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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – SC Ambassadors reveal their FIFA Club World Cup memories

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 - News - SC Ambassadors reveal their FIFA Club World Cup memories

Every 12 months, the FIFA Club World Cup gives a novel alternative for followers to observe the most effective golf equipment compete to be topped as world champions. The 2020 version shall be contested by Al Duhail SC (host nation representatives), Al Ahly SC (CAF), FC Bayern Munich (UEFA), Palmeiras (CONMEBOL), Tigres UANL (Concacaf) and Ulsan Hyundai FC (AFC).

This would be the second time the match has been performed in Qatar, following the nation’s profitable internet hosting of the 2019 version, the place Liverpool had been topped champions. This 12 months’s match shall be performed in two FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venues: Education City Stadium and the lately-launched Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. 

Ahead of the newest version of the competitors kick-off, we spoke to footballing legends and Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Ambassadors Cafu, Samuel Eto’o, Wael Gomaa and Xavi Hernandez about their memories of competing within the match throughout their taking part in days.

Cafu

Appearances: 2007 (AC Milan)
Best end: Champions (2007)

“One of crucial membership competitions I gained as a participant was the UEFA Champions League with Milan in 2007, which meant I additionally obtained the chance to compete on the FIFA Club World Cup. It was an excellent honour for me to win the Club World Cup as a participant, as not many get this chance. At Milan, we had a powerful staff at the moment with a lot of nice gamers resembling Kaka, Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo.

“Competing on the FIFA Club World Cup gives additional recognition and benefit for the job you may have accomplished in the course of the earlier season and is one other alternative to compete in opposition to different nice groups and win some further silverware. 

“In the ultimate in 2007, we performed in opposition to an especially tough opponent in Boca Juniors. It isn’t straightforward to play in opposition to Boca, however at Milan, we had been very effectively ready for the match and managed to win 4-2 in an thrilling recreation. 

“I know that Qatar is looking forward to once again hosting this fantastic competition. The players will be arriving to a country that is super prepared to host the event and has all the protocols in place to make sure it runs smoothly and safely. I’m lucky to have seen many of the amazing stadiums, so I’m sure it will be an honour for the players to play in Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and Education City Stadium in advance of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.”

Samuel Eto’o

Appearances: 2010 (Inter Milan)
Best end: Champions (2010) 
Personal honours: Golden Ball (2010)

“My memories of the FIFA Club World Cup couldn’t be higher, as a result of I gained the ultimate with Inter Milan in 2010. For the primary time, I had the pleasure of taking part in in a last in opposition to a really lovely African staff, TP Mazembe. 

“I had a number of feelings for this match for my continent, Africa, and my obligation to make sure victory for Inter Milan. It was an honour to win the competitors with Inter for the primary time within the membership’s historical past and to share this victory with my brothers from TP Mazembe. 

“After the match, I went to their dressing room, I stayed some time, and I shared the second with the gamers from TP Mazembe. These are nice memories for me, particularly as I additionally gained the Golden Ball as the most effective participant of the match. Winning this honour was a shock for me, however made me very completely happy. It was the primary time an African participant gained this distinction on the competitors, so it was an excellent honour. 

“From my role as an SC Ambassador, I know Qatar is ready and very much excited to host the FIFA Club World Cup. I know from my experience as a player that this will be a privileged moment for the players competing at the tournament and it will create many happy memories for them to look back on.”

Golden ball award winner Samuel Etoo of FC Internazionale Milano poses

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Wael Gomaa

Appearances: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 (Al Ahly)

Best end: Third place (2006)

“The FIFA Club World Cup is a vital match, and in my view, probably the most prestigious competitors at membership stage because of the participation of the champions of the six continents. It is a chance that permits gamers to crown their efforts from the earlier season at their respective golf equipment. The CAF Champions League inside the African continent is at all times a tough match to win, particularly because of the quantity of journey from one nation to a different.

“The FIFA Club World Cup is a superb reward to the gamers who put in an incredible effort to succeed in the match, because it gives a chance to play at a really distinguished stage in a brand new setting.

“I’m proud to have performed in 11 matches in 5 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup with Al Ahly and such experiences are filled with unforgettable and completely happy memories.

“I first performed within the match in Japan in 2005. It was a tough expertise for us, as we needed to play in uncommon circumstances and misplaced each video games. We ended up ending in sixth place, however realized many constructive classes that helped us in 2006, the place we had been very near reaching the ultimate till Brazilian membership Internacional capitalised on a mistake from our facet to win the semi-last. We went on to complete third after beating Club America within the play-off. This was my greatest reminiscence from the match, particularly as we had been so near qualifying for the ultimate. This match was so particular to all of us and it’s engraved in all Al Ahly followers’ minds.

“I am excited to watch Al Ahly’s participation at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. It will be a very special and unique opportunity for the players to compete in such a big international event that is being hosted in an Arab homeland. I hope that Al Ahly performs strongly in the tournament for the club’s fans in Egypt, as well as the many Al Ahly fans living in Qatar.”

Xavi Hernandez

Appearances: 2006, 2009 & 2011 (Barcelona)

Best end: Champions (2009, 2011)

Personal honours: Bronze Ball (2009), Silver Ball (2011)

“I had the honour of taking part in on the FIFA Club World Cup on three events for Barcelona, successful it twice. In 2009, I keep in mind the ultimate being a extremely robust recreation in opposition to Estudiantes. The recreation went to further time after we equalised within the ninetieth minute earlier than Messi went on to attain the successful purpose for us late within the recreation. 

“In 2011, we outclassed Santos within the last, beating them 4-0. I’ve actually good memories of that match, not simply due to the purpose I scored and the end result, however for a way we performed as a staff – it was a extremely robust efficiency. Santos had a extremely good staff with gamers like Ganso and Neymar, however we had a improbable era of gamers in that Barcelona staff led by Pep Guardiola. It was particular to play in that last and an excellent reminiscence to look again on. 

“I’ve additionally had the privilege of teaching in a FIFA Club World Cup with my present membership Al Sadd when Qatar hosted the 2019 version of the match. We had been proud to symbolize Qatari soccer and showcase the nation throughout this prestigious occasion. We additionally carried out effectively within the match. We gained the primary recreation in opposition to Hienghene Sport earlier than pushing Monterrey shut within the second spherical. It was an excellent expertise for the gamers to compete in a world competitors.

“I know Qatar is really looking forward to staging the FIFA Club World Cup again and providing another preview of what fans can expect when the FIFA World Cup takes place in the country in less than two years’ time.”

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