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European clubs want only extension WK on change calendar

The ECA, an association of over two hundred European clubs, is only in favour of an expanded world cup for club teams, if the international calendar is changed.

“Seeing differently, we do not at this moment how such a event even on the busy match schedule”, said Edwin van der Sar, director of Ajax and vice-president of the ECA.

The belangvereniging met Tuesday in Amsterdam, on the plan of wereldvoetbalbond FIFA to the world cup for clubs in 2021 to expand to 24 teams. “We are always prepared to talk,” said Van der Sar. “We are also not against it. It comes to us on the way in which the FIFA this have decided.”

“In the summer of that year, there is also a final of the Champions League and a final battle to the Nations League and Africa Cup. Some of the competitions start again in mid-August. Now there are already players who are more than seventy games in a year play. It keeps a time.”

The world cup for clubs currently has only seven participants. The FIFA decided a week and a half ago at a conference in Miami the expansion plans for the world cup for club teams.

Real Madrid won at the end of last year, the world CHAMPIONSHIP for clubs. ()

“We can be heard as the Dutch clubs’

The ECA said in the hotel Okura in Amsterdam, also about the various European competitions for club teams. Except Ajax and also PSV, Feyenoord, Vitesse, AZ, FC Utrecht, sc Heerenveen and FC Twente joined the ECA.

The Champions League and the Europa League get from the season 2021/2022 company of a third league, so more teams in European play.

The Champions League remains by far the most interesting tournament. “Ideally, we want, of course, with four Dutch teams to participate,” said Van der Sar. “But that’s how it works unfortunately not.”

“I have the idea that we as Dutch clubs to be heard. Of course it saves that we are with Ajax back in the top twenty of Europe. We also want to. And PSV has over the years, of course, also performed well.”

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