FIFA announces schedule for Club World Cup semi-final
FC Barcelona open play on 17 December at 11.30am CET in Yokohama, Japan
The governing body of world football, FIFA,has formally announcedthe schedule of matches for theClub World Cup Japan 2015. FC Barcelona will be taking part as winners of the 2015UEFA ChampionsLeague.LuisEnrique's teamwill playthe secondsemi-finalof the tournamenton 17 December at 11.30am Central European Time (CET). The match will be played at the InternationalStadiumYokohama, the same place where Barça won the 2011FIFA Club World Cup titleafter beatingSantos of Brazil 4–0.
Barça's opponent in the semi-final has yet to be determined. A club team from the host nation, Japan, receives an automatic berth into a play-off for the quarter-finals. That team — the winner of the JapaneseFirstDivision — will be announced on 5 December and will face AucklandCity of the OceaniaFootballConfederation for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Two other confederations with direct slots in the quarter-finals — from Asia and Africa — will have their representatives announced in November following their respective Champions Leagues. The only club currently confirmed for the quarter-finals is ClubAmérica of Mexico, which will be representing CONCACAF.
The two quarter-final survivors will be paired with FC Barcelona and RiverPlate of Argentina, who, as winners of CONMEBOL's CopaLibertadores, earned a berth straight into the semis as well.