2009 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2009 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament played from 9 to 19 December 2009. It was the sixth FIFA Club World Cup and was played in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1] Australia, Japan and Portugal also placed bids to host the tournament, but Portugal later withdrew from the process.[2]

2009 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009
presented by Toyota
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم
الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2009
2009 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryUnited Arab Emirates
Dates9–19 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Barcelona (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina Estudiantes
Third placeSouth Korea Pohang Steelers
Fourth placeMexico Atlante
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored25 (3.13 per match)
Attendance156,350 (19,544 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Denilson (4 goals)
Best player(s)Argentina Lionel Messi
Fair play awardMexico Atlante

Manchester United were the defending champions, but could not defend their title after losing the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final.

The final was played on 19 December 2009 and was won by European champions Barcelona, who came from behind to defeat the South American entrants, Estudiantes, 2–1 after extra time.[3] Mauro Boselli put Estudiantes ahead in the 37th minute, but Pedro equalised with one minute left in normal time before Lionel Messi scored the winning goal five minutes into the second half of extra time.

This win made Barcelona the first Spanish side to win the FIFA Club World Cup, and it also meant that they had won a total of six competitions in the 2009 calendar year, beating Liverpool's European record of five trophies won in 2001.

Qualified teamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification
Entered in the semi-finals
  Barcelona[a] UEFA Winners of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
  Estudiantes CONMEBOL Winners of the 2009 Copa Libertadores
Entered in the quarter-finals
  Atlante CONCACAF Winners of the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League
  Pohang Steelers AFC Winners of the 2009 AFC Champions League
  TP Mazembe CAF Winners of the 2009 CAF Champions League
Entered in the play-off round
  Al-Ahli AFC (Host) Winners of the 2008–09 UAE Pro-League
  Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2008–09 OFC Champions League
  1. ^ Team qualified after winning 2008–09 Copa del Rey


Official mascot of the tournament
Closing ceremony of the tournament

All of the matches at the tournament were played in Abu Dhabi, with three matches at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium and five at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, including the final and the play-offs for third and fifth place.[4]

Abu Dhabi
Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium Zayed Sports City Stadium
24°27′09.95″N 54°23′31.27″E / 24.4527639°N 54.3920194°E / 24.4527639; 54.3920194 (Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium) 24°24′57.92″N 54°27′12.93″E / 24.4160889°N 54.4535917°E / 24.4160889; 54.4535917 (Zayed Sports City)
Capacity: 42,056 Capacity: 50,000
2009 FIFA Club World Cup (United Arab Emirates)

Match ballEdit

The Adidas Jabulani, the official match ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, served as the match ball of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.

Match officialsEdit

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Matthew Breeze (Australia) Jason Power (Australia)
Benjamin Wilson (Australia)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
CAF Coffi Codjia (Benin) Alexis Fassinou (Benin)
Desire Gahungu (Burundi)
CONCACAF Benito Archundia (Mexico) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Hector Vergara (Canada)
CONMEBOL Carlos Simon (Brazil) Roberto Braatz (Brazil)
Altemir Hausmann (Brazil)
OFC Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Brent Best (New Zealand)
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)
UEFA Roberto Rosetti (Italy) Stefano Ayroldi (Italy)
Cristiano Copelli (Italy)



The official draw was held in Abu Dhabi on 12 November 2009 to decide the opposition to be faced by the three teams that begin the tournament at the quarter-final stage.[5]

Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 9 December – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)                        
   Al-Ahli  0   12 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)        
   Auckland City  2        Auckland City  0
16 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)
     Atlante  3    
   Atlante  1
       Barcelona  3  
19 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)
   Barcelona (a.e.t.)  2
11 December – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
     Estudiantes  1
   TP Mazembe  1
15 December – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
   Pohang Steelers  2    
   Pohang Steelers  1
Fifth place Third place
       Estudiantes  2  
   TP Mazembe  2    Pohang Steelers (p)  1 (4)
   Auckland City  3    Atlante  1 (3)
16 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC) 19 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)

All times are UAE Time (UTC+4)

Play-off for quarter-finalsEdit

Al-Ahli  0–2  Auckland City
Report Dickinson   45'
Coombes   67'


TP Mazembe  1–2  Pohang Steelers
Bedi   28' Report Denilson   50'78'

Auckland City  0–3  Atlante
Report Arreola   36'
Bermúdez   69'
Silva   90+1'


Pohang Steelers  1–2  Estudiantes
Denilson   71' Report Benítez   45+2'53'

Atlante  1–3  Barcelona
Rojas   5' Report Busquets   35'
Messi   55'
Pedro   67'

Match for fifth placeEdit

TP Mazembe  2–3  Auckland City
Kasongo   60'
Kasusula   67'
Report Hayne   29'72'
Van Steeden   90+4'

Match for third placeEdit


Estudiantes  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Barcelona
Boselli   37' Report Pedro   89'
Messi   110'


Denilson of Pohang Steelers (right) during their semi-final against Estudiantes
4 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Prize moneyEdit

  • Winners: $5 million
  • Runners-up: $4 million
  • Third place: $2.5 million
  • Fourth place: $2 million
  • Fifth place: $1.5 million
  • Sixth place: $1 million
  • Seventh place: $0.5 million
  • Total: $16.5 million

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Barcelona UEFA 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3
2   Estudiantes CONMEBOL 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
3   Pohang Steelers AFC 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
4   Atlante CONCACAF 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
5   Auckland City OFC 3 2 0 1 5 5 0
6   TP Mazembe CAF 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2
7   Al-Ahli AFC (Host) 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2


Adidas Golden Ball
Toyota Award
Adidas Silver Ball Adidas Bronze Ball
  Lionel Messi
  Juan Sebastián Verón
FIFA Fair Play Award


  1. ^ "UAE to stage Club World Cup in 2009 and 2010". Gulfnews.com. 27 May 2008. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Organising committee approves tournament format with reintroduction of match for fifth place". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 March 2008. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Barcelona beat Estudiantes to win the Club World Cup". BBC Sport. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Host City". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Match schedule finalised". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 November 2009. Archived from the original on 15 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009.

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