x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Club World Cup attendance up 129 per cent over 2009

Meanwhile Ivan Cordoba, Inter Milan's vice-captain, said the Italian club will not underestimate Seongnam and Abel Braga has been singing the praises of the current Internacional side.

After three games, attendance for the event is up 129 per cent over the 2009 tournament. The crowd count this year is 72,480, compared to 31,705 at a similar stage a year ago. Local side Al Wahda are a factor - attendance for their two matches has been 54,520, up from 22,078 for the equivalent fixtures last year.

'A certain pressure', says Inter's Cordoba

Ivan Cordoba, Inter Milan's vice-captain, said the Italian club will not underestimate Seongnam in the semi-finals. "The first match is already like a final," he said. "We'll have to play thinking that if we lose, it'll be over. There's a certain pressure, but it's in situations like these that great players give their best."

Braga likes chances of his former team

Abel Braga, the coach of Al Jazira, told fifa.com that his former club, Internacional, are better now than when he led them to victory over Barcelona and the Club World Club title in 2006. He added that Internacional's likely opponents in the final, Inter Milan, "have great players but not a great team".