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

Report Fifa courts European heavyweights for revamped Club World Cup

Report Fifa courts European heavyweights for revamped Club World Cup

Infantino had described the idea as a "very interesting" and worthy of serious study, and restated his commitment to enlarging the World Cup "for the development of football".

But Madrid, victor of the last two editions of the Club World Cup, is endorsing Infantino's vision of the tournament being played every four years in June or July with 12 representatives from Europe.

As a result, the competition is expected to take away the existing tournaments: the Club World Cup and the Confederations Cup. It would debut in 2021.

With the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation less than a month away, UBS deployed a team of 18 analysts and editors, and ran a computer simulation of the tournament 10,000 times, in an effort to predict the likely victor of the tournament.

Oceania would have its representative in a playoff with the "fifth best placed" team in South America, while the host team would complete the quota of 24.

According to The New York Times, FIFA tried to convince Europe's top clubs about the benefits of its proposal in a private meeting held recently.

Infantino has also upset some European officials with direct approaches to elite European clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, to win their support for a project that could earn them tens of millions of dollars.

FIFPro issued a separate statement following the meeting, claiming FIFA's proposals would have a "very significant impact on the future of professional football worldwide".

"Play FIFA's most popular mode in the new, exciting FIFA World Cup Ultimate Team experience", reads an EA Sports blog post.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has submitted a 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

The report indicates that the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Benfica and Borussia Dortmund would then be in contention for the three other European places.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are keen to introduce the events as they could generate $25 billion (£18 billion/€20.5 billion) in revenue through broadcasting rights in Asia alone.

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