While the football world considers Auckland City to be the rank outsiders at the FIFA Club World Cup, there’s one indisputable fact that won’t go away.
They’ve upset the odds before.
In 2014, Auckland City shocked the world’s football media when they finished third at the FIFA Club World Cup tournament in Morocco.
Main photo: Auckland City’s squad and support staff enjoying their success at the 2014 tournament. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Auckland City’s Ivan Vicelich was awarded the Bronze Ball as one of the tournament’s three MVPs, with the All-White joining Cristiano Ronaldo and Ramos on stage to collect his prize.
Watch the goals
Here’s the story of Auckland City’s march to third place at the 2014 tournament, goal by goal:
The story of the tournament
To recognise Auckland City’s achievement, Friends of Football published a special 44-page magazine, recording the club’s cup campaign.
You can read it here:
FIFA Club World Cup
Game to be played on Wednesday December 13 (NZT)
Al-Ittihad v Auckland City
King Abdulah Sports City Stadium, 7am (NZT)