Intriguing quarter-final pairings drawn
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The draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 took place on Monday 24 September at Home of FIFA in Zurich. “It's my great pleasure to declare the draw ceremony open," FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said by way of welcome to the invited guests. "I wish every success to all the teams taking part in this wonderful tournament."

Blatter handed over to Japanese Football Association President Kuniya Daini, who had this to say: "We’re proud to be hosting this prestigious competition. Our preparations are going very well. We’re looking forward to welcoming all our guests to Japan."

After a fascinating introductory video reviewing the qualifying routes for the FIFA Club World Cup 2012, FIFA Director of Competitions Mustapha Fahmy supervised the draw for the quarter-finals. He was assisted by Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, former Japan national team captain and an ambassador for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012.

In the first of two exceptionally interesting quarter-final clashes, the winners of the AFC Champions League, to be determined on 10 November, will meet CONCACAF Champions League winners CF Monterrey. The second quarter-final pairs the winners of the play-off between the Japanese champions, who will be crowned on 1 December, and O-League champions Auckland City FC, and the winners of the CAF Champions League, which concludes in mid-November.

To review the draw in detail, follow the link in the right navigation.