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Will European dominance hold? Will South America cut the drought of almost a decade? Or will the Monterrey of Mexico give the surprise? The Club World Cup 2021 It’s already underway and we’ll tell you how and when to watch the biggest club tournament, so you don’t miss any details.

Monterrey champion of the 2021 Concacaf Champions League. Getty Images

The event, which started on February 3 and ends on February 12 with the grand final, is held entirely in the United Arab Emirates.

Who and how is the Club World Cup played?

The Club World Cup brings together the champion teams from each of the six FIFA-affiliated confederations, plus a representative from the country organizing the event.

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For the 2022 edition, the tournament considers the following teams:

  • Chelsea from England: champion of the UEFA Champions League 2020-21.
  • Palm trees from Brazil: champion of the Copa Libertadores 2021.
    Monterey of Mexico: 2021 Concacaf Champions League Champion.
    Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia: 2021 Asian Champions League Champion.
  • Al-Ahly of Egypt: champion of the African Champions League 2020-21.
  • Pirate of Haiti: nominated by the Confederation of Oceania.
  • Al-Jazeera from the United Arab Emirates: organizer and champion of the Arab League of the Gulf 2020-21.

Although it has had multiple variations since its first edition in 2000, since 2007 it has adopted the current format, which consists of a single-match, single-elimination tournament:

  • First stage: It faces the club of the organizing country and the representative of Oceania in a match.
  • Second stage: pairings between clubs from Concacaf, Africa, Asia and the winner of the first round.
  • Semifinals: second phase winners face representatives of UEFA and Conmebol.
  • Final: semifinal winners.

One of the main novelties of the event will be the debut of the limb tracking, a semi-automatic system to detect offside.

Who have won the Club World Cup

Chelsea, monarch of the UEFA Champions League 2021.
Chelsea, monarch of the UEFA Champions League 2021. Getty Images

Only European and South American clubs have been left with the maximum trophy of the Club World Cup. However, the UEFA representatives are the clear dominators, with 13 titles, half of which have been the work of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Team Country Titles
Real Madrid Spain 4 (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Barcelona Spain 3 (2009, 2011, 2015)
Corinthians Brazil 2 (2000, 2012)
Bayern Munich Germany 2 (2013, 2020)
Liverpool England 1 (2019)
Sao Paulo Brazil 1 (2005)
International Brazil 1 (2005)
AC Milan Italy 1 (2007)
Man Utd England 1 (2008)
international Italy 1 (2010)

How and where to watch the Club World Cup

Palmeiras, winner of the Copa Libertadores 2021
Palmeiras, winner of the 2021 Copa Libertadores. Getty Images

The YouTube TV streaming platform is one of the best alternatives to follow the Club World Cup live, although it is also possible to follow the matches through other channels, depending on the country in which you live:

  • U.S: Fox Sports 2, Foxsports.com, FOX Sports App.
  • Mexico: TNT Go, HBO Max, TNT Sports
  • Argentina: TNT Spots
  • Chili: TNT Sports
  • Colombia: TNT Sports
  • Brazil: NOW NET and Claro, BandSports

Club World Cup Calendar

The tournament began on January 3 with a 4-1 victory for the local team Al-Jazira over Tahiti Pirae, but will run until February 12, 2022, when the final is scheduled.

This is the full schedule:

First round
Game Date Result
Al-Jazeera vs. pirate February 3rd 4-1
Second round Date EST Time Time PST
Al-Ahly vs. Monterey February 5th 11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Al-Hilal vs. Al-Jazeera February 6th 11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
semifinals Date EST Time Time PST
Palmeiras vs. (Al-Ahly or Monterey) February 8th 11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Chelsea vs. (Al-Hilal or Al-Jazira) february 9 11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Final Date EST Time Time PST
Semi-final winners February 12 11:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

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