The match schedule for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup has been confirmed at the Official Draw at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace this afternoon.
His Excellency Mohammed Khalfan Al-Rumaithi, UAE FA President, said: “We are less than a month away from kick-off and anticipation for the tournament is building significantly. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the players, staff and supporters of all seven clubs, many of whom will be visiting the UAE for the first time. We are confident all of the hard work and preparations over the last 18 months will ensure a memorable tournament for the whole of the UAE to enjoy.”
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton represented the current club world champions for the handover of the official trophy to the FIFA Club World Cup Local Organising Committee.
The following pairings were confirmed:
Match 1, 9 December: Al Ahli FC v. Auckland City FC
Match 2, 11 December: TP Mazembe v. Pohang Steelers FC
Match 3, 12 December: Winner Match 1 v. Atlante FC
Match 4, 15 December: Winner Match 2 v. Estudiantes de La Plata
Match 5, 16 December: Winner Match 3 v. FC Barcelona
Match 6, 16 December: Loser Match 2 v. Loser Match 3 (5th place match)
Match 7, 19 December: Loser Match 4 v. Loser Match 5 (3rd place match)
Match 8, 19 December: Winner Match 4 v. Winner Match 5
Chuck Blazer, a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup, commented: “The match schedule is now complete and with a fantastic line-up of clubs and players confirmed, we look forward to seeing some great football played here in Abu Dhabi in less than a month’s time. The support and excitement for the tournament across the UAE has been tremendous and we are confident all of the clubs will receive a warm welcome.”