Qatar is set to host the next two editions of the Club World Cup. The Fifa Council will be asked at a meeting on Monday to endorse Qatar for the seven-team club tournament this December and in December 2020, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the choice of venue ahead of the council meeting. The event, which will feature European champions Liverpool this year, will test Qatar’s preparedness to stage the 2022 World Cup, including being played at the same time of year. Fifa moved the World Cup from the usual June-July slot for 2022 because of the Gulf nation’s summer heat. It will instead start on Nov. 21, with the final on Dec. 18, Qatar National Day. Qatar experiences highs of about 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) in December. The decision to give Qatar the Club World Cup comes two weeks after Fifa settled on 32 countries for the 2022 World Cup rather than expanding to 48 teams. The Club World Cup is also enlarging but not until 2021, when it becomes a 24-team competition held every four years. The… Read full this story
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