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FIFA Club World Cup Betting Offers: China 2023

fifa club world cup trophy and ballon dorThe club world cup is frankly a money spinning event dreamt up by FIFA, hence why it is held in nations like Qatar, China and the UAE.  Still you can’t ignore the fact that is one of the only opportunities for the leading clubs from different confederations to play against each other.

It is seen as more of a headache than anything else for many of the UEFA clubs involved in the tournament, having to take time out of a busy winter schedule at home to fly halfway around the world to play.  The fans don’t necessarily see it that way though and the cup has become a bucket list prize for their clubs to win.

This will be the 19th edition of the club world cup and will see the European Champions invited to play in China in a newly expanded tournament in the summer.  It now features 24 teams across 8 venues in 8 host cities with clubs from all 6 conderations, including 8 from Europe, along with one from the host nation (in this case the Chinese Super League winners).  Teams are split into 8 groups of 3 with the winners progressing to the quarter-finals, there are 31 matches in total.

The profile of the event is due to rise, however, with the expansion to 24 teams.  It will move to the summer and will be held every four years – although this is now may be delayed beyond 2023, due to potential clashes with the other national tournaments.  Of course, the main driver of this is to increase revenues, but fans are cautiously welcoming a more competitive club world cup.  On this page find all the leading betting promotions and features for the tournament along with event and schedule details.

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About The Club World Cup

fifa flagWhen a British team wins the Champions League the inclination from the supporters of the team and the press is to declare them to be the best team in the world. That is based on the idea of all of the top leagues being based in Europe, therefore ensuring that the winner of Europe’s most prestigious club competition can rightly feel as though they’re one of if not the best clubs in the world.

Yet that is at least slightly dismissive and disrespectful of the other federations aside from UEFA that come under FIFA’s jurisdiction. Federations covering Africa, Caribbean and South American football would all argue that they have as much right to be in the conversation as producing the ‘best’ football in the world as Europe does, for example.

That was essentially the thinking behind the formation of the FIFA Club World Cup, putting together the winners of the various federation tournaments throughout the season. The competition is the deciding factor of the club that gets to call itself the world champions each year.

It has only been taking place since 2000 and originally ran in parallel with the Intercontinental Cup and bore the moniker of the FIFA Club World Championship, but the two competitions were merged in 2005 and it took on its current name the year after. The tournament saw 7 teams from 6 federations compete over a fortnight for the title, with the champions of the host nation making up the numbers.

In 2016 FIFA president Gianni Infantino wanted to expand the tournament and move it to the summer to make it more attractive to broadcasters (see as usual no mention of fans or players there, only concern being revenue).  The new tournament moves to a four year schedule and will include the previous 4 Champions League and previous 4 Europa League winners (8 in total from Europe), along with 2 or 3 teams form the AFC, 3 from CAF, 3 from CONMEBOL, 0 or 1 from OFC and one team from the host nation.

Format and Schedule

Phase Date Matches
Group Phase TBC 24
Quarter-Finals TBC 4
Semi-Finals TBC 2
Final TBC 1

23 of the 24 places at the tournament are open to the winners and runners-up (in some cases) of the following 6 major competitions that have taken place over the previous 4 seasons:

  • (2.5) AFC Champions League (Asia) – 2 finalists plus play-off against two losing semi-finalists. The winner of that play-off will play the winner of the OFC Champions league to determine a third place allocation
  • (3) CAF Champions League (Africa) – top 3 teams
  • (3) CONCACAF Champions League (North America)
  • (6) Copa Libertadores (South America)
  • (0.5) OFC Champions League (Oceania) – Winners play-off against an AFC Champions League semi-finalist
  • (4) UEFA Champions League (Europe)
  • (4) UEFA Europa League (Europe)

The national champions of the host nation are also invited to take part in the tournament.  Teams are divided into eight groups of three teams, who play-each other in a round-robin, 2 games each.  The winner of each group progresses to the quater-finals from which point the competition is a standard knockout.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that that AFC and OFC both receive ‘half-places’, which isn’t ideal for a knockout tournament. The organisers get around that particular problem by asking the winners of a play-off between the two losing AFC Champions League semi-finalists to compete against the winners of the OFC Champions League in a play-off in order to be part of the competition proper.

