Japan will host the Club World Cup in its present format in late 2021, FIFA president Gianni Infantino introduced on Friday, together with his expanded model of the match still on maintain for now after being postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic. It means there can be two Club World Cups in the identical year, with Qatar hosting the 2020 version between February 1 and 11 earlier than one other seven-team version goes forward in Japan in December. Japan has hosted the Club World Cup eight instances earlier than, most recently in 2016.

A profitable, revamped 24-team Club World Cup, together with eight sides from Europe, was resulting from be performed in China subsequent yr, however the expanded competitors won’t now begin till a later date after the delayed Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been pencilled in for subsequent June and July.

“Because of the Covid-19 state of affairs, which has led to the postponement of the revamped new Club World Cup…we have determined to organise a Club World Cup within the present format once more in 2021 in December and we awarded the hosting rights to Japan,” Infantino stated following a FIFA Council assembly on Friday.

It means there can be one consultant every from Europe, South America, North and Central America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, with the Japanese champions finishing the line-up.

Bayern Munich will signify Europe on the February competitors in Qatar, the place the Germans can be trying to succeed Liverpool, winners of the final Club World Cup in Doha a year in the past.

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