FIFA has moved its delayed Club World Cup (CWC) from December to February because of the effects Covid-19; in Qatar. That’s a huge opportunity for the Gulf nation to make sure all is in place to host what will be a much bigger tournament in two years time.
The CWC, which brings together the club champions from each of the six regional confederations, was due to take place in December this year, but Covid-19 caused a two months delay. The Asian Champions League final is scheduled for December 19, and the Concacaf Champions League final will be be played December 22 in Orlando, Florida. FIFA did not state if supporters would be able to attend any of the games noting only that “In line with FIFA’s International Match Protocol, FIFA and the host country will provide the required safeguards for the health and safety of all involved.”
A new expanded 24-team Club World Cup was due to be held in June/July 2021 in China but coronavirus-related delays to Euro 2020 and the Copa America, which will be held a year late, have led to the postponement of that plan.
Liverpool’s semi-final and the final were initially set to be played at the new Education City Stadium, but the venue was ineligible after it failed to stage a required FIFA test event.
The change meant Liverpool’s semi-final against Monterrey had to be the third match played at Khalifa International Stadium in a little more than 24 hours; a situation that Jurgen Klopp didn’t seem to be bothered much by. Only two of the seven tournament places – European champion Bayern Munich and Qatari champion Al-Duhail – have currently been decided. The line-up should be completed after the Copa Libertadores final in late January.