Changes To The Format

world football

The Club World Cup hasn’t always followed the current format. In its inaugural year it was separated into two distinct rounds, with 8 teams taking part and being split into two groups with 4 teams in each. The winning team of each group faced each other in the final, whilst the runners-up of each group competed in the third-place match.

The Club World Cup wasn’t held between 2001 and 2004 and when it relaunched it took on a format more closely aligned with what we saw up to 2022. It was a single-elimination competition in which the participating teams played each other in one-off matches that would have extra-time and penalties if needed. The idea of quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final was still in place, though the host nation didn’t take part in the tournament.

Rather than take up two weeks of a club’s time in the season, the Club World Cup gave byes to the champions from different federations. The champions of Asia, Africa and North America joined the competition at the quarter-final stage, which is when the winner of the play-off between the OFC team and the host nation’s champions would also join the competition.

The winners of the quarter-final matches were joined in the semi-finals by the Champions League and Copa Libertadores winners, with the victors in the two ties making it through to the final.

As well as deciding the winners of the tournament there was also a fifth-place game to find out which team is considered to be the fifth best.

2023 Planned Changes

knockout structureFIFA can’t leave any competition alone for very long without starting to interfere and the same is true for the Club World Cup. In 2016 the then-FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, suggested that the Club World Cup could be expanded to feature 32 teams instead of 7. There was also a suggestion that it could be moved to June at the end of the season in order to capitalise on interest from broadcasters and sponsors.

In the end, a decision was taken to expand the tournament to 24 teams and hold it every four years rather than every year, with the changes due to take place from 2021 onwards.  Due to issues caused by corona virus however the first tournament is now unlikely to start until 2023 or 2025 (as 2024 is the Euros).

In order to make up the numbers, the previous four years’ worth of clubs from the following will be invited to take part:

  • UEFA Champions League winners
  • UEFA Champions League runners-up
  • Europa League winners
  • Copa Libertadores winners

The other teams will be made up of teams from the other 4 federations. Working alongside the newly formed Nations League, it’s believed that the two tournaments will raise as much as $25 billion over its first four editions.

History Of The Club World Cup

football trophyIn 1887 the Scottish Cup winners, Hibernian, took on the semi-finalists of the English FA Cup, Preston North End, in a game that was billed as the Football World Championship. Obviously the modern day competition bears no relation to that one, but it demonstrates how there was a desire to crown a club as the best in the world even during the game’s more formative years.

Similarly the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, which was played in 1909 and 1911, showed how clubs were keen to compete against sides from different parts of the world, given that sides from England, German, Italian and Swiss clubs all entered the competition. Yet it wasn’t until the 1950s that the idea of FIFA forming some sort of club competition was first mooted.

Jules Rimet, famous for his name being given to the World Cup trophy and a former President of FIFA, was asked whether FIFA would have any involvement with the Copa Rio but declined, largely because it was the responsibility of the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. It was later succeeded by the Torneio Octogonal Rivadavia Corrêa Meyer, which involved five teams from Brazil and three foreign clubs.

It was held in high regard but struggled to get European clubs involved, leading Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo to suggest that FIFA should be involved with it, but the organisation again declined. Another tournament named the Pequeña Copa del Mundo was hosted in Venezuela in the 1950s and 1960s, welcoming teams from Europe and South America and also laying claim to the idea of being a ‘world’ competition for club teams.

Problems With The World Cup Cup’s Formation

football problemsThe Pequeña Copa del Mundo’s existence alongside the foundation of the Copa Libertadores and the European Cup began to lay the groundwork for the eventual formation of the Intercontinental Cup, but it was far from plain sailing.

The Tournoi de Paris was first played in 1957 and invited the best clubs from Europe and South America in order to determine the de facto world’s best club side. Real Madrid lost in the first final to Vasco de Gama, immediately withdrawing from future versions of the competition and declaring that it should be viewed as a friendly only.

