2020 FIFA Club World Cup

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2020 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020
presented by Alibaba Cloud
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم قطر 2020
2020 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryQatar
CityAl Rayyan (Doha)
Dates4–11 February 2021
Teams6 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsGermany Bayern Munich (2nd title)
Runners-upMexico UANL
Third placeEgypt Al Ahly
Fourth placeBrazil Palmeiras
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored12 (1.71 per match)
Attendance24,639 (3,520 per match)
Top scorer(s)France André-Pierre Gignac (3 goals)
Best player(s)Poland Robert Lewandowski
Fair play awardQatar Al-Duhail
2019
2021

The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) was the 17th 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.

The event was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[1] as the AFC, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF champions would not have been decided in time for the tournament. Originally to be held in December 2020, on 17 November of the same year FIFA announced that the competition would be played between 1 and 11 February 2021.[2]

Originally seven teams were to compete in the tournament. However, OFC's representatives Auckland City withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities. As a result, only six teams competed, and the first round match, originally scheduled on 1 February 2021, was awarded as a 3–0 win to their first round opponents, host Qatar's representatives Al-Duhail, who advanced automatically to the second round on 4 February 2021.[3]

Defending champions Liverpool did not qualify as they were eliminated in the round of 16 of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League. The eventual winners of that competition, Bayern Munich, went on to win the Club World Cup for a second time, beating Al Ahly 2–0 in the semi-finals, before a 1–0 win over UANL in the final final. In winning the title, Bayern Munich became only the second club in European football history (after Barcelona in 2009) to win all six competitions they entered (commonly known as a sextuple) in a single calendar year.[4]

Host appointment[edit]

With proposals for an expanded Club World Cup, FIFA delayed the announcement of a host. 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 tournament retained its original format ahead of the scheduled revamp.[7]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation (bold indicates winners)
Entering in the semi-finals
Germany Bayern Munich UEFA Winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League 23 August 2020[8] 2nd (Previous: 2013)
Brazil Palmeiras CONMEBOL Winners of the 2020 Copa Libertadores 30 January 2021[9] 1st
Entering in the second round
Egypt Al Ahly CAF Winners of the 2019–20 CAF Champions League 27 November 2020[10] 6th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013)
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai AFC Winners of the 2020 AFC Champions League 19 December 2020[11] 2nd (Previous: 2012)
Mexico UANL CONCACAF Winners of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League 22 December 2020[12] 1st
Entering in the first round
Qatar Al-Duhail AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2019–20 Qatar Stars League 27 September 2020[note 1] 1st
New Zealand Auckland City (withdrew)[note 2] OFC Nominated by OFC[note 3] 19 November 2020 10th (planned) (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Notes

  1. ^ Al-Duhail won the 2019–20 Qatar Stars League on 21 August 2020. Their participation was officially confirmed on 27 September 2020 after Al-Sadd became the last team from Qatar to be eliminated from the 2020 AFC Champions League.
  2. ^ On 15 January 2021, FIFA announced that Auckland City had withdrawn from the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.[3]
  3. ^ On 4 September 2020, the Oceania Football Confederation announced that the 2020 OFC Champions League was abandoned due to the border and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and no champions would be awarded.[13] The OFC representative at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, which would have originally been the winners of the 2020 OFC Champions League, was confirmed to be Auckland City on 19 November 2020. The team was chosen by the OFC Executive Committee based on the principles within the competition regulations of the OFC Champions League, which established a ranking of each team after the group stage, where Auckland City were ranked first.[14]

Venues[edit]

The matches were played at two venues in the city of Al Rayyan, with both of them set to host matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[15] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Qatar, attendance was limited to only 30% of the stadiums' seating capacity.[16]

Al Rayyan
Ahmed bin Ali Stadium Education City Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000
Aerial view of Education City Stadium and Oxygen Park in Al Rayyan (Education City Stadium) crop.jpg

A third stadium, Khalifa International Stadium in the capital city Doha, would originally have hosted two matches, but following the withdrawal of Auckland City and the subsequent revision of the match schedule, it was not used for the tournament.[17][15][18]

Match officials[edit]

Seven referees, twelve assistant referees, and seven video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.[19][20] Brazilian referee Edina Alves Batista became the first woman to officiate at a senior FIFA men's tournament.[21]

Confederation Referees Assistant referees Video assistant referees
AFC United Arab Emirates Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
  • United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al Hammadi
  • United Arab Emirates Hasan Al Mahri
Qatar Khamis Al-Marri
CAF Senegal Maguette N'Diaye
  • Senegal Djibril Camara
  • Senegal El Hadji Malick Samba
Morocco Rédouane Jiyed
CONCACAF Guatemala Mario Escobar
  • Jamaica Nicholas Anderson
  • Guatemala Humberto Panjoj
Canada Drew Fischer
CONMEBOL Brazil Edina Alves Batista
  • Brazil Neuza Back
  • Argentina Mariana de Almeida
Uruguay Esteban Ostojich[note 1]
  • Uruguay Nicolás Taran
  • Uruguay Richard Trinidad
OFC French Polynesia Abdelkader Zitouni
UEFA Netherlands Danny Makkelie
  • Netherlands Mario Diks
  • Netherlands Hessel Steegstra

