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Club World Cup rights deals sealed in Italy, sub-Saharan Africa

Pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports has acquired rights in Italy to the 2017 Fifa Club World Cup, while pay-television operator StarTimes, which broadcasts in sub-Saharan Africa, has extended its deal for the annual football tournament.

The 2017 Club World Cup will take place from December 6-16 in the United Arab Emirates and Fox Sports will hold exclusive rights in Italy, broadcasting all eight games.

StarTimes has also secured exclusive rights, with its deal including the 2018 tournament for the sub-Saharan Africa region.

The Club World Cup involves the champions from the premier club competitions of each of the six continental confederations as well as the domestic champion from the host country, which in 2017 and 2018 will be the UAE.

Spanish LaLiga team Real Madrid will be afforded the opportunity to defend its crown as club football’s world champion, having sealed qualification by winning the 2016-17 Uefa Champions League.