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FIFA Club World Cup: Why you should watch the Qatar tournament

FIFA Club World Cup: Why you should watch the Qatar tournament

The Fifa Club World Cup starts on Wednesday, the 11th of December and this competition sees the champions of each continent and hosts Qatar meet over 10 days in a knockout competition to decide who gets crowned the world's top club side.

But why should you try and catch the World Cup rehearsals, even with the Champions League and Europa League on?

  • The chance to watch teams you've never heard of

Have you ever heard of a team called Hienghene Sport? Well, here is your chance to even watch them!

They are only the second team from outside Australia or New Zealand to win the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League and qualify for the Club World Cup. 

It might be interesting to know that their captain, Bertrand Kai, hunts with tribes, plays beach soccer and manages a boarding school while still playing football!

  • A chance to see Gabigol again

You might not remember him from his Inter Milan days, but Gabriel Barbosa - commonly known as Gabigol - is always worth a watch.

If you watched the Copa Libertadores, you will understand why this 23-year-old is a sight. He has won five caps for Brazil, scored twice in a dramatic final five minutes as Flamengo came from a goal down to beat River Plate 2-1 and win their first Copa Libertadores title since 1981.

As if the two late goals were not enough, he got sent off for sarcastically applauding a refereeing decision.

Will you not be entertained!?

  • Well, Liverpool is playing too

This is the chance for Klopp’s men to get crowned champions of the world for the first time.

The reds have won six European Cups but have never won a world final. The last time they played in this competition, they lost 1-0 in the final to Sao Paulo in Japan in 2005 after beating Costa Rican club Saprissa 3-0 in the semi-finals.

  • This is a dress rehearsal for the World Cup

The World Cup will be in Qatar is 3 years, and this might be a chance for us to see how a small country can cope with hosting football fans from around the world. For example, Liverpool's two games will take place at the 48,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium - which is a 2022 World Cup venue.

The temperature in Doha on most days in early-mid December last year reached 26C, so we might as well get used to it now!

Interesting fact: Only three players have scored hat-tricks in FIFA Club World Cup games - Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, and Gareth Bale.