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When is the Club World Cup 2022?

When is the Club World Cup 2022?

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The best each continent has to offer gather in Morocco this February to compete for the crown of the so-called Club World Cup 2022 (although it takes place in 2023).

Before FIFA and all their collective knowledge can further wreak havoc on the already crowded calendar by expanding the competition to 32 teams each summer, the Club World Cup remains a mini-tournament between the best clubs in each region around the world.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming battle for world sporting supremacy.

Coming from all four corners of the world, the seven lucky clubs that will be vying for global recognition are listed below:

Al Ahly (Egypt)
Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
Auckland City (New Zealand)
Flamengo (Brazil)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Seattle Sounders (USA)
Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)

In theory, the winner of each continent’s Premier Club competition gets a seat in the tournament.

Chelsea are the defending champions but Real Madrid knocked them out of the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League last season. Los Blancos won the tournament to secure their place at the Club World Cup.

Flamengo beat Athletico Paranaense in October’s Copa Libertadores final, the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League. Before guiding Morocco to the World Cup semi-finals, Walid Regragui guided Wydad Casablanca to their third CAF Champions League title last summer.

As top-flight winners in the tournament’s host country, Morocco, Wydad would have earned a spot in the competition anyway. Egypt’s Al Ahly lost the continental final to Wydad to earn a spot at February’s Football Jamboree.

Seattle Sounders and Auckland City won the highest club competition in the CONCACAF and OFC regions respectively, but the AFC Champions League final is not scheduled until May 2023. As the reigning champions of 2021, Al Hilal was selected as the Asian representative.

Real Madrid are the record champions, having won four World Cups between 2014 and 2018. Brazilian side Flamengo won the precursor to the Club World Cup (the Intercontinental Cup) in 1981 but have never won gold at the new tournament.

As the OFC Champions League serial champions, Auckland City have participated in nine editions of the Club World Cup. The New Zealand giants recorded their best result in 2014, rising to third place in the world rankings.

Egyptian Al Ahly was on the podium three times (2006, 2020, 2021). Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal have never progressed beyond fourth place and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca lost their only previous appearance in the competition, losing 1-0 to Mexican club Pachuca in 2017.

MLS team Seattle Sounders is entering the competition for the first time.

Before Fifa can dive into the details of the upcoming tournament, they need to hold a draw to decide the second round matches.

Al Hilal, Wydad Casablanca, Seattle Sounders and the winner of the first round match between Al Ahly and Auckland City will face off in two draws to be played on January 13, 2023 at the Mohammed VI Football Academy in Sale, Morocco.

The winners of these two duels meet either Flamengo or Real Madrid in the semi-finals before a third-place play-off and the final.

Don’t let the title of the competition fool you. Confusingly, the 2022 Club World Cup takes place between February 1st, 2023 and February 11th, 2023. The 2022 Men’s International World Championships took place in December, where the club version of the competition usually takes place.

The first round match between Al Ahly and Auckland City will take place on February 1, 2023.

The two second round matches will be played on February 4, 2023.

The first semi-final will take place on February 7th, 2023 before the other finalist will be determined on February 8th, 2023.

The two losers of the semi-finals will meet in the third-place play-off on February 11, 2023 before the final takes place on the same day.

Morocco will host the Club World Cup for the third time in ten years. When the North African nation first hosted the tournament, Raja Casablanca made it to the final before losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich in 2013. Real Madrid were crowned champions in Marrakech the following year.

The Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, with 65,000 seats, together with the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, which can hold up to 60,000 spectators, will take on half of the hosting tasks.

Channel 4 has won the exclusive terrestrial rights to broadcast the 2021 Club World Cup in the UK, but a broadcaster for this year’s tournament has not yet been announced.

In the US, all games will be broadcast live on Alaska Green Light Blog Sports and Alaska Green Light Blog Deportes.

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