2018 FIFA Club World Cup
The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) was the 15th 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 the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December 2018.
|FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018|
presented by Alibaba Cloud
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم
الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2018
|Host country||United Arab Emirates|
|Teams||7 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Real Madrid (4th title)|
|Third place||River Plate|
|Fourth place||Kashima Antlers|
|Goals scored||33 (4.13 per match)|
|Attendance||152,675 (19,084 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Gareth Bale|
Rafael Santos Borré
(3 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Gareth Bale|
|Fair play award||Real Madrid|
Real Madrid were the defending champions, having won the previous two editions, and qualified for the 2018 edition as well. They successfully defended their title (their third consecutive) after defeating Al-Ain 4–1 in the final. With the win, they broke the tie with Barcelona to become the outright record winners of the competition.
The application process for the 2017–2018 as well as the 2015–2016 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014. Member associations interested in hosting must 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, but the final decision was delayed until the FIFA Executive Committee meetings on 19–20 March 2015.
The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:
The following teams qualified for the tournament.
|Team||Confederation||Qualification||Qualified date||Participation (bold indicates winners)|
|Enter in the semi-finals|
|River Plate||CONMEBOL||Winners of the 2018 Copa Libertadores||9 December 2018[note 1]||2nd (Previous: 2015)|
|Real MadridTH||UEFA||Winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League||26 May 2018||5th (Previous: 2000, 2014, 2016, 2017)|
|Enter in the second round|
|Kashima Antlers||AFC||Winners of the 2018 AFC Champions League||10 November 2018||2nd (Previous: 2016)|
|Espérance de Tunis||CAF||Winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League||9 November 2018||2nd (Previous: 2011)|
|Guadalajara||CONCACAF||Winners of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League||25 April 2018||1st|
|Enter in the first round|
|Team Wellington||OFC||Winners of the 2018 OFC Champions League||20 May 2018||1st|
|Al-Ain||AFC (Hosts)||Winners of the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League||14 May 2018[note 2]||1st|
- The second leg of the Copa Libertadores Finals, originally scheduled on 24 November 2018, was postponed to 9 December 2018 due to an attack on the Boca Juniors team bus when several players were injured.
- Al-Ain won the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League on 21 April 2018. Their participation in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup was officially confirmed after Al-Jazira became the last team from UAE other than Al-Ain to be eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League. Al-Ain themselves were eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League on 15 May 2018, thereby confirming them entering the first round.
|Abu Dhabi||Al Ain|
|Zayed Sports City Stadium||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
|Capacity: 43,000||Capacity: 22,717|
A total of six referees, twelve assistant referees, and six video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament. FIFA announced on 22 November 2018 that the trio of referees and assistant referees from CAF were changed.
|Confederation||Referee||Assistant referees||Video assistant referee|
|AFC||Ryuji Sato|| Toru Sagara
|Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed|
|CAF||Bamlak Tessema Weyesa|| Zakhele Thusi Siwela
|CONCACAF||Jair Marrufo|| Frank Anderson
|CONMEBOL||Wilton Sampaio|| Rodrigo Figueiredo
|OFC||Matthew Conger|| Tevita Makasini
|UEFA||Gianluca Rocchi|| Elenito Di Liberatore
| Paweł Gil|
Each team had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements were allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.
The draw of the tournament was held on 4 September 2018, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA Headquarters in Zürich, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA). At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC, CAF and CONMEBOL were not known.
If a match was tied after normal playing time:
- For elimination matches, extra time would be played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out would be held to determine the winner.
- For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time would be played, and a penalty shoot-out would be held to determine the winner.
|First round||Second round||Semi-finals||Final|
|12 December – Al Ain|
|Al-Ain (p)||3 (4)||15 December – Al Ain|
|Team Wellington||3 (3)||Espérance de Tunis||0|
|18 December – Al Ain|
|River Plate||2 (4)|
|Al-Ain (p)||2 (5)|
|22 December – Abu Dhabi|
|15 December – Al Ain|
|19 December – Abu Dhabi|
|Fifth place||Third place|
|Espérance de Tunis (p)||1 (6)||Kashima Antlers||0|
|Guadalajara||1 (5)||River Plate||4|
|18 December – Al Ain||22 December – Abu Dhabi|
|Al-Ain||3–3 (a.e.t.)||Team Wellington|
|Espérance de Tunis||0–3||Al-Ain|
Match for fifth placeEdit
|Espérance de Tunis||1–1||Guadalajara|
|River Plate||2–2 (a.e.t.)||Al-Ain|
|Kashima Antlers||1–3||Real Madrid|
Match for third placeEdit
|Kashima Antlers||0–4||River Plate|
- 1 own goal
|Real Madrid (UEFA)||2||2||0||0||7||2||+5||6|
|Al-Ain (AFC) (H)||4||1||2||1||9||9||0||5|
|River Plate (CONMEBOL)||2||1||1||0||6||2||+4||4|
|4||Kashima Antlers (AFC)||3||1||0||2||4||9||−5||3|
|5||Espérance de Tunis (CAF)||2||0||1||1||1||4||−3||1|
|7||Team Wellington (OFC)||1||0||1||0||3||3||0||1|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
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