The BBC has secured a last-minute deal to broadcast the semi-finals and the final of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
Featuring 2012 UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea, the annual tournament brings together the club champions from all six FIFA confederations.
Both semi-finals will be shown live on the Red Button and the BBC HD channel, with highlights of Chelsea’s semi-final match on BBC Two shortly after its conclusion.
The final will be shown exclusively live on BBC Two and BBC HD on Sunday, December 16.
No British broadcaster had picked up the rights to screen the tournament which has been shown on various networks in recent years, including Channel 5, British Eurosport and ESPN.
BBC Sport’s chief football commentator Guy Mowbray announced on Twitter:
“FIFA World Club Cup, live on BBC HD channel next Wed (semi), Thurs (Chelsea semi) & Sun (Final) mornings. Kick offs 10.30 am GMT #cfc”
Mowbray also confirmed that he will be commentating on the games for the BBC.
The 2012 competition began on Thursday, December 6, with Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima beating Auckland City 1-0 in a quarter-final play-off.
Hiroshima were beaten 2-1 by Egypt’s Al-Ahly in the quarter-final stages, which took place on December 9. Two other sides – Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea) and CF Monterrey (Mexico) – joined the competition at this stage, with the Mexican side winning 3-1.
Despite the tournament being viewed by some Chelsea fans as an inconvenience at a time when Rafael Benitez’s team are struggling for form in the Premier League, the Blues travel to Japan as one of the favourites to win the trophy.
They are arrive as semi-finalists and will play just two games.
In the semi-finals, Chelsea will play CF Monterrey on December 13. Depending on the outcome of this match, they will play in either the third place play-off or the final itself on Sunday, December 16.
Brazilian giants Corinthians, the other major side in the competition and likely to Chelsea’s closest rivals for the trophy, also enter at the semi-final stage, and will play either Al-Ahly.
For the first time in a major FIFA-run competition, the 2012 Club World Cup will also feature the implementation of goal-line technology, allowing referees to determine categorically, if needed, whether the ball crosses the goal-line.
Live coverage of the three key games will also be simulcast on the BBC Sport website.
Mark Chapman will be presenting BBC TV’s coverage, with studio analysis from Pat Nevin and Robbie Savage.
Wednesday 12th December Al-Ahly SC (EGY) 0-1 Corinthians (BRA) Semi Final 1 | Kick-off: 10.30am LIVE: 10.15am-12.30pm – BBC Red Button / BBC HD Thursday 13th December CF Monterrey (MEX) 1-3 Chelsea (ENG) Semi Final 2 | Kick-off: 10.30am LIVE: 10.15am-12.30pm – BBC Red Button / BBC HD Highlights: 1.30pm-2.15pm – BBC Two / BBC HD Sunday 16th December Corinthians (BRA) v Chelsea (ENG) FIFA Club World Cup Final 2012 | Kick-off: 10.30am LIVE: 10.00am-12.55pm – BBC Two / BBC HD