From the very first moment, Arab football imposed its presence in the FIFA Club World Cup, either through the edition that was held in 2000 or in the tournament in its current system that began in 2005, and Arab football was almost always present in the FIFA Clubs World Cup.
And after the participation of the Saudi victory and Moroccan Raja Casablanca in the 2000 edition, the real kick-off was for the Arab participation in the FIFA Club World Cup through the Egyptian Al-Ahly and Saudi Jeddah Federation teams, as they participated in the 2005 tournament, which was the first version of the tournament in its current form.
The Arab participations in the tournament followed this version, and the Arab clubs did not miss the FIFA Club World Cup over the past editions except in the 2015 and 2016 editions, while the last edition in 2019 in Doha witnessed a historic participation in Arab football, where 3 Arab teams fought the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
These teams are Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia, champion of Asia, Tunisia’s Esperance, champion of Africa, and Al-Sadd, Qatar, representing the host country.
And in the 2020 edition expected in the coming days in Doha, Qatar’s Al-Duhail and Al-Ahly of Egypt will be representatives of Arab football.
The kick-off saw a tangible success for Arab football, as the Saudi Federation won fourth place in the 2005 World Cup, then Egypt’s Al-Ahly won third place in the next edition in 2006.
But the biggest achievement for the Arab teams in the tournament was Morocco’s Raja Casablanca, the final match in the 2013 edition, and he had participated in the tournament and added to it, while Egypt’s Al-Ahly, who won the African title at the time, ranked sixth in the same edition.
Al-Raja’s achievement was repeated with another Arab host team, Al-Ain, during the 2018 edition hosted by Abu Dhabi, where Al-Ain brilliantly fought his way to the final match, but fell to Real Madrid.
The Arab teams belonging to the Asian continent were more than their counterparts from the African continent in the versions that witnessed the participation of two Arab teams, one from Asia and the other from Africa.