Auckland City will face Brazilian champions Fluminese if they get past their opening games at December’s FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia.
Fluminese became the seventh and final qualifier for the tournament when they beat Argentina’s Boca Juniors 2-1 in extra time to win the 2023 Copa Libertadores final on Sunday November 5 (NZT).
The qualification of Fluminese provides the last element of the draw for the Club World Cup.
Auckland City, representing Oceania, will play hosts Al-Ittihad before an expected crowd of 62,000 at King Abdulah Sports City Stadium on Wednesday December 13 (NZT).
The winners of that game will play Egyptian champions Al Ahly, who represent Africa, with the winners meeting Fluminese in the tournament semi-finals.
Al Ahly knocked out Auckland City in the opening game of the last FIFA Club World Cup, winning 3-0 in the opening game of February’s tournament in Morocco.
Auckland City have three more domestic competition fixtures before heading to the Saudi Arabia tournament, with Men’s National League games against Wellington Olympic and Christchurch United, followed by a Grand Final at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart on Sunday November 26.
Game to be played on Wednesday December 13 (NZT)
Al-Ittihad v Auckland City
King Abdulah Sports City Stadium, 6am (NZT)
Teams qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup are:
- Auckland City, New Zealand (Oceania champions)
- Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia (hosts)
- Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan (Asia champions)
- Club Leon, Mexico (North & Central America/Caribbean champions)
- Al Ahly, Egypt (African champions)
- Manchester City (European champions)
- Fluminese (South American champions)
Previous FIFA Club World Cup winners
2005: Sao Paulo
2007: AC Milan
2008: Manchester United
2010: Inter Milan
2013: Bayern Munich
2014: Real Madrid
2016: Real Madrid
2017: Real Madrid
2018: Real Madrid
2020: Bayern Munich
2022: Real Madrid