Real Madrid will start their defence of their title in the 2018 Club World Cup on December 19 facing Mexico's Guadalajara or the winner of the 2018 Asian Champions League.
The draw was made in Zurich today for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup tournament that will be staged in the United Arab Emirates from December 12-22.
Despite the teams that will represent Africa Asia and South America still being yet to be resolved (finals in November), we know now the pathway to the Abu Dhabi final on December 22nd.
If Real Madrid are to successfully defend the title they have claimed for the past three seasons, they will need to overcome Mexico's Guadalajara or the Asian Champions League winner in the semi-final.
The other semi will see the COMNEBOL winner face the winner of Match 2 as Al Ain/Wellington clash with the winners of the African Champions League.
FIFA Club World Cup draw: as it happened
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We'll leave it there.... many thanks for your time. November is the next key phase of this competition when we learn the final 3 participants as the champions of Africa, Asia and South America are proclaimed.
A strange draw in the respèct that almost 50% of the competing teams are still unknown. We do know that Real Madrid will face either Guadalajara-AFC champion on December 19th with a 1730 start.
M1 (match 1 being Wellington v Al Ain)
This is the final draw for the competition
So Real Madrid will face winner of match 3 which could be Guadalajara or the AFC champion.
First ball out is CAF winner and they will be Team A and will play on Dec 15. Team C will be AFC winner and play alos on Dec 15 and they face Guadalajara. Winner of match 1 (Wellington/Al Ain) will play
AFC, COMNEBOL & AFC winners still yet to be resolved. Yarza just running through some outline procedures for the competition with the pots. Real Madrid head straight to the semi final and face winer of Game 2/3.
Yarza is joined by Cambiasso and together they will be our hosts this morning.
FIFA’s Head of Tournaments Jaime Yarza will oversee proceedings this morning. Just seven teams involved in this morning's draw which in theory a quick draw should make .... this is FIFA however and am sure they will squeeze just as much "viewing juice" as possible and I'm calculating a 30 minute draw session.
As tradition would have it ...it's a classic FIFA action video over a dramatic pulsating soundbed showcasing previous winners of the competition....
Much talk recently about FIFA head Infantino looking to expand the Club World Cup into a 24 team event. 2021 cited as the year that this will happen....
We're ready to go ! Zurich calling .....
Some big names can still qualify for the finals: Boca Juniors, River Plate, Gremio, Wydad Casablanca, Etoile Sahel, Kashima Antlers.
All games will be played at two venues in the country: Zayed Sports City (Abu Dabi) and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium (Al Ain)
12-22 December are the dates for the first and final games of the 2018 CWC competition which will be held in the United Arab Emirates
We've still yet to learn the competiting sides from Africa, Asia and South America with the finals for their respective competitions being resolved in November.
Former Argentine international Esteban Cambiasso will be on hand to draw the sides in Zurich.
...and of course Real Madrid who have won the past three editions of the competition
Mexican side Guadalajara (winners on the CONCACAF region)
New Zealand's Wellington as Oceania champion:
Al Ain (UAE) host side:
4 teams have already qualified for the 2018 tournament:
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup draw from Zurich with a 1000 CEST start.