FIFA Club World Cup to kick off on December 11

first_img Next Reuters ZurichJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 16:12 IST Liverpool will play FIFA Club World Cup as European Champions. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool enter the competition in the semi-final stage and take on a second-round winner on Dec. 18FIFA had said it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021Three teams for this year have been confirmed with European champions LiverpoolThe penultimate edition of the Club World Cup in its current format featuring seven teams will kick off in Qatar on Dec. 11 with the final taking place 10 days later, global soccer governing body FIFA announced on Friday.FIFA had said it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021, with Qatar hosting the final two editions in the old style as test events for the World Cup which the Gulf state will host in 2022.Three teams for this year have been confirmed with European champions Liverpool joining CONCACAF champions CF Monterrey and Oceania’s Hienghene Sport. The club representing hosts Qatar will depend on the ongoing AFC Champions League.If a team from Qatar are champions, they qualify directly for the second round … with the runners-up playing the opening match against Hienghene Sport on Dec. 11, FIFA said in a statement.If the AFC Champions League winners are not a club from Qatar, the current holders of the Qatar Stars League title, Al Sadd SC, play the opening match against Hienghene Sport.Participating teams from Africa, Asia and South America will be determined in the coming months. The draw for the second round and semi-final matches will take place at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Sept. 16.Liverpool enter the competition in the semi-final stage and take on a second-round winner on Dec. 18.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow FIFAFollow Club World Cup FIFA Club World Cup to kick off on December 11Liverpool are one of the four teams who have been confirmed to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup at the semi-final stage, which includes Mexico’s Monterrey, New Caledonia’s Hienghene Sport Al-Sadd from Qatari.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan notes importance of relations with Sri Lanka

The High Commissioner highlighted that the state visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Sri Lanka in January 2016, is a testimony to the fact that both countries attach great importance to this mutually beneficial relationship. He elaborated that during the visit both sides agreed to expand cooperation in the areas like higher education, industrial development, shipping, disaster management, peaceful use of nuclear technology and exchange of expertise in various areas of mutual interests.  The leadership’s decisions are being followed up vigorously with exchange of high level delegations, he added. The Chief Justice of the Islamic Republic Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali who is currently visiting Sri Lanka, said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, in both bilateral and regional context.Justice Jamali said there is a strong desire in Pakistan to further develop and promote the bilateral relationship between the two friendly countries. He also commended the government of Sri Lanka for taking admirable initiatives to promote interfaith harmony, reconciliation and national unity between all the segments of society. Justice Jamali was the chief guest at the 70th Pakistan Independence Day event held at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo. The High Commissioner also hoisted the national flag of Pakistan and jointly cut Independence Day Cake along with the Chief guest and Children. Later, the messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the participants.The Flag hoisting ceremony was attended by a large number of participants from various walks of life including members of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Trade and Investment Association, Pakistan Sri Lanka Business Council, prominent Sri Lankan personalities, Pakistani community, High Commission officials and wide section of media. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Major General (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said that economic cooperation coupled with peaceful resolution of disputes will pave the way for a promising future for not just the south Asian region but also for the world at large.The High Commissioner said this while delivering his message on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan today in Colombo, says a press release from the High Commission. Shakeel Hussain said that the Government of Pakistan is actively engaged with all neighboring countries in an effort to create a peaceful neighborhood and at the same time intensifying economic engagement with all friendly countries.He underlined that Pakistan is entering into a new era of development, prosperity, peace and political stability as the Government and people are unanimous in their resolve to make Pakistan truly democratic, welfare and prosperous state.On Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations, he explained that historical and cultural links between our two peoples date back to the time when the Indus Valley and Gandhara Civilizations prospered in what is now Pakistan. He further said that Pakistan and Sri Lankan are continuing to nurture their mutually beneficial relations in diverse fields.  He added that both countries are exploring ways to broaden and deepen the economic ties, through enhancement of trade and bilateral investments, within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement as our top most priority. read more