Auckland City FC who have the record of appearances in the tournament aim to get their first win in Japan against the recently crowned J League champions Kashima Antlers who are making their debut in the tournament. The winner of this match will be playing against the African champions Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa.
Auckland dream of making an amazing tournament like they did in 2014 and finished in 3rd place but if they want to repeat that first they must win against Kashima.
Traditional players like Emiliano Tade and Joao Moreira are the references of the team, Albert Riera returns to the team after playing for some seasons in Wellington Phoenix and one of the big hopes and who wants to shine is Clayton Lewis
This are all the encounters between Auckland and Japanese clubs
2011: Kashiwa Reysol 2-0 Auckland
2012 Sanfreece Hiroshima 1-0 Auckland
2015 Sanfreece Hiroshima 1-0 Auckland
The other participants
Copa Libertadores champions Atletico Nacional de Medellin are favorites to reach the final but they must beat the winners from the quarterfinal final (Kashima/Auckland vs Mamelodi)
AFC Champions League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors returns to the tournament 10 years ago and will play against the same team that eliminated them, that team is Club America from Mexico and this time Jeonbuk are looking to win against them and progress to the quarterfinal and play a match that could be historic for them against Real Madrid CF
In the 2006 tournament America won 1-0 vs Jeonbuk in Tokyo.