Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants

Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants

Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool are among the top European clubs set to be invited to participate in a revamped and expanded Fifa Club World Cup, The Times reports.

But Madrid, victor of the last two editions of the Club World Cup, is endorsing Infantino's vision of the tournament being played every four years in June or July with 12 representatives from Europe.

The first version of the restructured tournament would take place in 2021, with China possibly in line to play host.

In the report it's added half of the teams involved would be from European football, with the criteria for invitation that the club has won the European Cup on three or more occasions.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has already met individual clubs to discuss the proposals and Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has said that the European champions support the plans. Juventus would also be invited...

Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants

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.

Barcelona have announced its support to the new Club World Cup because, according to a statement by the Catalan club, "it would contribute to the growth of the brands of the clubs and would provide a new source of income".

"We have spoken to various people about the health and safety aspects of this, the well-being of players and ensuring they are not overworked", Bobby Barnes, the European president of the global players' union Fifpro, told The Times.

The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each but while some of the clubs have given the project their blessing, including Real, the same cannot be said of Europe's governing bodies. Would clubs prioritise that over the Champions League? So if run correctly, then I think Liverpool should consider the offer.

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