2007 FIFA Club World Cup


The 2007 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament played in Japan from 7 to 16 December 2007. It was the fourth FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament organised by FIFA for the winners of each confederation's top continental club tournament.

2007 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007
presented by Toyota
Toyota プレゼンツ
FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2007
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates7–16 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Milan (1st title)
Runners-up Boca Juniors
Third place Urawa Red Diamonds
Fourth place Étoile du Sahel
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored21 (3 per match)
Attendance315,279 (45,040 per match)
Top scorer(s) Washington (3 goals)
Best player(s) Kaká
Fair play award Urawa Red Diamonds
2006
2008

Internacional were the defending champions, but could not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2007 Copa Libertadores second stage.

Seven teams from the six confederations entered the tournament, with Italian side Milan defeating Boca Juniors from Argentina 4–2 in the final to become the most successful team in the world in terms of international trophies won (18), as well as the first European team to win the Club World Cup.

Qualified teams


The qualified teams were decided during 2007 through the six major continental competitions. The winner of each regional club championship participated in the 2007 Club World Cup. In March 2007, the FIFA executive committee introduced a qualifying playoff between the 2007 OFC Champions League champion and the host nation's 2007 J. League champion, as opposed to previous years, in which the Oceania champions were given direct entry into the tournament.[1] In order to avoid the participation of two teams from the same country, the best-placed non-Japanese team in the AFC Champions League would take the "host" berth if a Japanese team won that competition,[2] which indeed happened as Urawa Red Diamonds won the 2007 AFC Champions League. Also, the fifth-place match was eliminated for this edition.

Team Confederation Qualification
Enter in the semi-finals
Boca Juniors CONMEBOL Winner of 2007 Copa Libertadores
Milan UEFA Winner of 2006–07 UEFA Champions League
Enter in the quarter-finals
Étoile du Sahel CAF Winner of 2007 CAF Champions League
Pachuca CONCACAF Winner of 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Urawa Red Diamonds AFC Winner of 2007 AFC Champions League
Play-in qualification
Sepahan AFC Runner up of 2007 AFC Champions League
Waitakere United OFC Winner of 2007 OFC Champions League

† Sepahan took Japan's slot due to a Japanese team winning the AFC Champions League.

Venues


Tokyo, Yokohama and Toyota were the three cities to serve as venues for the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.

Yokohama Tokyo Toyota
International Stadium Yokohama National Stadium Toyota Stadium
35°30′36.16″N 139°36′22.49″E 35°40′41.00″N 139°42′53.00″E 35°05′04.02″N 137°10′14.02″E
Capacity: 72,327 Capacity: 57,363 Capacity: 45,000
2007 FIFA Club World Cup (Japan)

Squads


For a list of all the squads of this tournament, see the article 2007 FIFA Club World Cup squads.

Match officials


Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Mark Shield (Australia)
Hiroyoshi Takayama (Japan)
Ben Wilson (Australia)
Nathan Gibson (Australia)
CAF Coffi Codjia (Benin) Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Celestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
CONCACAF Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico) Jose Luis Camargo (Mexico)
Pedro Rebollar (Mexico)
CONMEBOL Jorge Larrionda (Uruguayan) Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguayan)
Miguel Nievas (Ecuador)
OFC Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Brent Best (New Zealand)
Matthew Taro (Solomon Islands)
UEFA Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark) Bill Hansen (Denmark)
Henryk Sonderby (Turkey)

Matches


Bracket

Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 7 December – Tokyo                          
  Sepahan  3   10 December – Toyota City        
  Waitakere United  1       Sepahan  1
13 December – Yokohama
    Urawa Red Diamonds  3    
  Urawa Red Diamonds  0
      Milan  1  
16 December – Yokohama
  Milan  4
9 December – Tokyo
    Boca Juniors  2
  Étoile du Sahel  1
12 December – Tokyo
  Pachuca  0    
  Étoile du Sahel  0
Third place
      Boca Juniors  1  
  Urawa Red Diamonds  2 (4)
  Étoile du Sahel  2 (2)
16 December – Yokohama

All times local (UTC+9)

Play-off

Sepahan 3–1 Waitakere United
Mohammed  3', 4'
Abu Al-Hail  47'
Report Aghili  74' (o.g.)
Attendance: 24,788

Quarter-finals

Étoile du Sahel 1–0 Pachuca
Narry  85' Report
Attendance: 34,934

Sepahan 1–3 Urawa Red Diamonds
Karimi  80' Report Nagai  32'
Washington  54'
Aghili  70' (o.g.)
Attendance: 33,263
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Semi-finals

Étoile du Sahel 0–1 Boca Juniors
Report Cardozo  37'
Attendance: 37,255

Urawa Red Diamonds 0–1 Milan
Report Seedorf  68'

Match for third place

Final

Boca Juniors 2–4 Milan
Palacio  22'
Ambrosini  85' (o.g.)
Report Inzaghi  21', 71'
Nesta  50'
Kaká  61'

Scorers


Final standings


Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1 Milan UEFA 220052+3
2 Boca Juniors CONMEBOL 2101341
3 Urawa Red Diamonds AFC 311154+1
4 Étoile du Sahel CAF 3111330
5 Sepahan AFC 2101440
Pachuca CONCACAF 1001011
7 Waitakere United OFC 1001132

Awards


Adidas Golden Ball
Toyota Award
Adidas Silver Ball Adidas Bronze Ball
Kaká
(Milan)
Clarence Seedorf
(Milan)
Rodrigo Palacio
(Boca Juniors)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Urawa Red Diamonds

References