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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.
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.
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.
|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)|
|Sao Paulo||Brazil||1 (2005)|
|AC Milan||Italy||1 (2007)|
|Man Utd||England||1 (2008)|
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
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:
|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.|