2012 FIFA Club World Cup

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2012 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012
presented by Toyota
Toyota プレゼンツ
FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2012
2012 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates6 – 16 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil Corinthians (2nd title)
Runners-upEngland Chelsea
Third placeMexico Monterrey
Fourth placeEgypt Al-Ahly
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored21 (2.63 per match)
Attendance283,063 (35,383 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina César Delgado
Japan Hisato Satō
(3 goals each)
Best player(s)Brazil Cássio
Fair play awardMexico Monterrey

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament that was played from 6 to 16 December 2012.[1] It was the ninth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation. The tournament was hosted by Japan.[2][3]

Corinthians won the title for the second time after defeating Chelsea 1–0 in the final.[4][5]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Confederation Qualification Participation¹
Entered in the semi-finals
Brazil Corinthians CONMEBOL Winners of the 2012 Copa Libertadores 2nd (Previous: 2000)
England Chelsea UEFA Winners of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League 1st
Entered in the quarter-finals
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai AFC Winners of the 2012 AFC Champions League 1st
Egypt Al-Ahly CAF Winners of the 2012 CAF Champions League 4th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008)
Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF Winners of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League 2nd (Previous: 2011)
Entered in the play-off for quarter-finals
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2011–12 OFC Champions League 4th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011)
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC (Host) Winners of the 2012 J. League Division 1 1st

1 In bold: Previous tournament winners


The appointed referees are:[6]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Bahrain Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain Ebrahim Saleh
Bahrain Yaser Tulefat
Iran Alireza Faghani (reserve) Iran Hassan Kamranifar (reserve)
Iran Reza Sokhandan (reserve)
CAF Algeria Djamel Haimoudi Algeria Abdelhak Etchiali
Morocco Redouane Achik
CONCACAF Mexico Marco Antonio Rodríguez Mexico Marvin Torrentera
Mexico Marcos Quintero
CONMEBOL Ecuador Carlos Vera Ecuador Christian Lescano
Ecuador Byron Romero
OFC New Zealand Peter O'Leary New Zealand Jan-Hendrik Hintz
Fiji Ravinesh Kumar
UEFA Turkey Cüneyt Çakır Turkey Bahattin Duran
Turkey Tarık Ongun


Each team submitted a squad of 23 players, three of them goalkeepers.[7] The squads were announced on 29 November 2012.[8]


The venues for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup were Yokohama and Toyota.[1]

Toyota Yokohama
Toyota Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
35°05′05″N 137°10′15″E / 35.08472°N 137.17083°E / 35.08472; 137.17083 (Toyota Stadium) 35°30′35″N 139°36′20″E / 35.50972°N 139.60556°E / 35.50972; 139.60556 (International Stadium Yokohama)
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 72,327
Toyota sta 0313 2.JPG NISSANSTADIUM20080608.JPG

Goal-line technology[edit]

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup was the first FIFA tournament to use goal-line technology following its approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in July 2012.[9] The two systems approved by FIFA, GoalRef (installed in Yokohama) and Hawk-Eye (installed in Toyota), were used in the two stadiums.[10]


The draw for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup was held at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, on 24 September 2012 at 11:30 CEST (UTC+02:00).[11] The draw decided the "positions" in the bracket for the three representatives which entered the quarter-finals (AFC/CAF/CONCACAF).[12]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[13]

  • For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 6 December – Yokohama                          
 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  1   9 December – Toyota        
 New Zealand Auckland City  0      Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  1
12 December – Toyota
   Egypt Al-Ahly  2    
 Egypt Al-Ahly  0
     Brazil Corinthians  1  
16 December – Yokohama
 Brazil Corinthians  1
9 December – Toyota
   England Chelsea  0
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai  1
13 December – Yokohama
 Mexico Monterrey  3    
 Mexico Monterrey  1
Fifth place Third place
     England Chelsea  3  
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai  2  Egypt Al-Ahly  0
 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  3  Mexico Monterrey  2
12 December – Toyota 16 December – Yokohama

All times Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00).

