Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

  • Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

The Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), led by European governing body Uefa and representing the continent's top leagues, teams and players, said it had "serious reservations" about Fifa's proposals to launch a new Club World Cup and nations league tournament with investment provided by an unnamed consortium.

Since the FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, even though it only comes around once every four years, it only makes sense that EA Sports would program a World Cup game mode into their premiere soccer game.

The new 24 team format would include 12 clubs from Europe, and those who have won three European Cup's will be the first to be invited.

It is understood that Liverpool and Manchester United will be invited to participate in the competition alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan and Juventus. Three other slots are expected to be available for European clubs, potentially opening the door to the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

It's reported that UEFA and the Premier League are unhappy with the proposal and will oppose the new competition.

The tournaments could be approved at a FIFA Council meeting in Moscow in June.

Clubs such as Man United, Man City and Real Madrid have all met with the president and his deputy secretary general, Zvonimir Boban, and have given their approval for the tournament.

Bobby Barnes, the European president of global players' union FIFPro, is a part of a committee that will meet in Lyon at some point today to talk about the plans.

The PFSC, chaired by the Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, incorporates the European Club Association, the European Professional Football Leagues and the European division of the players' union, Fifpro.

There is also believed to be much backing available from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates whose financial power continues to be pumped into football. With that being said, football is now a business man's sport and the money on offer to just compete is luxurious, to say the least.