The official draw for the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 has been released ahead of the tournament’s scheduled start in Qatar next month.
Six teams are participating in the tournament that runs between the February 4 and 11.
Al-Duhail SC (Qatar), Al Ahly SC (Egypt), FC Bayern Munich (Germany), Ulsan Hyundai FC (South Korea), Tigres UANL (Mexico) and the Copa Libertadores (South America) champions will compete in the World Cup – the Copa Libertadores final is scheduled for January 30.
The draw was held at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland and was conducted by FIFA Deputy Director of Competitions Jaime Yarza.
The tournament kicks off with Tigres UANL taking on Ulsan Hyundai FC at 17:00 local time (01:00 February 5 AEDT) on February 4 at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Later that day Al Duhail SC and Al Ahly SC will face off at Education City Stadium at 20:30 (04:30 February 5 AEDT).
The winner of the Tigres-Ulsan clash will then play the Copa Libertadores champions – either Palmeiras or Santos in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile the winner of the Al Duhail-Al Ahly match will move on to play FC Bayern Munich.
The final then takes place at Education City Stadium on February 11 at 21:00 (05:00 February 12 AEDT).
Last week it was confirmed that Auckland City FC would be unable to participate in the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine requirements that have been put in place by the New Zealand government.
This resulted in local team Al-Duhail SC moving directly to the second round.
“The competition format remains unchanged, with the opening match forfeited,” FIFA said.
“The tournament will now be staged at Education City and Ahmad Bin Ali Stadiums, while Khalifa International Stadium, which was originally due to host two games, will not be used.”
The FIFA Club World Cup was first played in 2000 and features the winners of the UEFA Champions League, AFC Champions League, CAF Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Libertadores, OFC Champions League plus the champions of the host nation’s national league.