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The 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup was the first Confederations Cup to be organised by FIFA. The tournament had previously been played in 1992 and 1995 as the King Fahd Cup. This edition of the tournament was hosted by Saudi Arabia, as with the previous editions, in December 1997 and was the first to feature representatives from all of the FIFA confederations.

1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
1997 السعودية
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1997 FIFA Confederations Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySaudi Arabia
Dates12–21 December 1997
Teams8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up Australia
Third place Czech Republic
Fourth place Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored52 (3.25 per match)
Attendance333,500 (20,844 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Romário (7 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Denílson
Fair play award South Africa
1995
1999

It was won by Brazil, who beat Australia 6–0 in the final. After winning the 1997 tournament, Brazil became the first country to be the reigning champion of both major FIFA tournaments (the World Cup and the Confederations Cup), as well as champion of their respective confederation by winning the 1997 Copa América. This feat has since been accomplished once by France, victorious in the 1998 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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Qualified teamsEdit

Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
  Saudi Arabia AFC Hosts and 1996 AFC Asian Cup winners n/a 3rd
  Brazil CONMEBOL 1994 FIFA World Cup winners 17 July 1994 1st
  Uruguay CONMEBOL 1995 Copa América winners 22 July 1995 1st
  Mexico CONCACAF 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners 20 January 1996 2nd
  South Africa CAF 1996 African Cup of Nations winners 3 February 1996 1st
  Czech Republic UEFA UEFA Euro 1996 runners-up 1 30 June 1996 1st
  Australia OFC 1996 OFC Nations Cup winners 1 November 1996 1st
  United Arab Emirates AFC 1996 AFC Asian Cup runners-up 2 21 December 1996 1st

1Germany, the UEFA Euro 1996 winner, declined to participate.

2United Arab Emirates was awarded a spot in the competition because Saudi Arabia had won the 1996 AFC Asian Cup.

VenueEdit

All matches were played in 67,000-seat King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

Match refereesEdit

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

 
1997 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
  Australia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
  Mexico 3 1 0 2 8 6 +2 3
  Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 1 8 −7 3
Saudi Arabia  0–3  Brazil
Report César Sampaio   65'
Romário   73'80'
Attendance: 80,000

Mexico  1–3  Australia
Hernández   80' (pen.) Report Viduka   45'
Aloisi   59'
Mori   90'

Saudi Arabia  0–5  Mexico
Report Palencia   20'62'
Blanco   68'76'
Luna   75'

Australia  0–0  Brazil
Report

Saudi Arabia  1–0  Australia
Al-Khilaiwi   40' Report

Brazil  3–2  Mexico
Romário   41' (pen.)
Denílson   61'
Júnior Baiano   66'
Report Blanco   51'
Ramírez   90'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Uruguay 3 3 0 0 8 4 +4 9
  Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 9 5 +4 4
  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
  South Africa 3 0 1 2 5 7 −2 1
United Arab Emirates  0–2  Uruguay
Report Olivera   45+2'
Pacheco   90+2'

South Africa  2–2  Czech Republic
Augustine   39'
Mkhalele   86'
Report Šmicer   19'40'

United Arab Emirates  1–0  South Africa
H. Mubarak   5' Report
Attendance: 11,000

Czech Republic  1–2  Uruguay
Siegl   89' Report Olivera   26'
Zalayeta   88'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

United Arab Emirates  1–6  Czech Republic
Al Talyani   78' Report Obaid   11' (o.g.)
Nedvěd   22'31'
Šmicer   42'68'71'
Attendance: 8,000

Uruguay  4–3  South Africa
Silva   12'66'
Recoba   42'
Callejas   90'
Report Radebe   11'
Mkhalele   69'
Ndlanya   77'

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
December 19 - Riyadh
 
 
  Brazil2
 
December 21 - Riyadh
 
  Czech Republic0
 
  Brazil6
 
December 19 - Riyadh
 
  Australia0
 
  Uruguay0
 
 
  Australia (a.e.t.)1
 
Third place
 
 
December 21 - Riyadh
 
 
  Czech Republic1
 
 
  Uruguay0

Semi-finalsEdit

Brazil  2–0  Czech Republic
Romário   54'
Ronaldo   83'
Report

Uruguay  0–1 (a.e.t.)  Australia
Report Kewell   92'
Attendance: 22,000

Third place play-offEdit

Czech Republic  1–0  Uruguay
Lasota   63' Report

FinalEdit

Brazil  6–0  Australia
Ronaldo   15'27'59'
Romário   38'53'75' (pen.)
Report

AwardsEdit

Golden Ball Winner Golden Shoe Winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
  Denílson   Romário   South Africa
Silver Ball Winner Silver Shoe Winner
  Romário   Vladimír Šmicer
Bronze Ball Winner Bronze Shoe Winner
  Vladimír Šmicer   Ronaldo

Source: FIFA[1]

GoalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1997 | Awards". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 20 October 2017.

External linksEdit