Surprising developments about the competition has filtered through the Spanish press this Wednesday, before a meeting of FIFA this week to validate the outline of the project.
As if there was room for a new competition, FIFA has decided anyway to launch a new league, or rather to completely review the format of the World Club Championship as we know it. Some details had filtered in 2018 in the Spanish press, with the most notable change being a growth from seven to twenty-four teams, and a possible bonus of 20 million euros for each team selected in the tournament.
So far, FIFA has barely communicated about it. However, we recently learned that the first edition this new tournament will be played in Beijing, China, between June 17 and July 4, 2021. Spain’s daily newspaper “AS” revealed new elements on Wednesday. There will be eight European teams, six South American teams, Africa, Asia and Central & North America will have the right to three representatives each, while Oceania will have a team. Hopefully Inter Miami CF could be one of them, and we may see exiting “Champion’s League” style games.
“Teams like Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, Atlético de Madrid are already assured to participate in this competition”
Regarding the European teams, the qualification system will be simple: the last four winners of the Champions League and the last four winners of the Europa League will be qualified by the start of the competition. Thus, teams like Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, Atlético de Madrid are already assured to participate in this competition. Other European giants, such as FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City will have to win a European competition in 2020 or 2021 to join the festivities. Exiting.
Especially since the possibility of granting two wild-cards is no longer relevant at the moment as indicated by the Spanish newspaper. In case of a duplicate, like if a team wins a title several times, the top ranked team in the continent in terms of points not qualified for the tournament would get a ticket. All its measures should be validated in Shanghai this week at a meeting of the institution that governs world football (FIFA). Note that the latter hopes to achieve a turnover of one billion euros on this competition alone.