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Congratulations to Continental Champions.

 



leohoenig
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Nov 8, 2009, 12:02 PM

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You wait months for one, and then get two continental champions on the same day, so well done to

Pohang Steelers of South Korea, defeated Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Tokyo to claim the Asian title.

TP Mazembe of DR Congo beat the Nigerians, Heartland 1-0 to take the African title on away goals (first leg 2-1).

This completes the line up for next months Club World Cup in ABu Dhabi.

Europe - Barcelona (Spain)
South America - Estudiantes (Argentina)
North/Central America - Atlante (Mexico)
Asia - Pohang Steelers (South Korea)
Africa - TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Oceania - Auckland City (New Zealand)
Hosts - Al-Ahli (UAE)

Matches will be played at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium, and Zayed Sports City, both in Abu Dhabi between 9/19 December.



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AndyE
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Nov 9, 2009, 12:28 PM

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I've always rather liked that African team, just because "All Jumping Engelbert" is a rather wonderful name. ("Tout Puissant" means "All Jumping", and they changed the second part of the name from Engelbert to Mazembe in the 70s.) They started as the football team of a Benedictine monastery!

Will they jump all over Barcelona or Students of The Silver? Well, probably not. But the global exposure does mean that clubs from France and Belgium will rush in for their best players - and financially at least, I expect that's exactly what the All Jumpers want. Will the FIFA Club World Cup ever have a winner from outside Europe or South America? Only if those two confederations get bored of it and stop taking part.


leohoenig
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I would have thought a good Mexican side could not be far off making a serious challenge - perhaps at least beating one of the 'big two'.
The four Japanese tourneys have all ended up with European v South American finals - the draw very biased to make this happen.
2008 - Manchester United 1-0 LDU Quito (Ecuador)
2007 - AC Milan 4-2 Boca Juniors (Argentina)
2006 - Internacional (Brazil) 1-0 Barcelona
2005 - Sao Paulo 1-0 Liverpool

In the last two tournaments, the European winners beat a Japanese team in the semi-final, with the Japanese going through with Urawa Red Daimonds beating Etoile de Sahel (Tunisia) in 2007, Gamba Osaka beating Pachuca (Mexico) in 2008 to take third place.

In 2007, Etoile de Sahel had earlier beaten Pachuca, while Urawa had won the all Asian match against Sepahan (Iran) - Sepahan having accounted for Waitakere United (New Zealand)

The 2008 draw had the same format, with Pachuca beating the African this time (Al Ahly of Egypt). Gamba beat Adelaide in the 'all-Asian' tie, while the Australians had accounted for Waitakere.

The 2005/6 tourneys were six team affairs with Oceania being represented by the Australians, Sydney, in 2005.
Sydney were beaten by Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) who in turn lost to Liverpool
Asians, Al-Ittihad (Saudi) beat Al Ahly (Egypt) and then lost to Sao Paulo
Saprissa took third place.

In 2006, the Oceanians were Auckland City who were beaten by Al Ahly. The Egyptians then fell to Internacional
Club America beat South Korean team Jeonbuk Motors before falling to Barcelona, with Al-Ahly coming third.



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AndyE
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A Mexican club would certainly have to be the most likely. Quite what happens if a Mexican club wins the Copa Libertadores - and it will probably happen one of these years - I don't know. Especially if that club won the Concacaf Champions League the same year!

An unintended consequence of Australia's move to Asia is that New Zealand - where football is very much a minority sport behind both sorts of rugby, cricket, and even netball - is practically guaranteed a team in the Club World Cup every year. What's more, it's not even their best team since New Zealand's only professional club plays in the Australian League. Unavoidable I suppose, but doesn't really do much for the competition. Do New Zealand quite like being now the undisputed powerhouses of Oceania football, or have they too considered a move to Asia?


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A Mexican club would certainly have to be the most likely. Quite what happens if a Mexican club wins the Copa Libertadores - and it will probably happen one of these years - I don't know. Especially if that club won the Concacaf Champions League the same year!

An unintended consequence of Australia's move to Asia is that New Zealand - where football is very much a minority sport behind both sorts of rugby, cricket, and even netball - is practically guaranteed a team in the Club World Cup every year. What's more, it's not even their best team since New Zealand's only professional club plays in the Australian League. Unavoidable I suppose, but doesn't really do much for the competition. Do New Zealand quite like being now the undisputed powerhouses of Oceania football, or have they too considered a move to Asia?


Ask them after the 2nd leg of their World Cup play-off with Bahrain!



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