Atletico Madrid Set For Potential 2025 FIFA Club World Cup Participation Ahead Of Barcelona

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Prior to La Liga rivals Barcelona, Atletico Madrid may be able to secure a spot in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup as Real Madrid have already secured a spot in the expanded tournament with Los Rojiblancos now competing against Barcelona for that spot.

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FIFA has confirmed a contentious proposal to cancel the 2024 competition and expand the number of teams participating in the Club World Cup from seven to 32 starting in 2025.

The Champions League winners of 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 will advance, with FIFA limiting the number of participating teams to two from each domestic league.

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After the final rankings are announced in June, Diego Simeone’s team will be ahead of Atletico and Barcelona in the USA by the end of 2023.

The winners who are not in competition are determined by their UEFA coefficient points total—Barcelona has 55, and Atletico has 62—both of which will have made it to the Champions League final 16 in 2024.

Since Barcelona is finding it difficult to catch up to Atletico’s point total, they will probably need to win the 2023–24 Champions League in order to secure qualification. Each Champions League victory is worth two points, while a draw is worth one.


With David Alaba sidelined for the entire season due to injury after the Austrian international was substituted out during Real Madrid’s 4-1 La Liga victory over Villarreal, Real Madrid faces a defensive crisis before the end of 2023.

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The 31-year-old will have surgery in the coming days, but Ancelotti acknowledged that his plans for January may change given that Eder Militao is unlikely to play again this season.

Nevertheless, Ancelotti stated that full back duo Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy are both fine, with the former returning to training and the latter not having sustained a major injury, despite the bad news regarding Alaba.

On Tuesday, Carvajal will work out with the group. According to Marca, Mendy requested to leave the game against Villarreal because he was experiencing pain in his abductor.

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