List of FIFA Club World Cup participants

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The FIFA Club World Cup is an international association football competition organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body.[1] The championship was first contested as the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000.[2] It was not held between 2001 and 2004 due to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure.[3] Following a change in format which saw the FIFA Club World Championship absorb the Toyota Cup, it was relaunched in 2005 and took its current name the season afterwards.[4]

The current format of the tournament involves seven teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about two weeks; the winners of that year's edition of the AFC Champions League (Asia), CAF Champions League (Africa), CONCACAF Champions League (North, Central America and the Caribbean), Copa Libertadores (South America), OFC Champions League (Oceania), and UEFA Champions League (Europe), along with the host nation's national champion, participate in a straight knock – out tournament.[1]

Al-Ahly and Auckland City share the record for participating in the FIFA Club World Cup the most amount of times. Each of the fore mentioned clubs have represented their respective continents, Africa and Oceania, four times each. Barcelona and Manchester United have represented Europe at the tournamanet twice each, a continental record. Corinthians and Internacional were South America's representatives twice each. No Asian club has managed to make more than one appearance at the competition.

Confederation records[edit]

AFC (Asia)[edit]

An orange heart is made out of a choreographic performance by fans at the stand.
The J. League, Japan's premier club competition, has been Asia's best representative with two bronze medals earned.
A stand full of Korean fans cheering after a goal.
South Korea's K League, along with the J. League, has been Asia's most constant representatives with four clubs each playing in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Performance of AFC clubs
Year Club Method of qualification Performance Ref(s)
2000 Saudi Arabia Al Nassr (1/1) Winner of the 1998 Asian Super Cup Group Stage [5]
2005 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad (1/1) Winner of the 2005 AFC Champions League Fourth Place [6]
2006 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1/1) Winner of the 2006 AFC Champions League Fifth Place [7]
2007 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (1/1) Winner of the 2007 AFC Champions League Third Place [8][9]
Iran Sepahan (1/1) Runner-up of the 2007 AFC Champions League Fifth Place (shared) [10]
2008 Japan Gamba Osaka (1/1) Winner of the 2008 AFC Champions League Third Place [11]
Australia Adelaide United (1/1) Runner-up of the 2008 AFC Champions League Fifth Place [12]
2009 South Korea Pohang Steelers (1/1) Winner of the 2009 AFC Champions League Third Place [13][14]
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli (1/1) Winner of the 2008–09 UAE Pro-League Seventh Place [15]
2010 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (1/1) Winner of the 2010 AFC Champions League Fourth Place [16][17]
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda (1/1) Winner of the 2009–10 UAE Pro-League Sixth Place [18]
2011 Qatar Al-Sadd (1/1) Winner of the 2011 AFC Champions League Third Place [19][20]
Japan Kashiwa Reysol (1/1) Winner of the 2011 J. League Division 1 Fourth Place [19]
2012 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai (1/1) Winner of the 2012 AFC Champions League Sixth Place
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1/1) Winner of the 2012 J. League Division 1 Fifth Place
2013 China Guangzhou Evergrande (1/1) Winner of the 2013 AFC Champions League Fourth Place

CAF (Africa)[edit]

Players from Mazembe lining up for a photo before a match.
TP Mazembe became the first, and so far only, non-European and non-South American club to reach the final. Les Corbeaux accomplished this feat in 2010 when they defeated Internacional.
A flag with the crest of Egyptian association football club Al-Ahly, on a red background, can be seen.
Al-Ahly have made the most appearances in the FIFA Club World Cup among all CAF clubs, with five.
Performance of CAF clubs
Year Club Method of qualification Performance Ref(s)
2000 Morocco Raja Casablanca (1/2) Winner of the 1999 CAF Champions League Group Stage [5]
2005 Egypt Al-Ahly (1/5) Winner of the 2005 CAF Champions League Sixth Place [21]
2006 Egypt Al-Ahly (2/5) Winner of the 2006 CAF Champions League Third Place [22][21]
2007 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel (1/1) Winner of the 2007 CAF Champions League Fourth Place [8][23]
2008 Egypt Al-Ahly (3/5) Winner of the 2008 CAF Champions League Sixth Place [21]
2009 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe (1/2) Winner of the 2009 CAF Champions League Sixth Place [15]
2010 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe (2/2) Winner of the 2010 CAF Champions League Runners-up [18][24]
2011 Tunisia Espérance ST (1/1) Winner of the 2011 CAF Champions League Sixth Place [25]
2012 Egypt Al-Ahly (4/5) Winner of the 2012 CAF Champions League Fourth Place [21]
2013 Egypt Al-Ahly (5/5) Winner of the 2013 CAF Champions League Sixth Place
Morocco Raja Casablanca (2/2) Winner of the 2012–13 Botola Runners-up

CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean)[edit]

An ad can be seen promoting a association football match that involves Pachuca.
Pachuca is CONCACAF's most habitual participant in the FIFA Club World Cup with three appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
A firm is seen rooting for their team, Deportivo Saprissa, as the players enter the field.
Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica is one of three CONCACAF clubs to have earned the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup, beating Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad 3-2 for the third place match.
Performance of CONCACAF clubs
Year Club Method of qualification Performance Ref(s)
2000 Mexico Necaxa (1/1) Winner of the 1999 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Third Place [26]
2005 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa (1/1) Winner of the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Third Place [6][27]
2006 Mexico Club América (1/1) Winner of the 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Fourth Place [22][28]
2007 Mexico Pachuca (1/3) Winner of the 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Fifth Place (shared) [10]
2008 Mexico Pachuca (2/3) Winner of the 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Fourth Place [11][29]
2009 Mexico Atlante (1/1) Winner of the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Fourth Place [13]
2010 Mexico Pachuca (3/3) Winner of the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Fifth Place [18]
2011 Mexico Monterrey (1/3) Winner of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Fifth Place [18]
2012 Mexico Monterrey (2/3) Winner of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Third Place [18]
2013 Mexico Monterrey (3/3) Winner of the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Fifth Place
2014 Mexico Cruz Azul (1/1) Winner of the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League TBD

CONMEBOL (South America)[edit]

A photo of the "Casa Blanca", LDU Quito's stadium, showing their biggest firm "La Muerte Blanca".
Ecuador's Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito remains the only non-Argentine and non-Brazilian club to represent CONMEBOL during the FIFA Club World Cup.
Corinthians is the only Brazilian club to have appeared in more than one final and are also the only to have won it twice (2000 and 2012 editions). The Timão is also the only world champion that qualified to the Club World Cup by merit of being the host nation's national champions.
Performance of CONMEBOL clubs
Year Club Method of qualification Performance Ref(s)
2000 Brazil Vasco da Gama (1/1) Winner of the 1998 Copa Libertadores Runners-up [5][30]
Brazil Corinthians (1/2) Winner of the 1999 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Champions [5][31]
2005 Brazil São Paulo (1/1) Winner of the 2005 Copa Libertadores Champions [32][33]
2006 Brazil Internacional (1/2) Winner of the 2006 Copa Libertadores Champions [7][34]
2007 Argentina Boca Juniors (1/1) Winner of the 2007 Copa Libertadores Runners-up [10][35]
2008 Ecuador LDU Quito (1/1) Winner of the 2008 Copa Libertadores Runners-up [12][36]
2009 Argentina Estudiantes (1/1) Winner of the 2009 Copa Libertadores Runners-up [15][37]
2010 Brazil Internacional (2/2) Winner of the 2010 Copa Libertadores Third Place [16][34]
2011 Brazil Santos (1/1) Winner of the 2011 Copa Libertadores Runners-up [25][38]
2012 Brazil Corinthians (2/2) Winner of the 2012 Copa Libertadores Champions [31]
2013 Brazil Atlético Mineiro (1/1) Winner of the 2013 Copa Libertadores Third Place

OFC (Oceania)[edit]

A view of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, home of Hekari United.
PRK Hekari United from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, became the first and to date only club outside New Zealand and Australia to represent the OFC at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Performance of OFC clubs
Year Club Method of qualification Performance Ref(s)
2000 Australia South Melbourne (1/1) Winner of the 1999 Oceania Club Championship Group Stage [5]
2005 Australia Sydney FC (1/1) Winner of the 2004–05 Oceania Club Championship Fifth Place [32]
2006 New Zealand Auckland City (1/5) Winner of the 2006 Oceania Club Championship Sixth Place [7]
2007 New Zealand Waitakere United (1/2) Winner of the 2007 OFC Champions League Seventh Place [10]
2008 New Zealand Waitakere United (2/2) Winner of the 2007–08 OFC Champions League Seventh Place [12]
2009 New Zealand Auckland City (2/5) Winner of the 2008–09 OFC Champions League Fifth Place [15]
2010 Papua New Guinea Hekari United (1/1) Winner of the 2009–10 OFC Champions League Seventh Place [18]
2011 New Zealand Auckland City (3/5) Winner of the 2010–11 OFC Champions League Seventh Place [25]
2012 New Zealand Auckland City (4/5) Winner of the 2011–12 OFC Champions League Seventh Place
2013 New Zealand Auckland City (5/5) Winner of the 2012–13 OFC Champions League Seventh Place

Note: Australian clubs have been under the administration of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since 2006.

