Only 23 players from the Fluminense squad that won the Copa Libertadores will be able to be registered for the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament will take place between December 18th and 22nd, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Flu will start in the semi-final stage and will face Al Ittihad-SAU, Al Ahly-EGI or Auckland City-NZE.
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To choose who will compete in the World Cup, Fernando Diniz will have to remove a player who was left on the bench in the Copa Libertadores final, against Boca Juniors-ARG. This is because, in the decision, he cut goalkeeper Vitor Eudes from the list, but FIFA requires three archers to be registered.
Among the favorites to leave the tournament in Saudi Arabia is midfielder Daniel or even striker Yony González. The Colombian suffered an injury in the classic against Flamengo, but by then he should be recovered. Yony even went ahead of the midfielder after scoring exactly in Fla-Flu.
In the Libertadores decision, for example, Diniz listed 29 athletes, but had to remove five names. Gustavo Ramalho, Vitor Eudes, Felipe Andrade, Giovanni, Isaac and Lelê left the decision list. The latter is unlikely to travel to the World Cup and will leave Fluminense in December. The striker has interested parties in Brazilian football’s Series A.
A player on the final list may be replaced by one on the provisional list only in the case of serious injury or illness up to 24 hours before the start of the first match. Furthermore, the president of Fluminense, Mário Bittencourt, has already ruled out any type of reinforcement for the tournament at the end of the year.
For next year, Tricolor already has an agreement in place with defender Antônio Carlos, formerly of Palmeiras, and currently at Orlando City-USA. Fluminense is awaiting approval from the North American club to seal the deal and announce its first reinforcement for 2024.
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