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Real Madrid learn the dates and venue for the FIFA Club World Cup – report

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According to a report from AS, FIFA have notified Real Madrid of the dates and the venue for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The annual competition, organised by FIFA, which pits continental champions of club football against one another is usually held in December, although the last edition was an exception.

However, the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar meant that the Club World Cup dates had to be moved again, with the tournament now set to be played in February 2023.

Indeed as per the report, the FIFA Club World Cup will be held between February 1 and February 11 next year. The venue for the tournament will be Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The FIFA Club World Cup has had to be suspended twice due to the coronavirus pandemic in the recent past.

The tournament is contested by the champions of each of FIFA’s six continental confederations along with a representative of the host country. 

Real Madrid will be the representatives of Europe, having won the UEFA Champions League while Flamengo will be representing CONMEBOL after winning the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Libertadores champion of America.

Apart from those two teams, Seattle Sounders (CONCACAF), Wydad Casablanca of Morocco (CAF), and Auckland City FC (Oceania) have already qualified for this edition.

The representative of the host country UAE and the champions of the Asian Champions League (AFC), are yet to be known.

This would mean that Real Madrid will be travelling to the Middle East twice in two months in 2023. They are scheduled to play the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia in January before the Club World Cup in February.

The scheduling is likely to cause some concern to Los Blancos as they are scheduled to play Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg on February 21.

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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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