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Mamelodi Sundowns and ES Tunis qualify for Club World Cup



CAF President’s Club, Sundowns Is South Africa Bafana Bafana’s Backbone -

South African and Tunisian clubs become latest teams to secure their places at the global tournament which takes place in the United States.

Mamelodi Sundowns and ES Tunis have become the third and fourth CAF teams to book their tickets to the inaugural Mundial de Clubes FIFA 25™ (FIFA Club World Cup 2025™), completing the list of qualifiers from Africa.

With previous winners Al Ahly of Egypt through to the CAF Champions League final once again, both the South African side and the Tunisian outfit are now guaranteed a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup via the ranking pathway at least.

The new 32-team competition, which will take place in the United States during June and July 2025, features clubs from each of the six confederations competing for the title of world champions.

With four spots at the FIFA Club World Cup for CAF teams, Al Ahly – the winners of the 2020/21 and 2022/23 CAF Champions League – had secured one place, while 2021/22 edition champions Wydad claimed another.


There is still the opportunity for ES Tunis to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup as continental champions, as they will meet Al Ahly in the two-legged CAF Champions League final on 18 May and 25 May.

And in this instance, Mamelodi Sundowns would join them in booking a ticket to the USA next summer via the ranking pathway, despite their semi-final exit, due to their CAF Champions League performances over the past four seasons.

Should Al Ahly win the CAF Champions League – which would be their third continental title over the past four seasons – they would be joined by both Mamelodi Sundowns and ES Tunis at the FIFA Club World Cup via the ranking pathway.

This is because, in the event of a club winning two or more editions of the confederation’s premier club competition during the 2021-2024 period, the ranking pathway will be used to grant access.

Clubs that have qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup 2025


Africa (CAF)

Wydad (Morocco)

Al Ahly (Egypt)

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

ES Tunis (Tunisia)


Asia (AFC)

Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)

Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)

Ulsan HD FC (Korea Republic)

Europe (UEFA)


Chelsea (England)

Real Madrid (Spain)

Manchester City (England)

Bayern Munich (Germany)

Paris Saint-Germain (France)


Inter Milan (Italy)

Porto (Portugal)

Benfica (Portugal)

Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Juventus (Italy)


Atletico Madrid (Spain)

FC Salzburg (Austria)

North & Central America, Caribbean (Concacaf)

Monterrey (Mexico)

Seattle Sounders (United States)


Club Leon (Mexico)

Oceania (OFC)

Auckland City (New Zealand)

South America (CONMEBOL)

Palmeiras (Brazil)


Flamengo (Brazil)

Fluminense (Brazil)

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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FIFA counters players’ union; defends Club World Cup schedule



Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are the Club World Cup holders

World football governing body Fifa has rejected claims that Fifpro and the World Leagues Association were not consulted over plans to host a 32-team Club World Cup.

It comes after players’ union Fifpro and the WLA called on Fifa to reschedule the tournament, due to take place next summer, amid a threat of legal action.

Fifpro and the WLA said “players are being pushed beyond their limits”.

In a letter sent to Fifpro and the WLA, which has been seen by BBC Sport, Fifa says it has “a duty and responsibility” to implement an international match calendar in the “best interests of world football”.

Fifa insisted Fifpro and the WLA were consulted about changes to the overall 2025-30 international match calendar, including the 2025 Club World Cup, which was confirmed by the Fifa Council in December 2022.


Although it says it is open to talks, Fifa has no intention of altering next year’s Club World Cup, saying it is “fully within our rights to set the parameters of our competitions whilst respecting the regulatory framework in place”.

Manchester City and Chelsea are among the 12 European representatives at the expanded Club World Cup, to be held in the USA between 13 June and 15 July 2025.

Fifa point out that domestic member leagues of the WLA, such as the Premier League, can arrange their own competitions, noting the organisation of “international tours” in recent years.

Last summer, the Premier League hosted a six-team summer series in the USA, involving Chelsea, Newcastle, Brighton, Fulham, Aston Villa and Brentford.

Fifa also asked if Fifpro and the WLA had been in touch with other bodies, given their games “are responsible for a fractional amount of the total elite club games around the world”.


“While we disagree with the tenor and content of your letter, we have nonetheless taken note of your concerns and are more than happy to invite you to discuss the matter further at a time convenient to you,” Fifa added.


