2007 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2007 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament played in Japan from 7 to 16 December 2007. It was the fourth FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament organised by FIFA for the winners of each confederation's top continental club tournament.

2007 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007
presented by Toyota
Toyota プレゼンツ
FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2007
2007 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates7–16 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsItaly Milan (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina Boca Juniors
Third placeJapan Urawa Red Diamonds
Fourth placeTunisia Étoile du Sahel
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored21 (3 per match)
Attendance315,279 (45,040 per match)
Top scorer(s)Washington (Urawa Red Diamonds)
3 goals
Best player(s)Kaká (Milan)
Fair play awardJapan Urawa Red Diamonds
2006
2008

Seven teams from the six confederations entered the tournament; Defending champions Internacional did not qualify as they were eliminated in the second stage of the 2007 Copa Libertadores.

Italian side Milan became the first European team to win the Club World Cup with a 4–2 victory over Argentinian club Boca Juniors in the final. That title made them the most successful team in the world in terms of international trophies won (18).

Qualified teamsEdit

The qualified teams were decided during 2007 through the six major continental competitions. The winner of each regional club championship participated in the 2007 Club World Cup. In March 2007, the FIFA executive committee introduced a qualifying playoff between the 2007 OFC Champions League champion and the host nation's 2007 J. League champion, as opposed to previous years, in which the Oceania champions were given direct entry into the tournament.[1] In order to avoid the participation of two teams from the same country, the best-placed non-Japanese team in the AFC Champions League would take the "host" berth if a Japanese team won that competition,[2] which indeed happened as Urawa Red Diamonds won the 2007 AFC Champions League. Also, the fifth-place match was eliminated for this edition.

Team Confederation Qualification
Enter in the semi-finals
  Boca Juniors CONMEBOL Winner of 2007 Copa Libertadores
  Milan UEFA Winner of 2006–07 UEFA Champions League
Enter in the quarter-finals
  Étoile du Sahel CAF Winner of 2007 CAF Champions League
  Pachuca CONCACAF Winner of 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
  Urawa Red Diamonds AFC Winner of 2007 AFC Champions League
Play-in qualification
  Sepahan AFC Runner-up of 2007 AFC Champions League
  Waitakere United OFC Winner of 2007 OFC Champions League

† Sepahan took Japan's slot due to a Japanese team winning the AFC Champions League.

VenuesEdit

Tokyo, Yokohama and Toyota were the three cities to serve as venues for the 2007 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
     
2007 FIFA Club World Cup (Japan)

SquadsEdit

For a list of all the squads of this tournament, see the article 2007 FIFA Club World Cup squads.

Match officialsEdit

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Mark Shield (Australia)
Hiroyoshi Takayama (Japan)
Ben Wilson (Australia)
Nathan Gibson (Australia)
CAF Coffi Codjia (Benin) Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Celestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
CONCACAF Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico) Jose Luis Camargo (Mexico)
Pedro Rebollar (Mexico)
CONMEBOL Jorge Larrionda (Uruguayan) Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguayan)
Miguel Nievas (Ecuador)
OFC Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Brent Best (New Zealand)
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)
UEFA Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark) Bill Hansen (Denmark)
Henryk Sonderby (Turkey)

MatchesEdit

BracketEdit

 Wild cardQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 13 December – Yokohama
 10 December – Toyota City  Urawa Red Diamonds0
 7 December – Tokyo  Sepahan1  Milan116 December – Yokohama
   Sepahan3  Urawa Red Diamonds3  Milan4
   Waitakere United112 December – Tokyo  Boca Juniors2
 9 December – Tokyo  Étoile du Sahel0
   Étoile du Sahel1  Boca Juniors1
   Pachuca0
 Third place
 16 December – Yokohama
   Urawa Red Diamonds2 (4)
   Étoile du Sahel2 (2)

All times local (UTC+9)

Play-offEdit

Sepahan  3–1  Waitakere United
Mohammed   3', 4'
Abu Al-Hail   47'
Report Aghili   74' (o.g.)
Attendance: 24,788

Quarter-finalsEdit

Étoile du Sahel  1–0  Pachuca
Narry   85' Report
Attendance: 34,934

Sepahan  1–3  Urawa Red Diamonds
Karimi   80' Report Nagai   32'
Washington   54'
Aghili   70' (o.g.)
Attendance: 33,263
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Semi-finalsEdit

Étoile du Sahel  0–1  Boca Juniors
Report Cardozo   37'
Attendance: 37,255

Urawa Red Diamonds  0–1  Milan
Report Seedorf   68'

Match for third placeEdit

FinalEdit

Boca Juniors  2–4  Milan
Palacio   22'
Ambrosini   85' (o.g.)
Report Inzaghi   21', 71'
Nesta   50'
Kaká   61'

ScorersEdit

AwardsEdit

Adidas Golden Ball
Toyota Award
Adidas Silver Ball Adidas Bronze Ball
  Kaká
(Milan)
  Clarence Seedorf
(Milan)
  Rodrigo Palacio
(Boca Juniors)
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Urawa Red Diamonds

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Green light for further special projects in Oceania, India and the Caribbean". Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  2. ^ "Organising Committee strengthens FIFA Club World Cup format". Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2007.

External linksEdit