FC Barcelona aiming for 3rd Club World Cup title
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2015 05:20 PM
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015 file picture Barcelona's Lionel Messi, celebrates after scoring his team's 5th goal during the Group E Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Neymar has made the three-man Ballon D'Or shortlist 2015 for the first time, alongside Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and title holder Cristiano Ronaldo. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti,File)
AP Sports Writer
TOKYO (AP) — Lionel Messi and Neymar will spearhead Barcelona's attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week.
Luis Enrique's squad will play its first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league.
The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favorites to reach the Dec. 20 final.
Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders will be clear favorites to continue Europe's domination.
The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA's six continental confederations plus champions of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.