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Volume 10 No. 22
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FIFA Club World Cup No Sought-After Commodity For German Broadcasters

Defending UEFA Champions League champion Bayern Munich "will play a maximum of two games at the FIFA Club World Cup in December, however, it is not yet known what German TV channel will broadcast the event," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. Bayern Munich "will play against the winner of the game between the AFC Champions League champion and the CAF Champions League champion in the first semifinal" at 7:30pm German time on Dec. 17. The final of the tournament "will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco at the same time on Dec. 21." German free-to-air TV channel RTL and pay-TV operator Sky "have already said that they will not show the Club World Cup." German public broadcaster ZDF "also said that it will not air the competition." All "signs point to the event being broadcast on the country's second public broadcaster ARD." An ARD spokesperson said two weeks ago that "the broadcaster is already in negotiations." Asked about the progress of those negotiations, ARD Sports Dir Axel Balkausky said on Thursday that "he had no news" (QUOTENMETER, 10/31).

2013 FIFA Club World Cup Participating Teams
Country Continent
Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League (Europe)
Raja Casablanca
Morocco national league (Representing Host Nation)
CF Monterrey
CONCACAF Champions League (North, Central America and Caribbean)
Atletico Mineiro
Copa Libertadores (South America)
Auckland City FC
OFC Champions League (Oceania)
TBD AFC Champions League (Asia)
CAF Champions League (Africa)
Source: FIFA