Following Tuesday’s draw, Manchester City player Rafael Varane could face Karim Benzema and his Al Ittihad team in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Saudi Arabia in December.
According to British media, Varenne’s team are set to face either Club Lyon or Urawa Red Diamonds in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. On the other side of the table, the winners of the Copa Libertadores have yet to be determined, facing either Karim Benzema, Auckland City or Al Ahly’s Al Ittihad.
Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad will open the competition against Auckland City. Karim Benzema’s side will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Al Hilal, becoming only the second Saudi club to reach the final. Note that the previous year, they had lost to Real Madrid, the most successful club in the competition, which had won five titles.
The Club World Cup will take place from 12–22 December, marking the first time that the event has been held in Saudi Arabia, as announced in February. Jeddah will host the competition at two venues.
The 2023 edition will mark the last of the current format, an annual competition with seven teams, before moving to a 32-team event to be held in the United States in 2025.