FIFA defies European Opposition to Progress Club World Cup Plans

18 March 2019

Infantino FIFA Miami Club World Cup World Cup Qatar 2022 meeting in Miami
Photo: Getty Images FIFA President Gianni Infantino will move forward with his ambitious World Club Cup tournament despite facing resistance from the big European clubs. At the picture Infantino (L) looks on prior to the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Infantino was very positive regarding the dialogue with UEFA in Miami - until asked about a contract from 2015.

Everybody is seeking more concrete info about the big Japanese sponsorship behind the Club World Cup - and Infantino did comment on the financial deal at the meeting in Miami.

Infantino still struggling regarding the Qatar 2022 World Cup - but he managed to buy himself more time.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

FIFA has defied European opposition to its plan to revamp the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starting in June 2021.

The new competition, which will initially be played every four years, will replace the current seven-team tournament, which takes place each winter, and the quadrennial Confederations Cup, which has served as a test event for the World Cup for the past two decades. 

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