Fifa president Gianni Infantino has pushed the idea since his election and it looks like it will now be going ahead in three years’ time.
FIFA’s proposal consists of a 24-team competition held every four years, during the second half of June. The first edition, if the idea goes ahead, would be in 2021 under the name, Club World Championship.
This competition would, therefore, take away the existing tournaments: the Confederations Cup and the Club World Cup.
Europe will have 12 places in total and the other two will be selected from a group which includes Manchester City, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Porto and Benfica.
The other 12 sides will be made up of teams from around the globe where the likes of legendary South American giants Boca Juniors, River Plate, Santos, Flamengo and either Penarol or Nacional will also be included.
Dates for the event have been established. It will run from June 10 to 28, containing eight groups of three teams, followed by a quarter-final, semi-final and final.
It means there will be minimum of two matches and a maximum of five. No location has been decided, but China are keen to become the first hosts.
This is a huge opportunity for Inter to compete with the biggest clubs in the world in a competitive competition, and I am sure that participation will be a financial windfall.
But the timing of the competition is a huge red flag. Mid to late June is a terrible time for the clubs. It is a month after the season has ended and will really impact preseason training for the upcoming season.
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