UEFA (Europe)[edit]

A conference between the organizations of UEFA and Soccerex taking place.
The Union Européenne de Football Association, or simply UEFA, is the most successful confederation of the competition with five titles.
A number of jerseys, footballs and other association football equipment inside FC Barcelona's sports store.
Barcelona carry the all-time record of appearances as UEFA's representative with three. They also have the record of appearing in the most finals, with three appearances in 2006, 2009 and 2011.
Performance of UEFA clubs
Year Club Method of qualification Performance Ref(s)
2000 England Manchester United (1/2) Winner of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group Stage [39]
Spain Real Madrid (1/1) Winner of the 1998 Intercontinental Cup Fourth Place [26][40]
2005 England Liverpool (1/1) Winner of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Runners-up [32][41]
2006 Spain Barcelona (1/3) Winner of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Runners-up [7][42]
2007 Italy Milan (1/1) Winner of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Champions [10][43]
2008 England Manchester United (2/2) Winner of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Champions [12][39]
2009 Spain Barcelona (2/3) Winner of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Champions [15][42]
2010 Italy Internazionale (1/1) Winner of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Champions [18][44]
2011 Spain Barcelona (3/3) Winner of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Champions [25][42]
2012 England Chelsea (1/1) Winner of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Runners-up
2013 Germany Bayern Munich (1/1) Winner of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Champions

Number of participating clubs of the FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

A number of Mexican fans making their way around Munich.
Mexico's Liga MX is the joint record-holder with Brazil for the most participant clubs in the competition with five representatives each.
Brazilian fans in route to a game.
Brazil's Brasileirão is the most strongest national league of the competition with four titles to its name.
The San Siro stadium, filled to capacity, during a match between AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Italy's Serie A is the only national league that remains undefeated as their representatives, A.C. Milan and Internazionale, won the FIFA Club World Cup.

The following is a list of clubs that have played in or qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup. Editions in bold indicate competitions won. Rows can be adjusted to national league, total number of participations by national league or club and years played.

List of participant clubs[45]
Nation # Clubs Years Ref(s)
Brazil Brazil (6)
2
Corinthians 2000, 2012 [46][33][31]
2
Internacional 2006, 2010 [47][34]
1
São Paulo 2005 [48][33]
1
Vasco da Gama 2000 [46][30]
1
Santos 2011 [49][38]
1
Atlético Mineiro 2013
Mexico Mexico (5)
3
Pachuca 2007, 2008, 2010 [50][51][52][29]
3
Monterrey 2011, 2012, 2013 [49]
1
Necaxa 2000 [46]
1
Club América 2006 [47][28]
1
Atlante 2009 [53]
Japan Japan (4)
1
Urawa Red Diamonds 2007 [50][9]
1
Gamba Osaka 2008 [51]
1
Kashiwa Reysol 2011 [49]
1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2012
South Korea South Korea (4)
1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2006 [47]
1
Pohang Steelers 2009 [53][14]
1
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2010 [52][17]
1
Ulsan Hyundai 2012
England England (3)
2
Manchester United 2000, 2008 [46][51][39]
1
Liverpool 2005 [48][41]
1
Chelsea 2012
Australia Australia (3)
1
South Melbourne 2000 [46]
1
Sydney FC 2005 [48]
1
Adelaide United 2008 [51]
Spain Spain (2)
3
Barcelona 2006, 2009, 2011 [47][53][49][42]
1
Real Madrid 2000 [46][40]
Italy Italy (2)
1
Milan 2007 [50][43]
1
Internazionale 2010 [52][44]
Argentina Argentina (2)
1
Boca Juniors 2007 [50][35]
1
Estudiantes 2009 [53][37]
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (2)
1
Al-Ittihad 2005 [48]
1
Al-Nassr 2000 [46][54]
Tunisia Tunisia (2)
1
Étoile du Sahel 2007 [50][23]
1
Espérance 2011 [49][55]
New Zealand New Zealand (2)
5
Auckland City 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 [47][49]
2
Waitakere United 2007, 2008 [50][51]
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (2)
1
Al-Ahli 2009 [53]
1
Al-Wahda 2010 [52]
Egypt Egypt (1)
5
Al-Ahly 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 [48][47][51][21]
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo (1)
2
TP Mazembe 2009, 2010 [53][52][24]
Morocco Morocco (1)
2
Raja Casablanca 2000, 2013 [46][56]
Costa Rica Costa Rica (1)
1
Deportivo Saprissa 2005 [48][27]
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (1)
1
Hekari United 2010 [52]
Ecuador Ecuador (1)
1
LDU Quito 2008 [51][36]
Qatar Qatar (1)
1
Al-Sadd 2011 [49][20]
Iran Iran (1)
1
Sepahan 2007 [50]
Germany Germany (1)
1
Bayern Munich 2013
China China (1)
1
Guangzhou Evergrande 2013

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