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Argentina’s River Plate qualifies for FIFA WORLD CLUB CUP

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Argentine giants will compete at the new 32-team tournament which takes place in the USA in 2025.

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River Plate are the latest team to qualify for the inaugural Mundial de Clubes FIFA 25™ (FIFA Club World Cup 2025™), becoming the first side from Argentina to book their ticket to the United States next summer.

Los Millonarios are now assured of a place at the global tournament via the ranking pathway at least, following their CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores group-stage 2-0 victory at home to Libertad of Paraguay, which saw Martin Demichelis’ side reach the last 16 of the continental competition.

The new 32-team FIFA Club World Cup, which will take place in the United States during June and July 2025, features clubs from each of the six confederations competing for the title of world champions.

With six spots open at the FIFA Club World Cup 2025 for South American teams, the winners of the Copa Libertadores over the last three seasons – Brazilian trio Palmeiras, Flamengo and Fluminense – have already secured their places.

They will be joined by the winners of this year’s Libertadores plus the top two teams in the rankings, which are calculated based on performances in the tournament over the past four seasons, one of which is now certain to be River Plate.

Should one of Palmeiras, Flamengo or Fluminense lift the trophy again this season, then a third ranking place would open up for a non-Brazilian team.

This is because in the event of a club winning two or more editions of the confederation’s premier club competition during the 2021-2024 period, the ranking pathway will be used to grant access.

A cap of two clubs per country is applied to the access list with an exception in cases where more than two clubs from the same country win the confederation’s premier club competition over the four-year period.

Six-time South American champions Boca Juniors are the next best-placed team in the qualification pathway, although the Argentine outfit and River Plate’s great rivals are not involved in the Copa Libertadores this season.

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