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.[23]

Matches[edit]

The match schedule was announced on 23 December 2020,[17] with a revised schedule with change of venues announced on 18 January 2021.[15] The draw of the tournament was held on 19 January 2021, 16:00 CET (UTC+1), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, 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). At the time of the draw, the identity of the CONMEBOL team was not known.[24][25]

If a match was tied after normal playing time:[23]

  • 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 Semifinals Final
       
  8 February – Al Rayyan (Ahmed bin Ali)
  4 February – Al Rayyan (Education City)     Egypt Al Ahly 0    
  1 February – Al Rayyan (Ahmed bin Ali)     Qatar Al-Duhail 0     Germany Bayern Munich 2     11 February – Al Rayyan (Education City)
  Qatar Al-Duhail (awd.)[note 2] 3     Egypt Al Ahly 1         Germany Bayern Munich 1
  New Zealand Auckland City 0     7 February – Al Rayyan (Education City)     Mexico UANL 0
  4 February – Al Rayyan (Ahmed bin Ali)     Brazil Palmeiras 0    
  Mexico UANL 2     Mexico UANL 1    
  South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1    
 
  Fifth place Third place
  7 February – Al Rayyan (Ahmed bin Ali) 11 February – Al Rayyan (Education City)
  South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1 Egypt Al Ahly (p) 0 (3)
  Qatar Al-Duhail 3 Brazil Palmeiras 0 (2)

First round[edit]

Al-Duhail Qatar3–0
Awarded[note 2]
New Zealand Auckland City
Report

Second round[edit]

UANL Mexico2–1South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
  • Gignac 38', 45+5' (pen.)
Report

Al-Duhail Qatar0–1Egypt Al Ahly
Report

Match for fifth place[edit]

Ulsan Hyundai South Korea1–3Qatar Al-Duhail
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

Palmeiras Brazil0–1Mexico UANL
Report

Al Ahly Egypt0–2Germany Bayern Munich
Report

Match for third place[edit]

Al Ahly Egypt0–0Brazil Palmeiras
Report
Penalties
3–2
Attendance: 5,606[31]
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)

Final[edit]

Bayern Munich Germany1–0Mexico UANL
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 France André-Pierre Gignac Mexico UANL 3
2 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bayern Munich 2
3 Qatar Almoez Ali Qatar Al-Duhail 1
Belgium Edmilson Qatar Al-Duhail
Egypt Hussein El Shahat Egypt Al Ahly
South Korea Kim Kee-hee South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
Qatar Mohammed Muntari Qatar Al-Duhail
France Benjamin Pavard Germany Bayern Munich
South Korea Yoon Bit-garam South Korea Ulsan Hyundai

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) Germany Bayern Munich (UEFA) 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Mexico UANL (CONCACAF) 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Egypt Al Ahly (CAF) 3 1 1 1 1 2 −1 4
4 Brazil Palmeiras (CONMEBOL) 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
5 Qatar Al-Duhail (AFC) (H) 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
6 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai (AFC) 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich won the Golden Ball award, sponsored by Adidas, which is jointly awarded with the Alibaba Cloud Award to recognise the player of the tournament.[33][34]

Adidas Golden Ball
Alibaba Cloud Award
Adidas Silver Ball Adidas Bronze Ball
Poland Robert Lewandowski
(Bayern Munich)
France André-Pierre Gignac
(UANL)
Germany Joshua Kimmich
(Bayern Munich)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Qatar Al-Duhail

FIFA also named a man of the match for the best player in each game at the tournament.[35]

Alibaba Cloud Match Award
Match Man of the match Club Opponent
2 France André-Pierre Gignac Mexico UANL South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
3 Egypt Ayman Ashraf Egypt Al Ahly Qatar Al-Duhail
4 Belgium Edmilson Qatar Al-Duhail South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
5 Colombia Luis Quiñones Mexico UANL Brazil Palmeiras
6 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bayern Munich Egypt Al Ahly
7 Egypt Mohamed El Shenawy Egypt Al Ahly Brazil Palmeiras
8 Germany Joshua Kimmich Germany Bayern Munich Mexico UANL

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Uruguayan referee Leodán González was replaced by Esteban Ostojich due to health reasons.[22]
  2. ^ a b The Al-Duhail v Auckland City match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Al-Duhail after Auckland City withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.[3]

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