2019 FIFA Club World Cup: Tournament News & Qualifiers [R]

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  1. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    #226 Nico Limmat, Nov 20, 2019
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  2. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maroon 5 = a pretty aptly named band for supporting the Qatari national team :p

    Anyhoo,come on how can you complain living in UAE??!! All we've gotten in the last decade I've been here were Gypsy Kings, Yanni, Bryan Adams and Toploader! Oh yeah, I think Stereophonics did come.... anyhoo, not feeling sorry for you mate there... and would you believe it? I've arranged to be away when the shows are.. anyhoo, will make the final
     
  3. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    As someone who attended the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Abu Dhabi as recently as September - fair enough. :D

    Sounds like you need to plan your 2020 December better. ;)
     
  4. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We did get the Red Hot Chili Pipers - the Scottish bagpipe ensemble here a couple of years ago... caused quite a bit of commotion, and confusion lol.... to be honest, I think we'll pass on this december's performances... 600 riyals (almost $200) to stand at the back, not really a big fan of any of those artists to be honest. Will just stick to the football thanks.
     
  5. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    #230 Nico Limmat, Nov 23, 2019
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2019
    Big weekend coming up where all remaining participants are determined.

    In about two hours it's the Copa Libertadores final in Lima - Peru. Reading this I'm convinced the single match final is a mistake in South America. Not as big a mistake as a single match final in Africa (as scheduled next year) but a mistake nevertheless. In order to host a single match final at a neutral venue, like UEFA does, you need to have good flight/road connections and overall adequate infrastructure. Anyway, I hope Flamengo pulls it off. Their very large fan-base is starved for international success and many would make the trip to Doha.

    Then tomorrow it's the Asian decider. With Urawa still fighting the threat of J. League relegation, there is no excuse for failing to bring the title to West Asia for the first time since 2011. If Hilal fail again, like they did recently in 2014 and 2017, they will deserve all the ridicule coming their way. Strangely the second leg is on a Sunday. I can't remember the last time that happened. In Saudi Arabia and several other countries in the region, Sunday is the first working day of the week. Hard to watch a game at 2:00 pm. Guess I will have to record and watch it in the evening.
     
  6. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Halftime. River up 1:0.
     
  7. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    as a neutral I definitely prefer this one-off game to be honest... seems like the fans have shown up in Lima... can see how it doesn't work in Asia though....
     
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  8. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    What an incredible conclusion to the 2019 Libertadoes final. Flamengo take it in dramatic fashion. Get your 1981 Flamengo-Liverpool stories ready!
     
  9. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    I have to admit, that looked pretty good for a (hastily) organized final. Perhaps I was wrong. Then again, it was two of the most popular clubs in South America facing off. But it's definitely an ill-conceived idea for the scheduled CAF CL final next year (flight connections are even more of an issue in Africa). The AFC tried this for two years in 2009-2010 with a neutral final in Tokyo and quickly gave up on it.

    Anyway - up next. The Asian decider!
     
  10. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
  11. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
  12. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland


    Al Hilal finally managed to win the ACL again for the first time since 2000 and equalized Pohang Steelers' record of three titles. It is the first title for West Asia since 2011 and the first for the Saudi FA since 2005.
     
  13. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    [​IMG]

    UEFA:
    Liverpool Football Club (England)
    CONMEBOL: Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil)
    CONCACAF: Club de Fútbol Monterrey (Mexico)
    AFC: Al Hilal Saudi Football Club (Saudi Arabia)
    CAF: Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia)
    OFC: Hienghène Sport (New Caledonia)
    Host: Al Sadd Sports Club (Qatar)
     
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  14. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    Allez, Hienghene!
     
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  15. It's called FOOTBALL

    LMX Clubs
    Mexico
    May 4, 2009
    Chitown
    Finna be lit.

