JEDDAH: Spanish legend David Villa and Italian legend Paolo Maldini visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday to promote FIFA Club World Cup 2023, which will be hosted by Jeddah for the first time from December 12-22 this year.
Villa and Maldini met with sports fans at the promotional tour site for the Club World Cup on Jeddah’s corniche. They discussed the trophy and their memorable experiences, being previous champions themselves, and their expectations for the current tournament.
The promotional tour, which began its second phase on the corniche, aims to enhance fan engagement in the lead-up to the Club World Cup. It showcases the original trophy and features a range of entertainment activities that allow fans to have enjoyable experiences and participate in the atmosphere Jeddah is creating as it prepares to host this global event.
Paolo Maldini said, “I’m delighted to see these exceptional preparations for organizing a unique edition of the tournament. Having experienced this before, I fully understand the passion and enthusiasm of the crowd here in Saudi Arabia, and I’m confident that the FIFA Club World Cup will provide a wonderful experience for all fans and participating teams.”
David Villa said, “I’m pleased to be here in Jeddah to highlight this edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. I have full confidence in Saudi Arabia’s ability to organize this fantastic tournament in the best possible way, and I can’t wait to see the stands filled with football enthusiasts.”
The Club World Cup is held annually, featuring the highest-ranked club teams from continental associations and the host country’s representative. This tournament is known for its competitive and exciting atmosphere, offering fans of all ages the opportunity to witness some of the world’s best football talents.
Saudi Arabia is hosting the 20th edition of the Club World Cup at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium and Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium. Jeddah will host the seven qualifying clubs, including the Saudi Arabian host team, the champions of the Saudi Pro League Al-Ittihad, Manchester City from England (European champion), Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan (Asian champion), Al Ahly from Egypt (African champion), Auckland City from New Zealand (Oceania champion), Club León from Mexico (CONCACAF — North America champion), and Fluminense from Brazil (Copa Libertadores — South America champion).