Barca hoping for more Club World Cup luck

MADRID - Barcelona are determined to make it third time lucky at next month's FIFA Club World Cup after two failed attempts to become global club champions, sporting director Txiki Begiristain said on Wednesday.

Barca lost 1-0 to Internacional in the final of the 2006 Cup and were beaten 2-1 by another Brazilian side, Sao Paulo, in the 1992 European-South American Cup, the predecessor to the World Club Cup.

"We have three European titles and it's our third chance and we must take it," Begiristain said on the la Liga club's website.

"It's one of the club's historical objectives because it doesn't have this title," he added. "We don't want to get uptight about it but we need it."

European champions Barca and Estudiantes of Argentina have byes through to the semi-finals for the December 9-19 tournament in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The other five teams taking part are Mexican side Atlante, South Korea's Pohang Steelers, TP Mazembe Englebert of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Al Ahli of UAE and New Zealand's Auckland City and the draw is on Thursday.

Barca currently hold three domestic and two European titles - the Spanish league, King's Cup and Super Cup and the European Champions League and European Super Cup.