FIFA Legend and Liverpool icon Michael Owen will once again help to determine the fate of The Reds – as well as that of the other six teams in the running for this year’s FIFA Club World Cup title – by lending a hand as an assistant in the competition’s draw.
The ceremony to decide the pairings for the second-round matches and the semi-finals will take place at the home of FIFA in Zurich on September 16. “There is so much excitement ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup this year – from Liverpool fans, of course, as they will be hoping that their team can win this coveted trophy for the first time,” says Owen.
“But the tournament in Qatar means a lot to the other teams as well – it is the global stage for club football, and it will also be the FIFA World Cup stage in three years’ time. Every single player will want to shine, and I’m delighted to be helping to draw the path to the final,” he adds.
This year’s FIFA Club World Cup will kick off on December 11, with the champions being crowned on December 21. Three participants have already been confirmed: CF Monterrey from Mexico (winners of the 2019 Concacaf Champions League), Hienghène Sport from New Caledonia (winners of the 2019 OFC Champions League) and Liverpool FC from England (winners of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League).
The club representing hosts Qatar will depend on the outcome of the ongoing AFC Champions League. If a team from Qatar are the AFC champions, they will qualify directly for the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019, with the AFC runners-up playing the opening match against Hienghène Sport.