Fifa awards UAE hosting rights for World Club Cup 2017-2018

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Fifa awards UAE hosting rights for World Club Cup 2017-2018

Local champion clubs: Al Ahli Sports Club and Al Jazira Sports Club took part in the two editions of the tournament which hosted by the UAE.

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Published: Sat 21 Mar 2015, 2:43 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:56 PM

Zurich: The UAE has been awarded the hosting rights for the Fifa World Club Cup 2017-2018, bringing the championship to the UAE after four years, the international governing body of football, announced Friday from its home in Zurich after the executive committee meeting.

In mid-December of every year, Fifa organises the international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country.

Local champion clubs: Al Ahli Sports Club and Al Jazira Sports Club took part in the two editions of the tournament which hosted by the UAE.

Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Honorary Chairman of the UAE Football Association, said the acceptance of the UAE’s bid to host the Club World Cups in 2017 and 2018, along with the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, confirms the county’s ability to organise and host major world sports championships.

“The UAE will take the world by surprise and beat all expectations when it hosts the three prominent world sports events, which will add another feather to the UAE’s cap,” he said.

Shaikh Hazza has sent warm congratulations to The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of Emirates, and people of the UAE, on this well-deserved honour, which once again proves the UAE’s readiness to host these international championships with its unprecedented organisation.

Shaikh Hazza said the acceptance of its bid to host the Fifa Club World Cups, for the second time after it organised the World Cups in 2009-2010, follows within days winning the bid to host the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The win, he noted, is a source of pride throughout the Arab World and its impact will go beyond the sports sector to underpinning international confidence in the UAE, its leadership and progress. He also underscored the determination of the UAE leadership to provide the UAE sports sector will all resources to allow its athletes to participate in international competitions.



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