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CLUB WORLD CUP

Kevin De Bruyne included as Club World Cup squads announced

FIFA have confirmed squad details for all seven participants at the Club World Cup which kicks off in Saudi Arabia on 12 December

Update:
El jugador belga del Manchester City (32 años) gana 35 millones de dólares por su labor dentro del terreno de juego y 4 millones de dólares por los diferentes patrocinios.
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All seven participating teams at the forthcoming 2023 FIFA Club World Cup have named their 23-man squads with the action in Jeddah kicking off on 12 December and culminating with the final at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium ten days later.

The competition will be the last to feature the current format before 2025 sees the launch of a new expanded 24 team event.

The seven participants represent the champions of the six global FIFA confederations plus Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad who are the invited host team.

2023 Club World Cup participants

Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) AFC Champions League Winner
Al Ahly FC (Egypt) CAF Champions League Winner
Club León (Mexico) Concacaf Champions League Winner
Fluminense (Brazil) CONMEBOL Libertadores Winner
Auckland City FC (New Zealand) OFC Champions League Winner
Manchester City (EnglandG) UEFA Champions League Winner
Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) Host – Winner of Saudi Pro League 2022

De Bruyne is back

Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been absent for Manchester City since August after struggling with a persistent hamstring injury. 2024 was initially targeted as a return window for the 32-year-old but an improvement in his recovery sees City boss Guardiola include the playmaker in the club World Cup squad.

Spaniard Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland, all shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2023 award will also be present for City in the Gulf.

Gallardo debuts at CWC

Barely a month into his tenure at Jeddah based Al Ittihad, Marcelo Gallardo faces a stern test with local fans of the Tigers expecting a strong showing at the tournament with the club having recruited the likes of Luiz Felipe, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, Jota and Karim Benzema.

Al Ittihad's Karim Benzema
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Al Ittihad's Karim Benzema AHMED YOSRIREUTERS

Flu eye the prize

Apart from runaway favorites in Manchester City, Libertadores winner Fluminense will be looking to restore power to CONMEBOL as Fernando Diniz will deposit his faith in the likes of experienced pros such as Marcelo and German Cano along with emerging talents such as Andre, Colombia winger Jhon Arias and striker John Kennedy.