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Post by danyjr on Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:58 pm

Fifa has approved a revised 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021 despite top European clubs saying they would boycott the tournament.

The new competition is expected to include eight teams from Europe.

It will run every four years and take place from June to July in the slot currently used for the World Cup warm-up event, the Confederations Cup.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said he was "extremely happy" after the Fifa Council backed his plan on Friday.

"Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions," he said.

The Club World Cup is currently held every December and features seven teams from six confederations.

The European Club Association (ECA) says any new competitions should be part of an agreed framework for the international match calendar post-2024.

ECA board members, including Manchester United's chief executive Ed Woodward, signed a letter expressing concerns, which was revealed earlier on Friday.

"[We are] firmly against any potential approval of a revised CWC - no ECA clubs would take part," it said.

When asked if he was concerned about staging a new Club World Cup without any of Europe's elite clubs, Infantino said: "We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with Uefa.

"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away."

The Fifa Council also decided that it would be "feasible" to expand the Qatar 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.

World football's governing body voted to expand the 2026 World Cup - which will be hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States - to 48 teams in 2017.

The council will now discuss potential additional hosts to Qatar and a final decision will be made at a Fifa congress in Paris in June.

"If it happens, fantastic. If it doesn't happen, fantastic also," said Infantino.

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Post by zigra on Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:45 pm

Club worldcup without european top clubs.
Awesome idea.
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Post by danyjr on Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:50 pm

World Cup already up from 32 teams to 48.
Club World Cup to be up from 8 to 24.

This is all about money. TV rights, match day sales, sponsors.

Dare I say Infantino is worse than Blatter. What a fraud.

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Post by iftikhar on Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:35 pm

24-team Club World Cup
Stopped reading after this
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Post by Warrior on Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:57 pm

A world cup of 48 teams: it reduces the quality

An euro of 24 teams: pure bull shit, it reduces the quality and not even a multiple of 8 so we got this disappointing best 3rd system

A CWC of 24 teams with europeans: crap made even worse

However a tournament of the best 16/32 clubs of the 4 other continents (without UEFA) could be interesting. I'd probably watch some games.
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Post by iftikhar on Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:09 am

World Cup: 32 teams. Full Stop. No arguments.

Euro: 16 teams. Full Stop. No arguments.

Copa should be a 16-team, All American, four-year tournament with a qualification stage.

CWC has less traction than it's grandpa the Toyota Cup. If it can't be killed then it should comprise a maximum of 8 teams; four Europeans, two South Americans and two spots for rest of America, Africa, Asia and Oceania (a big FFS).
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