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Club World Cup plans to be examined by FIFA taskforce after UEFA opposition

FIFA has set up a task force to examine president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and Global Nations League, a member of the FIFA Council told Reuters after a meeting on Friday.

Infantino's plans had been opposed by the major European club leagues.

"On the question of Club World Cup and the Nations League, we decided to build a task force to have more information, to share different views on this topic from club leagues and national associations," a member of the FIFA council,...

UEFA to walk out if FIFA forces vote on Club World Cup revamp - sources

UEFA's nine representatives on the FIFA Council will walk out of Friday's meeting and boycott proceedings if FIFA president Gianni Infantino forces a vote on his proposal to organize a fully fledged summer Club World Cup and a new Nations League-style tournament, sources told ESPN.

Last-ditch attempts at mediation were unsuccessful Thursday night, when Infantino met with the presidents of FIFA's six continental confederations ahead of the meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, according to sources familiar...

Club World Cup and global nations league on agenda at FIFA council meeting

Plans to revamp the Club World Cup and introduce a global nations league are back on the agenda at the next meeting of the FIFA Council on Friday.

The ruling council will meet in Kigali, Rwanda and president Gianni Infantino's plan for a new "mini-World Cup" and an expanded Club World Cup feature among the items for discussion according to the agenda document.

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment and it was not clear if the plans will be put to a vote.


Real Madrid begin Club World Cup defence against Chivas or ACL winners

Real Madrid made quick work of Leganes, getting two goals from Karim Benzema to secure the victory and stay perfect.

Real Madrid will begin the defence of their Club World Cup title in the United Arab Emirates against either Mexican side, Chivas, or the winners of the 2018 Asian Champions League.

The Champions League winners will play their opening game, the semifinal, on Dec. 19 in Abu Dhabi at Zayed Sports City Stadium. The final takes place on Dec. 22 at the same venue.

Madrid have won the last three Club World Cups with Zinedine Zidane as their manager but it will be Julen Lopetegui's first venture into the...

FIFA not transparent on 'surprise' competitions revamp - UEFA president

UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti about FIFA's recent proposal of a Global Nations League.
Exclusive: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin tells Gab Marcotti the governing body will do everything to ensure a fair financial playing field.

KIEV, Ukraine -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says FIFA would have created problems of "transparency" and "good governance" by accepting a $25 billion offer from a yet-to-be-identified consortium of investors to organise two new tournaments -- a revamped 24-team Club World Cup and a Global Nations League.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had championed the proposal at the FIFA Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, in March, but said he was not at liberty to disclose who was behind it, nor did...