Countdown starts for FIFA Club World Cup
Top teams from across the world to take part in elite tournament in December.
Qatar will get a chance to test its organisational mettle once again when they host the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Doha, in less than 100 days.
The December 11 to 21 event will offer the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts an ideal opportunity to experience a slice of the challenge awaiting them.
Qatar have already unveiled two venues for the World Cup, Khalifa International Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium in Wakrah. Work on other stadiums are in full swing, with two of them almost complete. However, FIFA are yet to announce the venues for the Club World Cup.
Six clubs from FIFA’s different confederations and one from the host country will compete in the tournament, even though a clear picture of all the participants will emerge only after various continental championships.
The draw for the tournament will be held on September 16 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
While the fans in Qatar look forward to yet another international competition, featuring the likes of European champions Liverpool, the home country’s league champions Al Sadd will relish the opportunity of playing against some quality opposition.
African champions Esperance de Tunis, Concacaf winners Monterrey and Oceania champions Hienghene Sport have all booked their places in the tournament. They will be joined by South American club champions and AFC Champions League winners, who will be decided by November 24.
Qatar, also the venue for the 2020 edition, will be hosting the last two tournaments in the current format, with FIFA set to expand it to a 24-team event from 2021.