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FIFA Club World Cup

  • December 15, 2011
  • • 10:30
  • • Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
  • Referee: J. Aguilar
  • • Attendance: 66298

Club World Cup Semi-Final Preview: Al Sadd v Barcelona

Club World Cup Semi-Final Preview: Al Sadd v Barcelona

Clasico : Real Madrid - Barcelona

Pep Guardiola's men will be hoping to avoid a shock defeat to the Qatar club in their attempt to reach the final on Sunday, with Santos a possible opponent



Nabeel, Koni, Lee Jung-Soo, Belhadj
Al-Bloushi, Rizik, Alyazidi
Al Khalfan, Niang, Keita

Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Maxwell
Iniesta, Keita, Thiago
Pedro, Messi, Villa

The Qatar club will be glad star striker Mamadou Niang came through the 2-1 victory over Esperance unscathed after being a doubt for the game with an infection.

Al Sadd are able to field a full-strength squad against Pep Guardiola's men and are likely to line-up with Kader Keita and Khalfan Al Khalfan in support of Niang.

Barcelona are expected to rotate their starting line-up from the side that defeated Real Madrid 3-1 at the weekend. Javier Mascherano appears a certainty to come into the defence with Carles Puyol likely to be rested.

Seydou Keita and Thiago are in contention to start in midfield while David Villa and Pedro will be hoping to earn some valuable game-time in attack alongside Lionel Messi.

  • Al Sadd qualified for the Club World Cup by defeating Jeonbuk Motors in the 2011 AFC Champions League final in a penalty shoot-out in November.

  • The club are the most successful side in Qatar, winning a record 12 league titles, with the first coming in the 1971-72 season.
  • The Qatari giants have never met the Catalan club and will be looking to shock the European champions.
  • Barcelona won the competition in 2009, defeating Estudiantes 2-1 in the final, with Lionel Messi grabbing an extra-time winner.
  • Pedro netted twice in the 2009 edition which helped him to become the first player to score in six different competitions in one season.
  • The winner of the game will face either Santos or Kashiwa Reysol in Yokohama in the final on Sunday.

Players to watch

Abdulla Obaid

Position: Defender

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The captain will need to be at his very best if he is to foil one of the most potent attacks in world football. If Al Sadd can keep a tight rearguard, they have talented attackers who can cause problems.


Position: Midfielder

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The winger has not featured as much as he would have liked this season yet he looks set to start on Thursday. The Spanish international scored in both the semi-final and final of the 2009 Club World Cup and expect him to be a handful this time around too.

Editor's Prediction

Barcelona will be high in confidence after their Clasico victory at the weekend and it is difficult to see anything other than a convincing win for Pep Guardiola's men against the 2011 AFC Champions League winners.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Al Sadd



Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Al Sadd SC SAD
Al Sadd SC Al Sadd
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona

Top 3 Predictions

Al Sadd SC SAD
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FC Barcelona FCB
Al Sadd SC SAD
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FC Barcelona FCB
Al Sadd SC SAD
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FC Barcelona FCB