Real Madrid’s impressive 2021/22 campaign ended with Carlo Ancelotti winning an incredible La Liga and UEFA Champions League double on his return to Spain.
Ancelotti showed his evergreen sharpness to beat Xavi, Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp to claim two major honours.
They were rewarded with the title of defending domestic and European champions this season and participation in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, which takes place this month.
Los Blancos are taking the tournament very seriously and Ancelotti is expected to name a strong squad to travel to Morocco in February as they look to add the world champions to their list of honours.
How many times have Real Madrid won FIFA Club World Cup?
European sides have dominated the FIFA Club World Cup — despite its unfair image as a mid-season distraction — following Manchester United’s controversial decision to pull out of the FA Cup to play in 2000 in what was then called the FIFA Club World Championship.
From 18 finals since the inaugural competition 23 years ago, a European team has won 14 times, with Real Madrid the most successful.
Los Blancos have won all four finals they have played in, including their first title in 2014, under Ancelotti.
|Year||Stage Reached||Opponent||Result||Host Nation|
|2000||Third Place Playoff||Necaxa (MEX)||1-1* AET||Brazil|
|2014||Winners||San Lorenzo (ARG)||2-0||Morocco|
|2016||Winners||Kashima Antlers (JAP)||4-2 AET||Japan|
|2018||Winners||Al Ain (UAE)||4-1||UAE|
*Real Madrid lost 4-3 on penalties
Real Madrid have also played in five finals in the now defunct Intercontinental Cup (held between the Copa Libertadores and European Cup/Champions League winners until 2004).
After winning the first ever final against Penarol in 1960, Los Blancos lost to the Uruguayans in 1966 before winning again in 1998 and 2002, either side of a 2000 loss, to become the joint-most successful team in the competition’s history with three trophies.