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FIFA Club World Cup
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The FIFA Club World Cup Trophy, which is awarded to the world champions.
Founded 2000
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 7
Current champions Spain FC Barcelona
Website Club World Cup
2010 FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup, formerly known as the FIFA Club World Championship, is a football competition contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations, although, since 2007, the champions of Oceania must play a qualifying play-off against the champion club of the host country.

The first competition took place in Brazil in January 2000. It was intended by FIFA to be a replacement for the Intercontinental Cup (also known as the Toyota Cup), which was contested annually in Tokyo, Japan by the champions of Europe via the Champions League and South America via the Copa Libertadores. Following a hiatus, the competition was re-branded and reintroduced in 2005 and has been the sole intercontinental club championship since then.



The 2000 FIFA Club World Championship, held in Brazil, comprised of eight qualifiers: the six continental champions, the reigning Intercontinental Champions and the host nation champions. The tournament was somewhat controversial, most notably in England where Manchester United had to withdraw from the national cup competition, the FA Cup, in order to compete. The launch of the competition was understood by some to be part of a struggle between FIFA and UEFA, who were competing for control of international club football: the existing Intercontinental Cup fell outside of FIFA's jurisdiction. [1] The final was competed between the two Brazilian sides in the tournament and was considered a poor game of football. [2]

The second competition was penciled in for Spain in 2001, to feature 12 teams. This was canceled owing to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner ISL. It was then intended to hold the event in 2003, but this also failed to happen. FIFA eventually agreed to terms with the Intercontinental Cup to merge the two competitions. The final Intercontinental Cup was the 2004 edition, with the first installment of the relaunched Club World Championship held in Japan between December 11 and December 18, 2005.

The 2005 relaunched version was shorter than the previous World Championship, reducing the problem of scheduling the tournament around the different club seasons across each continent. It contained just the six reigning continental champions, with the CONMEBOL and UEFA champions receiving byes to the semi-finals of the tournament.

The competition was then renamed as FIFA Club World Cup for the 2006 event, which was held annually in Japan until 2008. The 2009 and 2010 events will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates. For the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup, a play-off match between the OFC champions and the host-nation champions for entry into the quarter-final stage was introduced in order to increase home interest in the tournament. The reintroduction of the match for fifth place for the 2008 competition also prompted an increase in prize money by US$500,000 to a total of US$16.5 million. The winners took away $5 million, second-placed team received $4 million, the third-placed team $2.5 million, the fourth-placed team $2 million, the fifth-placed team $1.5 million, the sixth-placed team $1 million and the seventh-placed team received $500,000.[3]

In February 2008 a FIFA Club World Cup Champions Badge was introduced, featuring an image of the trophy, which the reigning champion is entitled to display on its kit until the final of the next championship. Initially, all four previous champions were allowed to wear the badge until the 2008 final[4], where Manchester United gained the sole right to wear the badge by winning the trophy.

The team with the most appearances in the competition is Al-Ahly of Egypt, which has been involved in three out of the five tournaments held - 2005, 2006 and 2008.fart


Year Final Third Place Venue
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
Corinthians Brazil 0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
(4 – 3 pens.)
Brazil Vasco da Gama Necaxa Mexico 1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(4 – 3 pens.)
Spain Real Madrid Maracanã Stadium,
Rio de Janeiro
São Paulo Brazil 1 – 0 England Liverpool Saprissa Costa Rica 3 – 2 Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad International Stadium,
Internacional Brazil 1 – 0 Spain Barcelona Al-Ahly Egypt 2 – 1 Mexico América International Stadium,
Milan Italy 4 – 2 Argentina Boca Juniors Urawa Red Diamonds Japan 2 – 2
(4 – 2 pens.)
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel International Stadium,
Manchester United England 1 – 0 Ecuador LDU Quito Gamba Osaka Japan 1 – 0 Mexico Pachuca International Stadium,
Barcelona Spain 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Argentina Estudiantes Pohang Steelers South Korea 1 – 1
(4 – 3 pens.)
Mexico Atlante Sheikh Zayed Stadium,
Abu Dhabi


Year Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball Top Goalscorer Fair Play Award Winning Manager
2000 Brazil Edílson Brazil Edmundo Brazil Romário France Nicolas Anelka (3)
Brazil Romário (3)
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr Brazil Oswaldo de Oliveira
2005 Brazil Rogério Ceni England Steven Gerrard Costa Rica Cristian Bolaños Brazil Amoroso (2)
England Peter Crouch (2)
Costa Rica Alvaro Saborio (2)
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor (2)
England Liverpool Brazil Paulo Autuori
2006 Portugal Deco Brazil Iarley Brazil Ronaldinho Egypt Mohamed Aboutreika (3) Spain Barcelona Brazil Abel Braga
2007 Brazil Kaká Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Argentina Rodrigo Palacio Brazil Washington (3) Japan Urawa Red Diamonds Italy Carlo Ancelotti
2008 England Wayne Rooney Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Argentina Damián Manso England Wayne Rooney (3) Australia Adelaide United Scotland Alex Ferguson
2009 Argentina Lionel Messi Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Spain Xavi Hernández Brazil Denilson (4) Mexico Atlante Spain Josep Guardiola

Top goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals

Only one player has scored goals for more than one club in the history of the FIFA Club World Cup:

Performances by team

Team Winners Runners-Up Third Fourth
Spain Barcelona 1 (2009) 1 (2006)
Brazil Corinthians 1 (2000)
Brazil São Paulo 1 (2005)
Brazil Internacional 1 (2006)
Italy Milan 1 (2007)
England Manchester United 1 (2008)
Brazil Vasco da Gama 1 (2000)
England Liverpool 1 (2005)
Argentina Boca Juniors 1 (2007)
Ecuador LDU Quito 1 (2008)
Argentina Estudiantes 1 (2009)
Mexico Necaxa 1 (2000)
Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa 1 (2005)
Egypt Al-Ahly 1 (2006)
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (2007)
Japan Gamba Osaka 1 (2008)
South Korea Pohang Steelers 1 (2009)
Spain Real Madrid 1 (2000)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 (2005)
Mexico Club América 1 (2006)
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1 (2007)
Mexico Pachuca 1 (2008)
Mexico Atlante 1 (2009)

Performances by country

Nation Winners Runners-Up Third Fourth
Brazil Brazil 3 (2000, 2005, 2006) 1 (2000)
Spain Spain 1 (2009) 1 (2006) 1 (2000)
England England 1 (2008) 1 (2005)
Italy Italy 1 (2007)
Argentina Argentina 2 (2007, 2009)
Ecuador Ecuador 1 (2008)
Japan Japan 2 (2007, 2008)
Mexico Mexico 1 (2000) 3 (2006, 2008, 2009)
Costa Rica Costa Rica 1 (2005)
Egypt Egypt 1 (2006)
South Korea South Korea 1 (2009)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1 (2005)
Tunisia Tunisia 1 (2007)

Performances by confederation

Cofederation Winners Runner-up Third Fourth
CONMEBOL 3 (2000, 2005, 2006) 4 (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009)
UEFA 3 (2007, 2008, 2009) 2 (2005, 2006) 1 (2000)
AFC 3 (2007, 2008, 2009) 1 (2005)
CONCACAF 2 (2000, 2005) 3 (2006, 2008, 2009)
CAF 1 (2006) 1 (2007)

See also


External links

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