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The 2015 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for sponsorship reasons)[1] was the 12th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country.[2] The tournament was hosted by Japan between 10–20 December 2015.[3]

2015 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
presented by Alibaba E-Auto
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FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2015
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Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates 10 – 20 December
Teams 7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain Barcelona (3rd title)
Runners-up Argentina River Plate
Third place Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Fourth place China Guangzhou Evergrande
Tournament statistics
Matches played 8
Goals scored 21 (2.63 per match)
Attendance 272,312 (34,039 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Luis Suárez (5 goals)
Best player Uruguay Luis Suárez
Fair play award Spain Barcelona
2014
2016

Contents

Host bidsEdit

The application process for the 2015–2016 as well as the 2017–2018 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014.[4] Member associations interested in hosting had to submit a declaration of interest by 30 March 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 25 August 2014.[5] The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014.[6] However, no such decision regarding the 2015–2016 host was made until 2015.

The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:[7]

Japan was officially confirmed as the host of the 2015 and 2016 tournaments on 23 April 2015.[3]

Proposed change to formatEdit

Under a proposed change to the competition, led by the Oceania Football Confederation, the new format would mean a removal of the knockout rounds for the quarter-finals and play-off round, replacing it with two round-robin groups of three teams, consisting of two teams from the host nation and the champions of AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, and OFC, with the group winners advancing to the semi-finals to play the champions of CONMEBOL and UEFA. This would allow for all teams to play at least two matches, avoiding the current situation where the loser of the play-off round would play only one match.[9] A decision on this would be taken after the 2014 competition finished. However, according to the press release of the host country, the tournament will continue with the original seven-team format in 2015.[3]

Qualified teamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Enter in the semi-finals
  River Plate CONMEBOL Winners of the 2015 Copa Libertadores 22 July 2015 1st
  Barcelona UEFA Winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League 6 June 2015 4th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011)
Enter in the quarter-finals
  Guangzhou Evergrande AFC Winners of the 2015 AFC Champions League 21 November 2015 2nd (Previous: 2013)
  TP Mazembe CAF Winners of the 2015 CAF Champions League 8 November 2015 3rd (Previous: 2009, 2010)
  América CONCACAF Winners of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League 29 April 2015 2nd (Previous: 2006)
Enter in the play-off for quarter-finals
  Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2014–15 OFC Champions League 26 April 2015 7th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2015 J1 League 5 December 2015 2nd (Previous: 2012)

1 In bold: Previous tournament winners
2 River Plate qualified as the CONMEBOL representatives on 22 July 2015 when UANL, who are from Mexico and not eligible to represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup, were confirmed as their opponents in the final.

VenuesEdit

Match officialsEdit

The appointed match officials were:[11][12]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC   Alireza Faghani   Reza Sokhandan
  Mohammadreza Mansouri
CAF   Sidi Alioum   Evarist Menkouande
  Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue
CONCACAF   Joel Aguilar   Juan Francisco Zumba
  Marvin César Torrentera
CONMEBOL   Wilmar Roldán   Alexander Guzmán
  Cristian Jairo de la Cruz
OFC   Matthew Conger   Simon Lount
  Tevita Makasini
UEFA   Jonas Eriksson   Mathias Klasenius
  Daniel Warnmark
Host (support)   Ryuji Sato   Akane Yagi

SquadsEdit

Each team must name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline of 30 November 2015. The squads of six of the seven teams were released by FIFA on 3 December 2015 (except Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who only confirmed their place in the tournament on 5 December 2015).[13][14] Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.[2]

MatchesEdit

The schedule of the tournament, together with the emblem, was unveiled on 24 August 2015.[15][16]

A draw was held on 23 September 2015, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, to determine the positions in the bracket for the three teams which enter the quarter-finals.[17][18]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[2]

