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FIFA Club World Cup 2013: Complete Schedule for Remainder of Tournament

AGADIR, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 11:  Goalkeeper Khalid Askri of Casablanca celebrates during the FIFA Club World Cup Play-off for Quarter Final match between Raja Casablanca and Auckland City at Agadir Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Agadir, Morocco.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 13, 2013

While most have their attention already directed toward Brazil, there's another World Cup already underway. 

We are, of course, talking about the FIFA Club World Cup, which pits together the champion sides from each of the six confederations (CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, OFC), as well as the champion from the host country, Morocco. 

It undoubtedly feels like a battle for second place behind Bayern Munich—five of the past six winners have been a UEFA side and the Germans have unreal talent—but Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro might have something to say about that, and even if not, the tournament won't be any less thrilling. 

Let's take a look at when to catch each match, along with a preview for both quarterfinal fixtures. 

FIFA Club World Cup Schedule
MatchDateTime (Local and GMT)Time (ET)RoundFixtureLive Stream
2Dec. 144 p.m.11 a.m.QFGuangzhou Evergrande vs. Al AhlyFIFA.com
3Dec. 147:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.QFWinner 1 vs. MonterreyFIFA.com
4Dec. 177:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.SFWinner 2 vs. Bayern MunichFIFA.com
5Dec. 187:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.SFWinner 3 vs. Atletico MineiroFIFA.com
6Dec. 184:30 p.m.11:30 a.m.5/6 Play-OffLoser 2 vs. Loser 3FIFA.com
7Dec. 214:30 p.m.11:30 a.m.3/4 Play-OffLoser 4 vs. Loser 6FIFA.com
8Dec. 217:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.FinalWinner 4 vs. Winner 6FIFA.com
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Raja Casablanca vs. Monterrey

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 16: Aldo De Nigris (R) celebrates with teammates after winning the FIFA Club World Cup 3rd Place Match between Al-Ahly SC and CF Monterrey at International Stadium Yokohama on December 16, 2012 in Yokohama, Japan.(Photo by Linta
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This is a compelling battle. 

Mexican side Monterrey is coming off its third straight CONCACAF Champions League title and undoubtedly has more talent than its opponent, but the Rayados haven't played a competitive fixture since Nov. 9, when they failed to reach the quarters of the Liga MX Apertura

Raja Casablanca, meanwhile, are not only playing in their home country as the hosts, but they don't have to worry about rust, most recently defeating Auckland City, 2-1, to advance to the quarters of this tournament. 

Still, it sounds as though Monterrey captain Jose Maria Basanta won't let his team lose focus, via FIFA.com:

The experiences we’ve had in recent tournaments puts us in good stead for the match. We know we’re up against strong opposition in every game at this tournament. Just a moment’s carelessness could cost us our place in the semi-final. The matches require our complete and utter focus and are very intense.

Should the squad play with focus and intensity, Monterrey has the talent to advance to its second straight semifinal. But if rust becomes a factor, or if Jose Guadalupe Cruz's boys can't cope with the Moroccan crowd, Casablanca will move on. 

 

Guangzhou Evergrande vs. Al-Ahly

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 09:  Marcello Lippi, coach of Guangzhou Evergrande smiles during the AFC Champions League Final 2nd leg between Guangzhou Evergrande and FC Seoul at Tianhe Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Zhong Zhi/G
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On one side, you have experience. 

This is Al-Ahly's fifth trip to the FIFA Club World Cup, and according to FIFA.com, Mohamed AboutrikaHossam Ashour and Wael Gomaa have made 10 appearances in the tournament, which is more than any other player. 

On the other side, you have star power. 

Guangzhou is led by Italian manager Marcello Lippi, who during his marvelous career has five Serie A titles, a UEFA Champions League title and a World Cup title. Al-Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef called Lippi "one of the most famous and experienced coaches in the world," via FIFA.com.

It will be compelling to see whose experience—Lippi's on the sideline or Al-Ahly's on the pitch—will win out for a chance to meet up with Bayern Munich in the semis. 

 

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