2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009
FIFA Sokker-Konfederasiebeker in 2009
|Host country||South Africa|
|Dates||14 June – 28 June|
|Teams||8 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Brazil (3rd title)|
|Fourth place||South Africa|
|Goals scored||44 (2.75 per match)|
|Attendance||584,894 (36,556 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||L. Fabiano (5 goals)|
|Best goalkeeper||Tim Howard|
The 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup was the eighth Confederations Cup, and was held in South Africa from 14 June to 28 June 2009 as a prelude to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The draw was held on 22 November 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The opening match was played at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. The tournament was won by Brazil, who retained the trophy they won in 2005 by defeating the United States 3–2 in the final.
Participating teams 
|Team||Confederation||Qualification method||Date qualification secured||Participation No.|
|South Africa||CAF||2010 FIFA World Cup host||15 May 2004||2nd|
|Italy||UEFA||2006 FIFA World Cup winner||9 July 2006||1st|
|United States||CONCACAF||2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner||24 June 2007||4th|
|Brazil||CONMEBOL||2007 Copa América winner||15 July 2007||6th|
|Iraq||AFC||2007 AFC Asian Cup winner||29 July 2007||1st|
|Egypt||CAF||2008 Africa Cup of Nations winner||10 February 2008||2nd|
|Spain||UEFA||UEFA Euro 2008 winner||29 June 2008||1st|
|New Zealand||OFC||2008 OFC Nations Cup winner||19 November 2008||3rd|
The draw for the competition was held on 22 November 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Each team was represented in the draw by its competitor in the Miss World 2008 competition, except for Iraq, which was represented by Miss World 2007, Zhang Zilin, from the People's Republic of China. The teams were divided into two pots:
- Pot A: South Africa (automatically placed as Team A1), Brazil, Italy, Spain
- Pot B: Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand, United States
Match ball 
The official match ball for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup was the Adidas Kopanya. The name means "join together" in Southern Sesotho, one of the 11 official languages of South Africa. The panel configuration of the ball is the same as that of the Teamgeist and Europass balls that came before it. The ball is white, accentuated with bold black lines and detailed with typical Ndebele designs in red, yellow, green and blue.
Four cities served as the venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
|Ellis Park Stadium||Loftus Versfeld Stadium||Free State Stadium||Royal Bafokeng Stadium|
|Capacity: 62,567||Capacity: 50,000||Capacity: 48,000||Capacity: 42,000|
Originally, Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was also chosen as a venue. However, on 8 July 2008, Port Elizabeth withdrew as a host city because its stadium was deemed unlikely to meet the 30 March 2009 deadline for completion. The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium was subsequently completed before the Confederations Cup and was opened on 7 June 2009. It acted as a venue for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa on 16 June. All of these stadia hosted matches during the Lions tour, but a minimum of nine days was allowed for pitch recovery between a rugby match and a Confederations Cup match.
All four venues were also used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Match officials 
The referees were announced on 5 May. Two referee teams (led by Carlos Batres and Carlos Amarilla respectively) withdrew due to injuries. Replacements from the same confederation, led by Benito Archundia and Pablo Pozo, were selected.
|AFC||Matthew Breeze (Australia)||Matthew Cream (Australia)
Ben Wilson (Australia)
|CAF||Coffi Codjia (Benin)||Komi Konyoh (Togo)
Alexis Fassinou (Benin)
|CONCACAF||Benito Archundia (Mexico)||Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Héctor Vergara (Canada)
|CONMEBOL||Pablo Pozo (Chile)||Patricio Basualto (Chile)
Francisco Mondria (Chile)
|Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)||Pablo Fandiño (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
|OFC||Michael Hester (New Zealand)||Jan Hendrik-Hintz (New Zealand)
Mark Rule (New Zealand)
|UEFA||Howard Webb (England)||Peter Kirkup (England)
Mike Mullarkey (England)
|Martin Hansson (Sweden)||Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fredrik Nilsson (Sweden)
|Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)||Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)
Francisco Buragina (Switzerland)
Group stage 
- Tie-breaking criteria
The ranking of each team in each group was determined as follows:
a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.
Had two or more teams been equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings would have been determined as follows:
d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
Group A 
|14 June 2009|
|South Africa||0 – 0||Iraq|
|New Zealand||0 – 5||Spain|
|17 June 2009|
|Spain||1 – 0||Iraq|
|South Africa||2 – 0||New Zealand|
|20 June 2009|
|Iraq||0 – 0||New Zealand|
|Spain||2 – 0||South Africa|
Group B 
|15 June 2009|
|Brazil||4 – 3||Egypt|
|United States||1 – 3||Italy|
|18 June 2009|
|United States||0 – 3||Brazil|
|Egypt||1 – 0||Italy|
|21 June 2009|
|Italy||0 – 3||Brazil|
|Egypt||0 – 3||United States|
Knockout stage 
|24 June – Bloemfontein|
|28 June – Johannesburg|
|25 June – Johannesburg||28 June – Rustenburg|
|South Africa||0||South Africa||2|
|24 June 2009
|Spain||0 – 2||United States||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
|25 June 2009
|Brazil||1 – 0||South Africa||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
|Dani Alves 88'||Report|
Third place play-off 
|28 June 2009
|Spain||3 – 2 (a.e.t.)||South Africa||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)
|Güiza 88', 89'
|Report||Mphela 73', 90+3'|
|28 June 2009
|United States||2 – 3||Brazil||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)
|Report||Luís Fabiano 46', 74'
|FIFA Fair Play Trophy||Golden Ball Winner||Golden Boot Winner||Golden Glove Winner|
|Brazil||Kaká||Luís Fabiano||Tim Howard|
|Silver Ball Winner||Silver Boot Winner|
|Luís Fabiano||Fernando Torres|
|Bronze Ball Winner||Bronze Boot Winner|
|Clint Dempsey||David Villa|
- 5 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Andrea Dossena (for Brazil)
See also 
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- "Regulations FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009". FIFA.com. June 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
- "Users pick Top 11". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup at FIFA.com