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2018 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018
2018 FIFA Club World Cup logo.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates
Dates12–22 December 2018
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored24 (4 per match)
Attendance98,429 (16,405 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Wales Gareth Bale
(3 goals)
2017
2019

The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) is the 15th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country. The tournament will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December 2018.

Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the last two editions, and have qualified for this edition as well.

Host bids

The application process for the 2017–2018 as well as the 2015–2016 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014. Member associations interested in hosting must submit a declaration of interest by 30 March 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 25 August 2014. The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014, but the final decision was delayed until the FIFA's executive committee meetings on 19–20 March 2015.

The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:

The United Arab Emirates was officially announced as hosts of the 2017 and 2018 tournaments on 21 March 2015.

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Enter in the semi-finals
Flag of Argentina River Plate CONMEBOL Winners of the 2018 Copa Libertadores 9 December 2018 2nd (Previous: 2015)
Flag of Spain Real MadridTH UEFA Winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League 26 May 2018 5th (Previous: 2000, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Enter in the second round
Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers AFC Winners of the 2018 AFC Champions League 10 November 2018 2nd (Previous: 2016)
Flag of Tunisia Espérance de Tunis CAF Winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League 9 November 2018 2nd (Previous: 2011)
Flag of Mexico Guadalajara CONCACAF Winners of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League 25 April 2018 1st
Enter in the first round
Flag of New Zealand Team Wellington OFC Winners of the 2018 OFC Champions League 20 May 2018 1st
Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League 14 May 2018 1st

Venues

The two venues are the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi and the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi Al Ain
Zayed Sports City Stadium Hazza bin Zayed Stadium
Capacity: 43,000 Capacity: 22,717
Gulf Cup (36) Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium-1600x508

Match officials

A total of six referees, twelve assistant referees, and six video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament. FIFA announced on 22 November 2018 that the trio of referees and assistant referees from CAF were changed.

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referee
AFC Flag of Japan Ryuji Sato Flag of Japan Toru Sagara
Flag of Japan Hiroshi Yamauchi
Flag of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
CAF Flag of Ethiopia Bamlak Tessema Weyesa Flag of South Africa Zakhele Thusi Siwela
Flag of Sudan Waleed Ahmed
CONCACAF Flag of the United States Jair Marrufo Flag of the United States Frank Anderson
Flag of the United States Corey Rockwell
Flag of the United States Mark Geiger
CONMEBOL Brazil Wilton Sampaio Brazil Rodrigo Figueiredo
Brazil Bruno Boschilia
Flag of Argentina Mauro Vigliano
OFC Flag of New Zealand Matthew Conger Flag of Tonga Tevita Makasini
Flag of New Zealand Mark Rule
UEFA Flag of Italy Gianluca Rocchi Flag of Italy Elenito Di Liberatore
Flag of Italy Mauro Tonolini
Flag of Poland Paweł Gil
Flag of Italy Massimiliano Irrati
Netherlands Danny Makkelie

Squads

Main article: 2018 FIFA Club World Cup squads

Each team have to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.

Matches

The draw of the tournament was held on 4 September 2018, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA Headquarters in Zürich, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA). At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC, CAF and CONMEBOL were not known.

If a match is tied after normal playing time:

  • For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 12 December – Al Ain                          
 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain (p)  3 (4)   15 December – Al Ain        
 Flag of New Zealand Team Wellington  3 (3)      Flag of Tunisia Espérance de Tunis  0
18 December – Al Ain
   Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain  3    
 Flag of Argentina River Plate  2 (4)
     Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al Ain (p)  2 (5)  
22 December – Abu Dhabi
 Flag of Spain Real Madrid  
15 December – Al Ain
   Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain  
 Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers  3
19 December – Abu Dhabi
 Flag of Mexico Guadalajara  2    
 Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers  1
Fifth place Third place
     Flag of Spain Real Madrid  3  
 Flag of Tunisia Espérance de Tunis (p)  1 (6)  Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers  
 Flag of Mexico Guadalajara  1 (5)  Flag of Argentina River Plate  
18 December – Al Ain 22 December – Abu Dhabi

All times are local, GST (UTC+4).

