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On the one side, Flamengo will do their first match in the tournament. The Brazilians are fighting for the dream of the become two-time world champions. The first time was 38 years ago. Engaged in a historic campaign this season, with titles from the Carioca Championship, Brasileirão, and Libertadores, and breaking some records, the team is full of confidence. On the other side, Al-Hilal, who dominates his country's scenario and has a series of seven wins in ten matches this season. In the last season, they achieved 42 wins in 60 games. The two teams have never met and the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final.
Bom dia, Nação! Hoje fazemos a nossa estreia no Mundial de Clubes da FIFA, contra o Al Hilal, no Khalifa International Stadium, às 20h30 (horário local)/14h30 (horário de Brasília). Vamos com tudo! #OSonhoDaNação #ClubWC pic.twitter.com/OOjGRaJ8dy— Flamengo (@Flamengo) December 17, 2019
If both Al Hilal or Flamengo won the competition, they will make history in the respective countries. Al-Hilal is the first Saudi team to play in the tournament since 2005. The squad has as main stars some international players like the French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, the Italian Giovinco, the Brazilian Carlos Eduardo, and the Peruvian André Carrillo, who is the most expensive player of the club history.
???? BLUE symbolizes Confidence, Loyalty, Believe, Struggle, Success, and Enjoyment ????— AlHilal Saudi Club (@Alhilal_EN) December 17, 2019
A few hours to go til seeing the BLUES at the #ClubWC Semifinal ????????
It’s ???c?d?y ??#AlHilal ???? pic.twitter.com/WSDfGp1nhV
A double exchange. On the Arab side, midfielder Cuéllar decided to change Flamengo for Al-Hilal at the end of August. After four seasons in the Cariocas and two state champions (2017 and 2019), the Colombian said goodbye to the fans who considered him as an idol. On the Brazilian side, Jorge Jesus. The Portuguese coach led Al-Hilal for six months, between 2018 and 2019. In 24 games, there achieved 19 wins, four draws, and only one defeat. The “Mister” as he is known in Brazil was responsible to hire the majority of the current squad.
In the last 15 editions, the World Cup has been won 11 times by a European club. The Brazilians teams secured four trophies, the last one seven years ago, won by Corinthians.
Os campeões mundiais desde 2000! Seu time tá na lista? pic.twitter.com/ywby8tEel0— FOX Sports Brasil (@FoxSportsBrasil) December 14, 2019
Who won this match will play the final next Saturday (21). The opponent will come out of the other semifinal between Monterrey (MEX) and Liverpool on Wednesday (18).
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