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November 6, 2010, 12:02 AM
PACHUCA, Mexico -- Pachuca officially kicked-off the countdown to its participation in next month's FIFA Club World Cup with two-consecutive FIFA Media Days that ended today.

Yesterday, the 2009/2010 CONCACAF Champions League winner welcomed mecdia outlets holding rights to broadcast the tournament, which will be held in December 8-18 in Abu Dhabi, the second-largest city in the United Arab Emirates.

Among those attending were TV Azteca of Mexico, FIFA.com, Japan's Nippon TV and the UAE's Al Jazeera.

Those outlets were allowed to film a training session and interview players, activities that will help promote the tournament and Pachuca.

"I had the opportunity to live a "Media Day" before due to my involvement with the Liga de Quito two years ago in Japan," midfielder Damian Manso told Pachuca's official Web site. "I come with very good memories, but also have a sense of revenge, and I'm excited to once again reach the finals and now win.

"We're excited to play a great role."

For his outstanding play in the 2008 tournament with the Ecuadorian side, Manso was awarded the Bronze Ball.

Earlier today, a press conference was held with club directors, coaches and players, as well with representatives of FIFA, and Enrique Borja, Director of Strategic Alliances for CONCACAF.

"Everyone involved at Pachuca should be very proud of the club's achievements," said Borja, a former Mexican national team star. "I am delighted that the CONCACAF Champions League provided a platform that allows them to compete against the top clubs in the world.

"CONCACAF wishes them all the best."

This will be Pachuca's third trip to the Club World Cup.

In 2007, it was eliminated after one game with a 1-0 loss to Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia.

A year later, it finished fourth after suffering defeat against Japan's Gamba Osaka in the third place match. The Tuzos opened the competition with an extra-time 4-2 win over Al Ahly of Egypt before losing 2-0 in the semifinals to Manso and Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito.

Pachuca has captured the CONCACAF club title four times (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009/10) and qualified for Abu Dhabi after getting past Cruz Azul on the away goals rule (2-2 on aggregate) in the 2009/10 Champions League final.

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