2022 Club World Cup
In which country is the 2022 Club World Cup being played?
The 18th edition of the Club World Cup is already underway. The tournament has been hosted by five different countries since the inaugural edition in 2000.
The Club World Cup has been hosted by five different nations since the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2000. Then known as the Club World Championship, the first event took place in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil in January 2000. Since then, it has undergone several format changes and a rebranding overhaul in 2005. The competition was traditionally held in Tokyo, Japan running in tandem with the Intercontinental Cup but in recent years, it has been staged in the Middle East.
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UAE, Morocco, Qatar
Abu Dhabi was chosen to host the sixth and seventh editions of the Club World Cup, which returned to Japan in 2011 and 2012. Morocco staged the tournament for the next two years, with games taking place in two cities - Marrakesh and Agadir. It was here in North Africa that Bayern Munich won their first title, beating host team Raja Casablanca 0-2 in the final.
Osaka and Yokohama were elected for the 2015 and 2016 editions - the last time the tournament took place in Japan. Real Madrid lifted the trophy for the third time running in Adu Dhabi in 2018, and Liverpool finally completed a full collection of honours by winning the only cup that had eluded them in 2019 when Doha staged the competition for the first time. It was back to Qatar in 2020 for the 17th edition when Bayern Munich pipped Mexico’s Tigres in the final to deliver their second title.
Where is the 2022 Club World Cup being staged?
The 18th edition of the Club World Cup will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the fifth time that Abu Dhabi has hosted the tournament following previous editions in 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018.
All games will be played at either Al Nahyan stadium or Mohammad Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The final takes place on Saturday 12 February at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT.
This could be the last edition of the Club World Cup in its current format. FIFA are keen to expand the tournament to include 24 teams, instead of the standard six clubs from each of the international confederations together with a team from the host nation. The next edition of the Club World Cup will be played for the first time in China.