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Actual Madrid Face Potential Seattle Sounders Membership World Cup Tie | Soccer Information

Actual Madrid may face MLS aspect Seattle Sounders within the Membership World Cup semi-finals subsequent month after Friday’s draw for the event in Morocco. Seattle booked their Membership World Cup ticket by turning into the primary MLS aspect for 23 years to carry the CONCACAF Champions League title for groups from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. However to face European champions Actual, Seattle should first overcome the winner of the primary spherical tie between Al-Ahly of Egypt and New Zealanders Auckland Metropolis.

The second semi-final will pit Brazil’s Flamengo in opposition to the winner of the second-round conflict between dwelling hopes and African champions Wydad Casablanca and Saudi aspect Al-Hilal.

Al-Hilal’s line-up options Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored for Saudi Arabia within the 2-1 win in opposition to eventual champions Argentina within the group stage of final month’s World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA’s annual competitors involving the champions of every continent kicks off on February 1 in Morocco.

Actual, winners in 2014-2016 and 2018, are scorching favourites to succeed final 12 months’s winners Chelsea.

European groups have taken the spoils every year since 2012 when Corinthians of Brazil toppled Chelsea.

Morocco hosted the event in 2013 and once more in 2014, whereas final 12 months’s version was held within the United Arab Emirates.

Final month FIFA chief Gianni Infantino introduced plans to develop the occasion to 32 groups from 2025, regardless of reported opposition from Europe’s greatest golf equipment.

An enlargement of the competitors has lengthy been a pet challenge of Infantino’s. A 24-team occasion, that includes eight sides from Europe, was deliberate for 2021 in China however was placed on maintain as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The plans are for an expanded event to be held each 4 years as a substitute of yearly, as is the case for the present seven-team occasion.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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