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CLUB WORLD CUP

Which teams have qualified for the 2023, 2025 FIFA Club World Cups?

Fluminense’s victory in the Copa Libertadores final has earned the Brazilian side a spot at the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Fluminense’s victory in the Copa Libertadores final has earned the Brazilian side a spot at the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.
Antonio LacerdaEFE

The line-up for the inaugural edition of FIFA’s expanded Club World Cup is steadily taking shape. After Fluminense’s victory over Boca Juniors in Saturday’s Copa Libertadores final, the Brazilians have become the 13th club to book their spot at the 32-team event, which is to be held in the United States in summer 2025.

Which other South American clubs have qualified?

Fluminense have filled the third of four 2025 Club World Cup places given to the winners of the Copa Libertadores between 2021 and 2024. The first-time South American champions join fellow Brazilians Palmeiras and Flamengo, the two previous victors in CONMEBOL’s elite men’s club tournament.

UEFA and CONCACAF’s qualified clubs

From Europe, the last three winners of the UEFA Champions League are the teams that have stamped their ticket to the US so far: Chelsea (2020/21), Real Madrid (2021/22) and Manchester City (2022/23). The continent’s total of 12 participating teams is to be completed by this season’s European champions, plus the top eight available sides in UEFA’s club rankings over the four-year period leading up to 2025.

It should be noted that a country’s clubs are ineligible to qualify via UEFA’s rankings if two or more of its teams have already reached the tournament by winning the Champions League. For example, no more Premier League sides will reach the Club World Cup unless one wins Europe’s top men’s club trophy this term.

In CONCACAF, Monterrey (2021), Seattle Sounders (2022) and Club León (2023) have all qualified by lifting one of the last three CONCACAF Champions Leagues. The region’s final two spots are to go to the winners of the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup, and a club representing the US as host nation.

The 2025 Club World Cup will include Real Madrid, who won their 14th European title in 2022 courtesy of this Vinícius Júnior goal.
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The 2025 Club World Cup will include Real Madrid, who won their 14th European title in 2022 courtesy of this Vinícius Júnior goal.GONZALO FUENTESDiarioAS

Who else has qualified for 2025 Club World Cup?

Elsewhere, the remaining Club World Cup participants as things stand are Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal and Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds, who have qualified as the two most recent Asian champions; and Egypt’s Al Ahly and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca, who are the past two African champions.

2025 Club World Cup: qualified teams so far

AFC

  • Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
  • Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)

CAF

  • Al Ahly (Egypt)
  • Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)

CONCACAF

  • Club León (Mexico)
  • Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Seattle Sounders (US)

CONMEBOL

  • Flamengo (Brazil)
  • Fluminense (Brazil)
  • Palmeiras (Brazil)

UEFA

  • Chelsea (England)
  • Manchester City (England)
  • Real Madrid (Spain)

Club World Cup 2023 all set after ‘Flu’ win

Fluminense’s Copa Libertadores triumph also rounds off the line-up for the 2023 Club World Cup. The final edition of the tournament in its current, seven-team format, it is to be played in Saudi Arabia from 12 to 22 December.

Along with European champions Manchester City, Fluminense will be given a bye to the semi-finals, where the South Americans will meet one of Al-Ittihad, Auckland City or Al Ahly. For City, a last-four tie against either Club León or Urawa Red Diamonds awaits.

2023 Club World Cup: schedule

First round:

  • 12 Dec: Al-Ittihad vs Auckland City

Second round:

  • 15 Dec: Al Ahly vs Al-Ittihad/Auckland City
  • 15 Dec: Club León vs Urawa Red Diamonds

Semi-finals:

  • 18 Dec: Fluminense vs Al Ahly/Al-Ittihad/Auckland City
  • 19 Dec: Club León/Urawa Red Diamonds vs Man City

Final:

  • 22 Dec: Between two semi-final winners

Third-place playoff:

  • 22 Dec: Between two semi-final losers