FIFA Confederations Cup

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FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup.svg
Founded 1992
Number of teams 8
Current champions  Brazil (4th title)
Most successful team(s)  Brazil (4 titles)
Website Official website
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by the holders of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, to bring the number of teams up to eight.

Since 2005, the tournament has been held in the nation that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year, acting as a rehearsal for the larger tournament. Brazil hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup from 15 to 30 June, which they won by defeating Spain 3–0 in the final.

History and details[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup showing countries best results (colors as shown) and host countries (yellow dots).

The tournament was originally organized by and held in Saudi Arabia and called the King Fahd Cup (Confederations Winners Cup or Intercontinental Championship), contested in 1992 and 1995 by the Saudi national side and some continental champions. In 1997, FIFA took over the organization of the tournament, named it the FIFA Confederations Cup and staged the competition every two years.[1]

Since 2005, it has been held every four years, in the year prior to each World Cup in the host country of the forthcoming World Cup (the 2001 edition was hosted in South Korea and Japan, before the quadrennial pattern was established). Considered a dress-rehearsal for the World Cup it precedes, it uses around half of the stadia intended for use at the following year's competition and gives the host nation, which qualifies for that tournament automatically, experience at a high level of competition during two years of otherwise friendlies. At the same time, participation was made optional for the South American and European champions.[2]

Generally, the host nation, the World Cup holders, and the six continental champions qualify for the competition. In those cases where a team meets more than one of the qualification criteria (such as the 2001 tournament where France qualified as the World Cup champions and European champions), another team is invited to participate, often the runner-up in a competition that the extra-qualified team won.

On three occasions teams have chosen not to participate in the tournament. Germany did so twice, first in the 1997 Confederations Cup after their victory in the Euro 1996, and again in the 2003 Confederations Cup when they were awarded a place as the 2002 World Cup runners-up. In 1997, Germany were replaced by 1996 runners-up Czech Republic, and in 2003 they were replaced by Turkey, the 2002 third place team. France, 1998 World Cup winners, declined their place in the 1999 Confederations Cup, and were replaced by Brazil, the 1998 World Cup runners-up (and also 1997 Copa América champions).

An earlier tournament existed that invited former World Cup winners, the Mundialito, or Lloyd Griffin which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the first World Cup. The Artemio Franchi Trophy, contested in 1985 and 1993 between the winners of the Copa América and UEFA European Football Championship, was also another example of an earlier contest between football confederations. Both of these are considered by some to be a form of an unofficial precursor to the Confederations Cup, although FIFA recognised only the 1992 tournaments onwards to be Confederations Cup winners.[3]


King Fahd Cup[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1992 [4]  Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

United States
Ivory Coast
1995 [4]  Saudi Arabia

(5–4 pens.)


FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1997  Saudi Arabia

Czech Republic
1999  Mexico

United States
Saudi Arabia
2001  South Korea


2003  France


2005  Germany


2009  South Africa
United States


South Africa
2013  Brazil

(3–2 pens.)

2017  Russia
2021  Qatar

Teams reaching the top four[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
 Brazil 4 (1997, 2005, 2009, 2013*) 1 (1999) 1 (2001)
 France 2 (2001, 2003*)
 Argentina 1 (1992) 2 (1995, 2005)
 Mexico 1 (1999*) 1 (1995) 1 (2005)
 Denmark 1 (1995)
 United States 1 (2009) 2 (1992, 1999)
 Australia 1 (1997) 1 (2001)
 Spain 1 (2013) 1 (2009)
 Saudi Arabia 1 (1992*) 1 (1999)
 Japan 1 (2001*)
 Cameroon 1 (2003)
 Czech Republic 1 (1997)
 Turkey 1 (2003)
 Germany 1 (2005*)
 Italy 1 (2013)
 Uruguay 2 (1997, 2013)
 Ivory Coast 1 (1992)
 Nigeria 1 (1995)
 Colombia 1 (2003)
 South Africa 1 (2009*)
*: hosts

Participating teams and results[edit]

Team Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
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Flag of South Korea.svgFlag of Japan.svg
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 Argentina W 2nd 2nd 3
 Australia 2nd 3rd G 3
 Bolivia G 1
 Brazil W 2nd 4th G W W W 7
 Cameroon G 2nd 2
 Canada G 1
 Colombia 4th 1
 Czech Republic 3rd 1
 Denmark W 1
 Egypt G G 2
 France W W 2
 Germany G 3rd 2
 Greece G 1
 Iraq G 1
 Italy G 3rd 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Japan G 2nd G G G 5
 Mexico 3rd G W G 4th G 6
 New Zealand G G G 3
 Nigeria 4th G 2
 Saudi Arabia 2nd G G 4th 4
 South Africa G 4th 2
 South Korea G 1
 Spain 3rd 2nd 2
 Tahiti G 1
 Tunisia G 1
 Turkey 3rd 1
 United Arab Emirates G 1
 United States 3rd 3rd G 2nd 4
 Uruguay 4th 4th 2

W: winner.
G: eliminated in group stage.
Q: qualified for future tournament.


