2020 FIFA Club World Cup: Tournament News & Qualifiers [R]

Discussion in 'FIFA and Tournaments' started by Nico Limmat, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    I think you are talking about the "expanded" CWC originally scheduled for the summer of 2021? This is about the "last" edition of the current format.
     
  2. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

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


    Al Nassr are through to the semis (i.e Western final) thanks to a "Pity" Martínez goal.

    Scoreless between Pakhtakor and Perspolis at halftime but Pakhtakor has been playing with ten men since a (stupid) red card in the 15th minute.
     
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  3. 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
    I didn't realize Pakhtakor had a red card guess that's why Persepolis have been so dominant. Was it a legit call? Glad I didn't go after all I guess.

    With Al Ahli out, we are guaranteed a finalist who've never won the ACL before now. And what's with all these former MLS stars going to Saudi?
     
  4. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Yes, it was a stupid reckless challenge.

    Al Nassr, in spite of never having won the ACL, played in the 2000 CWC because in that inaugural edition the AFC Super Cup winner qualified (and they won that by winning the now defunct Asian Cupwinner's Cup.)

    As for MLS players going to Saudi, would you prefer they go to Qatar? :D
     
  5. 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
    Well even if they go to Saudi, I guess I have a better chance of seeing them in the CWC here in Doha than if they stay in the MLS....
     
  6. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Well, that's that. Persepolis takes it 2:0. Pakhtakor shot themselves massively in the foot with the early red card. So the West Asian semi-final played on Saturday is:

    Al Nassr (KSA) - Persepolis (Iran)
     
  7. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Bayern win the German Super Cup over Dortmund and now only need the CWC to equal Barcelona's 2009 "sextuple".

    Will they get the chance to do so?
     
  8. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And now for something completely different: Germans actually wanting an extra FIFA tournament :D
     
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  9. 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
    Well from what it sounds like... this player has a reputation for this sort of a thing it's even on his wikipedia page lol.... "He was also called up in 2015 for the King’s cup in Thailand, but he received a red card in the first half after launching a flying, studs-up kick into the chest of South Korea's Kang Sang-woo." I guess there's something else to add now....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaloliddin_Masharipov

    So the semifinal will be played in Qatar eh? I thought initially they were only playing the games up until the round of 16 here? Anyway, I really wish they'd let some fans attend. Would want to see what would be my 4th AFC Champions League simifinal here in Qatar after El Jaish vs Al Ain, Al Sadd vs Suwon Bluewings, and Umm Salal vs Pohang Steelers.

    Note: I'm now hearing that the Champions League final itself will be held in Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakra... fingers crossed...
     
  10. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    I just hope the East can complete their side of the bracket. Here we are about to determine the Western finalist while some Eastern teams have yet to play a single match in the group stage.
     
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  11. 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
    Games are in November - December no? Yeah it's weird there's such a time-gap. Final scheduled just 6 days after the east region but 2 and a half months after west semis
     
  12. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

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


    Persepolis bear Al Nassr on penalties and are the first ACL finalist.
     
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  13. 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
  14. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Interesting. I wonder if the kick-off times will be earlier in the day to accommodate Eastern viewers. And with that change it makes full sense that Qatar also hosts the 2020 ACL final.

    Coming up next weekend, the first legs of the CAF semis.
     
  15. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Wydad Casablanca - Al Ahly 0:2

    Cairo's Al Ahly has one foot in the CAF final after beating Wydad away. They are now coached by Pitso Mosimane, the former long-standing coach of 2016 winners Mamelodi Sundowns. This after a sudden departure of Swiss coach Rene Weiler. I could be wrong, but I don't think it has been very often where a powerhouse club in the North is coached by someone from sub-Saharan Africa.

    In other news it seems the CONCACAF CL could be back in December:
    https://www.si.com/soccer/2020/10/16/concacaf-champions-league-resume-december-future-expansion
     
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  16. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    CAF Semis - First Leg:

    Wydad Casablanca - Al Ahly 0:2


    Raja Casablanca - Zamalek 0:1


    Looks like we are headed for a Cairo derby in the final that will take place in Egypt unless both Casablanca teams advance to the final (then it would be in Morocco).

    Elsewhere, the AFC has confirmed Doha for the ACL final.
     
  17. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here's hoping the game doesn't end up in Madrid :D
     
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  18. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Or Doha. :D
     
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  19. 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
    oh yes please!
     

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