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The 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, a football tournament hosted by Japan. It was the eighth final of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organized tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations as well as the host nation's league champions.

2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final
Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011 running.jpg
Barcelona centre forward Lionel Messi in action during the second half
Event2011 FIFA Club World Cup
Date18 December 2011
VenueInternational Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama[1]
Man of the MatchLionel Messi (Barcelona)
RefereeRavshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)[1]
WeatherClear night
9 °C (48 °F)
42% humidity

The final was played between CONMEBOL's champion Santos and UEFA's champion Barcelona.[2][3][4] Barcelona defeated Santos 4–0 and won their second FIFA Club World Cup, two years after they won their first one in 2009.[5]

The match was billed as a showdown between Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and the 19-year-old Santos forward Neymar.[6] Messi won the "duel" by scoring two goals in the final and being named man of the match as well as player of the tournament.[7][8]

Road to finalEdit

  Santos Team   Barcelona
CONMEBOL Confederation UEFA
Winner of the 2011 Copa Libertadores Qualification Winner of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
- Play-off round -
- Quarter-finals -
3–1   Kashiwa Reysol
(Neymar   19', Borges   24', Danilo   63')
Semi-finals 4–0   Al-Sadd
(Adriano   25'43', Keita   64', Maxwell   81')

Team newsEdit

Barcelona forward David Villa missed the final after he broke his shinbone in the semi-final victory over Al-Sadd.[9] He was injured six minutes before half-time after appearing to land awkwardly; Barcelona announced after the match that he had suffered a "fracture to the tibia in his left leg" that could see him sidelined for four to five months.[10]



In the first half, Barcelona were extremely dominant.[11] Messi and Thiago forced saves from Santos goalkeeper Rafael in the 12th minute.[12] Messi then scored with a chip over Rafael in the 17th minute.[12] Seven minutes later, Xavi scored a second with a strike from just inside the penalty area.[11] Santos came back with a short-range effort by Borges that was saved by Barcelona 'keeper Víctor Valdés, before Cesc Fàbregas hit the post two minutes later and then scored Barcelona's third goal just before the half ended.[12]

In the second half, Santos improved[7] and teenage star Neymar finally had a chance for Santos in the 57th minute when he was one-on-one with Valdés, but the shot was saved.[12] Barcelona's Dani Alves hit the post in the 79th minute, before Messi rounded the goalkeeper in the 82nd minute to cap the scoring with his second goal.[12]


Santos  0–4  Barcelona
Report Messi   17'82'
Xavi   24'
Fàbregas   45'
GK 1   Rafael
RB 14   Bruno Rodrigo
CB 2   Edu Dracena (c)   74'
CB 6   Durval
LB 3   Léo
RM 4   Danilo   31'
CM 7   Henrique
LM 5   Arouca
RW 10   Ganso   73'   83'
LW 11   Neymar
CF 9   Borges   79'
MF 8   Elano   31'
FW 19   Alan Kardec   79'
MF 18   Ibson   83'
  Muricy Ramalho
GK 1   Víctor Valdés
RB 5   Carles Puyol (c)   85'
CB 3   Gerard Piqué   39'   56'
LB 22   Eric Abidal
DM 16   Sergio Busquets
CM 6   Xavi
CM 8   Andrés Iniesta
AM 4   Cesc Fàbregas
RW 2   Dani Alves
LW 11   Thiago   79'
CF 10   Lionel Messi
MF 14   Javier Mascherano   71'   56'
FW 17   Pedro   79'
DF 24   Andreu Fontàs   85'
  Pep Guardiola

Man of the Match
  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)[1]
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)[1]
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)[1]
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)[1]

Match rules[13]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Match Report" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Barca cruise into Club World Cup final". ESPN Soccernet. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Neymar and co into final". ESPN Soccernet. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Lionel Messi v Neymar: how Barcelona and Santos stars compare ahead of Fifa Club World Cup final". Daily Telegraph. London. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Barcelona v Santos". 18 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  6. ^ Lawrence, Amy (15 December 2011). "Neymar has chance to justify hype against Lionel Messi's Barcelona". London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Barcelona win Fifa Club World Cup". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Barcelona v Santos: Fifa Club World Cup final live". Daily Telegraph. London. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Barca hit by Villa leg break blow". ESPN Soccernet. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Barcelona's David Villa faces five months out after breaking shinbone". The Guardian. London. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Messi leads Barcelona to 4–0 win over Santos". Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. 18 December 2011. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ a b c d e Gardner, Alan (18 December 2011). "Club World Cup final: Santos 0–4 Barcelona – as it happened". London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Regulations - FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Match Statistics". FIFA. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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