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The 2025 Club World Cup will have 35 teams, confirmed Infantino

The president of the FIFA Gianni Infantino announced this Friday at a press conference that the Club World Cup It will be held with 32 teams and every four years from 2025, adding that the 2023 edition, with the current format, will be held in February in Morocco.

“A few years ago we had made a decision about this competition, but it was not held due to the pandemic, leaving its place for the Copa América and the Eurocup (in 2021). It will be in the summer (boreal) of 2025 with the 32 best teams in the world and it will be as successful as the current World Cup”, explained Infantino.

Infantino appeared in the main theater of the World Cup press center in Qatar to explain the decisions made by the FIFA council and take stock of the competition, two days before Argentina and France play the final.

“The new Club World Cup will be played by the best teams in the world, I’m sure. The details must be elaborated, also on the country that will organize it”, pointed out the Italian-Swiss leader.

In 2019, FIFA planned to organize in 2021 the first edition of a Club World Cup extended to 24 countries in China, but agreed not to celebrate it to leave the dates for the UEFA and Conmebol competitions, postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The FIFA president added that Morocco will organize the 2023 edition. The North African country, surprise of the World Cup reaching the semifinals, already organized the tournament in 2013 and 2014.

The last edition of the tournament was in February of this year, in the United Arab Emirates, with Chelsea lifting the trophy.

With the usual format, Real Madrid, current champion of the Champions League, will be in Morocco as the European representative, together with the champions of the other five FIFA confederations: Flamengo, Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia), Seattle Sounders (United States United States) and Auckland City (New Zealand). The national champion of Morocco will also participate.

Source: Elcomercio

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