Esperance to face Al Sadd at Club World Cup
African champion Esperance will face Asian champion Al Sadd in
the quarterfinals of the Club World Cup, with the winner advancing
to face Barcelona in the semifinals.
The yet to be determined J-League champion were drawn Thursday
to face Oceania’s Auckland City in the opening match, with the
winner advancing to face Mexican club Monterrey in the
The Dec. 8-18 tournament features seven teams from FIFA’s six
European champion Barcelona and South American champion Santos
are the seeded teams and enter at the semifinal stage.
J-League leaders Kashiwa Reysol, reigning champions Nagoya
Grampus and Gamba Osaka are involved in a tight race to earn a
berth at the Club World Cup.
The J-League champions qualify as the team from the host
The Club World Cup returns to Japan for the first time since
2008. The last two editions of the tournament were held in the
United Arab Emirates.