FIFA announces six-club championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

FIFA is to reorganize its much maligned World Club Championship in 2005.

FIFA announces six-club championship

London:

FIFA is to reorganize its much maligned World Club Championship in 2005 in a move that may also swallow up the long established Intercontinental Cup between the European and South American champions. Although no dates or venues have been agreed, FIFA wants to have a six-team competition with the champions of Africa, Asia, CONCACAF and Oceania playing in a first round knockout and the two winners going on to meet the top European and South American clubs. The winners would meet in the final and there would be matches to decide third/fourth places and fifth and sixth. "It's a tournament of seven matches not lasting more than eight days," said FIFA President Sepp Blatter. "We will play this competition every year. This was agreed by everybody but don't ask me where and when. We will make contacts and investigations where it will go. If it is possible to link it or not link it or combine it with the Intercontinental Cup, or whether there is another solution, for the time being there is no information on that," Blatter said. FIFA tried to hold the first World Club Championship in 1999 but had to hold it back until 2000 when it was won by Brazilian club Corinthians on its home turf. The second tournament was scheduled for Spain in 2001 but was canceled following the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner, ISL. (AP)

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