2019 FIFA Club World Cup

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2019 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019
presented by Alibaba Cloud
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم قطر 2019
2019 FIFA Club World Cup emblem.svg
Tournament details
Host countryQatar
CityDoha
Dates11–21 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Liverpool (1st title)
Runners-upBrazil Flamengo
Third placeMexico Monterrey
Fourth placeSaudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored30 (3.75 per match)
Attendance166,426 (20,803 per match)
Top scorer(s)Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah
Libya Hamdou Elhouni
(3 goals each)
Best player(s)Egypt Mohamed Salah
Fair play awardTunisia Espérance de Tunis
2018
2020

The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons)[1] was the 16th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament was hosted by Qatar between 11 and 21 December 2019, taking place at two venues in Doha.[2]

Liverpool won the final 1–0 after extra time against Flamengo for their first FIFA Club World Cup title.[3]

Host appointment[edit]

With proposals for an expanded Club World Cup, FIFA delayed the announcement of a host. A host was to be announced by FIFA on 15 March 2019, though this was later delayed.[4] On 28 May 2019,[5] FIFA announced that the 2019 and 2020 tournament host would be appointed at the FIFA Council meeting in Paris, France on 3 June 2019.[6]

Qatar was appointed as the host for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments on 3 June 2019, serving as test events ahead of their hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Club World Cup retained its original format ahead of the revamp in 2021.[7]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Entering in the semi-finals
Brazil Flamengo CONMEBOL Winners of the 2019 Copa Libertadores 23 November 2019[8] 1st
England Liverpool UEFA Winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1 June 2019[9] 2nd (Previous: 2005)
Entering in the second round
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal AFC Winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League 24 November 2019[10] 1st
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis CAF Winners of the 2018–19 CAF Champions League 7 August 2019[note 1] 3rd (Previous: 2011, 2018)
Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF Winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League 1 May 2019[11] 4th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013)
Entering in the first round
New Caledonia Hienghène Sport OFC Winners of the 2019 OFC Champions League 11 May 2019[12] 1st
Qatar Al-Sadd AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2018–19 Qatar Stars League 13 August 2019[note 2] 2nd (Previous: 2011)

Notes

  1. ^ The second leg of the final was played on 31 May 2019. However, the match was abandoned and Espérance de Tunis were initially declared champions by the referee. However, on 5 June 2019 the CAF Executive Committee ordered the match to be replayed, until a decision by CAS on 31 July 2019 ordered the decision to be taken by the CAF Disciplinary Board, who on 7 August 2019 restored the title to Espérance de Tunis.
  2. ^ Al-Sadd won the 2018–19 Qatar Stars League on 4 April 2019. Their participation in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup was officially confirmed on 13 August 2019 after Al-Duhail became the last team from Qatar other than Al-Sadd to be eliminated from the 2019 AFC Champions League. Al-Sadd themselves were eliminated from the 2019 AFC Champions League on 22 October 2019, confirming their first round entrance.

Venues[edit]

FIFA announced the three venues for the tournament, along with the match schedule, on 30 September 2019. All three stadiums were located in Doha, with the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium and the Khalifa International Stadium having hosted matches at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, including the final for the latter. The newly built Education City Stadium, which was selected to host the final match, is also a host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as is the Khalifa International Stadium.[13] On 7 December 2019, FIFA moved all three matches (the second semi-final on 18 December and the third place match and final on 21 December) that were due to be played at the Education City Stadium to Khalifa International Stadium after the opening of the Education City Stadium was postponed to early 2020.[14]

Doha
Khalifa International Stadium Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Capacity: 45,416 Capacity: 11,918
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Match officials[edit]

Five referees, ten assistant referees, and six video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.[15][16]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referee
AFC Qatar Abdulrahman Al-Jassim Qatar Taleb Al-Marri
Qatar Saoud Al-Maqaleh
China Fu Ming
CAF Algeria Mustapha Ghorbal Egypt Mahmoud Abouelregal
Algeria Mokrane Gourari
The Gambia Bakary Gassama
CONCACAF United States Ismail Elfath United States Kyle Atkins
United States Corey Parker
Republic of Ireland Alan Kelly
CONMEBOL Chile Roberto Tobar Chile Christian Schiemann
Chile Claudio Ríos Ortiz
Uruguay Esteban Ostojich
UEFA Romania Ovidiu Hațegan Romania Octavian Șovre
Romania Sebastian Gheorghe
Spain Juan Martínez Munuera
France Benoît Millot

One support referee was also named for the tournament.

