Al Hilal played a big match against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup, which was held in Abu Dhabi, which sparked a campaign of global praise for its level.
As for Al-Ahly, he was defeated by the Brazilian Palmeiras in the semi-finals, and was “less impressive”, but his great experience in the tournament may give him the advantage in the match.
Many Arab fans, on social networking sites, considered the match a “watershed”, as it will determine the “Arab leadership”.
Al Hilal fans consider their team to be the undisputed strongest in the Arab world, especially in light of the recent great Asian results, and its achievement of the Asian Champions title with complete dominance, outperforming strong clubs from Japan and Iran.
The Chelsea meeting, which Al Hilal lost with a clean goal, came to provide an excellent offensive level, to enhance Al Hilal’s position among its fans, and presented it to the world in a positive way.
But the fans of Al-Ahly of Egypt disagree with this matter, and adhere to the idea that Al-Ahly is the leader of the Arab and African clubs, given his great achievements that match the achievements of the major clubs in the world.
The Al-Ahly and Al-Hilal match may be the most exciting for the third-place match, because it has many dimensions, beyond the idea of ”third place”.
The winner of them will achieve a symbolic title, “The Arab Leadership”, which carries a lot of meaning for the fans of both teams.
The expected match will start on Saturday afternoon, at Al Nahyan Stadium in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and a large crowd is expected from both teams.