The United Arab Emirates has won the right to host FIFA’s World Club Cup in 2009 and 2010 after beating off bids from Japan and Australia.
“We wanted to bring the Club World Cup to other countries. To play it in the UAE will be beneficial from a marketing standpoint,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter SAID.
“And the fact that they pledged $5 million for grassroots development helped their case.”
Japan were awarded the tournament in 2011 and 2012 while Australia were ignored altogether.
“Australia presented an exceptional bid but one of the reasons we could not consider Australia was because of time constraints,” Blatter added.
“But I can assure Australia that when bidding for the World Cup comes around, distances will not come into consideration.”
Blatter also said that he would not discount bids from European countries in future.
“Although club football is already so crowded in Europe, I wouldn’t rule out hosting it there at some stage,” he said.
The FIFA executive committee also announced they had awarded the 2010 women’s Under-17 World Cup to Trinidad and Tobago, the 2011 men’s Under-17 World Cup to Mexico and the 2011 Under-20 World Cup to Colombia.