Saturday, 15 December, 2018

English clubs to be invited to revamped Fifa Club World Cup

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Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool are among the top European clubs set to be invited to participate in a revamped and expanded Fifa Club World Cup, The Times reports.

Plans are said to be in place to introduce the quadrennial tournament from June 2021, which could be worth more than £100m for those involved.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is reported to have already presented the project to seven of Europe's biggest clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The three other European clubs would be selected from a group including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Benfica, and Borussia Dortmund.

It's reported that UEFA and the Premier League are unhappy with the proposal and will oppose the new competition. The country already has five World Cup titles: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002, and was the host of the 2014 World Cup, in which the local team lost in the semi-finals to Germany - who eventually became the champions - with the embarrassing result of 7-1.

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It is less than a month to the global sporting fiesta, that is the FIFA World Cup and already, the anticipation and expectations are beginning to overtake every other consideration.

The consortium backing the competition is being led by Japan's Softbank with the main backers coming from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Bobby Barnes, the European president of worldwide players' union FIFPro, is a part of a committee that will meet in Lyon at some point today to talk about the plans. With that being said, football is now a business man's sport and the money on offer to just compete is luxurious, to say the least.

What are your thoughts on the potential tournament?

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