Yokohama — Real Madrid will be seeking to keep alive its
chances of a unique quadruple title haul when it travels to Japan for the Club
World Cup from Dec. 8-18.
Madrid is trying to become the first team to win the
Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup
in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout
stage of the Champions League and is alive in the Copa del Rey.
The tournament kicks off on Thursday in Yokohama with
newly-crowned J-League champions Kashima Antlers facing Oceania champion
Auckland City for a chance to advance to the second round.
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Zinedine Zidane's Madrid side hasn't been defeated since
April at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of last season's Champions League. They
return to the competition with 13 of the players who lifted the Clubs World Cup
title in 2014, where they beat San Lorenzo in the final.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas are all
expected to participate, but the biggest absence will be Gareth Bale, who
recently underwent ankle surgery.For
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