FIFA Announce Morocco as Host of Club World Cup After Qatar Heroics

FIFA Announce Morocco as Host of Club World Cup After Qatar Heroics

Lukman Mumuni
  • Morocco will host the next edition of the FIFA Club World Cup in February
  • The North African nation will welcome champions of other confederations
  • Wydad Casablanca represents Africa as the CAF Champions League winner

Morocco will host the next Club World Cup, the Federation International Football Association (FIFA) has confirmed.

The North African country will welcome club champions of the different confederations from February 1 to 13 next year.

Club World Cup, Morocco, FIFA, Casablanca
FIFA has announced Morocco as the host of next year's Club World Cup Cup. Credit: @FIFAcom
Source: Twitter

FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced the decision on Friday afternoon at a press conference in Doha.

"We had agreed a few years ago to have a new 24-team men's Club World Cup. It should have taken place in 2021, but was postponed because of Covid," the FIFA president said as quoted by beIN.

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Meanwhile, Infantino has also announced that the competition would be expanded to 32 teams in 2025, with a new format to be put in place.

"The new competition will take place in 2025 and will feature 32 teams, making it really like a World Cup," he added without offering further details.

This will be the third time the North African nation is hosting the competition, after having that honour in 2013 and in 2014.

UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid will represent Europe while Flamengo of Brazil represents South America.

Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Seattle Sounders from the United States and New Zealand's Auckland City are the other teams to make an appearance in Rabat next year.

Drogba celebrates Morocco players

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has urged Moroccan players to lift their game against Croatia, in the third place match of the tournament in Qatar.

The Atlas Lions became the first African side to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup, where they suffered a defeat against reigning champions France.

The North Africans would also have themselves to blame for losing against their European opposition, based on the chances they let slip by.

Morocco's Regragui reunites with Giroud

France forward Olivier Giroud reunited with former teammate and now coach of Morocco, Walid Regragui, during the World Cup semi-final clash at Al Bayt.

Giroud helped Les Bleus reach back-to-back Mundial finals, after France ended Morocco's fairy tale run with a 2-0 win.

Although the former Arsenal striker did not score, he has been pivotal for the French team at the tournament in Qatar, scoring the winner against England in the quarter-final.