Once again it’s that time of the year where the winner of all six continental club competitions will gather for the annual FIFA Club World Cup (hope I didn’t sound like the Hunger Games). This time tournament takes place in Morocco. They are the fourth different host after Brazil, Japan & UAE.
Here is the list of participating teams & their Argentine players respectively.
Raja Casablanca - None
Winner of the 2013 Copa Libertadores
Atlético Mineiro - None
Winner of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League
Bayern Munich - None
Winner of the 2013 AFC Champions League
Guangzhou Evergrande - Darío CONCA
Winner of the 2013 CAF Champions League
Al-Ahly - None
Winner of the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League
Monterrey - José María BASANTA, Neri CARDOZO & César DELGADO
Winner of the 2012–13 OFC Champions League
Auckland City - Emiliano TADE
This will be the 3rd consecutive tournament for the trio from Monterrey (BASANTA, CARDOZO & DELGADO) and TADE whereby for Dario CONCA, it will be his first ever appearance. It will also mark he’s last ever outing for his Chinese club as he will be joining back his old Brazilian club Fluminense.
On paper it doesn’t look promising for our guys as this competition, so far is dominated by clubs from either Europe or South America. Best hope in my opinion, depending on whether Monterrey can pull off an upset. Anyway, as they always say in football; the ball is round so anything can happen.
In the meantime, good luck to our Argentine players.