FIFA Club World Cup

Announcing: FIFA Club World Cup Hopefuls Battle For Their Spot

Three of the six teams that will play in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup will be known after this weekend. The African, Asian, and South American finalists are all competing in their confederations to earn their spot in the tournament.

Club World Cup Contenders

The African Champions League title game takes place on Friday night between the Tunisian Esperance Sportive and Egyptian giant Al Ahly. Al Ahly leads 3-1 from the first leg and now heads to Tunis for the second match.

Al Ahly are the favorites to hold on to the African crown, a title they’ve claimed eight times. The winner will then advance to play against the tournament’s opening match victor between Al Ain and Team Wellington.

Persepolis host the Japanese Kashima Antlers squad for the second leg of the Asian Champions League final. Kashima leads 2-0 after game 1.

The winners of the AFC Champions League advance to face Mexico’s reigning CONCACAF champions, Guadalajara. Whichever team qualifies could move on to compete against Real Madrid, a tasty incentive for any team.

Finally, the Argentinian giants Boca Juniors and River Plate revive their fierce rivalry in a Copa Libertadores finals that’s a must watch.

Boca Juniors hosted the first leg of the finals against their hated rivals, River Plate. The historic “La Bombonera” was the scene where the two soccer giants clashed in the first leg of the series. The game ended in a 2-2 draw and sparked violence within both club's fanbase that forced the second game to be played in Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium. River Plate is the slight odds-on favorite for the second match at +166. *

* (Update): River Plate won the second match 3-1 and qualified for the Club World Cup.

Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2018

This year’s edition of the FIFA Club World Cup has Real Madrid attempting to repeat as champions. The Spanish powerhouse club won the trophy in Abu Dhabi last December.

Al Ain, the 2017/18 Arabian Gulf League champions, represent the UAE in the Club World Cup debut against New Zealand’s Team Wellington, Oceania ’s champions.

Asian champions, Kashima Antlers, of Japan, and African champions Esperance de Tunis, of Tunisia, compete alongside Mexico’s CD Guadalajara, the reigning CONCACAF champions.