The official draw for the FIFA Club World Cup 2018, to be played in the United Arab Emirates has been held today, 4 September in Zurich.
Eight teams would contest for the silverware which would earn them the tag, best football club in the world, and the tournament would begin from the 12th to 22nd December at venues in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
The competition opens with hosts, and UAE league champions Al-Ain FC squaring off with New Zealand’s Team Wellington FC who have qualified as winners of the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League.
The winner of the aforementioned tie would advance into the second-round stage to face the prospective winners of the CAF Champions League which would end in November.
This encounter will then reveal who would play in the semi-finals, against the winners of the CONMEBOL club competition which is still ongoing.
Debutants, and current CONCACAF champions Guadalajara could also set up an enticing semi-final fixture with UEFA Champions League giants, Real Madrid, if they come up top in their second-round game against the yet to be determined winner of the Asian Champions League.
A total of 8 games will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA Club World Cup, and Spain’s Real Madrid will look to retain their 2017 title.