Rio in talks to host FIFA Club World Cup, mayor says – AZERTAC
Baku, September 23, AZERTAC
Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes confirmed on Tuesday that the Brazilian city has expressed formal interest in hosting the FIFA Club World Cup this year, according to Xinhua.
In a video broadcast live on social media, Paes said he decided to act after Japan gave up its right to host the tournament due to coronavirus concerns.
“We are working on it. This is Rio’s wish. I am talking to the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) and other officials to see what we can do,” Paes said.
“[We] have relations, contacts with FIFA. It’s not simple. It seems that there is a predilection to organize the final in Asia. It must have something to do with private sponsors. I’m not an expert on this but we’re trying to make it happen. “
The annual tournament is scheduled to take place this year from December 9 to 19. Rio Finance and Planning Secretary Pedro Paulo last week said the matches could be played in the Maracana and Olympic stadiums.
Al-Ahly, Chelsea and Auckland City have already qualified for this year’s Club World Cup as champions of Africa, Europe and Oceania, respectively. The competition will also feature the winners of this year’s continental club tournaments in Asia, South America and North and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the reigning top league champions from the host nation.
The only time the tournament was held in Rio was the inaugural edition in 2000, when the Corinthians beat domestic rivals Vasco da Gama on penalties at the Maracana.
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