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Ulsan Hyundai secure their berth at FIFA Club World Cup

The South Korean outfit made history with a tough 2-1 victory over Persepolis of Iran to earn the honor of representing Asia in the FIFA Club World Cup.

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Ulsan Hyundai secure their berth at FIFA Club World Cup
IBRAHEEM AL OMARI REUTERS

Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea have been crowned Asian Champions for the second time in their history after defeating Persepolis of Iran in the AFC Champions League final game 2-1 at Al Janoub stadium in the Qatari capital Doha.

Despite having lost several title deciders in his career, Kim Do-hoon’s made history today by leading his team to their second ACL title in three years.

Ulsan strong character was demonstrated through their ability to turn things around as they had fallen a goal behind Persepolis before their Brazilian Marksman Junior Negrao double found the back of the net gifting his team this precious achievement.

Ulsan healed 2018 wound and extended Iranian trophy drought:

Having made it to the final game three times in four years, Kim Do-hoon’s men lost the 2018 edition's title to Japanese  Kashima Antlers, however, they learned their lesson very well and came back stronger in 2020 to deepen the wounds of Iranian teams extending their continental title drought that has been ongoing since the early 1990s.

With such historic achievement, Ulsan Hyundai secured their spot in the FIFA Club World Cup to be hosted by Qatar in February of 2021 joining European Champions Bayern Munich, Al-Ahly of Egypt who achieved a record ninth CAF champions league title, Australian Auckland city, and Qatari Al Duhail who will represent the host country in the tournament.

Two more teams are expected to join the tournament's line-up as CONCACAF champions will be decided on 22 December while CONMEBOL representative will be decided on 30 January of the next year.