UEFA raises doubts on $25 billion FIFA deal

Ma United Liverpool'invited to new CWC

Ma United Liverpool'invited to new CWC

The investors envisaged a new competition for club teams such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and another league for national teams, according to the media reports.

English giants Liverpool and Manchester United are among teams to be invited, with a qualification process to be put in place for subsequent tournaments, The Times reports.

The Times is reporting that the first tournament could take place in 2021 with China said to be keen to host the competition.

The other three clubs from Europe who are in the running to be included are Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Porto, Benfica, and Borussia Dortmund.

Clubs could earn up to £100 million from participating in the tournament which is backed by a consortium led by Japanese company SoftBank.

The tournament would consist of 24 teams who would compete in eight groups of three, the winners of these eight groups would then progress on to the quarter-finals, which would then obviously be followed by the semi-finals and final.

Ziegler reports that Infantino, who has already pushed through an expansion of the Fifa World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, is keen to secure an agreement on the Club World Cup before this summer's World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation on 14th June. The Swiss-born Italian is looking to call an emergency FIFA Council meeting for around June 1.

The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players' union (FIFPro).

Such a competition could be a game changer for top-level club football in Europe. Would clubs prioritise that over the Champions League?

But AFP quoted UEFA boss Aleksancer Ceferin as saying: "FIFA should not be meeting with only seven federations or clubs and discussing with them things that concern all of European football".

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