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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
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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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Post by Nishankly on Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:26 pm

Can someone change the title of this to 2019?

Watching Al Sadd vs Hieghene Sport from Kick's neighbourhood. That Algeria CFA winner Boudnjananan scored for Al Saad who have 37 year old Gabi in midfield managed by Xavi vagi

The winner of this game plays Mexican outfit Monterrery who have CBarca's hero Victor Janssen hmm

45 mins, the quality of refereeing and football has been really bad. I expected much better from Al Saad. VAR is shite as well. Clear offside not given coz of a deflection of a defender.
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Post by Nishankly on Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:37 pm

VAR stealing the biggest moment from Hienghene in their biggest match of their lives. Never a foul.
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Post by Nishankly on Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:39 pm

ITS BEEN GIVEN AFTER 3 MINUTES OF VAR CHECK

WHAT A MOMENT FOR NEW CALEDONIA. POPULATION OF 200,000. STILL A COLONIAL TERRITORY OF FRANCE BECAUSE WHY LET AN ISLAND BE ALONE IN THE PACIFIC.

Exactly why I love football, in tears Proud
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Post by Nishankly on Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:10 pm

Xavi's destroys them in ET. Should haven't even reached HT tbh. They face Monterrey on 14th. While Al Hilal plays Tunis.

Building on the old names, Al Hilal have Bafetembi Gomis and Serie A legend Sebastian Giovinvo who still hasn't hit his full potential at 32.
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Post by Kick on Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:25 pm

@Nishankly wrote:Can someone change the title of this to 2019?

Watching Al Sadd vs Hieghene Sport from Kick's neighbourhood. That Algeria CFA winner Boudnjananan scored for Al Saad who have 37 year old Gabi in midfield managed by Xavi vagi

The winner of this game plays Mexican outfit Monterrery who have CBarca's hero Victor Janssen hmm

45 mins, the quality of refereeing and football has been really bad. I expected much better from Al Saad. VAR is shite as well. Clear offside not given coz of a deflection of a defender.

I was confused as to why it was my neighborhood, but I see they are from New Caledonia Proud

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