The best club sides in World Football have assembled in the United Arab Emirates for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup, the thirteenth edition of this prestigious tournament between the champions of the each of the six continental football (soccer) confederations.
Real Madrid are the favourites to win a third Club World Cup given they are already in the Semi Finals, but there are several strong teams looking to prevent that from happening, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching live on a standard or HD TV, as well as streaming the event with a Free trial.
2017 FIFA Club World Cup Preview
To a novice, the format seems quite complex, but to simplify it, the winners of the UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores automatically qualify to the Semi Final stage. There is a playoff for the final spot in the Quarter Finals, to be played on December 6 against Al-Jazira and Auckland City. The winner of that will face the winner of the Asian Champions League, Urawa Red Diamonds. The other Quarter Final sees Wydad Casablanca, winners of the CAF Champions League, take on Pachuca, victors of the CONCACAF Champions League. The winner of the former Quarter Final will face Real Madrid while the other side faces the winner of Wydad Casablanca and Pachuca.
When: December 7-17 (AEDT)
Where: Abu Dhabi, UAE
The winner of the UEFA Champions League generally goes close to winning the title, finishing top two in 12 of the 13 editions of this tournament, winning nine times. That does point to Real Madrid holding aloft the World Cup once again, especially given the form the likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are in at the moment. They’ve beaten the best in Europe the last 12-18 months and on form, they are dropping back to an inferior level to what they have been facing. Also of note is that the tournament champion will receive $5 Million (USD) in prize money, and while that is like pocket change for a few of these clubs, it is pretty good coin for a side like Auckland City, whose roster value barely reaches that total.
Club World Cup Live TV Times (AEDT)
3rd Place – Sun 17 December
Al Jazira vs Pachuca
LIVE: 12.45am – 3.45am
Replay: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Final – Sun 17 December
Real Madrid vs Gremio
LIVE: 3.45am – 6.30am
Replay: 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Club World Cup on Free to Air not available in Australia.
Club World Cup Live Streaming and a Free Trial
You won’t find the Club World Cup and Real Madrid on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports 501 (Foxtel) will provide the most complete Live coverage of this exciting tournament, including shortened match Replays for those who find them more convenient.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s One Month Free live TV trial, which will telecast this must see tournament and other popular sports online*, as well as offering live Club World Cup streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within just minutes of getting started.
Club World Cup 2017 TV Schedule
Pachucu v Wydad Casablanca
LIVE: Sunday 10 Dec at 12.00am
Replay: Sunday 10 Dec 11am – 12pm
Urawa Red Diamonds v Al Jazira
Live: Sunday 10 Dec at 3.30am
Replay: Sunday 10 Dec 12pm – 1pm
Fifth Place Match – Wed 13 December
TBA v TBA
Semi Final – Wed 13 December
TBA v Gremio
Semi Final – Thu 14 December
TBA v Real Madrid
Third Place Match – Sun 17 December
TBA v TBA
Final – Sun 17 December
TBA v TBA
Real Madrid in the Club World Cup
Real Madrid earned their spot in the Semi Final thanks to a brilliant 5-3 win over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in May of this year in Milan, Italy, with Sergio Ramos named as man of the match. Their form on return to La Liga has been very good, currently sitting on top of the table, but the side always seems to find extra when it comes to the big tournaments. A win here will see them clinch their second Club World Cup in the past three years, while Cristiano Ronaldo can add to his record of holding the most Club World Cup Silver Balls in FIFA history by earning a third, and you can follow all the action when streaming Club World Cup live to an eligible mobile device.