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Qatar to host Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020

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Liverpool players and staff on the bus during the Champions League Winners Parade in Liverpool

The World Cup is usually organised over the summer between national teams.

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.

A meeting was held in Paris on Monday, where Qatar were confirmed as the hosts for the 2019 and 2020 editions of the tournament.

Champions League winners Liverpool will be Europe's representatives in this year's CWC; Tunisia's ES Tunis will also be there after lifting the CAF Champions League in controversial circumstances at the weekend as will Mexico's Monterrey as CONCACAF Champions League winners and New Caladonian outfit, Hienghène Sport.

The two tournaments will act as warm-up events for the 2022 World Cup, which will also be held in Qatar.

The country won its first ever Asian Cup title in February- this acting as a riposte to critics who long ridiculed the 2022 World Cup host for its lack of footballing prowess.

It said its administration would approach potential hosts for the expanded edition of the club tournament before making a recommendation at the next council meeting in Shanghai on October 23 and 24.

In March this year, the FIFA Council approved the establishment of a new landmark club competition: A revamped, 24-team FIFA Club World Cup, the pilot edition of which will be held in June and July 2021. Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor is nearly ready for inauguration.

Confirmed participants for the 2019 tournament include Liverpool, which won Europe's Champions League on Saturday, and ES Tunis, which was crowned Africa's CAF Champions League victor on Friday.

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