FIFA’s revamped Club World Cup could actually be brilliant next summer - but they’ve made one huge mistake

The Club World Cup trophy on a plinth with a roundel of FIFA President Gianni Infantino holding his head to his hand
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The words ‘Club World Cup’ have an interesting effect on me. As soon as I hear them, I instantly switch off. Zone out. Not interested. Move on. Next, please.

Even when FIFA announced that it was launching a 32-club version of the current iteration, it barely registered. Perhaps because I support a club who have never, and may never play in this competition, perhaps because the revamped tournament was, at that point, 18 months away, perhaps because the Club World Cup is about as exciting and meaningful to me as Arsenal's Emirates Cup.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and a Champions League final. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.