The new Club World Cup could be seriously damaging for African football


Fact check – Real won four of the last six, not five.

I think your story is stronger than the graph. You got to the aspect which I think is the strongest, ie. the inequality it would cause, but I think you don’t really ‘take it to the next level’. Similarly your graphic would have been stronger, had you introduced the inequality. For instance if you had a graph showing the value of Al Ahly and then the amount of money they would receive for participating and then the value of Liverpool and then the amount that they would receive. That would make a very striking graphic, which would describe the story visually. You could then also have a graphic (or within the same) showing how much Liverpool would need to get to be on the same level as Al Ahly.


The FIFA Club World Cup structure is set to change ahead of the 2021 tournament.

Instead of the tournament having seven teams as in previous editions it will be expanded to host 24 sides.

The teams taking part will receive $50 million and the champion will receive an additional $115 million.

Africa are allowed to send three teams to the tournament compared to the last format in which they were only allowed to send one team.

Football fans. Photo by Flickr

Although this looks to be positive for African teams, it could create a huge financial inequality in the continent.

Currently the top five African teams are worth between £26 million and £16 million.

The three teams that take part will be substantially better off than the rest of the sides.

This could totally change the game for the worse as the three teams could end up dominating African football due to their vast amounts of money.

If three teams dominate this could result in a similar effect to the European Champions League.

In the last six years Real Madrid have won the Champions League five times and are currently the third richest club in the world.

Cameroon celebrate their 2017 victory. Photo by Wikimedia.

This domination could also potentially arise in African football if the money isn’t split equally across the other clubs

Not only is the financial inequality an issue, the African Cup of Nations could be in danger.

The competition was moved from its traditional January-February slot to June and July two years ago in an effort to avoid constant club versus country rows.

It has now had to be moved again back to January to compensate for the Club World Cup.