African champions Al Ahly, who pipped Orlando Pirates to continental honours, will soon be competing at the Fifa Club World Cup, taking place in Morocco from December 11 to 21.
The Egyptians will be making a record sixth appearance at the showpiece, with their best showing being a third-placed finish in 2006.
The event, which is in its ninth year, is contested by the season winners of the CAF Champions League (Ahly), the Uefa Champions League (Bayern Munich), AFC Champions League (Guanzhou), Concacaf Champions League (Monterrey), Copa Libertadores (Mineiro), OFC Champions League (Auckland), as well as the host country’s league champions (Raja Casablanca).
This year’s competition will see Bayern coach Pep Guardiola vying for a hat-trick of titles, having won the 2009 and 2011 editions with FC Barcelona.
Another former Barca employee, Ronaldinho, who now plays for Mineiro, will be desperate to get his hands on the trophy which narrowly eluded him back in 2006. It is one of the few major titles still missing from his stellar collection of trophies.
December 11
Raja Casablanca vs. Auckland City (9.25pm)
December 14
Winner of Match 1 vs. Monterrey (5.55pm)
Guangzhou Evergrande vs. Al Ahly (9.25pm)
December 17
Winner of Match 2 vs. Bayern Munich (9.25pm)
December 18
Fifth place playoff (5.55pm)
Winner of Match 3 vs. Atletico Mineiro (9.25pm)
December 21
3rd / 4th place playoff (6.25pm)