There will be one notable absentee from the line-up at the fast-looming FIFA Club World Cup. Auckland City have become familiar to worldwide TV viewers, featuring in the past seven consecutive tournaments and nine overall.
Their unlikely run of seven consecutive continental club titles eclipsed the mark set by Real Madrid’s storied all-star team of the 1950s.
Replacing Auckland City as Oceanian kings earlier this year were Team Wellington. The side from New Zealand's capital had inched ever closer to their domestic rivals over a period of several years. They agonisingly lost three successive OFC Champions League finals, before finally eclipsing the Aucklanders on away goals in an epic semi-final in April.