FIFA unveils 2019 Club World Cup emblem
The logo depicts a football as a pearl that is held aloft by shapes reminiscent of sweeping desert sand.
With less than two months to go for the FIFA Club World Cup (December 11-21) the tournament’s emblem was unveiled on Friday.
FIFA said in a statement that the logo illustrated the pinnacle of world club football while it highlighted the cultural history of host country Qatar.
“The most striking element of the logo is that it reimagines a football as a pearl, in recognition of one of Qatar’s earliest industries,” said the game’s world governing body.
“The decoration of the iridescent sphere is inspired by mashrabiyas, traditional architectural elements found in residences across the Middle East.
“Mashrabiya latticework – like pearl diving – has deep roots, with examples dating back to as early as the Middle Ages. The delicate screens are both decorative and functional, serving the dual purpose of cooling homes and providing an elegant decoration both inside and outside,” the FIFA statement added.
It further explained that the colour featured in the emblem was burgundy that was so characteristic of the Qatari nation and the deep turquoise of Doha Bay.
The design’s most striking aspect is that the pearl is held aloft by shapes reminiscent of sweeping desert sand and accented with diacritics, a fundamental element of the Arabic alphabet.
Similar diacritics are used in the emblem of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, also to be held in Qatar. The World Cup logo was unveiled worldwide on September 3.
It may be recalled that the draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 was held on September 16.
Meanwhile, Qatar had announced earlier last month that one semi-final and the final of the Club World Cup would be held at the brand-new 40,000 seater Education City Stadium which will be inaugurated on the country’s National Day – December 18.
European champions Liverpool will feature in the opening match.