Esperance to face Al Sadd at Club World Cup
African champion Esperance of Tunisia will face Asian champion
Al Sadd of Qatar in the quarterfinals of next month’s Club World
Cup, with the winner advancing to play Barcelona in the
The yet to be determined J-League champion was drawn Thursday to
face New Zealand’s Auckland City, the Oceania champion, in the
opening match. The winner plays Mexico’s Monterrey, winner of the
CONCACAF Champions League, in the quarterfinals.
European champion Barcelona, the 2009 winner, and South American
champion Santos of Brazil enter at the semifinals of the
tournament, which runs from Dec. 8-18.
J-League leader Kashiwa Reysol, reigning champion Nagoya Grampus
and Gamba Osaka are involved in a tight race to earn a berth as the
host nation’s club.