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FIFA Club World Cup 2012: Bracket, Schedule, Predictions and More

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Ramires of Chelsea celebrates his goal with Juan Mata during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2012

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup will give football fans an opportunity to watch the champions of all the best club competitions from last season play in a competitive tournament with a prestigious trophy on the line.

As usual, the tournament is headlined by the winner of the UEFA Champions League, which is Premier League club Chelsea.

The Blues are hoping to become the sixth straight European club to win this tournament since it began in 2000. Manchester United became the first and only English club to win the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008.

Let's look at the tournament bracket and schedule and make some predictions for this exciting club tournament.

 

Teams Participating

Club Country Tournament Won in 2012
Chelsea England UEFA Champions League
Al-Ahly Egypt CAF Champions League
Corinthians Brazil Copa Libertadores
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea AFC Champions League
Monterrey Mexico CONCACAF Champions League
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan J. League Division 1
Auckland City New Zealand
OFC Champions League

 

Bracket/Schedule

Round Date Team   Team
Playoff December 6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Auckland City
Quarterfinals December 9 Ulsan Hyundai vs. Monterrey
Quarterfinals December 9 Sanfrecce Hiroshima/Auckland City
vs. Al-Ahly
Semifinals December 12 Corinthians vs. TBD
Semifinals December 13 Chelsea vs. TBD
Final December 16 TBD vs. TBD
3rd Place December 16 TBD vs. TBD
5th Place December 12 TBD vs. TBD

 

Predictions

As the strongest team in the tournament, Chelsea are my prediction to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.

The Blues' toughest opponent will be Corinthians, who, like the English club, are already in the semifinal. Expect these two teams to meet in the final with another trophy at stake.

Brazilian teams have often done well in this tournament, but the last club from South America to win the FIFA Club World Cup was Internacional (Brazil) in 2006.

Even though Chelsea are struggling in the Champions League, they will be highly motivated to win this tournament because it may be the only trophy that the club wins this season. Obviously, it's still early in the season, but Chelsea must make the most of every opportunity they have to win trophies.

Chelsea have too much attacking quality to be stopped in this tournament. The Blues will win the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in club history.

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