Real Madrid will have a terrible time scheduling after the World Cup

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Real now faces a brutal fixture calendar with that revelation, as they may play as many as 17 games in fewer than 60 days across four nations, according to MARCA. Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, announced on Friday that the FIFA Club World Cup 2022 will take place in Morocco from February 1 to February 11 of the following year.

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Madrid will start their season on December 30 when they play Valladolid in La Liga, following the World Cup. They will start their Copa del Rey campaign a few days later before returning to La Liga play against Villarreal.

Following that, Los Blancos will go to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup, where they will meet Valencia on January 11 in the semifinals and, if successful, the finals, four days later. Madrid will play a number of games in the Copa del Rey, should they advance, and La Liga after returning from the Super Cup assignment, up to the first week of February, when they are set to depart for Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup.

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The Merengues will have a Copa del Rey semifinal, the first-leg match against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and a derby against Atletico Madrid waiting for them when they return from their trip to Africa if they have advanced.

Madrid may wind up playing as many as 17 games in four nations—Spain, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and England—in a period of fewer than two months. Manager Carlo Ancelotti will need to employ his full squad to get through this busy schedule in the early portions of the new year because some players are returning from World Cup duty.

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Real Madrid’s schedule of events

  • Valladolid vs Madrid – Dec 30
  • Copa del Rey third round – Jan 4
  • Villarreal vs Real Madrid – Jan 7
  • Real Madrid vs Valencia (Spanish Super Cup semi-final) – Jan 11
  • Spanish Super Cup final – Jan 15 (if they progress)
  • Copa del Rey fourth round – Jan 18
  • Athletic Club vs Real Madrid – Jan 22
  • Copa del Rey quarter-finals – Jan 25
  • Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad – Jan 29
  • Real Madrid vs Valencia – Feb 2
  • Mallorca vs Real Madrid – Feb 5
  • FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals – Feb 8
  • FIFA Club World Cup finals – Feb 11
  • Copa del Rey semi-finals – Feb 15
  • Osasuna vs Real Madrid – Feb 19
  • Liverpool vs Real Madrid (Champions League) – Feb 21
  • Real Madrid vs Atletico – Feb 26

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