As European clubs strive for more power in governing the world’s game, one easy target has been the FIFA Confederations Cup. The seemingly meaningless tournament is sandwiched in the off year between the European Championship/Copa America and the World Cup, and the players end up playing (and training) a lot more in a calendar year than necessary.
"From my understanding, the Confederations Cup 2017 will be held for the last time in Russia and then probably be discontinued,” Bayern Munich CEO and head of the European Club Association Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Wednesday.
Rummenigge has been at the forefront of the battle for the European clubs against international games. With regard to Germany, he said, "I hope we can find a balance. We'll have to have a discussion with the DFB and more specifically Joachim Low."
It’s likely that Bayern would try and talk Portugal and Chile out of calling up Renato Sanches and Arturo Vidal up also.
"This year we had the EURO, 2017 we have the Confed-Cup and 2018 the World Cup,” “That means the National team players will once again not have enough time to rest and recover."
For their part, FIFA denied that a decision has been made on the tournament.
The battle between the ECA and FIFA continues, and if the Confederations Cup goes away, that’s a big win for the clubs.