Al-Jazira knock out Auckland City in opening Club World Cup game

Germany celebrate with the World Cup trophy

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Bilen's injury will be closely monitored by Auckland City FC medical staff but he could be available should the Oceania champions advance in the competition which would pose a healthy selection dilemma for Tribulietx who has plenty to choose from in midfield with Albert Riera, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, Cam Howieson, Reid Drake and Fabrizio Tavano all capable of starting the match.

"We are delighted to welcome seven continental champions to the UAE for what will be a marvellous celebration of football", commented Aref Hamed Al Awani, tournament director of the LOC.

Seven continental champions have qualified for the prestigious event that has become an important feature of the Federation Internationale de Football Association since its inception. We are champions of the UAE, but not of a continent.

"Each team has a significant role to play in the tournament and we wish each and every team and player the best of luck for their matches ahead", he added.

Japanese club Urawa Reds await the winners in the quarter-finals in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (NZ time).

The final will be played on December 16 in Abu Dhabi. Al Jazira, who qualified as champions of host nation the United Arab Emirates, also gave away 22 free kicks.

And second match will be played between the winners of the first match and AFC Champions League winners.

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"That was the most important thing we wanted: to be with all these big champions, because they're all big champions".

The high-voltage match, however, had a pedestrian start.

Football clubs which supply squad members for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation can look forward to massively increased payments of around $8,530 (£6,360/€7,180) per player per day, in recognition of their "contribution to the successful staging" of the tournament.

"We're always playing big global tournaments away from home so we're used to impressive stadiums with big atmospheres".

Real are aiming to become the first club in the history of the competition to win it twice in a row. World Cup-bound 33-year-old wide midfielder Mbark Boussoufa of Morocco is another potential threat although former Real Madrid and France midfielder Lassana Diarra is missing from the squad.

The local favorites next play Asian champions Urawa Reds on Saturday, while Auckland City were sent packing home early. They had 59 per cent of possession to Al Jazira's 41.

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