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Barcelona’s place in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup under threat as Atletico Madrid push for spot



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Barcelona’s clash against Royal Antwerp earlier this week was virtually inconsequential. The Catalans had already secured their place in the knockout stages, and even a defeat was sufficient to finish top of the group.

Barcelona are now indeed through to the next round, the draw for which will take place early next week.

Yet, Mundo Deportivo now brings to light that the team’s defeat to the Belgian side, and recent rut in the UEFA Champions League, are far from inconsequential.

The bigger picture

According to the Spanish outlet, the team’s recent run of European losses have negatively impacted the club in UEFA’s rankings.

The drop may have drastic sequelae such as potentially missing out on the 2025 Club World Cup.

The mega-event, with a renewed format from 2025, has a limitation of two entries from every country included, and the selection will be made on UEFA’s Club rankings.

Real Madrid are already locked in for a spot. And with Atletico Madrid rising and Barcelona registering regular defeats, it could well end up that both of Spain’s representatives are from Madrid.

Barcelona have been far from their best in the UCL. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

A deeper dig

The mega Club World Cup is scheduled to kick off between June and July 2025 in the United States of America. 32 teams will fight it out on the big stage where 12 slots have been allotted to teams of European origin.

Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester City have already assured their places in the ultimate event as the victors of the last three UCL campaigns. The fourth slot will be filled by this season’s victor while the filling of the remaining eight places will be decided in a meeting on Sunday.

FIFA’s proposal is to award five points for participation in every UCL, three points for a win and one for each draw.

Having been eliminated in the group stages for the past two seasons, Barcelona are not optimally placed on that front. They currently have 62 points to their name, and Atleti trail closely behind with 60 to their name.

UEFA’s system awards two points for a victory, one for a draw, four for participation, five for moving to the knockouts, and one each for every subsequent round. In this system, Barcelona are seven points behind the Colchoneros who have 62 points.

It thus goes without saying that every result is absolutely critical for Barcelona. Only a deep run into the ongoing campaign can help salvage a spot in the US-based tournament.

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