Liverpool, UEFA Champions League title holders, will begin their quest to win the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup title at the newly-built 40,000-capacity Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
This was revealed by FIFA on Monday as part of the draws ceremony for the annual intercontinental competition that brings together Champions League winners from each continent.
Aside hosting Liverpool’s semi-final encounter on December 18, the brand-new stadium will also play host to the third place play-off and final matches of the competition.
The Khalifa International stadium, also built for the World Cup holding in the oil-rich country in three years’ time, will play host to the other semi-final tie.
The Club World Cup, starting from December 11, will act as a first pointer to evaluate teams, players and fans’ experience towards hosting the expanded FIFA 2022 World Cup mundial slated for the winter — a deviation from its annual summer date due to the sweltering heat prevalent in the summer.
Liverpool FC of England are Europe’s representatives, while Esperance of Tunisia will represent Africa.
Other teams that have qualified are Al Sadd (Qatar, qualify as host team), Hienghene Sport (Oceania), Monterrey (CONCACAF). Representatives of South America (CONMEBOL) and Asia (AFC) are still unknown.
The FIFA World Club Cup was introduced in 2000 as an expansion of the Intercontinental Cup (Toyota Cup) to determine the best club in the world.
In 2005, Liverpool lost 0-1 to Sao Paulo at the Yokohama stadium, Japan in their only final appearance.