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Barcelona, Real Madrid back FIFA's proposal for 24-team Club World Cup

UEFA's Professional Football Strategy Council have expressed “serious reservations” over Club World Cup proposals Barcelona, Real Madrid back FIFA's proposal for 24-team Club World Cup
Anna Jefferson | 18 May, 2018, 13:46

Perennial underachiever England could be a surprising sight to some to be as high as fourth on the list, especially as it limped out in the group stage at the last World Cup four years ago.

The Liga champion regards as favorable the subsequent elimination of "two Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions, the Confederations Cup (for national teams) and the current Club World Cup" played every year by seven clubs in December. It would debut in 2021.

Oceania would have its representative in a playoff with the "fifth best placed" team in South America, while the host team would complete the quota of 24.

Clubs such as Man United, Man City and Real Madrid have all met with the president and his deputy secretary general, Zvonimir Boban, and have given their approval for the tournament.

PFSC expressed "serious reservations about the process surrounding the FIFA Club World Cup and the Global Nations League proposals", following a meeting in Lyon, France, on Wednesday.

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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.

FIFPro issued a separate statement following the meeting, claiming FIFA's proposals would have a "very significant impact on the future of professional football worldwide".

As well as colourful facts about the tournament host - did you know Russian Federation has 11 different time zones, though World Cup matches will only take place in four? - the bank includes plenty of advice for investors seeking growth potential in Russian Federation. Attendees included Manchester United Plc's Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward and FC Barcelona's President Josep Bartomeu, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

There will be three other European teams taking part and leading clubs such as Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Porto, Benfica and Borussia Dortmund are all in the running to fill those free spots.

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