Seven Teams In Talks With FIFA Over New Club World Championships
FIFA could be set to step on all sorts of toes after holding a meeting with seven elite European clubs about an extended club world championships which could compete with the Champions League for space in the football calendar.
The World Cup vs the Champions League is a weird sort of competition that has come about in the last few years. Which one means more, which is more difficult?
On one hand there's plenty of people saying that the Champions League is now the more important competition but on the other there's those saying Lionel Messi can't be considered the best ever until he's won the World Cup.
The Champions League's big appeal has made it a lot of money meaning that UEFA virtually have a license to print money whilst FIFA don't make as much hosting the World Cup every four years.
According to the New York Times the world governing body are hoping to redress the balance and are considering extending the World Club Cup and have held a meeting with seven clubs over the prospect.
FIFA spoke to Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich on Wednesday to discuss the reported $25 billion investment they've been offered for a competition.
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Interestingly it's the champions of Europe's five biggest leagues and the current Champions League holders in the meeting whilst Manchester United could be considered the odd ones out, although they are Europa League holders at the moment.
The only team involved in the talks that could play in next season's Club World Cup, under its current guise, would be Real and they need to beat Liverpool, who weren't involved in the talks, in the Champions League final to do so.
Of course there's no guarantee that if the competition were to happen these would be the only European teams involved.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has written to his FIFA counterpart, and the man who used to have his job, Gianni Infantino to question selling the new competition to a consortium, especially the nature of a non disclosure agreement about their identities.
The new updated competition, currently called 'Project Trophy,' could be a huge dent to the Champions League as it could lead to the teams involved deciding against playing in it if the money involved in the new tournament is enough.
It's always been expected that a European league would be the death of domestic football, now a world competition could see the end of the Champions League.
Would you want to see an extended club world championships?