Infantino reveals plans for new FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has revealed that world football’s governing body has had nine offers to buy the commercial rights to the Club World Cup, which he is hoping to make the “best club tournament in the world,” reports insidethegames.biz.
Infantino was in Doha on Saturday (December 21) for the final of this year’s Club World Cup, which saw English Premier League club Liverpool beat Brazil’s Flamengo 1-0 after extra-time.
It was the penultimate edition of the event in its current guise, with Qatar using it to hone its preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The tournament will return to the country next year prior to an expanded 24-team tournament starting in 2021, with China having already been awarded hosting rights.
“The fact is that football is changing: until 50 years ago, it was strictly national; then came the continental component, which only grew stronger; now clubs are global forces, with interests around the world,” Infantino said.
“Today, we have 10 or 12 clubs from five European countries that are at a certain level, and the rest of the whole world is far, far behind.