1997 FIFA Confederations Cup

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1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
1997 السعودية
1997 FIFA Confederations Cup.png
1997 FIFA Confederations Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Saudi Arabia
Dates 12–21 December 1997
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up  Australia
Third place  Czech Republic
Fourth place  Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 52 (3.25 per match)
Attendance 333,500 (20,844 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Romário (7 goals)
Best player Brazil Denílson
Fair play award  South Africa
1995
1999

The 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup was the first Confederations Cup to be organised by FIFA. The tournament had previously been played in 1992 and 1995 as the King Fahd Cup. This edition of the tournament was hosted by Saudi Arabia, as with the previous editions, in December 1997 and was the first to feature representatives from all of the FIFA confederations.

It was won by Brazil, who beat Australia 6–0 in the final. After winning the 1997 tournament, Brazil became the first country to be the reigning champion of both major FIFA tournaments (the World Cup and the Confederations Cup), as well as champion of their respective confederation by winning the 1997 Copa América. This feat has since been accomplished once by France, victorious in the 1998 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
 Saudi Arabia AFC Hosts and 1996 AFC Asian Cup winners n/a 3rd
 Brazil CONMEBOL 1994 FIFA World Cup winners 17 July 1994 1st
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 1995 Copa América winners 22 July 1995 1st
 Mexico CONCACAF 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners 20 January 1996 2nd
 South Africa CAF 1996 African Cup of Nations winners 3 February 1996 1st
 Czech Republic UEFA UEFA Euro 1996 runners-up 1 30 June 1996 1st
 Australia OFC 1996 OFC Nations Cup winners 1 November 1996 1st
 United Arab Emirates AFC 1996 AFC Asian Cup runners-up 2 21 December 1996 1st

1Germany, the UEFA Euro 1996 winner, declined to participate.

2United Arab Emirates was awarded a spot in the competition because Saudi Arabia had won the 1996 AFC Asian Cup.

Venue[edit]

All matches were played in 67,000-seat King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

Match referees[edit]

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

1997 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
 Australia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
 Mexico 3 1 0 2 8 6 +2 3
 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 1 8 −7 3
Saudi Arabia  0–3  Brazil
Report César Sampaio Goal 65'
Romário Goal 73'80'
Attendance: 80,000

Mexico  1–3  Australia
Hernández Goal 80' (pen.) Report Viduka Goal 45'
Aloisi Goal 59'
Mori Goal 90'
Attendance: 15,000

Saudi Arabia  0–5  Mexico
Report Palencia Goal 20'62'
Blanco Goal 68'76'
Luna Goal 75'
Attendance: 15,000

Australia  0–0  Brazil
Report
Attendance: 15,000

Saudi Arabia  1–0  Australia
Al-Khilaiwi Goal 40' Report
Attendance: 55,450

Brazil  3–2  Mexico
Romário Goal 41' (pen.)
Denílson Goal 61'
Júnior Baiano Goal 66'
Report Blanco Goal 51'
Ramírez Goal 90'
Attendance: 20,000

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 8 4 +4 9
 Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 9 5 +4 4
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
 South Africa 3 0 1 2 5 7 −2 1
United Arab Emirates  0–2  Uruguay
Report Olivera Goal 45+2'
Pacheco Goal 90+2'

South Africa  2–2  Czech Republic
Augustine Goal 39'
Mkhalele Goal 86'
Report Šmicer Goal 19'40'

United Arab Emirates  1–0  South Africa
H. Mubarak Goal 5' Report
Attendance: 11,000

Czech Republic  1–2  Uruguay
Siegl Goal 89' Report Olivera Goal 26'
Zalayeta Goal 88'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

United Arab Emirates  1–6  Czech Republic
Al Talyani Goal 78' Report Obaid Goal 11' (o.g.)
Nedvěd Goal 22'31'
Šmicer Goal 42'68'71'
Attendance: 8,000

Uruguay  4–3  South Africa
Silva Goal 12'66'
Recoba Goal 42'
Callejas Goal 90'
Report Radebe Goal 11'
Mkhalele Goal 69'
Ndlanya Goal 77'

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
December 19 - Riyadh
 
 
 Brazil2
 
December 21 - Riyadh
 
 Czech Republic0
 
 Brazil6
 
December 19 - Riyadh
 
 Australia0
 
 Uruguay0
 
 
 Australia (a.e.t.)1
 
Third place
 
 
December 21 - Riyadh
 
 
 Czech Republic1
 
 
 Uruguay0

Semi-finals[edit]

Brazil  2–0  Czech Republic
Romário Goal 54'
Ronaldo Goal 83'
Report
Attendance: 28,000

Uruguay  0–1 (a.e.t.)  Australia
Report Kewell Golden goal 92'
Attendance: 22,000

Third place play-off[edit]

Czech Republic  1–0  Uruguay
Lasota Goal 63' Report
Attendance: 27,000

Final[edit]

Brazil  6–0  Australia
Ronaldo Goal 15'27'59'
Romário Goal 38'53'75' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 65,000

Awards[edit]

Golden Ball Winner Golden Shoe Winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
Brazil Denílson Brazil Romário  South Africa
Silver Ball Winner Silver Shoe Winner
Brazil Romário Czech Republic Vladimír Šmicer
Bronze Ball Winner Bronze Shoe Winner
Czech Republic Vladimír Šmicer Brazil Ronaldo

Source: FIFA[1]

Goalscorers[edit]

Romário received the Golden Shoe award for scoring seven goals. In total, 52 goals were scored by 32 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1997 | Awards". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 20 October 2017. 

External links[edit]