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FIFA Confederations Cup
Founded 1992
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 8
Current champions Brazil
Most successful team  Brazil (3)
Website www.fifa.com/confederationscup

The FIFA Confederations Cup is an association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (CAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, OFC, CONCACAF), along with the FIFA World Cup winner and the host country, to bring the number of teams up to eight.

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History and details

The tournament was originally organised by and held in Saudi Arabia and called the Confederations Winners Cup (or Intercontinental Championship), contested in 1992 and 1995 by the Saudi national side and some continental champions. In 1997, FIFA took over the organisation of the tournament, named it the FIFA Confederations Cup and staged the competition every two years.

Since 2005, it is held every four years, in the year prior to each World Cup in the host country of the forthcoming World Cup. Considered a dress-rehearsal for the World Cup it precedes, it uses around half of the stadia intended for use at the following year's World Cup and gives the host nation, who qualifies for that tournament automatically, experience at a high level of competition during two years of friendlies. At the same time, participation was made optional for the South American and European champions.[1]

When the World champion is also winner of its confederation championship, then the World Cup runner-up also enters the Confederations Cup, ensuring eight teams for the tournament. In the 2005 tournament, however, Brazil, as World champion, and World Cup runner-up Germany, as host, had qualified. When Brazil also won the Copa América, the vacant eighth spot was awarded to Argentina, runner-up in the Copa América.

On three occasions teams have chosen not to participate in the tournament. The UEFA Euro 1996 winner Germany declined its place in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by the Czech Republic, the runner-up in that tournament. France, 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, declined in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by Brazil, the 1998 World Cup runner-up (and also 1997 Copa America champion). Germany, the runner-up in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, chose not to participate in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by Turkey, the third-placed team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

An earlier tournament existed that invited former World Cup winners, the Mundialito, or Copa D'Oro which celebrated the fifty year anniversary of the first World Cup. The Artemio Franchi Trophy, contested in 1985 and 1993 between the winners of the Copa America and European Football Championships, was also another example of an earlier contest between football confederations. Both of these are considered by some to be a form of an unofficial precursor to the Confederations Cup, although FIFA recognized only the 1992 tournaments onwards to be Confederations Cup winners.[2]

Results

For finals including both Artemio Franchi Trophy and Confederations Cup statistics, see detailed finals.

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King Fahd Cup

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1992 [3]
Details
 Saudi Arabia
Argentina
3–1
Saudi Arabia

United States
5–2
Côte d'Ivoire
1995 [3]
Details
 Saudi Arabia
Denmark
2–0
Argentina

Mexico
1–1
(5–4 pens.)

Nigeria

Confederations Cup

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1997
Details
 Saudi Arabia
Brazil
6–0
Australia

Czech Republic
1–0
Uruguay
1999
Details
 Mexico
Mexico
4–3
Brazil

United States
2–0
Saudi Arabia
2001
Details
 South Korea
 Japan

France
1–0
Japan

Australia
1–0
Brazil
2003
Details
 France
France
1–0
(a.e.t.)

Cameroon

Turkey
2–1
Colombia
2005
Details
 Germany
Brazil
4–1
Argentina

Germany
4–3
(a.e.t.)

Mexico
2009
Details
 South Africa
Brazil
3–2
United States

Spain
3–2
(a.e.t.)

South Africa

Finalists

Team Titles Runners-up
 Brazil 3 (1997, 2005, 2009) 1 (1999)
 France 2 (2001, 2003*) -
 Argentina 1 (1992) 2 (1995, 2005)
 Denmark 1 (1995)
 Mexico 1 (1999*)
 Australia - 1 (1997)
 Cameroon - 1 (2003)
 Japan - 1 (2001*)
 Saudi Arabia - 1 (1992*)
 United States - 1 (2009)
*: hosts

Goalscorers

Overall top scorers

Player Country Goals
Cuauhtémoc Blanco  Mexico 9
Ronaldinho  Brazil 9
Adriano  Brazil 7
Romário  Brazil 7
Marzouq Al-Otaibi  Saudi Arabia 6
Alex  Brazil 5
John Aloisi  Australia 5
Luis Fabiano  Brazil 5
Robert Pirès  France 5
Vladimír Šmicer  Czech Republic 5

Awards

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament. It is selected by the media poll.

