The Club World Cup faces an unknown fate, after Japan withdrew from organizing the tournament amid news about the direction of the International Football Association (FIFA) to postpone its date, which was scheduled for next December.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mirror”, FIFA is seriously considering postponing the Club World Cup until the beginning of next year, so that it will have enough time to choose the host country for the World Championship.
The newspaper also added in its report that FIFA does not want to make a quick decision regarding the date, despite the fact that more than one country has offered to host instead of Japan, provided that it is held on its original date.
The report indicated that the International Federation will announce its final decision on the Club World Cup on October 20.
The “Mirror” report confirms that the postponement of the tournament will put the participating club associations in front of a crisis, as they will have to change the dates of the local league matches, which were scheduled on the basis of the scheduled date of the World Cup.
The Sky News Arabia website lists the most powerful candidates to host the Club World Cup.
The crisis began last September, when the Japan Football Association officially announced its withdrawal from the organization following the government’s decision to extend a state of emergency in parts of the country, to stem a new wave of the Corona pandemic.
The International Federation thanked its Japanese counterpart, stressing that more details about the host country will be announced “in due course.”
With the Japanese announcement, more than one country began expressing its intention to host the FIFA Club World Cup, the first of which is Saudi Arabia, as the head of the Local Football Association, Yasser Al-Mishal, made it clear in statements on the sidelines of the Football Transformation Strategy Conference, that the Kingdom submitted an official request.
But Al-Mishal said that FIFA informed the Saudi Federation that there is already an alternative country to host the tournament, and that in the event of this country’s apology, Saudi Arabia will have an opportunity to host.
On the other hand, the President of the Emirates Football Association, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, revealed his country’s desire to host the Club World Cup, and said that there are talks and coordination between the Federation, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and FIFA regarding this.
Al Nuaimi stressed the UAE’s keenness to host major sporting events, in light of its capabilities that qualify it to do so.
It is noteworthy that the UAE has hosted the FIFA Club World Cup on 4 previous occasions, in 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018.
At the same time, press reports indicated that Egypt is considering submitting an official request to FIFA to host the tournament, based on its successful organization of a number of international tournaments recently.
In a brief statement to “Sky News Arabia”, an official in the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports explained that “so far he has not submitted an official request to FIFA,” but said that “the idea remains on the table.”
On the other hand, the South African Football Association recently announced that it is holding talks with FIFA for the possibility of hosting the tournament, noting that the talks are at an advanced stage, and that the African country is close to organizing the event for the first time in its history.
But surprisingly, the Federation issued an official statement last week, in which it announced that the country is now not ready to host events with the outbreak of the “Corona” epidemic, and is also on the lists of countries prohibited from traveling to from some countries, including Britain, where Chelsea will play in the Club World Cup as a champion. Europe.
Seven teams are participating in the tournament, only 3 of which have been decided so far, are Chelsea, Al-Ahly of Egypt, the African champion, and Auckland City of New Zealand, representing the Oceania Federation.
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