Play-off for quarter-finals[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan1–0New Zealand Auckland City
Aoyama Goal 66' Report

A minute's silence was held before the match to commemorate Dutch linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who had died following a violent incident at a youth competition four days before the match.[14]


Ulsan Hyundai South Korea1–3Mexico Monterrey
Lee Keun-ho Goal 88' Report Corona Goal 9'
Delgado Goal 77'84'
Attendance: 20,353

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan1–2Egypt Al-Ahly
Satō Goal 32' Report Hamdy Goal 15'
Aboutrika Goal 57'
Attendance: 27,314
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Match for fifth place[edit]

Ulsan Hyundai South Korea2–3Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Mizumoto Goal 17' (o.g.)
Lee Yong Goal 90+5'
Report Yamagishi Goal 35'
Satō Goal 56'72'
Attendance: 17,581


Al-Ahly Egypt0–1Brazil Corinthians
Report Guerrero Goal 30'
Attendance: 31,417

Monterrey Mexico1–3England Chelsea
De Nigris Goal 90+1' Report Mata Goal 17'
Torres Goal 46'
Chávez Goal 48' (o.g.)

Match for third place[edit]

Al-Ahly Egypt0–2Mexico Monterrey
Report Corona Goal 3'
Delgado Goal 66'


Corinthians Brazil1–0England Chelsea
Guerrero Goal 69' Report


Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Argentina César Delgado Mexico Monterrey 3
Japan Hisato Satō Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3
3 Peru Paolo Guerrero Brazil Corinthians 2
Mexico Jesús Corona Mexico Monterrey 2
5 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Al-Ahly 1
Egypt Al-Sayed Hamdy Egypt Al-Ahly 1
Spain Juan Mata England Chelsea 1
Spain Fernando Torres England Chelsea 1
Mexico Aldo de Nigris Mexico Monterrey 1
Japan Toshihiro Aoyama Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
Japan Satoru Yamagishi Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
South Korea Lee Keun-Ho South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1
South Korea Lee Yong South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1
Own goals

Tournament round-up[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1 Brazil Corinthians CONMEBOL 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
2 England Chelsea UEFA 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
3 Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2
4 Egypt Al-Ahly CAF 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2
5 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
6 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai AFC 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3
7 New Zealand Auckland City OFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
David Luiz, Cássio and Paolo Guerrero (from left to right) accepting their individual awards after the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final.


The following awards were given for the tournament.[15]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Brazil Cássio
Brazil David Luiz
Peru Paolo Guerrero
Fair play
Mexico Monterrey


  1. ^ a b "Match Schedule – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012" (PDF). FIFA.
  2. ^ "Unanimous support for 6+5, FIFA Club World Cup hosts revealed". FIFA. 27 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010. Another major decision taken by the Executive Committee was to award the organisation of the 2009 and 2010 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the following two events, in 2011 and 2012, to Japan, where it has been played since 2005 and will be again in December this year.
  3. ^ "FIFA moves Club World Cup to UAE from Japan". ESPN. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2010. Japan were given some consolation for their loss when they awarded the tournament in 2011 and 2012 while Australia, which had been hoping to use the event to boost their chances of staging the World Cup in 2018, were overlooked altogether.
  4. ^ "World is lost for Chelsea". ESPNFC.com. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Chelsea 0 Corinthians 1". Daily Telegraph. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  6. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 – Appointment of Match Officials" (PDF). FIFA.
  7. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by TOYOTA – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 29 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Continents' finest prepare for Japan". FIFA. 29 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Goal-line tech to debut at Club World Cup". supersport.com. 5 July 2012.
  10. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup: GLT project agreements signed". FIFA. 27 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Follow the draw LIVE on FIFA.com". FIFA. 23 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Intriguing quarter-final pairings drawn". FIFA. 24 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Regulations – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012" (PDF). FIFA.
  14. ^ Blatter shocked at Dutch linesman death, Reuters (6 December 2012)
  15. ^ "Double joy for Corinthians stars". FIFA. 16 December 2012.

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