Qatar to host Club World Cup 2019 & 2020 editions

Arnold Nichols
June 5, 2019

Liverpool beat Tottenham last week to win their sixth UEFA Champions League.

Qatar will host the Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020, world football governing body FIFA has announced.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said the competitions would serve as test events for the 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar "since their timing - around early December - corresponds with that of the next World Cup, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions".

FIFA's decision to "award" Qatar the tournament for both 2019 and 2020 came despite previous reports that it wouldn't even be held, and is an unexpected development for Liverpool.

The competition now features the club champions of the six continental federations plus a team from the host nation since it was first staged in its current form in 2005.

As for the pilot edition of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, FIFA will weigh up potential hosts before making a recommendation at the next FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai in October.

Also part of the December tournament will be Al-Sadd, winners of the Qatar Stars League in 2018/19, who qualify as representatives of the host nation.

"The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the global match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup". Again they lost to South American opposition, São Paulo with goalkeeper Rogério Ceni in fine form, ended lifting the trophy.

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