In the world of football, the best of the best will compete for the chance to become the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup Champions.
The tournament will start on December 12 at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium and end at the same venue on December 22, 2023. Jeddah, the second largest city of Saudi Arabia, will host teams from the Middle East, North America, South America and Europe. Oceania, Africa and Asia,
The seven teams participating in this year’s competition are:
* Al Ahly FC (Egypt)
* Auckland City FC (New Zealand)
* Al-Ittihad FC (Saudi Arabia)
* Club León (Mexico)
* Fluminense FC (Brazil)
* Manchester City (England)
* Urawa Reds (Japan)
Egyptian team Al Ahly FC consolidated its place in the CAF Champions League final by defeating Morocco’s Wydad team 3-2. New Zealand’s Auckland City qualified for the tournament again by beating Fijian team Suva 4-2 to claim their record eleventh OFC Champions League title.
Mexico’s Club León secured their place after their first CONCACAF tournament win, beating LAFC earlier this year. Brazilian Fluminense FC qualified for the tournament by winning the heated Copa Libertadores final against Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors.
European Champions Manchester City secured qualification by beating Inter Milan in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League final and securing an emphatic victory over Sevilla in the 2022/23 UEFA Super Cup. Japan’s Urawa Reds secured their place in the AFC Champions League by defeating Saudi Al-Hilal. Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad FC have qualified as the current champions of the Saudi Pro League, given Saudi Arabia’s host nation status.
Having won the Premier League, the English FA Cup and the Champions League, Manchester City is seen as the favorite to win the Club World Cup championship. It is the Cityzens’ first appearance in the tournament and fan and journalist Josh Lawless says winning the tournament would cap off a great year for the club.
“When you’re an outsider, you don’t put a lot of effort into it. But when you’re involved, there’s usually a change in momentum when a cup is at stake. You’d better go and win it. Europe is one thing. Being world champions is a special thing for me. City fans are at the games “He’s happy to sing.” Josh explained.
For Saudi Arabia, the Club World Cup will be the country’s first major football tournament on the international stage and an opportunity to make preparations for hosting the 2024 FIFA World Cup. The country has made important moves in sports in the last few years and has signed many stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Neymar. Middle East football expert Ben Jacobs thinks traveling fans will have a blast.
“For example, we know there is no alcohol, but at the Qatar World Cup, many people said that this is a very useful thing. Another thing is that the matches tend to be played later, even in the winter. So the weather will change. Compared to December, it is not a problem. But football matches “Then many fans went to Souq Waqif, were happy and had a midnight experience there. Instead of going to a bar before or after the match, fans went to Souq to enjoy a very cosmopolitan experience.” Jacobs concluded.
In the 2022 Club World Cup final held in February, Real Madrid defeated Al-Hilal 5-3 in Morocco. The current Spanish champions missed out on the competition this year after being eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester City.
The upcoming 20th anniversary of the championship is the last chance for a team to win the tournament in its current form. The new look format will expand from seven teams to 32 teams in 2025. For the host country, the 2023 Club World Cup is an opportunity to show the world that Saudi Arabia and their representatives Al-Ittihad are ready to compete on the global stage. It has the advantage of playing on its own field.