Abu Dhabi to host FIFA Club World Cup next year

The 2021 Fifa Club World Cup, which was previously supposed to take place in Japan, will be held in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of next year. Fifa President Gianni Infantino made this announcement at the council meeting of the world governing body on Wednesday. Initially, the 2021 tournament was expected to be held in Japan, but due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic last month, the Japan Football Association refused to host the event.

At the moment, a new date for the football competition in Abu Dhabi has not yet been approved. According to UOL Esporte's speculation, we should expect the event to take place around mid-February 2022 as The National Committee is considering the possibility of holding the tournament in February. Previously, the Club World Cup was held in the UAE capital 4 times: in 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018. Chelsea, the UEFA Champions League champions, New Zealand's Auckland City and Egypt's Al Ahly, the reigning African continental champions, have already qualified for the 2021 Fifa Club World Cup. Representatives from South America, Asia, Concacaf and the host country are yet to be determined, however the reigning world champion is currently Bayern Munich. It is worth noting that ​Jazira won the Arabian Gulf League last season, which was renamed the Adnoc Pro League. The team will also take part in the football competition for the second time.

According to Infantino, the council approved a global summit meeting on 20 December this year, in order to provide a presentation about the future of men’s, women’s and youth football. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, stated that ensuring a safe environment for this event is a top priority.

Fans at the Club World Cup will be greeted with traditional Arab hospitality, as well as being provided with all the necessary amenities for world-class travel and recreation. Earlier in 2017 and 2018, the football competitions were held at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi and the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

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