Tournament Golden Ball Winner
1997 Saudi Arabia Brazil Denilson
1999 Mexico Brazil Ronaldinho
2001 Korea/Japan France Robert Pirès
2003 France France Thierry Henry
2005 Germany Brazil Adriano
2009 South Africa Brazil Kaká

Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe is awarded to the topscorer of the tournament. If more than one players are equal by same goals, the players will be selected based by the most assists during the tournament.

Tournament Golden Shoe Award Goals
1997 Saudi Arabia Brazil Romario 7
1999 Mexico Brazil Ronaldinho 6
2001 Korea/Japan France Robert Pires 2
2003 France France Thierry Henry 4
2005 Germany Brazil Adriano 5
2009 South Africa Brazil Luis Fabiano 5

Golden Glove

The Golden Glove is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Tournament Golden Glove
2009 South Africa United States Tim Howard

FIFA Fair Play Award

FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team who has the best fair play record during the tournament with the criteria set by FIFA Fair Play Committee.

Tournament FIFA Fair Play Award
1997 Saudi Arabia  South Africa
1999 Mexico  New Zealand,  Brazil
2001 Korea/Japan  Japan
2003 France  Japan
2005 Germany  Greece
2009 South Africa  Brazil

Summary

Participation details

Team Saudi Arabia
1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Mexico
1999
South Korea
Japan
2001
France
2003
Germany
2005
South Africa
2009
Total
 Brazil - - W F 4th 1R W W 6
 Mexico - 3rd 1R W 1R - 4th - 5
 Japan - 1R - - F 1R 1R - 4
 Saudi Arabia F 1R 1R 4th - - - - 4
 United States 3rd - - 3rd - 1R - F 4
 Argentina W F - - - - F - 3
 Australia - - F - 3rd - 1R - 3
 New Zealand - - - 1R - 1R - 1R 3
 Cameroon - - - - 1R F - - 2
 Egypt - - - 1R - - - 1R 2
 France - - - - W W - - 2
 Germany - - - 1R - - 3rd - 2
 South Africa - - 1R - - - - 4th 2
 Bolivia - - - 1R - - - - 1
 Canada - - - - 1R - - - 1
 Colombia - - - - - 4th - - 1
 Côte d'Ivoire 4th - - - - - - - 1
 Czech Republic - - 3rd - - - - - 1
 Denmark - W - - - - - - 1
 Greece - - - - - - 1R - 1
 Iraq - - - - - - - 1R 1
 Italy - - - - - - - 1R 1
 Korea Republic - - - - 1R - - - 1
 Nigeria - 4th - - - - - - 1
 Spain - - - - - - - 3rd 1
 Tunisia - - - - - - 1R - 1
 Turkey - - - - - 3rd - - 1
 United Arab Emirates - - 1R - - - - - 1
 Uruguay - - 4th - - - - - 1
  • 1R: Eliminated in the First Round
  • F: Finalist
  • W: Champion

General statistics

Team P W D L GF GA Dif
 Argentina 10 5 3 2 22 14 +8
 Australia 13 5 1 7 13 20 -7
 Bolivia 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1
 Brazil 28 18 5 5 62 25 +37
 Cameroon 8 4 1 3 5 5 0
 Canada 3 0 1 2 0 5 -5
 Colombia 5 2 0 3 5 5 0
 Côte d'Ivoire 2 0 0 2 2 9 -7
 Czech Republic 5 2 1 2 10 7 +3
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
 Egypt 6 1 2 3 8 17 -9
 France 10 9 0 1 24 5 +19
 Germany 8 4 1 3 17 17 0
 Greece 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4
 Iraq 3 0 2 1 0 1 -1
 Italy 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
 Japan 13 5 2 6 15 16 -1
 Korea Republic 3 2 0 1 3 6 -3
 Mexico 19 8 5 6 33 28 +5
 New Zealand 9 0 1 8 2 24 -22
 Nigeria 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3
 Saudi Arabia 12 3 1 8 13 31 -18
 South Africa 7 1 2 4 9 12 -3
 Spain 5 4 0 1 11 4 +7
 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
 Turkey 5 2 1 2 8 8 0
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 2 8 -6
 United States 12 4 1 7 15 17 -2
 Uruguay 5 3 0 2 8 6 +2

References

  1. ^ 2005/2006 season: final worldwide matchday to be 14 May 2006
  2. ^ Intercontinental Cup for Nations
  3. ^ a b The first two editions were in fact the defunct King Fahd Cup. FIFA later recognized them retroactively as Confederations Cups. See http://www.fifa.com/tournaments/archive/tournament=101/awards/.

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