arabia.
However, it will not be the first time the Catalan club have played against a team from an Arab country. This will be Barça's seventh such game and in the previous six they have a record of five wins and one draw from five friendlies and one official fixture. The only official game took place in Yokohama in Japan against the Qatari Al-Saad in the 2011 Club World Cup. Barça claimed victory with a 4-0 win which took the Catalan club into the final against Neymar Jr.'s Santos.
The rest of the games were friendlies in the opposition's country of origin: the first game was a 6-1 Barça victory against Al Ahly in 1961 in Cairo, Egypt; the following game was in Casabalanca in Morrocco which ended in a 3-0 victory over W.A.C.
The other games took place in the XXI century starting with Cairo against Al Ahly again in 2007 a mere 46 years on form their first meeting. This time the Catalans won 4-0. Two years later the blaugranas travelled to Kuwait to play Kazma Sporting Club, in the only game which Barça hasn't won with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.
In 2011, the already mentioned Club World Cup game against Al-Saad took place. Finally, the last fixture was in Tangier in Morroco in 2012 and saw Barça face Raja Club Athletic Casablanca. The game ended with an 8-0 scoreline for the visitors. In total they have played six games with a record of five wins, one draw, 29 goals for and two against.
This Tuesday, Luis Enrique's team will play the seventh game against an Arab team in the club's history and will try and maintain their unbeaten record. The rival will be reigning Pro League champion Al Ahli who are currently in third place in the Saudi Arabian first division.