Confederation Support referee
OFC French Polynesia Abdelkader Zitouni

Squads[edit]

Each team had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements were allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.[17]

Matches[edit]

The draw of the tournament was held on 16 September 2019, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (against teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA).[18] At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC and CONMEBOL were not known.[19][20]

If a match was tied after normal playing time:[17]

  • For elimination matches, extra time was played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out was held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time was played, and a penalty shoot-out was held to determine the winner.
First round Second round Semi-finals Final
 11 December – Doha (Jassim)                        
 Qatar Al-Sadd (a.e.t.)  3   14 December – Doha (Jassim)        
 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport  1      Mexico Monterrey  3
18 December – Doha (Khalifa)
   Qatar Al-Sadd  2    
 Mexico Monterrey  1
     England Liverpool  2  
21 December – Doha (Khalifa)
 England Liverpool (a.e.t.)  1
14 December – Doha (Jassim)
   Brazil Flamengo  0
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  1
17 December – Doha (Khalifa)
 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis  0    
 Brazil Flamengo  3
Fifth place Third place
     Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  1  
 Qatar Al-Sadd  2  Mexico Monterrey (p)  2 (4)
 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis  6  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  2 (3)
17 December – Doha (Khalifa) 21 December – Doha (Khalifa)

All times are local, AST (UTC+3).[21]

First round[edit]

Al-Sadd Qatar3–1 (a.e.t.)New Caledonia Hienghène Sport
Report

Second round[edit]

Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia1–0Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Report

Monterrey Mexico3–2Qatar Al-Sadd
Report

Match for fifth place[edit]

Al-Sadd Qatar2–6Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

Flamengo Brazil3–1Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report

Monterrey Mexico1–2England Liverpool
Report

Match for third place[edit]

Final[edit]

Liverpool England1–0 (a.e.t.)Brazil Flamengo
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah Qatar Al-Sadd 3
Libya Hamdou Elhouni Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
3 Tunisia Anice Badri Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2
Brazil Roberto Firmino England Liverpool
Argentina Rogelio Funes Mori Mexico Monterrey
France Bafétimbi Gomis Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Qatar Abdelkarim Hassan Qatar Al-Sadd
8 Brazil Bruno Henrique Brazil Flamengo 1
Brazil Carlos Eduardo Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia Salem Al-Dawsari Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Uruguay Giorgian De Arrascaeta Brazil Flamengo
Tunisia Sameh Derbali Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Mexico Alfonso González Mexico Monterrey
Qatar Hassan Al-Haydos Qatar Al-Sadd
Guinea Naby Keïta England Liverpool
Argentina Maximiliano Meza Mexico Monterrey
Mexico Carlos Rodríguez Mexico Monterrey
New Caledonia Antoine Roïné New Caledonia Hienghène Sport
Qatar Ró-Ró Qatar Al-Sadd
Argentina Leonel Vangioni Mexico Monterrey

1 own goal

Final ranking[edit]

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time were counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out were counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1st place, gold medalist(s) England Liverpool (UEFA) 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Brazil Flamengo (CONMEBOL) 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Mexico Monterrey (CONCACAF) 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
4 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal (AFC) 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
5 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis (CAF) 2 1 0 1 6 3 +3 3
6 Qatar Al-Sadd (AFC) (H) 3 1 0 2 7 10 −3 3
7 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport (OFC) 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool won the Golden Ball award, sponsored by Adidas, which is jointly awarded with the Alibaba Cloud Player of the Tournament award.[30]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Egypt Mohamed Salah
(Liverpool)
Brazil Bruno Henrique
(Flamengo)
Brazil Carlos Eduardo
(Al-Hilal)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis

Criticism[edit]

In 2017, three member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council along with Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and criminalised trips for their citizens to the country. In October, FIFA sold 200 Club World Cup tickets to fans from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and 500 to those from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. In November 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised FIFA for neglecting fan welfare and selling tickets for the Club World Cup to those banned by their governments. HRW stated that FIFA should be aware of the risks that the football supporters can face in their countries and ensure that they are not exposed to the risk of harassment or prosecution.[31]

On 5 November 2019, the Liverpool Chief Executive Peter Moore assured that the Qatari authorities had permitted LGBT football fans to attend the FIFA Club World Cup matches in December 2019.[32]

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