    Mt are in the playoffs, maybe they can force another Xmas Final like America did. It was good to have some football on that day
     
  16. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So I have my tickets confirmed for this tournament. 2 tickets / 4 games as they're both doubleheaders...
    Quarterfinal doubleheader of Al Hilal vs Esperence and then Monterrey vs Al Sadd/ Hygienic Sports or whatever they are called, and then the final itself... probably won't even be in the country for the semis, dunno they just don't interest me as they seem like they could be fairly one-sided affairs, well at least one of them... things haven't been so easy for the Conmebol champs as of late though. Looks like al Hilal and Al Sadd could have a potential re-match in the 5th place game, or 3rd place game. A final doubleheader of Liverpool vs Flamengo and then Al Sadd vs Al Hilal bronze game would be pretty cool given the recent regional rivalry of the latter two teams.
     
  17. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    I don't remember the last time the Libertadores winners dispatched their semifinal opponents with ease. Even Corinthians who went on to win it all in 2012 struggled mightily against Egypt's Al Ahly. For me personally the Al Ain - River Plate semifinal was the tournament highlight last year. The atmosphere was electric inside the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. If you are in town you should attend, especially if Esperance progresses and has its fans at the stadium (since Al Hilal will have close to zero fans in Qatar).
     
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  18. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
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  19. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Only one that comes to mind:

     
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  20. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Santiago Solari was with 1996 River Plate but did not play in any Libertadores matches that season.
    He won UEFA with 2001-02 Real Madrid.

    Monterrey's victory saw two players complete the "Continental Double" of CONCACAF and Libertadores. Six players have now achieved the distinction.

    Christian Giménez
    • Libertadores (2000, 2001 Boca Juniors)
    • CONCACAF (2006 Club América; 2007, 2008 Pachuca, 2013-14 Cruz Azul)

    Damián Manso
    • Libertadores (2008 LDU Quito)
    • CONCACAF (2010 Pachuca)

    Neri Cardozo
    • Libertadores (2007 Boca Juniors)
    • CONCACAF (2011, 2012, 2013 Monterrey)

    Michael Arroyo
    • CONCACAF (2014-15, 2015-16 Club América)
    • Libertadores (2017 Grêmio)

    Marcelo Barovero
    • Libertadores (2015 River Plate)
    • CONCACAF (2019 Monterrey)

    Leonel Vangioni
    • Libertadores (2015 River Plate)
    • CONCACAF (2019 Monterrey)
     
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  21. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    List could be incomplete but I only found three players that have achieved a "Continental Double" with one of those victories coming in the AFC Champions League.

    Lee Ki-hyung
    • AFC (2000-01, 2001-02 Suwon Bluewings)
    • OFC (2008-09 Auckland City)

    Paulinho
    • Libertadores (2012 Corinthians)
    • AFC (2015 Guangzhou Evergrande)

    Lucas Barrios
    • AFC (2013 Guangzhou Evergrande)
    • Libertadores (2017 Grêmio)
     
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  22. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    And I count six who have achieved the "C. D." with at least one victory coming as a coach.

    Anghel Iordanescu
    • UEFA (player: 1985-86 Steaua Bucharest)
    • AFC (coach: 1999-2000 Al-Hilal, 2005 Al-Ittihad)

    Guillermo Rivarola
    • Libertadores (player: 1996 River Plate)
    • CONCACAF (coach: 2010 Pachuca)

    Marcello Lippi (coach)
    • UEFA (1995-96 Juventus)
    • AFC (2013 Guangzhou Evergrande)

    Gustavo Matosas
    • Libertadores (player: 1987 Peñarol)
    • CONCACAF (coach: 2014-15 Club América)

    Luiz Felipe Scolari (coach)
    • Libertadores (1995 Grêmio, 1999 Palmeiras)
    • AFC (2015 Guangzhou Evergrande)

    Matías Almeyda
    • Libertadores (player: 1996 River Plate)
    • CONCACAF (coach: 2018 Guadalajara)
     
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  23. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    @Paul Calixte - I have started the tournament thread here so perhaps time to close this one?
     
  24. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is it a fait accompli that Espérance will represent Africa? :confused::D
     
  25. celito

    celito Member+

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    What could have been ... :(
     
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