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FIFA Club World Cup likely to be held in the USA in February as Real Madrid target glory

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Having won the UEFA Champions League last season, Real Madrid have earned a place in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup.

The competition, organised by world football’s governing body, pits the winners of each of the six confederation’s premier continental competitions against each other.

The representatives of UEFA and CONMEBOL get direct entry into the semi-finals of the competition where they face qualifying teams from AFC, OFC, CONCACAF and CAF.

Real Madrid, having won the UEFA Champions League last season, have booked a spot for themselves in the semi-finals of the upcoming edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.

They will be joined by the winners of the Copa Libertadores, the finals of which will be played between Flamengo and Athletico Paranaense in October.

While the tournament is usually held close to the end of the calendar year, that will not be possible this time around as the FIFA World Cup is being played in Qatar during November and December.

Hence, the FIFA Club World Cup will likely be held in February 2023, reports AS, with the USA emerging as the possible host of the tournament.

Locations such as China and Abu Dhabi were considered, but as things stand, the US looks likely to be given the nod to host the next edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.

As for the dates, the week of Feb 6-12 is being considered by the confederations. It would come just before the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 stage.

However, those dates would clash with the Copa del Rey semi-final schedule as the first leg ties of Spain’s primary cup competition will be played on February 8-9. If Real Madrid qualify to that stage, it will create a conflict in the schedule.

In that case, the Spanish Federation might have to move the dates for the Copa del Rey as FIFA considers the Club World Cup as a crucial event and a priority.

Having won the La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2022, Real Madrid will be targeting glory in the FIFA Club World Cup as well.

Los Blancos have already won the trophy four times and could lift it for the fifth time in the US.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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