The Spanish club might have acted spoilt, but when they won the inaugural Intercontinental Cup they chose to label themselves as ‘world champions’ until FIFA objected to the title. The organisation also founded the International Soccer League, which it hoped to transform into a World Cup for club sides.

When the CONCACAF was formed to represent North and South American teams in 1961, they applied to enter the Intercontinental Cup but their application was rejected. As the competition was still unrecognised as an official one by FIFA, some of the matches were brutal in nature.

The Club World Cup Is Born

Corinthians playerIn December of 1993 the President of AC Milan, Silvio Berlusconi, presented the FIFA Executive Committee with the bare bones of an idea of a competition that would go on to become the Club World Championship. By that time all of the confederations under FIFA’s jurisdiction had a competition to decide the best club within the federation and they were stable, solid and respected competitions. As a result, FIFA finally began to accept the idea of a tournament for the various club sides under its control.

In 1997 FIFA selected Brazil from a short-list that included Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Uruguay to host the competition, with the original aim being that it would take place in 1999. Eventually it was postponed and took place the following year, with these teams involved:

  • Brazilian clubs Corinthians and Vasco da Gama
  • Manchester United
  • Mexican club Necaxa
  • Moroccan side Raja Casablanca
  • Spain’s Real Madrid
  • Saudi club Al-Nassr
  • Australia’s South Melbourne

Eventually the two Brazilian sides made it to the final where Corinthians beat Vasco da Gama on penalties.

The Competition Takes A Break

time for a break sign

The idea was for the second version of the tournament to take place in 2001 and it was planned for 12 teams to be involved. The tournament was cancelled on the 18th of May, with a host of reasons being cited but the most important being the collapse of International Sport and Leisure, which was FIFA’s marketing partner. Each of the teams that was supposed to take part received $750,000 in compensation and the Spanish FA was paid $1 million by FIFA.

There was no attempt to host the competition in 2002 but the year after as many as 17 countries applied to be the host nations. Once again, however, it failed to materialise and soon FIFA agreed with Toyota, UEFA and CONMEBOL to merge the International Cup and the Club World Championship to create a single event. The final Intercontinental Cup took place in 2004 and the Club World Cup began in 2005.

The six continental champions took place in the first of the new versions of the Club World Cup, which was hosted by Japan and São Paolo defeated English side Liverpool in the final at the International Stadium in Yokohama.

Previous Winners

Year Winner Runner-Up Host
TBD* ? ? China
2022^ Chelsea Palmeiras UAE
2021# Bayern Munich Tigres Qatar
2019 Liverpool Flamengo Qatar
2018 Real Madrid Al-Ain UAE
2017 Real Madrid Grêmio UAE
2016 Real Madrid Kashima Antlers Japan
2015 Barcelona River Plate Japan
2014 Real Madrid San Lorenzo Morocco
2013 Bayern Munich Raja Casablanca Morocco
2012 Corinthians Chelsea Japan
2011 Barcelona Santos Japan
2010 Internazionale TP Mazembe UAE
2009 Barcelona Estudiantes UAE
2008 Manchester United LDU Quito Japan
2007 AC Milan Boca Juniors Japan
2006 Internacional Barcelona Japan
2005 São Paulo Liverpool Japan
2001 Cancelled Cancelled Spain
2000 Corinthians Vasco da Gama Brazil

# 2020 version moved to 2021 due to fixture congestion

^ 2021 version moved to 2022 and reverted to standard format, moved from China to Japan then to the UAE

* New 24 team format with tournament held every 4 years in the summer

  • Real Madrid hold the record with 4 titles.
  • Barcelona have 3 titles and 1 runner-up. This means Spain are the record winning nation with 7 cups.
  • Brazilian club Corinthians are the only other team to have won the cup more than once, with 2 titles.
  • UEFA confederation clubs have won 12 out of 16 cups, CONMEBOL confederation clubs have won the other four.
  • European teams have won the cup every year since 2013.

The Trophy

fifa club world cup trophyThe original trophy used in the inaugural outing of the competition in 2000 was the FIFA Club World Championship Cup, created by an Italian company named Sawaya & Moroni. It was made completely of silver and weighed 4 kilograms, standing at 37.5 centimetres in height. It cost $25,000 to make.