  • For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 10 December – Yokohama                          
   Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2   13 December – Osaka        
   Auckland City  0        TP Mazembe  0
16 December – Osaka
     Sanfrecce Hiroshima  3    
   Sanfrecce Hiroshima  0
       River Plate  1  
20 December – Yokohama
   River Plate  0
13 December – Osaka
     Barcelona  3
   América  1
17 December – Yokohama
   Guangzhou Evergrande  2    
   Barcelona  3
Fifth place Third place
       Guangzhou Evergrande  0  
   América  2    Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2
   TP Mazembe  1    Guangzhou Evergrande  1
16 December – Osaka 20 December – Yokohama

All times are local, JST (UTC+9).[19]

Play-off for quarter-finalsEdit

Sanfrecce Hiroshima   2–0   Auckland City
Minagawa   9'
Shiotani   70'
Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

América   1–2   Guangzhou Evergrande
Peralta   55' Report Zheng Long   80'
Paulinho   90+3'
Attendance: 18,772[21]

TP Mazembe   0–3   Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Report Shiotani   44'
Chiba   56'
Asano   78'
Attendance: 23,609[22]

Match for fifth placeEdit

América   2–1   TP Mazembe
Benedetto   19'
Zúñiga   28'
Report Kalaba   43'
Attendance: 11,686[23]

Semi-finalsEdit

Sanfrecce Hiroshima   0–1   River Plate
Report Alario   72'
Attendance: 20,133[24]

Barcelona   3–0   Guangzhou Evergrande
Suárez   39'50'67' (pen.) Report

Match for third placeEdit

Sanfrecce Hiroshima   2–1   Guangzhou Evergrande
Douglas   70'83' Report Paulinho   4'

FinalEdit

River Plate   0–3   Barcelona
Report Messi   36'
Suárez   49'68'

GoalscorersEdit

Final rankingEdit

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    Barcelona (UEFA) 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
    River Plate (CONMEBOL) 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 3
    Sanfrecce Hiroshima (AFC) (H) 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 9
4   Guangzhou Evergrande (AFC) 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
5   América (CONCACAF) 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
6   TP Mazembe (CAF) 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
7   Auckland City (OFC) 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[28]

adidas
Golden Ball
adidas
Silver Ball
adidas
Bronze Ball
  Luis Suárez
(Barcelona)
  Lionel Messi
(Barcelona)
  Andrés Iniesta
(Barcelona)
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Barcelona

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alibaba E-Auto signs as Presenting Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 9 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Regulations – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015" (PDF). FIFA. 
  3. ^ a b c "Japan set to host continental champions in 2015 and 2016". FIFA.com. 23 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Blatter: A legacy for the future". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bidding process opened for eight FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "India may get to host FIFA Club World Cup". India.com. 15 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "High interest in hosting FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 Fifa Club World Cups". The Times of India. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Football: More matches likely in Club Cup". New Zealand Herald. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Osaka to debut as a FIFA Club World Cup venue". FIFA.com. 22 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Referees and assistant referees selected". 10 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Referees & Assistant referees for FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015" (PDF). FIFA.com. 
  13. ^ "Squad lists released for Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 3 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 - Squad Lists" (PDF). FIFA.com. 
  15. ^ "Tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015". 
  16. ^ "Japan Reveals Official Emblem for FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 24 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "The draw LIVE on FIFA.com". 22 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Draw for Japan 2015 conducted in Zurich". FIFA.com. 23 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Match Schedule – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015" (PDF). FIFA.com. 
  20. ^ "Match report Sanfrecce Hiroshima - Auckland City FC 2:0 (1:0)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "Match report Club América - Guangzhou Evergrande FC 1:2 (0:0)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "Match report TP Mazembe - Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0:3 (0:1)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "Match report Club América - TP Mazembe 2:1 (2:1)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  24. ^ "Match report Sanfrecce Hiroshima - River Plate 0:1 (0:0)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  25. ^ "Match report FC Barcelona - Guangzhou Evergrande FC 3:0 (1:0)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  26. ^ "Match report Sanfrecce Hiroshima - Guangzhou Evergrande FC 2:1 (0:1)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  27. ^ "Match report River Plate - FC Barcelona 0:3 (0:1)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  28. ^ "Barcelona trio sweep awards". FIFA.com. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 

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