Fifa Club World Cup Uae 2018™

Real Madrid will be looking to lớn defend their title as world champions when they compete in the Club World Cup later this month

Real Madrid will meet Al Ain in the finals, with River Plate registering a 4-0 victory over Kashima Antlers to lớn secure a third-placed finish.

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With the competition nearing its finale, takes a look at everything you need to lớn know.

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What is the 2018 Club World Cup?

The Club World Cup, as the name suggests, crowns the world champions of club football.

It is not as illustrious an event as the international World Cup in Europe due tothe dominance of the UEFA Champions League, but is a more prized possession on other continents such as South America.

It has been held in a number of different formats over the years.

From 1960 khổng lồ 2004, UEFA & CONMEBOL played the Intercontinental Cup, which saw the winners of the Champions League & the Copa Libertadores meet in a one-off final.

FIFA introduced the Club World Cup in 2000, but various internal problems meant that the second edition was not played until 2005.

That year, the decision was made to merge the Club World Cup with the Intercontinental Cup and it is now the sole decider of the club world champion.

Which teams qualified for the 2018 Club World Cup?

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Real Madrid (UEFA) are twice reigning world champions, having won their third straight Champions League title earlier in May when they defeated Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

The Spanish side defeated Gremio 1-0 in last year"s Club World Cup final thanks lớn an early second-half from Cristiano Ronaldo, và are now in their third straight final.

Al-Ain are participating this year as hosts và winners of the 2017-18 UAE Pro-League (AFC), while Team Wellington (OFC) , Guadalajara (CONCACAF), and Esperance de Tunis (CAF) have been dumped out .

Argentina"s River Plate (CONMEBOL) were the last lớn book their place in the Club World Cup following their (much postponed) victory over fierce rivals Boca Juniors in the2018 Copa Libertadores final that took place at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid & will face Kashima Antlers (AFC) in the battle for third place.

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What venues will be used for the 2018 Club World Cup?

There will be two venues throughout the tournament: Zayed Sports thành phố Stadium in Abu Dhabi và Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

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Zayed Sports city Stadium is the largest in the UAE, with more than 43,000 seats, và was the host of the Club World Cup final in 2009, 2010 and most recently in 2017.

An open-air stadium, its arches carve an iconic backdrop in the city.

The Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, opened in 2014, has a capacity of 22,717 và is a multi-purpose stadium which acts as the trang chủ for UAE Pro-League club Al Ain FC.

The stadium sits approximately 150 km east of Abu Dhabi, close lớn the borders of Oman, và is the first stadium to lớn feature a parasol roof designed specifically khổng lồ keep supporters & players cool in soaring temperatures.

2018 Club World Cup Fixtures & Dates

This year"s tournament kicked off on December 12, with the opening tie of the tournament khổng lồ be a play-off trò chơi between host club Al Ainand Team Wellington.

The quarter-final stage of the competition was played on December 15, with the two semi-final games taking place on December 18 and 19 in Al Ain.

The final of the competition, also to lớn be played in Abu Dhabi, will be on December 22 along with the third-place match.

Play-off round

No.DateMatchTime (local / GMT)Location
1Dec 12Al Ain 3-3 Team Wellington (4-3 pens) 19:30/ 15:30Al Ain

No.DateMatchTime (local / GMT)Location
2Dec 15Kashima Antlers 3-2 Guadalajara 17:00 / 13:00Al Ain
3Dec 15Esperance de Tunis 0-3 Al Ain 20:30 / 16:30Al Ain

No.DateMatchTime (local / GMT)Location
4Dec 18Esperance de Tunis đối kháng Guadalajara (6-5 pens.) 17:30 / 13:30Al Ain

No.DateMatchTime (local / GMT)Location
5Dec 18River Plate 2-2 Al-Ain (4-5 pens.) 20:30 / 16:30Al Ain
6Dec 19Kashima Antlers 1-3 Real Madrid 20:30 / 16:30Al Ain

How can I watch the 2018 Club World Cup?

In the UK, the Club World Cup will be broadcasted & live streamed on the bbc and ITV.

In the US, the Club World Cup can be watched live and on-demand withfuboTV (7-day không tính tiền trial).

New users can sign up for a không tính phí seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku và Apple TV as well as on a website browser.