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Tough test for Asian soccer as Club World Cup kicks off

South Korean and Japanese sides carry regional hopes against world's best teams

SEOUL -- South Korea's Jeonbuk Motors and Kashima Antlers of Japan are hoping to make history at the 2016 soccer Club World Cup by giving Asia a first-ever representative in the final, which will take place in the Japanese city of Yokohama on Dec. 18.

The annual tournament kicks off on Dec. 8 and features the club champions of each of the six regional confederations of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's governing body. Japan also has a club in the competition, as the host nation.

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