Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is open to the idea of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is open to the idea of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

UEFA's strategy panel - including representatives of clubs, leagues and player unions - criticized the "hasty timing and lack of concrete information" from Federation Internationale de Football Association about a planned 24-team Club World Cup expansion and Nations League for more than 200 countries.

The PFSC unanimously expressed serious reservations about the process surrounding the FIFA Club World Cup and Global Nations League proposals and in particular the hasty timing and lack of concrete information and underlined the need for a clearly defined procedure, which respect existing structures and decision-making bodies and which involves all key stakeholders.

At present, the Club World Championship is held every year, but exclusively the strongest clubs in the continents as well as the reigning champion of the host country compete in this tournament.

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The new 24 team format would include 12 clubs from Europe, and those who have won three European Cup's will be the first to be invited.

They could be joined by Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Portuguese pair Porto and Benfica.

The tournament would consist of 24 teams who would compete in eight groups of three, the winners of these eight groups would then progress on to the quarter-finals, which would then obviously be followed by the semi-finals and final.

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The tournaments could be approved at a FIFA Council meeting in Moscow in June.

Funding for the new tournament is being put up by a consortium of investors led by Japan's SoftBank and backed by the likes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Would clubs prioritise that over the Champions League? 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.

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