CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues expects FIFA to inform by the end of next week the location and dates of the three rounds of the 2023 Club World Cup.
In any case, it decided that the Super Cup final, between Palmeiras, champion of the Copa do Brasil, and Flamengo, champion of Série A, will be held a week before the FIFA competition, and in the same country where it will be played.
For the time being, the organization chaired by Gianni Infantino is working on the idea of promoting the club tournament in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, between the 1st and 11th of February.
Because on the 21st, Real Madrid will play the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, against Liverpool, at Anfield, in England – the second leg will be on March 15, at the Bernabéu, in Madrid, Spain.
But there is a possibility, albeit on a smaller scale, that the FIFA event will be held in the United States, one of the host countries for the 2026 World Cup, along with Mexico and Canada.
Whether in Asia or North America, the CBF has already decided that the final in a single game between Brazilian clubs will be played outside the country, internationalizing it in its third edition since its return in 2020.
It is evident that the idea of taking the trophy dispute abroad leverages new revenues that, directly and indirectly, will be transformed into financial advantages for the clubs.
In the CBF’s decision-making, there is a way to enable the preparation of the Red-Blacks for the Club World Cup.
The Super Cup final in the same country would serve as a period of adaptation.
Behind the scenes, Flamengo officials work with the dates of January 28th for the Super Cup and February 5th and 11th for the World Cup games.
If this schedule is confirmed, Conmebol will have to reschedule the dates of the Recopa finals, between the same Flamengo, champion of the Libertadores, and the Ecuadorians of Independente del Valle, winner of the Sul-Americana.
The first game is scheduled for February 8th, at the Olímpico Atahualpa stadium, in Quito, Ecuador, and the return the following week, the 15th, at Maracanã.
In other words: the confirmation of the World Cup for the week of the 1st to the 11th (Flamengo only plays from the semifinal onwards) will cause Conmebol to reschedule its dates.
Possibly postponing the first game by a week, and going from 8 and 15 to 15 and 22.
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Photo 1: The president of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues, awaits the definition of Gianni Infantino, president of Fifa, but has already decided that the final of the Super Cup of the Copa do Brasil will be in the same country where the Club World Cup will be held – Reproduction / Internet
Photo 2: Leila Pereira, president of Palmeiras, and Rodolfo Landim, president of Flamengo, will meet again in the final of another Super Cup – Gilvan Souza / Flamengo