Qatar set to host Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020

Qatar will host Club World Cup in December 2019 and December 2020 to test readiness for 2022 World Cup

FIFA Council appoints Qatar as host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020

The hosts of the next World Cup, Qatar, will stage the Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020, Federation Internationale de Football Association announced on Tuesday.

There were false reports that the 2019 Club World Cup might not even take place amid confusion over a potential new competition expected to replace it in the coming years.

Those finals are being played in November and December in order to avoid the extreme summer temperatures in the Gulf state.

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

The reconfigured Club World Cup, to be played once every four years, would feature eight clubs from Europe, six from South America, three each from Asia, Africa and CONCACAF - which covers North and Central American nations plus those in the Caribbean - and one from Oceania.

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According to the Mail's Dominic King, the club are "surprised" at talk of their place in the Club World Cup, as they "are yet to receive official confirmation from Federation Internationale de Football Association". When Real Madrid beat Al Ain of the UAE in last year's final, it was their third title on the trot for the Spanish giants and fourth overall, the most number by any club in the world.

It said its administration would approach potential hosts for the expanded edition of the club tournament before making a recommendation at the next council meeting in Shanghai on October 23 and 24.

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