Chelsea to face Al Jazira, Auckland City or Al Hilal
European champions Chelsea will face either UAE Pro League side Al Jazira, New Zealand’s Auckland City FC or AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals next year following the draw on Monday.
In the other semi, Copa Libertadores holders Palmeiras will face the winners of the game between African Champions League winners Al Ahly and CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey.
The tournament will be played between Feb. 3-12 next year.
Last year, FIFA chose Japan to host a traditional seven-club tournament after an expanded 24-team event originally set for China in June 2021 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the COVID-19 situation in Japan prompted the country to withdraw as hosts. Football’s global body shifted the event to the United Arab Emirates, which had staged the tournament in 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018.
The annual event brings together champions from the world’s six football confederations plus the host nation’s league winners.
Match 1: Al Jazira v Auckland City FC
Match 2: Al Ahly v Monterrey
Match 3: Al Hilal v Al Jazira/ Auckland City FC
Palmeiras v Match 2 winner
Match 3 winner v Chelsea