Real Madrid, Seattle Sounders could meet in Club World Cup

January 16, 2023

European champions Real Madrid will face the Seattle Sounders, the first-ever American side to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup, in the next tournament in Morocco in February.

FIFA drew lots for the 2022 Club World Cup on Friday, with the World Cup, which ended in Qatar last month, pushed back to this year from its traditional December slot.

Madrid are awaiting the winner of CONCACAF Champions League winners Seattle’s second-round tie with Egypt’s Al Ahly or New Zealand’s Auckland City in the semi-finals, which will open in the first round on February 1.

Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo face African champions Vida de Casablanca or Al Hilal in the other semi-final.

The Club World Cup usually brings together the winners of the six continents and the host domestic champions.

However, the Moroccan league champion Vidard also won the 2022 African Champions League. The second African entrant was defeated finalist Al Ahly, not the Moroccan league runners-up.

 

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