After hosting the 2013 and 2014 Club World Cup, Morocco hopes to organize the sporting event in 2019 and 2020.
During the 3rd FIFA executive football summit held in Marrakech January 15-17, Morocco informed FIFA President Gianni Infantino of its interest in bidding to host the Club World Cup for two consecutive years, 2019 and 2020.
Infantino passionately welcomed Morocco’s proposition, because he considers it to have the right human capacity, logistics, and sports facilities to ensure the smooth running of the competition, reported daily newspaper Assabah today.
The FIFA summit also served as a platform to review the possible joint 2030 World Cup bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. Morocco expressed determination to host the 2030 World Cup but remains undecided whether it will submit a joint or a solo bid.
Morocco hosted the 2013-2014 Club World Cup events. Bayern Munich won the 2013 title for the first time after defeating Morocco’s Raja de Casablanca (RCA) 2-0 in the final match of the seven-team tournament.
Real Madrid won the 2014 title after taking down Argentina’s San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final match. The Merengues also won the 2017 and 2018 tournaments which the United Arab Emirates organized.
The FIFA Club World Cup takes place every year, and the host country always organizes it for two consecutive years.
Seven teams compete for the title over a period of about two weeks. Six of the teams qualify as winners of that year’s AFC Champions League (Asia), CAF Champions League (Africa), CONCACAF Champions League (North America), Copa Libertadores (South America), OFC Champions League (Oceania), and UEFA Champions League (Europe). The seventh team qualifies as the winner of the host nation’s league.
All seven teams participate in a straight knock-out tournament.