2018 FIFA Club World Cup
United Arab Emirates
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium – Al Ain
Zayed Sports City Stadium – Abu Dhabi
Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis will look to represent the African continent with pride when they participate in the 2018 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
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The ‘Blood and Gold’ earned their place in the international tournament thanks to their triumph in the CAF Champions League, which saw them overcome Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the final just over a month ago.
Moine Chaabani’s team will enter the competition at the second round on December 15 and face either local team Al Ain or New Zealand’s Team Wellington (those two play in the only first round game on Wednesday December 12).
Should the Tunisians progress, they will reach the semfinals and face South American giants River Plate next Tuesday. The Argentines had had a fraught journey to the CWC, with the second-leg of their 2018 Copa Libertadores final against hated rivals Boca Juniors played in Spain due to safety concerns.
River Plate won the 2018 Copa Libertadores and will be Esperance’s opponents if the Tunisian side progress from the second round.
The other semifinal will see European champions Real Madrid take on either Japan’s Kashima Antlers or Mexican side Guadalajara.
‘Los Blancos’ are the tournament favourites as they chase a hat-trick of Club World Cup titles.
2018 Club World Cup fixtures
Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain:
Match 1 – 12 December – Al Ain v Team Wellington – 17h30 CAT
Match 2 – 15 December – Esperance de Tunis v Winner Match 1 – 18h30 CAT
Match 3 – 15 December – Kashima Antlers v Guadalajara – 15h00 CAT
Match for fifth place
Match 4 – 18 December – Loser Match 2 v Loser Match 3 – 15h30 CAT
Match 5 – 18 December – River Plate v Winner Match 2 – 18h30 CAT
Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi:
Match 6 – 19 December – Winner Match 3 v Real Madrid – 18h30 CAT
Match for third place
Match 7 – 22 December – Loser Match 6 v Loser Match 5 – 15h30 CAT
Match 8 – 22 December – Winner Match 6 v Winner Match 5 – 18h30 CAT
Club World Cup – past winners
2017 – Real Madrid
2016 – Real Madrid
2015 – Barcelona
2014 – Real Madrid
2013 – Bayern Munich
2012 – Corinthians
2011 – Barcelona
2010 – Internazionale
2009 – Barcelona
2008 – Manchester United
2007 – AC Milan
2006 – Internacional
2005 – Sao Paulo
2000 – Corinthians
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