fuboTV grabs exclusive rights to Club World Cup in Canada
Ahead of the February 3 kick-off, fuboTV has secured exclusive rights to broadcast the FIFA Club World Cup in Canada.
The Club World Cup pits the club champions of each football federation against each other. The annual tournament takes place over nine days from a country that differs each year. However, FIFA changes hosts every two years, usually in Africa, Asia or the Middle East.
This year, the tournament is taking place in the United Arab Emirates.
Although taking place from February 3 to 12, 2022, the tournament is known as the FIFA Club World Cup 2021. Originally, FIFA scheduled the tournament for the summer of 2021. However, due a packed schedule of Olympics, Copa America and UEFA European Championship
fuboTV acquiring the rights to broadcast the Club World Cup in Canada gives Canadians easy access to some of the best films in the world. Of course, many of these players come from UEFA and CONMEBOL.
This year, UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea are the pre-tournament favourites. CONMEBOL’s representative is Palmeiras, who won the Copa Libertadores in 2021.
It’s not the first time that Chelsea have taken part in the FIFA Club World Cup, nor for Palmeiras. Thus, the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 will crown a first champion.
That being said, the continents these two teams hail from are the only two continents to produce a champion. Unsurprisingly, UEFA is the most successful federation. Of the 17 tournaments, 13 tournaments went to UEFA teams.
For the other four tournaments, three different Brazilian teams make up all of these triumphs. Internacional and Sao Paulo each have a Club World Cup trophy, in 2006 and 2005 respectively. Then Palmeiras’ long-time rivals Corinthians are the most successful South American team, with two wins in tournament.
Even then, the Spanish teams have a clear dominance in the competition. Real Madrid’s four titles and Barcelona’s three reflect the brilliance of these clubs from 2007 to 2018.
This year, Chelsea are looking to maintain Europe’s stranglehold on the competition. Interestingly, Chelsea were actually the runners-up the last time a non-European team won the competition. It was in 2o12, when the Blues lost to Corinthians.
With Europe and South America clearly representing the toughest continental competitions, these clubs have a slightly easier path.
In total, there are seven teams from six confederations. Each confederation, UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC and OFC send their ‘Champions League’, or equivalent tournament, champion. The seventh team is the winner of the domestic league of the host country from the previous season.
Remember, this is a bracket-style knockout competition only.
The first round is this seventh host country team against the OFC representative. The winner of this match then advances to the second round, joined by teams from CAF, AFC and CONCACAF. Then the winners of those two games advance to face the teams of UEFA and CONMEBOL in the semi-finals.
This year, the teams are as follows, with the confederation that each side represents:
- Chelsea (UEFA)
- Palmeiras (CONMEBOL)
- Al Hilal (AFC)
- Al-Ahly (CAF)
- Monterey (CONCACAF)
- AS Pirae (OFC)
- Al Jazira (UAE Pro League winner)
fuboTV and the FIFA Club World Cup in Canada
fuboTV’s deal to broadcast the Club World Cup in Canada represents an increased effort to bring football to the country.
Earlier in 2022, fuboTV announced the acquisition of exclusive broadcast rights to the Premier League in Canada. Of course, Chelsea fans should rejoice, now with two competitions to see the reigning UEFA Champions League winners.
Additionally, fuboTV owns the broadcast rights to other soccer properties in Canada. On the one hand, the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
However, more related to club football, fuboTV also offers Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia. Serie A features clubs that are successful in the FIFA Club World Cup, such as AC Milan and Inter Milan. Meanwhile, Serie A has become one of the most competitive leagues in European football, despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus.