Rio de Janeiro intends to host the 2021 Club World Cup. The information was revealed on Tuesday by Mayor Eduardo Paes, in a live broadcast on social networks. The decision was made after Japan withdrew and FIFA sought a new venue to host the tournament.
– We’re working on it. It is Rio’s wish, as Japan canceled the final there. It will be very interesting to bring her to Rio, I am talking to the Brazilian Football Confederation, with other managers, to see what we can do. She has connections and contacts with FIFA. It’s not simple, there seems to be a tendency to make this definitive in Asia. There must be something with the special sponsors, I’m not an expert on this. But we are working to make it happen. So the Flamengo players think I do it for them, used to think that they are in every Club World Cup final. I hope so, but I don’t know if it will.
Rio de Janeiro wants to host the Club World Cup – Photo: Getty / Boda Mendes
Vasco fan Eduardo Paes also joked with Flamengo fans that the club could play in the final of the competition – Flamengo are in the semi-finals of the Libertadores and could guarantee a place if they are champions.
People think that when I talk about the Club World Cup, I am talking about Flamengo. But it would be arrogant for a Flamengo player to think he has already reached the Club World Cup final. It happened, at least for now. I don’t support that, I encourage Flamengo to reach the final. Paes joked that Flamengo will represent Rio and Brazil in the Club World Cup final.
If selected as the venue, Rio de Janeiro will host the FIFA-organised event for the second time. The city was also the host of the 2000 edition, in which Corinthians defeated Vasco in the final, at the Maracana.
Dida and Edmundo Mundial at Corinthians and Vasco 2000 World Clubs – Photo: Delfim Vieira / Agência Estado
With partial fans returning to stadiums in Rio, as happened in the matches of Flamengo, Copa Brazil, Brasileiro and Vasco of the second division, the city will have the possibility to receive fans in the matches.
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