2009 FIFA Club World Cup

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2009 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009
presented by Toyota
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم
الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2009
2009 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryUnited Arab Emirates
Dates9–19 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Barcelona (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina Estudiantes
Third placeSouth Korea Pohang Steelers
Fourth placeMexico Atlante
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored25 (3.13 per match)
Attendance156,350 (19,544 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Denilson (4 goals)
Best player(s)Argentina Lionel Messi

The 2009 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament played from 9 to 19 December 2009. It was the sixth FIFA Club World Cup and was played in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1] Australia, Japan and Portugal also placed bids to host the tournament, but Portugal later withdrew from the process.[2]

The final was played on 19 December 2009 and was won by European champions Barcelona, who came from behind to defeat the South American entrants, Estudiantes, 2–1 after extra time.[3] Mauro Boselli put Estudiantes ahead in the 37th minute, but Pedro equalised with one minute left in normal time before Lionel Messi scored the winning goal five minutes into the second half of extra time. This made Barcelona the first Spanish side to win the FIFA Club World Cup, and it also meant that they had won a total of six competitions in the 2009 calendar year, beating Liverpool's record five trophies won in 2001.

Qualified teams[edit]

Location of teams of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification
Entered in the semi-finals
Spain Barcelona UEFA Winners of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League
Argentina Estudiantes CONMEBOL Winners of the 2009 Copa Libertadores
Entered in the quarter-finals
Mexico Atlante CONCACAF Winners of the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League
South Korea Pohang Steelers AFC Winners of the 2009 AFC Champions League
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe CAF Winners of the 2009 CAF Champions League
Entered in the play-off round
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli AFC (Host) Winners of the 2008–09 UAE Pro-League
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2008–09 OFC Champions League


Official mascot of the tournament
Closing ceremony of the tournament

All of the matches at the tournament were played in Abu Dhabi, with three matches at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium and five at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, including the final and the play-offs for third and fifth place.[4]

Abu Dhabi
Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium Zayed Sports City Stadium
24°27′09.95″N 54°23′31.27″E / 24.4527639°N 54.3920194°E / 24.4527639; 54.3920194 (Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium) 24°24′57.92″N 54°27′12.93″E / 24.4160889°N 54.4535917°E / 24.4160889; 54.4535917 (Zayed Sports City)
Capacity: 42,056 Capacity: 50,000
Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.JPG Gulf Cup (36).jpg
2009 FIFA Club World Cup (United Arab Emirates)

Match ball[edit]

The Adidas Jabulani, the official match ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, served as the match ball of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.


Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Matthew Breeze (Australia) Jason Power (Australia)
Benjamin Wilson (Australia)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
CAF Coffi Codjia (Benin) Alexis Fassinou (Benin)
Desire Gahungu (Burundi)
CONCACAF Benito Archundia (Mexico) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Hector Vergara (Canada)
CONMEBOL Carlos Simon (Brazil) Roberto Braatz (Brazil)
Altemir Hausmann (Brazil)
OFC Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Brent Best (New Zealand)
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)
UEFA Roberto Rosetti (Italy) Stefano Ayroldi (Italy)
Cristiano Copelli (Italy)



The official draw was held in Abu Dhabi on 12 November 2009 to decide the opposition to be faced by the three teams that begin the tournament at the quarter-final stage.[5]

Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 9 December – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)                          
 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli  0   12 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)        
 New Zealand Auckland City  2      New Zealand Auckland City  0
16 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)
   Mexico Atlante  3    
 Mexico Atlante  1
     Spain Barcelona  3  
19 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)
 Spain Barcelona (a.e.t.)  2
11 December – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
   Argentina Estudiantes  1
 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe  1
15 December – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
 South Korea Pohang Steelers  2    
 South Korea Pohang Steelers  1
Fifth place Third place
     Argentina Estudiantes  2  
 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe  2  South Korea Pohang Steelers (p)  1 (4)
 New Zealand Auckland City  3  Mexico Atlante  1 (3)
16 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC) 19 December – Abu Dhabi (ZSC)

All times are UAE Time (UTC+4)

Play-off for quarter-finals[edit]

Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates0–2New Zealand Auckland City
Report Dickinson Goal 45'
Coombes Goal 67'


TP Mazembe Democratic Republic of the Congo1–2South Korea Pohang Steelers
Bedi Goal 28' Report Denilson Goal 50'78'

Auckland City New Zealand0–3Mexico Atlante
Report Arreola Goal 36'
Bermúdez Goal 69'
Silva Goal 90+1'


Pohang Steelers South Korea1–2Argentina Estudiantes
Denilson Goal 71' Report Benítez Goal 45+2'53'

Atlante Mexico1–3Spain Barcelona
Rojas Goal 5' Report Busquets Goal 35'
Messi Goal 55'
Pedro Goal 67'

Match for fifth place[edit]

TP Mazembe Democratic Republic of the Congo2–3New Zealand Auckland City
Kasongo Goal 60'
Kasusula Goal 67'
Report Hayne Goal 29'72'
Van Steeden Goal 90+4'

Match for third place[edit]


Estudiantes Argentina1–2 (a.e.t.)Spain Barcelona
Boselli Goal 37' Report Pedro Goal 89'
Messi Goal 110'


Denilson of Pohang Steelers (right) during their semi-final against Estudiantes
4 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Prize money[edit]

  • Winners: $5 million
  • Runners-up: $4 million
  • Third place: $2.5 million
  • Fourth place: $2 million
  • Fifth place: $1.5 million
  • Sixth place: $1 million
  • Seventh place: $0.5 million
  • Total: $16.5 million

Tournament round-up[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1 Spain Barcelona UEFA 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3
2 Argentina Estudiantes CONMEBOL 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
3 South Korea Pohang Steelers AFC 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
4 Mexico Atlante CONCACAF 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
5 New Zealand Auckland City OFC 3 2 0 1 5 5 0
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe CAF 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2
7 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli AFC (Host) 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2


Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Argentina Lionel Messi
Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón
Spain Xavi
Fair play
Mexico Atlante


  1. ^ "UAE to stage Club World Cup in 2009 and 2010". Gulfnews.com. 27 May 2008. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Organising committee approves tournament format with reintroduction of match for fifth place". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 March 2008. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Barcelona beat Estudiantes to win the Club World Cup". BBC Sport. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Host City". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Match schedule finalised". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 November 2009. Archived from the original on 15 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009.

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