1999 FIFA Confederations Cup

The 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup was the fourth FIFA Confederations Cup, and the second organised by FIFA. The tournament was hosted by Mexico between 24 July and 4 August 1999.

1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
Copa Confederaciones México '99
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryMexico
Dates24 July – 4 August
Teams8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place United States
Fourth place Saudi Arabia
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored55 (3.44 per match)
Attendance970,000 (60,625 per match)
Top scorer(s)Saudi Arabia Marzouk Al-Otaibi
Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Brazil Ronaldinho
(6 goals each)
Best player(s)Brazil Ronaldinho
Fair play award Brazil
1997
2001

It was won by Mexico, who beat Brazil 4–3 in the final. Mexico became the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. The competition was to originally be held in three stadiums, in three cities in the country. However, since the stadiums in Monterrey were sponsored by a competing beer company other than the official advertiser, the city was left out of the tournament altogether. The tournament was originally scheduled for 8–20 January 1999, but was rescheduled by FIFA on 17 November 1998 to accommodate the scheduling of the participating European teams.[1]

The tournament was organized in two groups of four teams, in which two teams from both groups advanced to the semi-finals.

Venues

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Matches were played at two venues: the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City served as the venue for matches in Group A, while the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara hosted matches in Group B. Each of the venues also hosted one of the semi-finals; the final was played at the Azteca and the third place play-off was played at the Jalisco.

Mexico City Guadalajara
Estadio Azteca Estadio Jalisco
Capacity: 115,000 Capacity: 66,700
   

Teams

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Qualification

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The tournament featured eight teams, representing the six continental confederations. Mexico qualified as both the host nation and the winners of the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, so the CONCACAF berth was given to the United States. France also qualified automatically as winners of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but they declined to participate; World Cup runners-up Brazil took their place, which meant Bolivia replaced Brazil as the CONMEBOL representatives, having finished as runners-up in the 1997 Copa América. The other four places went to the winners of the most recent continental competitions: Germany (UEFA), Saudi Arabia (AFC), Egypt (CAF) and New Zealand (OFC).

Country Confederation Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[2]
  Mexico CONCACAF Hosts and 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners 2 (1995, 1997)
  Germany UEFA UEFA Euro 1996 winners 30 June 1996 0 (debut)
  Saudi Arabia AFC 1996 AFC Asian Cup winners 21 December 1996 3 (1992, 1995, 1997)
  Bolivia CONMEBOL 1997 Copa América runners-up[3] 29 June 1997 0 (debut)
  United States CONCACAF 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up[4] 15 February 1998 1 (1992)
  Egypt CAF 1998 African Cup of Nations winners 28 February 1998 0 (debut)
  Brazil CONMEBOL 1998 FIFA World Cup runners-up[5] 12 July 1998 1 (1997)
  New Zealand OFC 1998 OFC Nations Cup winners 4 October 1998 0 (debut)

Squads

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Match officials

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Group stage

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All times CST (UTC−6).

Group A

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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Mexico (H) 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
3   Bolivia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4   Egypt 3 0 2 1 5 9 −4 2
Source: FIFA
(H) Hosts
Bolivia  2–2  Egypt
Report
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
Mexico  5–1  Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 85,000

Saudi Arabia  0–0  Bolivia
Report
Attendance: 65,000
Mexico  2–2  Egypt
Report

Egypt  1–5  Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 15,000
Bolivia  0–1  Mexico
Report
Attendance: 55,000

Group B

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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   United States 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3   Germany 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
4   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: FIFA
Brazil  4–0  Germany
Report
Attendance: 60,000
New Zealand  1–2  United States
Report
Attendance: 60,000

Germany  2–0  New Zealand
Report
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)
Brazil  1–0  United States
Report
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

United States  2–0  Germany
Report
Attendance: 53,000
New Zealand  0–2  Brazil
Report

Knockout stage

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In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each). If still tied after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.

Bracket

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Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
1 August – Mexico City
 
 
  Mexico (a.s.d.e.t.)1
 
4 August – Mexico City
 
  United States0
 
  Mexico4
 
1 August – Guadalajara
 
  Brazil3
 
  Brazil8
 
 
  Saudi Arabia2
 
Third place play-off
 
 
3 August – Guadalajara
 
 
  United States2
 
 
  Saudi Arabia0

Semi-finals

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Mexico  1–0 (a.e.t.)  United States
Report

Brazil  8–2  Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 48,000

Third place play-off

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United States  2–0  Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 38,000

Final

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Mexico  4–3  Brazil
Report
Attendance: 110,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Statistics

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Goalscorers

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Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Marzouk Al-Otaibi and Ronaldinho are the top scorers in the tournament with six goals each. Ronaldinho won the Golden Shoe award by having more assists than Blanco and Al-Otaibi. In total, 55 goals were scored by 29 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Tournament ranking

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Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 A   Mexico (H) 5 4 1 0 13 6 +7 13 Champions
2 B   Brazil 5 4 0 1 18 6 +12 12 Runners-up
3 B   United States 5 3 0 2 6 3 +3 9 Third place
4 A   Saudi Arabia 5 1 1 3 8 16 −8 4 Fourth place
5 B   Germany 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3 Eliminated in
group stage
6 A   Bolivia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
7 A   Egypt 3 0 2 1 5 9 −4 2
8 B   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: FIFA[6]
(H) Hosts

Awards

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The following Confederations Cup awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament: the Golden Boot (top scorer), and Golden Ball (best overall player).[7]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Ronaldinho   Cuauhtémoc Blanco   Marzouk Al-Otaibi
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
  Ronaldinho   Cuauhtémoc Blanco   Marzouk Al-Otaibi
6 goals, 2 assists
376 minutes played
6 goals, 0 assists
465 minutes played
6 goals, 0 assists
315 minutes played
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Brazil

Notes

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  1. ^ "1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Rescheduled for July 28 – August 8 in Mexico". Chicago: United States Soccer Federation. 17 November 1998. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
  3. ^ Bolivia was awarded a spot in the competition because Brazil had won the 1997 Copa América and qualified through the World Cup berth.
  4. ^ The United States was awarded a spot in the competition because the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico qualified as hosts.
  5. ^ France, the 1998 FIFA World Cup winners, declined to take part.
  6. ^ "Statistical Kit: FIFA Confederations Cup (FCC 2017 post-event edition) – Ranking by tournament" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 July 2017. p. 21. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  7. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Mexico 1999 | Awards". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
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