The decision was made at the club’s final board meeting of 2014 this week.
The game is being held here as part of an initially controversial five-year agreement that Barca has with Qatar Sports Investment. That deal, reportedly worth $230 million, runs through June 2016.
For the first two years of the contract, FC Barcelona sported Qatar Foundation logos on their jerseys, and now wears Qatar Airways‘ mark. The team is thought to be getting some $45 million a season in exchange for wearing the airline-branded jerseys.
February’s friendly will come a year after Barca canceled its last engagement in Qatar.
The team was supposed to hold a friendly match in February of this year, but postponed the event indefinitely because the timing “coincided with the only rest days the first team has before the most intense part of the season.”
The cancellation disappointed many football fans here, who were hungering for more sports action after Qatar-owned Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid faced off in Doha to a sold-out stadium in January.
Do you plan to check out the upcoming match? Thoughts?