Morocco supporters pose in the tribunes prior to the Qatar 2022 World Cup third place play-off match at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Saturday. AFP
Infantino informed reporters at a press conference in Doha that the event will return to Morocco for the third time from February 1 to 11, 2023.
Infantino has long wished for an enlarged Club World Cup. A 24-team event comprising eight European teams was scheduled to take place in China in 2021, but it was postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic. He added that the new competition will begin in 2025 and would have 32 teams.
"A new 24-team men's Club World Cup was agreed upon a few years ago. It was supposed to take place in 2021, however it was postponed due to Covid," FIFA's president stated.
"The new competition will take place in 2025 and will comprise 32 teams, making it truly comparable to the World Cup," he added, without providing any other details.
The Club World Cup was staged in Morocco in 2013 and again in 2014, with Chelsea winning the trophy in February.
For the time being, the competition will be held in its current format, with the champions of the six continental federations competing alongside the top team from the host country.
Egyptian giants Al Ahly are now reportedly set to participate in the Club World Cup for the third successive year after Morocco were awarded the hosting rights.
The competition is set to continue in its existing format for now, featuring the champions of the six continental federations along with the top team from the host nation.
Moroccan fans have turned up in massive numbers to support their team in Qatar and Saturday was no different as they jeered the Croatian players whenever they had possession, their whistles echoing inside the packed Khalifa International Stadium.
"We have a whole people behind us, a continent behind us and the Arab world behind us. That's a lot of energy behind us. We're going to try and do everything we can," Regragui said on the eve of the match against Portugal.
The North African kingdom's airline called it a "historic qualification" and said jumbo jets would operate the 30 return flights leaving on Tuesday and Wednesday in time for the match.
"I’ve never attended a football match in my life so I had to take this chance,” said Mariam, a student of international relations who like other Iranian women at the match declined to give her last name for fear of government reprisals.
The announcement regarding Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s junior team in the tournament was made at a press conference held on Wednesday at the club in the presence of Lisa Matthews, General Manager of Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, and Jan Azam, Polo Manager of the club.
During the two-day visit, PCB also said Barclay and Allardice met with Najam Sethi, Chair of the PCB Management Committee, and other officials, to discuss wide-ranging matters of mutual interest around cricket, including promotion, growth and development.
According to Spanish newspapers, Ballon d'Or winner Benzema is inclined to accept the Saudi offer to play in the league.
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