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FIFA Club World Cup 2017: Will Arabic stadiums bring luck to European giants yet again?

Real Madrid celebrate winning the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)
by Bara'ah Hasan, Lebanon

BEIRUT, December 8, 2017 - Arabic stadiums have been fertile ground for the European clubs in the past few years in the FIFA Club World Cup.

In the last four championships held in Arabic countries, it was European giants that won the trophy.

The United Arab Emirates are the hosts of the 2017 edition of the championship that started on the 6th of December, with AL Jazeera Club representing the host country, and with the final set for December 16.

This is not the first time that the UAE is home to this event, having organized it two times before, along with Morocco.

Back in 2000, Brazil had been the first country to host the FIFA CWC, when the local club Corinthians won the tournament.

Later, the competition was held twice in Japan, in 2005 and 2006, where the Brazilian dominance continued with Sao Paul and Internacional winning the trophy after overcoming Liverpool and Barcelona.

This happened before AC Milan and Manchester United won it in 2007 and 2008.

Then, when UAE was chosen to host the 2009 and 2010 events, it was a chance for the European clubs to continue their dominance.

It was Barcelona and Inter who after becoming the European Champions added a World champion title.

Moroccan fans also had a chance to see the Club World Cup two times in 2013 and 2014. Germany’s Bayern Munich and Spanish giants Real Madrid won the titles respectively.

So, if you look at the statistics, it is the European clubs that have more luck when it comes to Arabic countries hosting the championship.

The holders of the title are Real Madrid who won last year’s edition in Japan.

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