FIFA Club World Cup will be taking place in Qatar from February 1-11
The FIFA Club World Cup 2020 will take place in Qatar from February 1-11, 2021. For the second time, Qatar has played host to the world’s continental club champions after successfully staging the FIFA Club World Cup 2019, which was won by Liverpool FC.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA Club World Cup which was due to take place in December 2020 moved to 2021.
Qatar has spared no effort in tackling the COVID-19 crisis to the best of its abilities. Since the onset of COVID-19, the country has dedicated efforts to ensure the highest standards of monitoring, detection, and management of the infection, keeping the health and wellbeing of the population as a top priority.
As the number of COVID-19 cases remains low in Qatar, it is hoped local fans will be able to attend February’s tournament. Ticketing details will be announced soon.
Two teams have qualified for the tournament to-date: host nation representatives Al Duhail, the reigning Qatar Stars League champions, and UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
The five remaining participants will be confirmed over the next three months when qualification tournaments are concluded.
H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Thani, President, Qatar Football Association said, “We will begin preparing to host this event immediately as we look to build on the tremendous success of last year’s tournament”.
It was a pleasure to welcome thousands of fans from across the world in 2019. Hosting the event for a second time will undoubtedly confirm our readiness for the FIFA World Cup. I wish all the participating teams the best of luck and look forward to witnessing top-level football during the tournament, Al Thani added.”
“The tournament presents an exciting opportunity for Al Duhail, who will have the chance to take on some of the best club sides in the world. We also look forward to again hosting Bayern Munich, one of the most prestigious clubs in world football, Al Thani concluded.”
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said, “Hosting the FIFA Club World Cup for a second time represents another vital learning opportunity for our country as we edge ever nearer to hosting the FIFA World Cup. We will be working closely with our stakeholders to provide an exceptional experience for fans, players, and officials while fine-tuning our plans for 2022.”
Qatar is currently hosting 40 matches in the AFC Champions League East Zone amid strict health and safety regulations due to COVID-19.
The country also hosted 35 West Zone matches in September and October, with regular testing and bubble-to-bubble protocols helping to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
A limited number of fans are being allowed to attend matches in the country with precautionary measures in place.
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