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Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore against Club World Cup revamp

Richard Scudamore sent a letter to FIFA president Gianni Infantino raising concerns over a Club World Cup revamp.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said FIFA's proposed plan to revamp the Club World Cup (CWC) will lead to difficulties in scheduling the league and more injuries for the players.

A New York Times report suggests FIFA president Gianni Infantino requested to move ahead with a proposal to expand the current Club World Cup during last month's meeting in in Colombia, adding 12 European teams to the tournament.

Infantino also said that further discussions about the competition will...

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Gianni Infantino calls emergency meeting for $25bn Club World Cup offer - report

Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup.

Gianni Infantino has called an emergency FIFA Council meeting to discuss a $25 billion offer to reinvent the Club World Cup, according to a report in the New York Times.

The newspaper reported two weeks ago that FIFA president Infantino had brought up an investment group's proposal at March's FIFA Council meeting in Colombia, but the governing body's leaders tabled the motion.

Under the plan as reported, the annual seven-team event would transform by 2021 into a quadrennial tournament with...

FIFA seeking to charge hosting fees for revamped Club World Cup

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FIFA's Club World Cup could get a major revamp.

GENEVA -- FIFA wants to charge hosting fees for staging 24-team Club World Cup tournaments worth at least $3 billion each and planned to kick off in 2021.

In a briefing document seen by The Associated Press, FIFA says host markets "must have a propensity to pay a hosting fee" -- a business model similar to Formula One auto racing.

FIFA has a $25 billion offer from a consortium including Chinese, Saudi Arabian and American interests to help organize and market the revamped Club World Cup and a new...

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FIFA heard $25 billion offer for Club World Cup, new league - report

Real Madrid lift the Club World Cup.
Real Madrid lifts the Club World Cup.

An investment group has offered FIFA $25 billion for the rights to conduct an expanded Club World Cup as well as a new league for national teams, according to the New York Times.

Gianni Infantino, the president of world football's governing body, revealed the proposal to the FIFA Council in last month's meeting in Colombia, the newspaper reported.

However, he left out details including the identities of the consortium -- calling them only investors from the Middle East and Asia -- and...

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric star as Real Madrid hoist Club World Cup

Real Madrid have won five titles in a calendar year for the first time in the club's history after a comfortable 1-0 victory over Gremio in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game with a free kick after 53 minutes.

Los Blancos have not lost an international final since falling to defeat against Boca Juniors in 2000 in the then-named Intercontinental Cup, a winning run that stretches 12 matches. 

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