Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
A place in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup semis will be at stake when Al Jazira and Urawa Reds face each other at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The hosts set up a meeting with the Japanese outfit by beating Auckland City 1-0, but it has to be noted that the New Zealand club missed a number of clear-cut chances to score the equalizer. Al Jazira will have a much bigger fish to fry in Saturday’s football match against Urawa Reds and home win should not be considered. Mihailo Petrovic’s men did well to beat AL-Hilal in the 2017 AFC Champions League final and they certainly have big ambitions for the FIFA Club World Cup. Seeing that Al Jazira failed to impress in the 1-0 win over Auckland City, we predict that the Reds will make it to the semis of the prestigious club competition.
Highlighted Player (Wataru Endo):
Wataru Endo is a Japanese footballer who plays for Urawa Red Diamonds as a defender. Endo is a product of Shonan Bellmare youth academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level. After scoring 21 goals in 153 appearances (league) for the club the 178-cm tall centre-back moved to Urawa Red Diamonds in 2016 and he has been playing for the J1 League club ever since.
Endo won the AFC Champions League with Urawa in 2017 as the Reds defeated Al-Hilal in the final of the competition. The Japanese defender played 90 minutes in the victory over the Saudi Arabian side and the winning of the AFC Champions League trophy is considered the biggest success of his career.
Wataru Endo made his debut for Japan on August 2, 2015 in a 2-1 loss to Korea DPR at the EAFF E-1 Football Championship. In 2016 he was the AFC U-23 Championship trophy with the Samurai Blue. The Urawa Red Diamonds footballer was born in Totsuka-ku, Yokohama (Japan) on February 9, 1993.
Highlighted Team (Al Jazira):
Over the years Al Jazira have established themselves as one of the best teams in United Arab Emirates. The Pride of Abu Dhabi won their first UAE Arabian Gulf League trophy in 2011 and six years later they repeated the success. In 2007 Al Jazira did well to clinch the GCC Champions league title and that is considered the club’s biggest success.
The United Arab Emirates club suffered a 2-0 loss to the Saudi Arabians in the first leg, but they proved their worth in the return leg (3-1) and eventually defeated the Commandos on penalties to win the trophy. It has to be noted that famous Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga was in charge of the club during the 2013/2014 season. Al Jazira welcome their rivals at Mohammeed Bin Zayed Stadium and the venue can hold up to 42.056 spectators.
Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic is one of the most famous footballers who played for the club and the former Juventus ace scored 25 goals in the 2014/2015 Arabian Gulf League.