Fifa has just announced that from December 12-22 this year, Saudi Arabia will be hosting the Fifa Club World Cup. The decision was made in a unanimous vote by the Fifa council and is being considered a great honor for the Saudi Football Federation. Fans in the Kingdom have responded with feelings of pride and enthusiasm at this latest addition to the development of Saudi football. The country is set to be the sixth host of the tournament since it first started in 2000.
The World Cup is a seven-team event including the champions from AFC, CAF, Concacaf, CONMEBOL, OFC, and UEFA regions, as well as the host’s national champion. The announcement comes just weeks after the Asian Football Federation announced Saudi Arabia as the host of the Asian Cup in 2027.
Football is the national sport of Saudi Arabia and is loved passionately across the nation. In recent years, this passion for the sport has led to high amounts of investment with news such as Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr making headlines worldwide. The attention being paid to the sport seems to have started paying off. Saudi football has clearly been on the rise as witnessed by the national team’s victory over Argentina at the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 or by Al-Hilal making it to the final in last year’s Club World Cup. This latest announcement is just another step in a journey of unprecedented growth.
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