Real Madrid learn dates for delayed 2022 FIFA Club World Cup
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 winners of each continental confederation’s Champions League tournament go up against one another, traditionally takes place in December.
However, that wasn’t possible this time due to the fact that the main World Cup for national teams has taken place in November and December rather than in the 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 February 11 and will most likely take place in Abu Dhabi rather than Qatar and Morocco, with the two latter also bidding to host. Abu Dhabi has previously hosted games in 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018 and 2021, with Qatar the hosts in 2019 and 2020, while Morocco previously did the honours in 2013 and 2014.
Real Madrid most likely won’t be too pleased with this scheduling given that the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Liverpool takes place on 21 February.
What also isn’t ideal for the Spanish club is the fact that they’ll have to travel long distances twice in the first two months of 2023 with the Spanish Super Cup taking place in Saudi Arabia in January.
They will compete against Barcelona, Valencia and Real Betis for that trophy.
Meanwhile, in the Club World Cup, Flamengo have qualified to represent South America after winning the 2022 Copa Libertadores, with Morocco’s Wydad in for Africa, Seattle Sounders from North America and Auckland City from Oceania. There is not yet a 2022 Champions League winner from Asia, while the unconfirmed host nation’s domestic champions also get entry into the tournament.
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England will be considered failures if we don’t win Euro 2024
England defender Harry Maguire has revealed he will head to Euro 2024 with the mindset that anything less than winning the competition will be a failure.
The Three Lions have cemented their status as a strong tournament team over the last half-decade under the guidance of Gareth Southgate.
After reaching the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 2018, England were only denied victory at Euro 2020 on penalties against Italy in the final.
There were high hopes that they could go all the way at the 2022 World Cup over the winter, but were narrowly beaten by reigning champions France in a hard-fought quarter-final.
England kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win at Italy, and speaking to the press post-match, Maguire revealed his ambitions for glory in Germany next summer.
“I think for me, at my age as well, 30 years old now, I’m with a mindset of, ‘If we don’t win the tournament, it’s been a failure’,” he said.
“We’ve got to qualify first – I mean it’s a tough group, [but] we’ve come here and got an amazing result.
“But that’s my mindset. I’ve been at three major tournaments now and I’ve come so close. I believe we have the players to win it. We went into Qatar wanting to win the tournament. So ultimately, when we get knocked out, as a squad we’re disappointed. The performances were good, we kept the most clean sheets at the tournament, we were one of the top goalscorers despite going out in the quarter-final.
“I’m speaking on behalf of myself but I know from speaking to the other lads as well, they were really pleased that Gareth stayed [on as manager]. We’ve built something as a group and he’s been the leader of it. He’s been the one who’s given us hope and given us belief as a country to be successful in these major tournaments and, for sure, it benefits us for us for him to be in charge.
“These big tournaments are decided on the finest margins. We played really well in the World Cup and ultimately, we got knocked out by a good French team. A French team that we believe we can take on and if we play them ten times, we would give them a good game ten times and probably win more than we lose.
“However, they’ve proven over the years that they manage to get the job done better than England do. So it’s something that we’re working on. We have so much talent and so many young players coming through.”
Maguire recognised that England were simply beaten at the 2022 World Cup by a more experienced and successful international side in France.
Despite reservations over Didier Deschamps, the 54-year-old has an incredible tournament record – to have won one final and lost two others is a far better record than most other coaches in the history of football.
England hope to be on a similar path with Southgate, but as Maguire insisted, they need to win a tournament if they’re to be remembered fondly and without tinges of regret.
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