First round

12 December 2018 (2018-12-12)
19:30
Al-Ain Flag of the United Arab Emirates 3–3
(a.e.t.)
Flag of New Zealand Team Wellington Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 15,279
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Shiotani Soccerball 45'
Doumbia Soccerball 49'
Berg Soccerball 85'
Report Barcia Soccerball 11'
Clapham Soccerball 15'
Ilich Soccerball 44'
  Penalties  
Diaky Soccerball shad check
Berg -Soccerball shade cross
El Shahat Soccerball shad check
Shiotani Soccerball shad check
Caio Soccerball shad check
4–3 Soccerball shad check Allen
-Soccerball shade cross Kilkolly
Soccerball shad check Ilich
Soccerball shad check Watson
-Soccerball shade cross Gulley

Second round

15 December 2018 (2018-12-15)
17:00
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan 3–2 Flag of Mexico Guadalajara Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 3,997
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Nagaki Soccerball 49'
Serginho Soccerball 69' (pen.)
Abe Soccerball 84'
Report Zaldívar Soccerball 3'
Léo Silva Soccerball 90+4' (o.g.)

15 December 2018 (2018-12-15)
20:30
Espérance de Tunis Flag of Tunisia 0–3 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 21,333
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
Report Ahmed Soccerball 2'
El Shahat Soccerball 16'
Al-Ahbabi Soccerball 60'

Match for fifth place

18 December 2018 (2018-12-18)
17:30
Espérance de Tunis Flag of Tunisia 1–1 Flag of Mexico Guadalajara Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 5,883
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Belaïli Soccerball 38' (pen.) Report Sandoval Soccerball 5' (pen.)
  Penalties  
Belaïli -Soccerball shade cross
Machani Soccerball shad check
Chemmam Soccerball shad check
Bguir -Soccerball shade cross
Khenissi Soccerball shad check
Derbali Soccerball shad check
Coulibaly Soccerball shad check
Dhaouadi Soccerball shad check
6–5 Soccerball shad check Zaldívar
-Soccerball shade cross Marín
Soccerball shad check Godínez
-Soccerball shade cross Van Rankin
Soccerball shad check Salcido
Soccerball shad check Pineda
Soccerball shad check Ponce
-Soccerball shade cross Brizuela

Semi-finals

18 December 2018 (2018-12-18)
20:30
River Plate Flag of Argentina 2–2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 21,383
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Borré Soccerball 11'16' Report Berg Soccerball 3'
Caio Soccerball 51'
  Penalties  
Scocco Soccerball shad check
Quintero Soccerball shad check
Pratto Soccerball shad check
Borré Soccerball shad check
Pérez -Soccerball shade cross
4–5 Soccerball shad check Caio
Soccerball shad check Shiotani
Soccerball shad check Al-Ahbabi
Soccerball shad check Abdulrahman
Soccerball shad check Yaslam

19 December 2018 (2018-12-19)
20:30
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan 1–3 Flag of Spain Real Madrid Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 30,554
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
Doi Soccerball 78' Report Bale Soccerball 44'53'55'

Match for third place

22 December 2018 (2018-12-22)
17:30
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan Match 7 Flag of Argentina River Plate Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Report

Final

Main article: 2018 FIFA Club World Cup Final
22 December 2018 (2018-12-22)
20:30
Real Madrid Flag of Spain Match 8 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Report

Goalscorers

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Flag of Wales Gareth Bale Flag of Spain Real Madrid 3
2 Flag of Sweden Good one Marcus Berg Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2
Flag of Colombia Rafael Santos Borré Flag of Argentina River Plate
4 Flag of Japan Hiroki Abe Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers 1
Flag of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Ahmed Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Flag of the United Arab Emirates Bandar Al-Ahbabi Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Flag of Argentina Mario Barcia Flag of New Zealand Team Wellington
Flag of Algeria Youcef Belaïli Flag of Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Brazil Caio Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Flag of New Zealand Aaron Clapham Flag of New Zealand Team Wellington
Flag of Japan Shoma Doi Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers
Flag of Mali Tongo Doumbia Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Flag of Egypt Hussein El Shahat Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Flag of New Zealand Mario Ilich Flag of New Zealand Team Wellington
Flag of Japan Ryota Nagaki Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers
Flag of Mexico Gael Sandoval Flag of Mexico Guadalajara
Brazil Serginho Flag of Japan Kashima Antlers
Flag of Japan Tsukasa Shiotani Flag of the United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Flag of Mexico Ángel Zaldívar Flag of Mexico Guadalajara
1 own goal

External links

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