The 2022 FIFA Club World Cup started on February 3, and the final will happen on February 12, 2022, in the United Arab Emirates.

Taking part are six confederation champions and a team from the host nation.
They are:

Palmeiras (CONMEBOL)

Chelsea (UEFA)

Al Hilal (AFC)

Al Ahly (CAF)

Monterrey (CONCACAF)

AS Pirae (OFC)

Al Jazira (Hosts)

Two teams from Asia participate in this season’s FIFA Club World Cup.

Al Hilal as the AFC Champions League winners and Al Jazira as the hosts.

Al Hilal is a football club based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The football team competes in the Saudi Professional League. Al Hilal is one of four teams to have participated in all seasons of the Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Overall, Al Hilal have won 64 official titles on the national and international stage and 100 counting friendly trophies. In domestic competitions, they have won a record 17 Professional League titles, a record 13 Crown Prince Cup titles, a record seven Saudi Federation Cup titles, nine King Cup titles, a record three Super Cup titles, and also the Saudi Founder’s Cup.

Internationally, Al Hilal has a record eight Asian Football Confederation trophies, the AFC Champions League in 1991, 2000, 2019 and 2021, the Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1997 and 2002, and the Asian Super Cup in 1997 and 2000. In September 2009, Al Hilal was awarded Best Asian Club of the 20th Century by the IFFHS.

Al Hilal qualified for this year’s FIFA Club World Cup by defeating Pohang Steelers 2–0 in the final, becoming the most successful team in the competition’s history. As winners, they automatically qualify for the 2022 AFC Champions League.

Last week, Al Hilal was in the transfer news when former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo moved to the Saudi Arabian club. The Nigeria international, who spent a year on loan at Old Trafford from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, has signed an 18-month contract with the Riyadh-based club after a 12-month stint at Saudi rival Al Shabab.

Al Jazira Club is an Emirati professional football club based in Abu Dhabi that competes in the UAE Pro League.

Al-Hilal will be making just their second appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup as they take on Al Jazira in the second round fixture on Sunday at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.

Al Jazira, winners of the 2020-21 UAE Pro League, secured a place in the second round after defeating AS Pirae 4-1 in the first round on Thursday.

The winner of the game will take on UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea in the second semi-final of the competition on Wednesday.