When the competition was revamped ahead of its 2005 relaunch, the trophy awarded to the winners was also changed. The current trophy is named after the tournament and is known as ties FIFA Club World Cup, or la Copa. It was revealed for the first time at the draw for the competition, which took place in Tokyo on the 30th of July 2005.

The current trophy was designed in Birmingham by the designer Jane Powell and her assistant Dawn Forbes, working at Thomas Fattorini Ltd on behalf of FIFA. It is made go gold and silver, weighing in at 5.2 kilograms and standing at 50 centimetres tall. It is made from a combination of materials, including sterling silver, brass, aluminium, copper, rhodium and chrome, also being gold-plated.

The design is supposed to have six staggered pillars, which FIFA say represent the six competing confederations. There is also a separate metal structure which is designed to represent the overall winner of the tournament. At the top of the trophy is a gold structure that looks like a ball, which is an ever-present feature of FIFA’s trophies. On the pedestal is the phrase ‘FIFA Club World Cup’.

Club World Cup Awards

golden bootsWhilst the competition still struggles to be taken all that seriously by the teams that play in it, it is still given the same credence as any of the major tournaments by FIFA. As a result, there are awards given out at the competition’s conclusion. These are as follows:

  • Golden Ball: Given to the the player that the media votes to have been the best during the competition. Silver and Bronze Balls are also given out
  • Golden Boot: Awarded to the top scorer, with Silver and Bronze Boots also available
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Given to the team that has the best total according to the FIFA Fair Play Committee’s rules
  • Most Valuable Player of the Final Match Trophy: A rather self-explanatory trophy, given to the player that is seen as being the MVP of the tournament’s final. In the past the player was also given a car by Toyota when the Japanese manufacturer was the tournament’s presenting sponsor

The winning side are presented with a FIFA Club World Cup Champions Badge, which they’re entitled to display on their kit until the next championship final. This has been the case since 2007 when AC Milan became the first side to win the tournament. The top three sides in the competition are given bronze, silver and gold medals to present to their players.

Prize Money For The Club World Cup

As with most things in football, if not the world, it’s money rather than any associated prestige that makes the competition something that the participating teams take seriously. The first version of the tournament offered $28 million in prize money, divided into different amounts depending on how far into the competition the teams made it.

When the competition was relaunched in 2005 the total amount of prize money had dropped down to $16 million, increasing by half a million dollars in 2008. For the 2022 version of the competition the prize money was as follows:

  • Seventh Place: $0.5 million
  • Sixth Place: $1 million
  • Fifth Place: $1.5 million
  • Fourth Place: $2 million
  • Third Place: $2.5 million
  • Runners-Up: $4 million
  • Winners: $10 million

In the modern world of football, of course, those sorts of figures are relatively small, but it’s enough to ensure that teams take it seriously and try to win it.

The money comes from a series of business and corporations that sponsor the competition, including the likes of Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas. Interestingly, clubs are allowed to wear kits with sponsorship on them, even if the sponsors of the clubs are in direct competition with official sponsors of the tournament.

Host Nations

qatar world cup 2022 map with football pinIn years gone by the host nation was selected from a group of nations that put themselves forward as possible hosts. Ahead of the 2019 version of the competition, FIFA was supposed to announce the host in March of 2019, only for FIFA to delay it until May.

In May the decision was delayed again, with the organisation saying that the tournament host for both 2019 and 2020 would be decided at the FIFA Council Meeting in June of 2019.

On the 3rd of June 2019 it was confirmed that Qatar would host both the versions of the tournament as a warmup for the nation’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which was controversial.

With the 2020 version delayed due to the corona virus pandemic that year it meant the new expanded format could not be brought in in 2021 as planned.  Therefore Japan were selected to host a second club world cup in December using the original format.  This was then moved again to the UAE and scheduled for February 2022 due to coronavirus rates in Japan at the time.

The first new style 24 team tournament will be held in China in 2023 (most likely).  From this point on the event will be held in the summer every four years.

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