Will Al Ahly rule the world?
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Al Ahly enhanced their status as the most successful club in Africa by winning a record sixth CAF Champions League title on Sunday. But after conquering the continent for the third time in four years, can the Cairo giants win next month's FIFA Club World Cup?

Ahly's first crack at ruling world was an abortive one. They lost to Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad in the quarter-finals, before a 2-1 defeat by Sydney FC condemned them to last place at Japan 2005.

The Red Devils fared much better one year later. A 2-0 reverse of Auckland FC sent them into the semi-finals, where they were edged 2-1 by eventual champions Internacional. Rather than rue their lack of composure in front of goal, or the post that denied Mohamed Aboutrika, Al Ahly rebounded by beating Mexican heavyweights America to claim bronze.

Encouragingly, Manuel Jose's side have improved since then. They finished 17 points clear atop of the 2007/08 Egyptian Premier League, and have added Ahmed Hassan to a squad that already included the likes of Shady Mohamed, Mohamed Barakat, Gilberto, Flavio and the irresistible Aboutrika.

Al Ahly will, understandably, be full of confidence going into Japan 2008, which will also feature Liga de Quito, Manchester United, Adelaide United, Gamba Osaka, Pachuca and Waitakere United. The question FIFA.com would like you to answer is: can the Egyptians win the FIFA Club World Cup at the third time of asking?

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