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

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

Liverpool are one of the clubs being invited to a new 24-team Club World Cup that Federation Internationale de Football Association want to hold every four years, starting in 2021.

Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format.

China is understood to have already expressed an interest in being the first host nation.

It is understood that Liverpool and Manchester United will be invited to participate in the competition alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan and Juventus.

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. The 24 clubs would share a pot of approximately £1.5 billion with the victor earning £100 million and a guaranteed £50 million just for participating.

Premier League and UEFA chiefs are said to have an issue with the tournament and managers are likely to oppose such a competition too given the excessive demands put on players by the busy footballing calendar.

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

As relayed by Swettenham, UEFA is said to be anxious the tournament would take some of the spotlight away from the Champions League, which now brings together the biggest sides in Europe.

Bobby Barnes, the European president of global players' union FIFPro, is a part of a committee that will meet in Lyon at some point today to talk about the plans.

The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places. Figo is also is the four-time champion of the Spanish football championship, six-time champion of the Portuguese championship and four-time victor of the Italian tournament, when he played for different European clubs. Or would they just treat the tournament as a pre-season warm up to get their players ready for the domestic season?

The cream of club football will compete in the tournament.

What are your thoughts on the potential tournament?

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