Asia’s qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 will gather momentum on Friday as Australia and Korea Republic make their bow in the Round Four stage with trips to Oman and Qatar respectively.
Al-Sadd left-back Nadir Belhadj has said that meeting Barcelona in the semi-finals at Japan 2011 is cause for celebration, telling FIFA.com the Qatari club will prepare as best they can for the Spanish giants.
Uruguayan Jorge Fossati, now with Asian champions Al-Sadd, speaks to FIFA.com about his experiences in international competitions and hopes for the FIFA Club World Cup with the Asian champions.
Al Sadd’s central defensive pairing of captain Abdulla Koni and Korea Republic’s Lee Jung-Soo were a cornerstone in the Qatari club’s Asian title win and now the experienced duo will play a key role for the team at Japan 2011.
Korea Republic big guns Jeonbuk Motors had their perfect AFC Champions League record blemished, while Iran's Sepahan and Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad are on the verge of qualification after three group matches.
Lee Jung-Soo, Kim Jung-Woo, Park Chu-Young and Lee Keun-Ho were on target as Korea Republic swept aside Honduras in Seoul.