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Club World Cup: Real Madrid find out possible semi-final rivals

The draw for the 2017 Club World Cup was made on Monday, with the Champions League winners awaiting one of six potential opponents.

El Real Madrid, campeón del Mundial de Clubes 2016
Jesús RubioDIARIO AS

Real Madrid will begin the defence of their Club World Cup title against the winners of the quarter-final between Al Jazira/Auckland City and the champions of Asia.

The draw for the 2017 edition of the tournament, this year held in the United Arab Emirates, was held on Monday lunchtime in the hosts' capital of Abu Dhabi.

Six possible Club World Cup semi-final opponents for Real Madrid

Together with the representatives of South America, UEFA Champions League holders Real enter the Club World Cup at the semi-final stage.

Their last-four clash is on Wednesday 13 December at 18:00 CEST at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, with the 2016 winners awaiting six possible opponents.

Hosts Al Jazira, who qualify as UAE Arabian Gulf League title holders, face Oceania champions Auckland City of New Zealand in a play-off for a place in the quarters, where they will meet one of four Asian clubs in the running to lift the AFC Champions League.

Al-Hilal (Saudia Arabia), Persepolis (Iran), Urawa Reds (Japan) and Shanghai East Asia (China) are the four semi-finalists in Asia's elite club competition, whose two-legged final is completed on 25 November.


2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw

1Wednesday 6 December19:00Al Jazira-Auckland CityAl Ain


2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw

2Saturday 9 December14:00Pachuca - CAF championsAbu Dhabi
3Saturday 9 December20:30Winner game 1 - AFC championsAbu Dhabi

Fifth-place play-off

2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw

4Tuesday 12 December15:00Al Ain


2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw

5Tuesday 12 December18:00CONMEBOL - Winner game 2Al Ain
6Wednesday 13 December18:00Winner game 3 - Real MadridAbu Dhabi

Third-place play-off

2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw

7Saturday 16 December15:00Abu Dhabi


2017 FIFA Club World Cup draw

8Saturday 16 December18:00Abu Dhabi

Pachuca take on African champions in first Club World Cup quarter

Meanwhile, CONCAFAF champions Pachuca have been paired with the victors of the CAF Champions League in the Club World Cup's other quarter-final, with a semi-final against the winners of South America's Copa Libertadores at stake.

2017 FIFA Club World Cup participants

Qualify asTeamCountryConfed.Decided
HostsAl JaziraUAE
African championsCAF3-5 Nov.
Asian championsAFC25 Nov.
European championsReal MadridSpainUEFA
CONCACAF championsPachucaMexicoCONCACAF
Oceania championsAuckland CityNew ZealandOFC
South American championsCONMEBOL29 Nov.

Club World Cup final to be played on 16 December

The final of the Club World Cup is scheduled for 16 December at 18:00 CEST, also at Zayed Sports City.