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Auckland City seal berth in FIFA Club World Cup

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Oceania powerhouse win a record twelfth OFC Champions League title to book place at newly-launched global extravaganza.

  • Auckland City the first club to qualify for Coupe Intercontinentale de la FIFA 2024
  • Thrashed AS Pirae 4-0 to win the OFC Champions League title in Tahiti
  • New Zealand side already qualified for Mundial de Clubes FIFA 25™

Auckland City have become the first club to confirm their participation at the inaugural edition of the Coupe Intercontinentale de la FIFA™ (FIFA Intercontinental Cup).

The newly-launched annual tournament will feature the champion side from each premier club competition across FIFA’s six confederations. The inaugural edition will be played later this year, with the final in December, at a neutral venue that will be announced at a later date.

New Zealand heavyweights, Auckland City, are the first of those half a dozen clubs to book a spot at the tournament with a dominant 4-0 win over host club, AS Pirae, in the final of the 2024 OFC Champions League in Tahiti.

Michael den Heijer got the ball rolling in just the sixth minute at Stade Pater before Auckland doubled the lead on the half-hour with tournament MVP Liam Gillion rounding the keeper and slotting home to send the New Zealand side to the break in a strong position.

Three minutes after the restart, one of the rising stars of Oceania football, 17-year-old Stipe Ukich, collected a long ball and danced past a couple of Pirae defenders before firing home to make it 3-0.

An unmarked back-post header from Christian Gray on the hour then rounded out the eye-catching win for an Auckland side that have now won the past three – and ten of the past 12 – editions of the OFC Champions League.

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