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Qatar to host the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020

Qatar to host the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020

Qatar's Al Sadd - who won the AFC Champions League title in 2011 - featured in the Club World Cup held in Japan that year.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have confirmed that Qatar will host the next two editions of the Club World Cup - the last to be played in his current format before a new, expanded tournament is introduced in 2021.

The 2019 and 2020 Club World Cups will follow the same format as recent seasons, with the champions from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania all competing along with the champions from the host country.

The annual tournament, featuring the champions of six continents, will take place in the winter with Champions League winners Liverpool entering at the semi-final stage.

Those finals are being played in November and December in order to avoid the extreme summer temperatures in the Gulf state.

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As for the pilot edition of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, FIFA will weigh up potential hosts before making a recommendation at the next FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai in October.

According to the Mail's Dominic King, the club are "surprised" at talk of their place in the Club World Cup, as they "are yet to receive official confirmation from Federation Internationale de Football Association".

Past champions of the tournament include Real Madrid, Barcelona, Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Internacional, Milan, Manchester United, Internazionale and Bayern Munich.