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Gianni Infantino Wants 32-Team Club World Cup


Gianni Infantino wants to radically expand the Club World Cup and move the tournament from December to June.

The Club World Cup currently brings together the champions from each of the continental federations but Infantino wants a 32-team group stage with the revamped version beginning in 2019.

“Today football is not just about Europe and South America, the world has changed and that’s why we need to make the Club World Cup more interesting for teams, and also for fans around the world,” Infantino said.

“That’s what we’re trying to do, by creating a tournament that is much more attractive than the current one, with more quality among participants and more clubs. That will attract more sponsors and television companies from around the world.”

The first Club World Cup was held in 2000. In 2004 it replaced the Intercontinental Cup, which featured only the winners of the continental competitions in Europe and South America.

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