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Another Big Score For Morocco As Club World Cup Opening Ceremony Is Awarded Best Ceremony –



Another Big Score For Morocco As Club World Cup Opening Ceremony Is Awarded Best Ceremony -

The opening ceremony of the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, which took place in Morocco last year has won the Best Ceremony Prize at the HEAVENT AWARDS 2024 held in Cannes, France.


The HEAVENT AWARDS organization selected the ceremony, organized by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, among the best nominated works alongside other opening ceremonies of international sporting events before awarding it the prize for Best Ceremony.


This world award recognizes Moroccan talent and creativity that made it possible to achieve an opening ceremony of international scope. It also demonstrates Morocco’s ability to successfully organize the largest global events in all areas.


The ceremony, which was held at the Ibn Battuta Stadium in Tangier, fascinated spectators around the world with its unique artistic performances that highlighted Moroccan heritage and its openness to the world.


The ceremony paid tribute to the famous Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, a symbol of the link between cultures and peoples, and his travels that contributed to Morocco’s opening to the world.



Moroccan folk troupes also presented artistic displays reflecting the richness and authenticity of Moroccan heritage.


The ceremony also paid tribute to the daughter of football legend Pelé and featured a special appearance by national coach Walid Regragui.


Here are some additional details about the ceremony:



  • It was held at the Ibn Battuta Stadium in Tangier, Morocco.
  • It featured artistic performances that highlighted Moroccan heritage and its openness to the world.
  • It paid tribute to the famous Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta.
  • It featured Moroccan folk troupes presenting artistic displays reflecting the richness and authenticity of Moroccan heritage.
  • It paid tribute to the daughter of football legend Pelé.
  • It featured a special appearance by national coach Walid Regragui.


The HEAVENT AWARDS are a prestigious international event that recognizes excellence in the event industry.


The awards are held annually in Cannes, France, and attract some of the biggest names in the event industry from around the world.



The award for Best Ceremony is one of the most coveted awards at the HEAVENT AWARDS.


It is a testament to the quality and creativity of the opening ceremony of the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup that it was awarded this prestigious prize.

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Napoli’s elimination from Champions League gives Juventus 2025 Club World Club slot



Napoli’s elimination from Champions League gives Juventus 2025 Club World Club slot

Banned by UEFA from European competitions this season for breaking financial rules, Juventus still qualified for the 2025 Club World Cup on Tuesday when Napoli went out of the Champions League.

Barcelona beat Napoli 3-1 in the second leg of the round of 16 to seal a 4-2 win on aggregate score that ensured Juventus advanced through a European ranking system to the revamped FIFA event.

Juventus is the 21st team to qualify for the inaugural 32-team edition of the Club World Cup that will be played in the United States in June-July 2025 by the continental champions from 2021 through 2024 plus other high-ranked teams from those competitions.

Juventus advanced one day after its former player Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr fell out of contention after being eliminated in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals.

Barcelona is still not sure to be among Europe’s 12 entries because it trails Spanish rival Atletico Madrid in the European rankings.


Champions League winners in the four-year period — Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City so far — will be joined by eight or nine teams finishing highest in a table counting all results in the competition. Countries also are limited to two entries unless they have more than two winners of the continental title.

Inter Milan, which reached the Champions League final last season, already secured its Club World Cup place by ranking and Napoli’s exit Tuesday ensured Juventus cannot be overtaken as the second-best Italian team.

Juventus reached the Champions League round of 16 twice in the four-year span and also played in the group stage last season. It is currently No. 14 in the European ranking table though behind three teams from each of England, Germany and Spain which will reach their quota.

UEFA imposed a one-season ban on Juventus from its competitions in July in the fallout from a false accounting case that also saw the team deducted points in Serie A.

Juventus also was fined 10 million euros ($11 million) by UEFA though should more than recoup that in Club World Cup prize money paid by FIFA next year. The June 15-July 13 tournament has the established World Cup format of eight four-team groups then a 16-team knockout bracket.


Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Borussia Dortmund and Benfica also have qualified, and will be joined by either Atletico or Barcelona. Other teams still in contention include Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven and Salzburg.

Three Brazilian teams — Flamengo, Palmeiras and Fluminense — have qualified, plus Seattle Sounders, and Mexican teams Leon and Monterrey. Another U.S. team will qualify as part of a Club World Cup tradition to include the host nation’s champion.

In Asia, Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan are in. Ahly of Egypt and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco have qualified from Africa and Auckland City of New Zealand will represent Oceania.

The last of the continental finals in 2024 is South America’s Copa Libertadores on Nov. 30.



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