Betting on the FIFA Club Word Cup
The FIFA Club World Cup, also known as the FIFA Club World Championship, is an international club competition which pits the winning teams from continental club competitions against each other in an official 'word title' tournament. Since the tournament was first played in 2000, there has been a number of amendments to its format and schedule, and between 2001 and 2004 the tournament was even cancelled. From 2021 there will be a brand-new format, involving an expanded list of teams, and the competition will be played every four years.
As of 2019, the structure of the tournament is as follows: seven teams enter the competition. Six clubs are the winners of the major global continental club competitions, which currently includes the UEFA Champions League, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, the AFC Champions League, the CAF Champions League, the OFC Champions League, and the CONCACAF Champions League. The seventh team who currently enters is the national champions of the host country, which is allocated for two consecutive years to the same nation. Any country can host, but in reality it has often been shared out among just a handful of nations, most frequently Japan.
The format is as follows: the national champions play off against the winners of the OFC Champions League. The winners enter a quarter-final stage which features the winners of the AFC, CAF and CONCACAF competitions. The two winners then enter a semi-final stage which see the European and South American sides eventually enter. The winners then face off in a final. Unsurprisingly, when checking out FIFA Club World Cup winners odds, the European team are perennially favourites, followed by the South American champions.
FIFA Club Word Cup Football Odds
European teams dominate the FIFA Club Word Cup, and the winners betting odds. Spanish sides alone have won the last five editions of the tournament, and while no Spanish side will be in attendance in the 2019 edition, European teams will seemingly forever be the favourites due to the power, influence and financial might of the European game. The cream of footballing talent from all over the world floods to Europe, and so European teams are awash with players from other continents. South American teams, in contrast, will be almost exclusively comprised of South American players, as will African, Asian, North American and Oceanic teams with their respective players. That is the nature of international football.
Because of the disparity and wealth in resources, there are high-scoring matches aplenty at the FIFA Club Word Cup. In the 2018 edition, an average of 4.18 goals were seen per game, which was well above the global average of around 2.60. High-scoring matches and favourites winning are the order of the day, and these tactics inform betting coupon selections. In the 2019 edition, expect the same pattern to continue. One other interesting fact: as of writing (June 2019) there has yet to be a FIFA Club Word Cup Final decided on penalties since the first final back in 2000, so surely the law of averages suggests that should change some time soon.
FIFA Club Word Cup Title Odds for 2019
The 2019 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup sees seven teams competing to be crowned FIFA Club World Champions. Currently only four of those clubs have been confirmed, with three of the continental competitions yet to be decided for the calendar year of 2019. Representing UEFA will be Liverpool, while Monterrey will take their place as the winners of the CONMEBOL Champions League. Hienghène Sport will represent Oceania, while Qatari side Al-Sadd will be present as national champions of the Qatar Stars League.
Liverpool enter as short odds favourites according to the FIFA Club Word Cup winners odds currently available, and with European teams having claimed 11 of the 15 previously contested titles, its not hard to see why. Liverpool have never previously won the trophy, having been defeated by Brazilian side Sao Paolo in 2005. The team entering as the winners of the Copa Libertadores will enter as second favourites, as a CONMEBOL side has won the four remaining titles. Of the other sides entering, an Asian side seems the most likely outside bet. Al-Sadd representing Qatar, are an interesting choice. Qatar were the surprising winners of the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, and will of course host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Al-Sadd could be an interesting outside bet for those very reasons.
However, in 11 of the 15 editions of the FIFA Club Word Cup to date, the final has been contested between teams exclusively from Europe or South America, so the current 2019 winners odds reflect this.
FIFA Club Word Cup History
The FIFA Club World Cup has a mixed history, mostly because of the indifference the competition has been afforded in the two most important footballing continents in world football: Europe and South America. Without serious buy-in from clubs and audiences in these two footballing (and financial) hotbeds, it will always remain difficult for the Club World Cup to gain serious interest, although as a product, is does have an interesting premise. That's because it is the only competition which sees teams competing from different continents.
The format of the competition has evolved over the years, and from 2021 FIFA plans major changes once more. These will see the competition expanded and played only every four years. For now, it remains a smaller competition, featuring only seven teams.
The holders of the UEFA Champions League always enter the competiton as favourites. That is because, in the 15 editions of the competition, European teams have won 11 of them (Real Madrid and Barcelona have won seven between them). South American teams have claimed the other four titles, revealing how difficult it is for teams outside of these continents to get anywhere near winning the trophy. In fact, only four clubs outside of the UEFA and CONMEBOL jurisdictions have ever got to the final, with Japan's Kashima Antlers taking Real Madrid to extra time in 2016.