Canal Plus, the French pay-television giant, has acquired domestic rights to soccer’s upcoming FIFA Club World Cup.
The broadcaster will show the semi-finals, to be played on February 7 and 8, and the final on February 11.
Games will be aired on the main Canal Plus channel and the Canal Plus Sport 360 offering. The pay-TV operator will additionally show the third-place playoff.
This year’s Club World Cup will be played in Morocco, with the opening stages to begin on February 1.
Spanish giants Real Madrid will be the European representatives as the UEFA Champions League holders, while Brazil’s Flamengo will represent South America as winners of the equivalent Copa Libertadores club competition.
Flamengo and Real Madrid are the only clubs that will enter the competition at the semi-final stage and can only meet in the final.
The five other teams competing in this year’s Club World Cup are the Seattle Sounders (North America), Al Ahly (Africa), Auckland City (Oceania), Al Hilal (Asia), and Wydad Casablanca (host country representative).
Flamengo will play their semi-final on February 7 in Tangier against the winners of the clash between Wydad Casablanca and Al Hilal, who face each other on February 4.
The other semi-final will be played the following day, where Real Madrid will face either the Seattle Sounders, Al Ahly, or Auckland City.
FIFA is in the process of concluding rights deals for the Club World Cup in key markets and recently announced an agreement with commercial broadcaster Globo in Brazil.
World soccer’s governing body is making major efforts to grow the Club World Cup, with its president Gianni Infantino recently announcing that the competition will be expanded to 32 teams in 2025 and be played as an end-of-season tournament in the summer.