— Published 22 September 2021

Rio de Janeiro eyeing the World Club Championship

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FIFA can breathe : the bids are beginning to emerge to take over the 2021 Club World Cup, which Japan recently gave up because of sanitary and financial reasons. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, said his city was in talks with FIFA to host the tournament, which is due to take place from December 9th to 19th. “We are working on the subject,” he said in a video posted on social networks. “It’s Rio’s wish. I am talking to the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) and other officials to see what we can do. We have relationships, contacts with FIFA. It is not easy. It seems that there is a preference to organise the competition in Asia. It must have something to do with private sponsors. I’m not an expert on this, but we’re trying to make sure that our project becomes a reality”. According to a senior Rio de Janeiro city hall official, the games could be played at the Maracana and the Olympic Stadium. The Brazilian city has hosted the Club World Cup once since it was created, for the inaugural edition in 2000. Last week, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said his country was interested and had already informed FIFA. Al Ahly, Chelsea and Auckland City have already qualified for the Club World Cup as African, European and Oceania champions. The competition will also feature the winners of the continental club tournaments for Asia, South America, North and Central America and the Caribbean, plus the defending champion of the host country.