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Jun 01, 2018
Al Ain FC confrmed as the UAE host team for FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018

The recently-crowned Arabian Gulf League (AGL) champions, nicknamed ‘The Boss’, join North and Central American CONCACAF champions CD Guadalajara in securing their spot in FIFA’s annual showcase to crown the best club side on the planet.

Al Ain FC and CD Guadalajara will be joined by the winners of the Oceania (OFC) Champions League, UEFA Champions League, African (CAF) Champions League, Asian (AFC) Champions League and South America’s CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores in the tournament, which will be held in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in December.

Managed by Croatia’s Zoran Mamic, Al Ain FC completed a historic double this season for the frst time in their history, adding the UAE President’s Cup to their AGL title. The UAE champions are to play the winners of the OFC Champions League in the tournament’s first match - a winner-takes-all qualifier for a quarter-final place - on 12 December, in Al Ain's Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. Should Al Ain FC progress from the qualifer, continental heavyweights from either Africa or Asia await them in the quarterfinal.

“Al Ain FC are the most decorated club in the history of UAE football, with a large fan following who will bring their own special brand of support to the tournament. We welcome Al Ain FC to the tournament as they will be sure to play with great pride, passion and commitment,” said His Excellency Aref Al Awani, Tournament Director of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Local Organising Committee.

“The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 is the perfect opportunity for the team to show their quality against some of the world’s best players on a global stage, as Al Jazira did last year. It is also a great chance for football fans from the UAE and overseas to see world-class football in the UAE. We wish our brothers well in December and we hope the whole country comes out to support them,” he added.

Al Ain FC will be aiming to replicate the stunning form of last year’s UAE host team, Al Jazira, who safely navigated the qualifer and quarterfinal before pushing eventual champions Real Madrid CF all the way in the semi-final in Abu Dhabi.

“This is a great opportunity that we have been looking forward to all season. We have been hoping for the opportunity to make sure guarantee our spot to represent the UAE in this competition. It is a tournament that adds value for the sport, for the club, and for Al Ain," said His Excellency Ghanem Mubarak Al Hejari, Chairman of Al Ain FC.

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