London, Europe Brief News – Real Madrid is heavily favoured to win the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled to kick off in Morocco.
The tournament will see six other sides vie with the Spanish giants for the chance to be crowned the best club team on the planet.
Representatives from each confederation will take part over 11 days in Morocco, with Real Madrid strong favourites to end up lifting the trophy.
That is not to disrespect any of the other participants, but Europe’s stranglehold on the competition simply cannot be denied.
Although South American teams won the first three editions in its current format, the only occasion in the last 15 where the Champions League winners have not triumphed was in 2012 when Corinthians defeated Chelsea in the final, the last time Europe’s best did not succeed.
With four-time Club World Cup winners Madrid present, can anyone realistically stop Carlo Ancelotti’s men? We take a look at the other six participants.
It would be fair to assume that, as the only other confederation to claim the prize, the South American representatives will always be seen as the biggest challengers to Europe.
Flamengo have participated in the Club World Cup before, having reached the final in 2019 only to lose 1-0 to Liverpool after extra time.
The Mengao have faced some recent upheaval with head coach Dorival Junior leaving despite winning the Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores, just the third time they had prevailed in South America’s premier competition.