FIFA Club World Cup 2023
Manchester City will face either Urawa Red Diamonds or Club Leon in the Club World Cup semi-finals.
The Citizens qualified for the Club World Cup for the first time after winning the Champions League last season, defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in the final in June.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who also won the Premier League and FA Cup to complete a historic treble in 2022-23, have automatically advanced to the Club World Cup semi-final stage alongside the eventual Copa Libertadores winner – one of Fluminense, Internacional, Boca Juniors, or Palmeiras.
Along with the eventual South American champions, Man City will face Champions League winners from four other federations, as well as the champions of this year’s host nation, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad.
Man City have officially learned who their semi-final opponents will be: the victors of the second-round clash between Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan and Club Leon of Mexico.
Urawa Red Diamonds won their third AFC Champions League title last season and will be looking to improve on their last Club World Cup performance, which saw them defeated in the second round by Al-Jazira in 2017.
Club Leon, meanwhile, qualified for the Club World Cup for the first time after winning the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time last season.
On the other side of the draw, Al-Ittihad will meet Auckland City of New Zealand in the first round, with the victors facing Egyptian champions Al Ahly in the second round.
Whoever wins the second-round matchup will face the eventual Copa Libertadores champions in the semi-finals.
The FIFA Club World Cup 20th edition is set to take place between December 12 and December 22.