FIFA Sets Date for First Women's Club World Cup

FILED - 06 January 2020, Egypt, Giza: The shadows of spectators can be seen on a FIFA banner. Photo: Omar Zoheiry/dpa
FILED - 06 January 2020, Egypt, Giza: The shadows of spectators can be seen on a FIFA banner. Photo: Omar Zoheiry/dpa
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FIFA Sets Date for First Women's Club World Cup

FILED - 06 January 2020, Egypt, Giza: The shadows of spectators can be seen on a FIFA banner. Photo: Omar Zoheiry/dpa
FILED - 06 January 2020, Egypt, Giza: The shadows of spectators can be seen on a FIFA banner. Photo: Omar Zoheiry/dpa

FIFA finally set a date Wednesday to play the first Women’s Club World Cup tournament in January and February 2026.
The first edition should involve 16 teams though FIFA’s ruling council did not specify how they would qualify or where they could play.
Barcelona and Lyon are the top-ranked European teams and have combined to win 10 Champions League titles since 2011. They will meet in the next final on May 25 in Bilbao, Spain, The Associated Press reported.
A 32-team men’s Club World Cup will debut in June-July next year in the United States with teams qualifying by winning or getting consistently good results in four years of continental championships through 2024. The inaugural men's edition will have 12 European teams and six from South America.
FIFA has made launching a global club tournament a key part of its strategy to develop women’s soccer since the soccer body’s current president Gianni Infantino was elected in 2016.
The tournament should be held every four years, like the men’s edition. In other years, an “additional FIFA women’s club competition” was proposed to be organized, again like the men.
FIFA plans to launch an annual “Intercontinental Cup” in December featuring just the champions of the six men’s continental competitions, such as the Champions League in Europe.



Liverpool Great Alan Hansen Released from Hospital

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen. Asharq Al-Awsat
Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Liverpool Great Alan Hansen Released from Hospital

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen. Asharq Al-Awsat
Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen. Asharq Al-Awsat

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen has been released from hospital and will now continue his recovery at home.
A statement from his family on Sunday thanked fans for their support after Liverpool said two weeks ago that its former captain was “seriously ill in hospital.”
The family's statement said: “Alan has been discharged from hospital today to continue his recovery at home.
“Alan, Janet, Adam, Lucy and family would like to thank everybody for their wonderful messages of love and support ... We also hugely appreciate the ongoing respect that has been shown for our privacy as Alan continues his recovery. Thank you.”
Hansen, who is 69, joined Liverpool from Scottish team Partick Thistle in 1977. The defender won three European Cups, eight league titles, two FA Cups and three League Cups in 620 appearances for Liverpool.
He retired in 1991 to start a successful career as a television pundit.