2015 FIFA Club World Cup
The 2015 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for sponsorship reasons) 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. The tournament was hosted by Japan between 10–20 December 2015.
|FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015|
presented by Alibaba E-Auto
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|Dates||10 – 20 December|
|Teams||7 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Barcelona (3rd title)|
|Third place||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Fourth place||Guangzhou Evergrande|
|Goals scored||21 (2.63 per match)|
|Attendance||272,312 (34,039 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Luis Suárez (5 goals)|
|Best player||Luis Suárez|
|Fair play award||Barcelona|
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. 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. The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014. 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:
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. 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.
|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.
|Nagai Stadium||International Stadium Yokohama|
|Capacity: 47,000||Capacity: 72,327|
|AFC||Alireza Faghani|| Reza Sokhandan|
|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|
|UEFA||Jonas Eriksson|| Mathias Klasenius|
|Host (support)||Ryuji Sato||Akane Yagi|
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). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.
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.
If a match is tied after normal playing time:
- 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.
|10 December – Yokohama|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2||13 December – Osaka|
|Auckland City||0||TP Mazembe||0|
|16 December – Osaka|
|20 December – Yokohama|
|13 December – Osaka|
|17 December – Yokohama|
|Fifth place||Third place|
|TP Mazembe||1||Guangzhou Evergrande||1|
|16 December – Osaka||20 December – Yokohama|
Play-off for quarter-finalsEdit
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2–0||Auckland City|
|Peralta 55'||Report||Zheng Long 80'|
|TP Mazembe||0–3||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
Match for fifth placeEdit
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||0–1||River Plate|
|Suárez 39', 50', 67' (pen.)||Report|
Match for third placeEdit
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||2–1||Guangzhou Evergrande|
|Douglas 70', 83'||Report||Paulinho 4'|
|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|
|6||TP Mazembe (CAF)||2||0||0||2||1||5||−4||0|
|7||Auckland City (OFC)||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2||0|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
- "Alibaba E-Auto signs as Presenting Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 9 December 2015.
- "Regulations – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015" (PDF). FIFA.
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- "Blatter: A legacy for the future". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013.
- "Bidding process opened for eight FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013.
- "India may get to host FIFA Club World Cup". India.com. 15 October 2014.
- "High interest in hosting FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 9 May 2014.
- "India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 Fifa Club World Cups". The Times of India. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- "Football: More matches likely in Club Cup". New Zealand Herald. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "Osaka to debut as a FIFA Club World Cup venue". FIFA.com. 22 May 2015.
- "Referees and assistant referees selected". 10 November 2015.
- "Referees & Assistant referees for FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015" (PDF). FIFA.com.
- "Squad lists released for Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 3 December 2015.
- "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 - Squad Lists" (PDF). FIFA.com.
- "Tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015".
- "Japan Reveals Official Emblem for FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 24 August 2015.
- "The draw LIVE on FIFA.com". 22 September 2015.
- "Draw for Japan 2015 conducted in Zurich". FIFA.com. 23 September 2015.
- "Match Schedule – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015" (PDF). FIFA.com.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Barcelona trio sweep awards". FIFA.com. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.