Reds set to be involved in new Club World Cup format

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 16, 2018

Barcelona has given its backing to FIFA's plans to expand the Club World Cup to a 24-team competition played every four years.

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.

Liverpool could be set for a £100m boost after the new Club World Cup deal was put on the table.

That would see the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Barcelona all potentially involved too.

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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.

Clubs could earn up to £100 million from participating in the tournament which is backed by a consortium led by Japanese company SoftBank.

However it seems that UEFA and the Premier League are not happy with the plans and will fight against the idea for the tournament, despite Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino and deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban having already held preliminary talks with several clubs.

The Times' Martyn Ziegler reports that China have already thrown its hat into the ring to stage the inaugural edition of the Club World Cup in 2021. Sponsors from the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Saudi Arabia would reportedly bankroll the winnings. It is not clear which clubs from other continents might be invited to take part. He adds that the Swiss is expected to call an emergency Fifa Council meeting in early June in a bid to get the green light.

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