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Liverpool invited to take part in new Club World Cup worth £100m

18 May 2018

Uefa is reported to be unhappy with the proposal, its chief concern being that Fifa's new Club World Cup could have a detrimental impact on its hugely lucrative Champions League. European soccer leaders say they have "serious reservations" about the pace and process of Federation Internationale de Football Association pressing to accept a $25 billion, 12-year deal for two new competitions.

Infantino, who faces re-election next year, presented the proposal in March for a new summer 24-club World Cup every four years, and a "Global Nations League" with a final eight-country round of matches, also every four years. According to agency reports, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.

Opposition has risen to the proposals, with the PFSC claiming the "hasty timing and lack of concrete information" around the process had concerned them.

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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was among the attendees at a meeting of the group.

So, even if your own team doesn't win the World Cup in real life, you can still try and lead them to victory in the game as well.

The PFSC comment suggested an increasing split between FIFA and European football body UEFA.

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The Times is reporting that the first tournament could take place in 2021 with China said to be keen to host the competition. "The competition is the pinnacle for any footballer and so we're eagerly anticipating brilliant action from the best teams and players on the planet".

12 teams from around Europe are set to feature in the flashy new tournament with Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus and Ajax all nearly guaranteed of participation in the show piece.

The competition is now a seven-team tournament, held in December each year.

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Liverpool invited to take part in new Club World Cup worth £100m