Players of Syria and Maldives in action during their Asian qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 on Friday. Courtesy: AFC website
The penultimate edition of the Club World Cup in its current format featuring seven teams will kick off in Qatar on Dec. 11 with the final taking place 10 days later, global soccer governing body FIFA announced on Friday.
In a major overhaul, the UAE Pro League general assembly decided to suspend the relegation and promotion system for the current season and not crowning a new champion for the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) on Thursday.
The Asian football Confederation cancelled its U16 and U19 championships in Bahrain and Uzbekistan respectively, along with the regional futsal tournament in Bahrain and beach soccer cup in Thailand.
Messi's arch-rival, five-time winner Cristiano Ronald was included, as well as Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, French forward Kylian Mbappe, and Egyptian star Mohamed Salah.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes that India have better depth than the other teams and they are favourites to win the 2022 Asia Cup, adding that the Rohit Sharma led side will beat arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament.
Held under the slogan “To the Summits, People of Determination,” the 2022 edition featured 280 activities, most notably sports events, initiatives and platforms to discover talents and 21 external entertainment trips to various destinations in Dubai.