Lausanne: FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that the club will host the World Cup in its current format by the end of 2021, with an extended version of the tournament still postponed after it was postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic.
This means that there will be two Club World Cups in the same year, with Qatar hosting the 2020 edition between 1 and 11 February. Another seven-team version continues in Japan in December.
Japan has hosted the Club World Cup eight times before, most recently in 2016.
The lucrative, revamped 24-team club World Cup, including eight European teams, is to be played in China next year, but the extended competition will not begin until after the delayed Euro 2020 and Copa America pencils in. Next June and July.
“Because of the Kovid-19 situation, the revamped new club is due to postpone the World Cup … We have decided to host the club format again in its current format in December 2021 and we have granted the hosting rights to Japan,” Infantino said after Friday’s FIFA Council meeting.
This means there will be one representative from Europe, South America, North and Central America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, with the Japanese champions completing the team.
Bayern Munich will represent Europe in a competition in Qatar in February, with the Germans succeeding Liverpool, the last club World Cup winner in Doha, a year ago.

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