Overall top scorers[edit]

Player Country Goals
Cuauhtémoc Blanco  Mexico 9
Ronaldinho  Brazil
Fernando Torres  Spain 8
Adriano  Brazil 7
Romário  Brazil
Marzouk Al-Otaibi  Saudi Arabia 6
David Villa  Spain
Alex  Brazil 5
John Aloisi  Australia
Luís Fabiano  Brazil
Fred  Brazil
Robert Pirès  France
Vladimír Šmicer  Czech Republic


Vladimír Šmicer, Ronaldo, Romário, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Marzouk Al-Otaibi, Ronaldinho, Luciano Figueroa, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Abel Hernández are the only eleven men to have scored a Confederations Cup hat-trick, with Torres the only player to achieve a hat-trick twice. Torres, Blanco and Hernández are the only players to have scored four in a match.


Golden Ball[edit]

The Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament. It is selected by the media poll.

Tournament Golden Ball Winner
1997 Saudi Arabia Brazil Denilson
1999 Mexico Brazil Ronaldinho
2001 Korea/Japan France Robert Pirès
2003 France France Thierry Henry
2005 Germany Brazil Adriano
2009 South Africa Brazil Kaká
2013 Brazil Brazil Neymar

Golden Shoe[edit]

The Golden Shoe is awarded to the top scorer of the tournament. If more than one players are equal by same goals, the players will be selected based by the most assists during the tournament.

Tournament Golden Shoe Award Goals
1992 Saudi Arabia Argentina Gabriel Batistuta 2
1995 Saudi Arabia Mexico Luis Garcia 3
1997 Saudi Arabia Brazil Romário 7
1999 Mexico Brazil Ronaldinho 6
2001 Korea/Japan France Robert Pires 2
2003 France France Thierry Henry 4
2005 Germany Brazil Adriano 5
2009 South Africa Brazil Luís Fabiano 5
2013 Brazil Spain Fernando Torres 5

Golden Glove[edit]

The Golden Glove is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Tournament Golden Glove
2005 Germany Mexico Oswaldo Sánchez
2009 South Africa United States Tim Howard
2013 Brazil Brazil Júlio César

FIFA Fair Play Award[edit]

FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team who has the best fair play record during the tournament with the criteria set by FIFA Fair Play Committee.

Tournament FIFA Fair Play Award
1997 Saudi Arabia  South Africa
1999 Mexico  New Zealand,  Brazil
2001 Korea/Japan  Japan
2003 France  Japan
2005 Germany  Greece
2009 South Africa  Brazil
2013 Brazil  Spain

Winning coaches[edit]

Year Head coach Champions
1992 Argentina Alfio Basile  Argentina
1995 Denmark Richard Møller Nielsen  Denmark
1997 Brazil Mário Zagallo  Brazil
1999 Mexico Manuel Lapuente  Mexico
2001 France Roger Lemerre  France
2003 France Jacques Santini  France
2005 Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira  Brazil
2009 Brazil Dunga  Brazil
2013 Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari  Brazil


Year & host Total attendance # matches Avg attendance
Saudi Arabia 1992 169,500 4 42,375
Saudi Arabia 1995 165,000 8 20,625
Saudi Arabia 1997 333,500 16 20,844
Mexico 1999 970,000 16 60,625
South Korea Japan 2001 557,191 16 34,824
France 2003 491,700 16 30,731
Germany 2005 603,106 16 37,694
South Africa 2009 584,894 16 36,556
Brazil 2013 804,659 16 50,291
  • Green background shading indicates attendance records.


  1. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "2005/2006 season: final worldwide matchday to be 14 May 2006". FIFA. 19 December 2004. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Intercontinental Cup for Nations". RSSSF. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b The first two editions were in fact the defunct King Fahd Cup. FIFA later recognized them retroactively as Confederations Cups. See Previous Tournaments.