Paris Saint-Germain has made Qatar its preferred mid-season destination in which to prepare for the second half of the season.

The Paris Saint-Germain players will head to their winter training camp in Doha and stay until  January 3, 2014. As with the two preceding seasons, this training camp will take place at the ultra-modern Aspire Zone complex.

Last year, Paris Saint Germain spent a week in Doha, punctuated by a friendly match against Lekhwiya, 2011/12 Champions of the Qatar Stars League. This time, Paris Saint-Germain will measure itself against Real Madrid. Organized by the Qatar Football Association (QFA), this prestigious game will be the sixth meeting between the 2013 French Ligue 1 champions and last season’s Liga runners-up. Their last meeting came on 27 July of this year in Gothenburg, Sweden, in a pre-season friendly game.

Qatar – The Official Destination of Paris Saint-Germain – will play host for the yearly Paris Saint-Germain football winter tour. The training camp and friendly match are part of the partnership between Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Paris Saint-Germain for the promotion of Qatar as an attractive tourist destination. The QTA will soon be running various international promotional activities for Paris Saint-Germain fans to visit Qatar and watch Paris Saint-Germain play Real Madrid.

“To play against an excellent team such as Real Madrid is for us, and all those passionate about football in the Arab world, a great source of joy and underlines the excellent relations that exist between the two clubs. This game is the best possible way for both teams to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in the second half of the season in their domestic championships and the Champions League,” declared Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.