FIFA Club World Cup

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, Real Madrid's Marcelo holds the trophy after winning the Club World Cup final soccer match against Al Ain at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FIFA selected China as host of the inaugural edition of the expanded Club World Cup to be played in 2021, it is announced Thursday Oct. 24, 2019, but delayed a decision on how the 24 slots for the tournament will be distributed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, FILE)
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October 24, 2019 - 3:23 pm
FIFA President Gianni Infantino glossed over questions about human rights violations in China while celebrating the country's selection as the first host of soccer's expanded Club World Cup. "We have a social responsibility due to the magnitude and the power that football brings with it," Infantino...
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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to meet French National Women's Soccer team during a visit at France's training camp in Clairefontaine, south of Paris, France, Tuesday, June 4 2019. The French women soccer team is preparing for the FIFA Women's World Cup that will start in France next Friday. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)
June 04, 2019 - 10:17 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the FIFA meetings ahead of the Women's World Cup (all times local): ___ 3:55 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized a plan to make the Champions League a largely closed competition. A concept presented by UEFA to European leagues last month gave 24 of the...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
March 15, 2019 - 8:27 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds the official ball of the upcoming Women’s Soccer World Championship as he poses for photographers during a press conference at the end of an executive committee meeting in Rome. FIFA's financial results underscore the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. “We need to try to find what is the most balanced way and I think we made a step and there will be many more steps going ahead,” Infantino said in October before his ruling council approved the 2019 Women’s World Cup prize scale. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
March 15, 2019 - 3:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local): ___ 3:20 p.m. The European members attending the FIFA Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate. The seven dissenting voices Friday could not stop FIFA President...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Club World Cup at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday March 15, 2019, to approve a pilot of an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. A revamp of the current annual December seven-team competition is being pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino despite ongoing opposition from Europe, with the long-term vision of the bigger Club World Cup being staged every four years. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
March 13, 2019 - 1:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. An overhaul of the current seven-team annual competition, normally in December, is being pursued by FIFA President...
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