2005 FIFA Club World Championship

The 2005 FIFA Club World Championship (officially known as the FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup Japan 2005 for sponsorship reasons) was the second edition of the FIFA Club World Championship, and the first held after by the merger between the Intercontinental Cup and the FIFA Club World Championship (which had been played in a first edition in 2000).

2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup
FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup Japan 2005
2005 FIFA Club World Championship.svg
FIFA CWCTC 2005 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates11–18 December
Teams6 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil São Paulo (1st title)
Runners-upEngland Liverpool
Third placeCosta Rica Saprissa
Fourth placeSaudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored19 (2.71 per match)
Attendance261,456 (37,351 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Amoroso
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor
England Peter Crouch
Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío
(2 goals each)
Best player(s)Brazil Rogério Ceni
Fair play awardEngland Liverpool

The football tournament was held in Japan from 11 to 18 December 2005 and won by Brazilian club São Paulo, who defeated English side Liverpool 1–0 in the final.


The 2005 tournament was created as a merger between the Intercontinental Cup and the earlier FIFA Club World Championships. The previous of these had been running as an annual tournament between the champions of Europe and South America since 1960; the latter had undergone just one tournament, the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship. The 2001 tournament had been cancelled when FIFA's marketing partner ISL went bankrupt. To celebrate the marriage between the two competitions, a new trophy was introduced by FIFA.

As a result of this merger, the tournament was conceived as being smaller than the original Club World Championship, which had lasted two weeks, yet building on the one game format of the Intercontinental Cup. Six clubs were invited to take part in the tournament, one representing each regional football confederation. The competition's name, which was the simple union between the name of the two previous merging competitions, was evidently too long, and was going to be reduced the following year, becoming the FIFA Club World Cup.


The competition was a knockout tournament so each team played two or three matches. The champions of the four "weaker" confederations played in the quarter-finals; the losers played in a fifth place play-off. The winners were then joined by the European and South American champions in the semi-finals; the losers played in a third place play-off.

The matches were held in Tokyo's National (Olympic) Stadium, Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Aichi, near Nagoya and the International Stadium in Yokohama, where the final was played. For marketing purposes it was known as the FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup.

Qualified teamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship.

The following teams qualified during 2005:

Team Confederation Qualification
Enter in the semi-finals
  Liverpool UEFA 2004–05 UEFA Champions League winners
  São Paulo CONMEBOL 2005 Copa Libertadores winners
Enter in the quarter-finals
  Al Ahly CAF 2005 CAF Champions League winners
  Al-Ittihad AFC 2005 AFC Champions League winners
  Saprissa CONCACAF 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup winners
  Sydney FC OFC 2004–05 Oceania Club Championship winners


Tokyo, Yokohama and Toyota were the three cities to serve as venues for the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup.

Yokohama Tokyo Toyota
International Stadium Yokohama National Stadium Toyota Stadium
35°30′36.16″N 139°36′22.49″E / 35.5100444°N 139.6062472°E / 35.5100444; 139.6062472 (International Stadium Yokohama) 35°40′41.00″N 139°42′53.00″E / 35.6780556°N 139.7147222°E / 35.6780556; 139.7147222 (National Olympic Stadium) 35°05′04.02″N 137°10′14.02″E / 35.0844500°N 137.1705611°E / 35.0844500; 137.1705611 (Toyota Stadium)
Capacity: 72,327 Capacity: 57,363 Capacity: 45,000
2005 FIFA Club World Championship (Japan)


Match officialsEdit

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC   Toru Kamikawa   Yoshikazu Hiroshima
  Kim Dae-Young
CAF   Mohammed Guezzaz   Jean Marie Endeng Zogo
CONCACAF   Benito Archundia   Arturo Velázquez
  Héctor Vergara
CONMEBOL   Carlos Eugênio Simon
  Carlos Chandia
  Cristian Julio
  Mario Vargas
UEFA   Graham Poll   Glenn Turner
  Philip Sharp
  Alain Sars   Frédéric Arnault
  Vincent Texier


Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
  11 December – Tokyo        
   Al-Ittihad  1
14 December – Tokyo
       Al Ahly  0    
   Al-Ittihad  2
Fifth place
       São Paulo  3  
   Al Ahly  1
18 December – Yokohama
   Sydney FC  2  
   São Paulo  1
16 December – Tokyo 12 December – Toyota City
     Liverpool  0
   Sydney FC  0
15 December – Yokohama
     Saprissa  1    
   Saprissa  0
Third place
       Liverpool  3  
   Al-Ittihad  2
   Saprissa  3
18 December – Yokohama



Al-Ittihad  1–0  Al Ahly
Noor   78' Report
Attendance: 28,281
Referee: Graham Poll (England)

Sydney FC  0–1  Saprissa
Report Bolaños   47'
Attendance: 28,538
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)


Al-Ittihad  2–3  São Paulo
Noor   33'
Al-Montashari   68'
Report Amoroso   16'47'
Rogério Ceni   57' (pen.)
Attendance: 31,510
Referee: Alain Sars (France)

Saprissa  0–3  Liverpool
Report Crouch   3'58'
Gerrard   32'

Fifth place play-offEdit

Al Ahly  1–2  Sydney FC
Moteab   45' Report Yorke   35'
Carney   66'
Attendance: 15,951
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Third place play-offEdit

Al-Ittihad  2–3  Saprissa
Kallon   28'
Job   53' (pen.)
Report Saborío   13'85' (pen.)
Gómez   89'


São Paulo  1–0  Liverpool
Mineiro   27' Report


There were 19 goals scored in 7 matches, for an average of 2.71 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal

Tournament round-upEdit

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   São Paulo CONMEBOL 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
2   Liverpool UEFA 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
3   Saprissa CONCACAF 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1
4   Al-Ittihad AFC 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1
5   Sydney FC OFC 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
6   Al Ahly CAF 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2

Views on the tournamentEdit

The tournament was quite well received, although some commentators have stated that, excluding São Paulo and Liverpool, the quality of football was quite poor leading to a view that it might have been better retaining the two continent format of the European/South American Cup.[1]


Adidas Golden Ball
Toyota Award
Adidas Silver Ball Adidas Bronze Ball
  Rogério Ceni
(São Paulo)
  Steven Gerrard
  Christian Bolaños
FIFA Fair Play Award


External linksEdit