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2017 FIFA Club World Cup - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page has TV schedule and predictions for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The defending champion is Real Madrid. The 2017 FIFA Club World Cup is scheduled for December 6-16.

U.S. TV Schedule

Playoff
Wednesday December 6
Al Jazira vs. Auckland City
Universo / fubo TV (12 PM ET)

Quarterfinal #1
Saturday December 9
Pachuca vs. WAC Casablanca
Telemundo / fubo TV (8 AM ET)

Quarterfinal #2
Saturday December 9
Urawa Reds vs. Playoff winner
Universo / fubo TV (11:30 AM ET)

Semifinal #1
Tuesday December 12
Gremio vs. tbd
Telemundo / fubo TV (12 PM ET)

Semifinal #2
Wednesday December 13
Real Madrid vs. tbd
Telemundo / fubo TV (12 PM ET)

Third Place
Saturday December 16
Universo / fubo TV (9 AM ET)

Final
Saturday December 16
Telemundo / fubo TV (12 PM ET)

Team Profiles

Al Jazira
Qualification: Host (champion of UAE Arabian Gulf League)
Notes: Undefeated in last nine matches (domestic)

Auckland City
Qualification: Oceania champion
Notes: Undefeated in last six matches. Allowed only one goal in the Oceania Champions League.
Record: Eight appearances in Club World Cup with best finish being 3rd in 2014.

Pachuca
Qualification: CONCACAF champion
Notes: Eight wins in 17 league matches this season for a meager 47 percent winning rate. Has enjoyed better success in the league cup reaching the final (so far).
Record: Three appearances in Club World Cup with best finish being 4th in 2008.

WAC Casablanca
Qualification: African champion
Notes: 11-match unbeaten streak.
Record: debut

Urawa Reds
Qualification: Asian champion
Notes: Won just once in last five matches.
Record: Third place in its lone appearance in Club World Cup back in 2007.

Gremio
Qualification: South American champion
Notes: Recently won the prestigious Copa Libertadores in convincing fashion.
Record: debut

Real Madrid
Qualification: European champion
Notes: Loss to Tottenham in the Champions League is the only blemish in Madrid's last six matches. Season has been below average by the team's high standard.
Record: Defending champion. Won two titles in three appearances.

Trends / Predictions

✪ European teams have won nine of the last ten editions of the Club World Cup including four in a row; Real Madrid has won twice in that span. This is in contrast to the first three contests which were dominated by Brazilian clubs. The change in fortune can be attributed to European clubs taking this competition a little more seriously. Previously, they viewed the Club World Cup as a glorified exhibition and often sent their "varsity" teams.

✪ This year's Club World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, which hosted the event twice previously -- both times were won by European teams. The most experienced team at this competition is Auckland City with a record eight appearances. The most improved country is Japan, whose clubs finished in the top 4 five times including last year's runner-up. Urawa was third in 2007 and will look to finish one or two spots higher.

Prediction: Real Madrid wins the Club World Cup for a second straight year. 
Notes: None of other teams has the talent and international experience to match Madrid. The South American champion is usually the biggest rival for the European champion, but debutant Germio does not have the experience of Corinthians and Internacional -- the top Brazilian clubs with success at this competition.

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