2008 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2008 FIFA Club World Cup (officially the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was the fifth FIFA Club World Cup, a football tournament for the champion clubs from each of FIFA's six continental confederations. The tournament was held in Japan from 11 to 21 December 2008.

2008 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008
presented by Toyota
Toyota プレゼンツ
FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2008
2008 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates11–21 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Manchester United (1st title)
Runners-upEcuador LDU Quito
Third placeJapan Gamba Osaka
Fourth placeMexico Pachuca
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored23 (2.88 per match)
Attendance355,515 (44,439 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Wayne Rooney
(3 goals)
Best player(s)England Wayne Rooney
Fair play awardAustralia Adelaide United

Milan were the defending champions, but could not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Manchester United defeated LDU Quito 1–0 in the final at the International Stadium in Yokohama on 21 December, to become the first British team to win the competition. It was United's second world title, following the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, which was also held in Japan and as well as being the only Intercontinental Cup to be won by a British club.

The fifth-place match, dropped for the 2007 tournament, was reintroduced for 2008, with the total prize money being increased by US$500,000 to US$16.5 million. The winners took away US$5 million, the losing finalists US$4 million, the third-placed team US$2.5 million, the fourth-placed team US$2 million, the fifth-placed team US$1.5 million, the sixth-placed team US$1 million and the seventh-placed team US$500,000.[1]

Qualified teamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification
  LDU Quito CONMEBOL Winners of the 2008 Copa Libertadores
  Manchester United UEFA Winners of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League
  Gamba Osaka AFC Winners of the 2008 AFC Champions League
  Al Ahly CAF Winners of the 2008 CAF Champions League
  Pachuca CONCACAF Winners of the 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Play-off for quarter-finals
  Waitakere United OFC Winners of the 2007–08 OFC Champions League
  Adelaide United (Host) AFC* Runners-up of the 2008 AFC Champions League*

* – As Gamba Osaka won the AFC Champions League, the host's spot was taken by Adelaide United as the highest-placed non-Japanese team in the AFC CL.


Tokyo, Yokohama and Toyota were the three cities to serve as venues for the 2008 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
2008 FIFA Club World Cup (Japan)

Match officialsEdit

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC   Ravshan Irmatov   Abdukhamidullo Rasulov
  Bahadyr Kochkorov
  Yuichi Nishimura   Toru Sagara
  Jeong Hae-Sang
CAF   Mohamed Benouza   Nasser Sadek Abdel Nabi
  Angesom Ogbamariam
CONCACAF   Benito Archundia   Hector Delgadillo
  Marvin Rivera
CONMEBOL   Pablo Pozo   Patricio Basualto
  Julio Díaz
OFC   Peter O'Leary   Brent Best
  Matthew Taro
UEFA   Alberto Undiano Mallenco   Fermín Martínez
  Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez


For a list of all the squads of this tournament, see the article 2008 FIFA Club World Cup squads.



Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 11 December – Tokyo                        
   Adelaide United  2   14 December – Toyota        
   Waitakere United  1        Adelaide United  0
18 December – Yokohama
     Gamba Osaka  1    
   Gamba Osaka  3
       Manchester United  5  
21 December – Yokohama
   Manchester United  1
13 December – Tokyo
     LDU Quito  0
   Al Ahly  2
17 December – Tokyo
   Pachuca (a.e.t.)  4    
   Pachuca  0
Fifth place Third place
       LDU Quito  2  
   Adelaide United  1    Gamba Osaka  1
   Al Ahly  0    Pachuca  0
18 December – Yokohama 21 December – Yokohama

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Play-off for Quarter-finalsEdit

Adelaide United  2–1  Waitakere United
Mullen   39'
Dodd   83'
Report Seaman   34'
Attendance: 19,777


Al Ahly  2–4 (a.e.t.)  Pachuca
Pinto   28' (o.g.)
Flávio   44'
Report Montes   47'
Giménez   72'110'
Álvarez   98'
Attendance: 30,158

Adelaide United  0–1  Gamba Osaka
Report Endō   23'
Attendance: 38,141
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)


Pachuca  0–2  LDU Quito
Report Bieler   4'
Bolaños   26'

Gamba Osaka  3–5  Manchester United
Yamazaki   74'
Endō   85' (pen.)
Hashimoto   90+1'
Report Vidić   28'
Ronaldo   45+1'
Rooney   75'79'
Fletcher   78'

Match for fifth placeEdit

Al Ahly  0–1  Adelaide United
Report Cristiano   7'

Match for third placeEdit

Pachuca  0–1  Gamba Osaka
Report Yamazaki   29'


LDU Quito  0–1  Manchester United
Report Rooney   73'


Tournament round-upEdit

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Manchester United UEFA 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3
2   LDU Quito CONMEBOL 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1
3   Gamba Osaka AFC 3 2 0 1 5 5 0
4   Pachuca CONCACAF 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
5   Adelaide United AFC 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
6   Al Ahly CAF 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3
7   Waitakere United OFC 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1


Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Wayne Rooney
(Manchester United)
  Cristiano Ronaldo
(Manchester United)
  Damián Manso
(LDU Quito)
Fair play
  Adelaide United


  1. ^ "Organising committee approves tournament format with reintroduction of match for fifth place". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 March 2008. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.

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