The FIFA Club World Cup, initially set to be held in Japan in December, will now be held within the United Arab Emirates in February, world soccer’s governing physique introduced Monday.
The Club World Cup will run from February 3-12, that includes eight matches between the champions of the six continental confederations together with the highest group within the host nation.
The competitors draw will probably be held in Zurich later Monday (1600 GMT).
Teams embrace Champions League winners Chelsea, Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras of Brazil, Mexican membership Monterrey and Al-Ahly of Egypt.
Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Emirati membership Al Jazira and Auckland full the road up.
Japan pulled out as host due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Club World Cup is often performed in December, however that is the second successive yr by which it has been delayed — the 2020 version in Qatar was performed in February this yr.
Bayern Munich received the newest version of the Club World Cup, which has been held within the UAE on 4 earlier events, most not too long ago in 2018 when Real Madrid had been the winners.
A profitable, revamped 24-team Club World Cup, together with eight sides from Europe, was on account of be performed in China this yr earlier than the pandemic put that challenge on maintain.