(https://www.instagram.com/p/BOMamhwBv7h/) [ ](https://www.instagram.com/p/BOMamhwBv7h/) (https://www.instagram.com/p/BOMamhwBv7h/)[Ya estamos en casa. A disfrutar de estos días.](https://www.instagram.com/p/BOMamhwBv7h/) (“And we’re home. Time to enjoy a few days off”) Una publicación compartida de Nacho Fernandez Iglesias (@nachofdez90) el
*A lifelong Madrid fan
*“I always had Madrid posters and flags in my bedroom when I was a little kid. So did my brother (Alex, who is also a professional footballer). We collected flags and badges of other teams too, but the Spain and Madrid flags were always there.”
*Picked out by Del Bosque
*“I joined the club in 2000 and I’m so proud to be here. I’m at home, where I want to be. I remember that I had a trial with them. They picked me but I couldn’t stay to begin with and I had to go back to my team, AD Complutense, in Alcala de Henares. I was picked out by a coach who’s at my academy now and Vicente del Bosque. It was a very special day and I hope I’ve got many more left.”
*A tilt at a third world title
*“We’ve got the chance to keep on making history. No club had ever won the Champions League twice in a row before and nobody has ever won back-to-back Club World Cups. We’ve got the chance to fly the Madrid flag high again at this Club World Cup. We’ve got a great squad and all we have to do is go out there and play well.”
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) December 18, 2016
Real Madrid and the Club World Cup
- This year’s FIFA Club World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, from 6-16 December.
- Seven clubs are taking part: the champions of the six confederations and the league champions of the host country.
- Qualifiers: Real Madrid (UEFA), Pachuca (CONCACAF), Auckland City (OFC) and Al Jazira (UAE league champions). The teams representing Africa, Asia and South America will be decided in November.
- This will be the 14th Club World Cup and Real Madrid’s fourth appearance in all, the Spaniards having also lined up in 2000, 2014 and 2016.
- Los Blancos finished fourth at the inaugural event and won the Morocco 2014 and Japan 2016 editions. Should Real Madrid hoist the trophy aloft again this year, they will become the only team to win the competition twice in a row, and the most successful side in its history, an honour they would share with arch rivals Barcelona, winners in 2009, 2012 and 2015.