The draw for the Club World Cup, which is being held in Morocco, resulted in Al-Ahly meeting the New Zealand club Auckland City in the preliminary round of the tournament, and if the Egyptian club skipped this role, it will meet the Oceania champion.
And if Al-Ahly continues its way in the tournament, it may meet Real Madrid, Spain, in the semi-finals.
Al-Ahly was surprised by its participation in the tournament, after Morocco succeeded in hosting it, which led to the qualification of Wydad Casablanca, as a representative of the host country, and therefore the African Union nominated Al-Ahly club, as an alternative as the runner-up of the CAF Champions League for the last edition.
In the second round, or the quarter-finals, Al-Ahly, the American Seattle, may face the champion of Oceania, and the winner of them will face the European champion, Real Madrid, in the round of four.
As for the African champion, and the representative of the host country, Wydad Casablanca, he qualified directly for the second round, where he collided with Al Hilal Saudi Arabia, the Asian champion.
While the Brazilian Flamengo enters the tournament, like Real Madrid, from the semi-finals, but it is on the way to the winner from the Wydad-Al-Hilal match.
It is noteworthy that the tournament system is directed so as to allow the European and South American champions to qualify directly for the semi-finals, without playing any match, which called for a lot of criticism due to the lack of justice.
Chelsea won the last championship.
FIFA is seeking to expand the tournament, to include 32 teams, starting from the 2025 edition.