Real Madrid have finally been informed by FIFA that the delayed 2022 Club World Cup will take place early next year, in February 2023.
The competition, which sees the Champions League tournament winners from each continental confederation compete against each other, traditionally takes place in December.
However, this time it was not possible because the important World Cup for the national teams was held in November and December instead of summer.
As a result, the Club World Cup was moved to the start of 2023, and Real Madrid have now been informed of the specific dates.
According to AS, it will be held from February 1 to 11 and will most likely be held in Abu Dhabi instead of Qatar and Morocco, which have also bid to host. Abu Dhabi has previously hosted the Games in 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018 and 2021, Qatar has hosted in 2019 and 2020, while Morocco previously held the honor in 2013 and 2014.
Real Madrid will likely not be too happy with the scheduling as the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Liverpool takes place on February 21.
What is also not ideal for the Spanish club is that they will have to travel the long distance twice in the first two months of 2023, with the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia in January.
They will compete with Barcelona, Valencia and Real Betis for this trophy.
Meanwhile, in the Club World Cup, Flamengo has qualified to represent South America after winning the 2022 Copa Libertadores, along with Morocco’s Wydad Africa, Seattle Sounders from North America and Auckland City from Oceania. There is still no winner of the 2022 Champions League from Asia, while the domestic champions of an unconfirmed host country also gain entry to the tournament.
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