2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final

2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final
Event 2011 FIFA Club World Cup
Date 18 December 2011
Venue International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama[1]
Man of the Match Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Referee Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)[1]
Attendance 68,166[1]
Weather Clear night
9 °C (48 °F)
42% humidity

The 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, a football tournament hosted by Japan. It was the eighth final of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organized tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation.

The final was played between CONMEBOL's champion Santos and UEFA's champion Barcelona.[2][3][4] Barcelona defeated Santos 4–0 and won their second FIFA Club World Cup, two years after they won their first one in 2009.[5]

The match was billed as a showdown between Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and the 19-year-old Santos forward Neymar.[6] Messi won the "duel" by scoring two goals in the final and being named man of the match as well as player of the tournament.[7][8]

Road to final

Brazil Santos Team Spain Barcelona
CONMEBOL Confederation UEFA
Winner of the 2011 Copa Libertadores Qualification Winner of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
- Play-off round -
- Quarter-finals -
3–1 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
(Neymar  19', Borges  24', Danilo  63')
Semi-finals 4–0 Qatar Al-Sadd
(Adriano  25', 43', Keita  64', Maxwell  81')

Team news

Barcelona forward David Villa missed the final after he broke his shinbone in the semi-final victory over Al-Sadd.[9] He was injured six minutes before half-time after appearing to land awkwardly; Barcelona announced after the match that he had suffered a "fracture to the tibia in his left leg" that could see him sidelined for four to five months.[10]


Lionel Messi in action during the match


In the first half, Barcelona were extremely dominant.[11] Messi and Thiago forced saves from Santos goalkeeper Rafael in the 12th minute.[12] Messi then scored with a chip over Rafael in the 17th minute.[12] Seven minutes later, Xavi scored a second with a strike from just inside the penalty area.[11] Santos came back with a short-range effort by Borges that was saved by Barcelona 'keeper Víctor Valdés, before Cesc Fàbregas hit the post two minutes later and then scored Barcelona's third goal just before the half ended.[12]

In the second half, Santos improved[7] and teenage star Neymar finally had a chance for Santos in the 57th minute when he was one-on-one with Valdés, but the shot was saved.[12] Barcelona's Dani Alves hit the post in the 79th minute, before Messi rounded the goalkeeper in the 82nd minute to cap the scoring with his second goal.[12]


18 December 2011
19:30 JST
Santos Brazil 0–4 Spain Barcelona
Report Messi  17', 82'
Xavi  24'
Fàbregas  45'
GK 1 Brazil Rafael
RB 14Brazil Bruno Rodrigo
CB 2 Brazil Edu Dracena (c)  74'
CB 6 Brazil Durval
LB 3 Brazil Léo
RM 4 Brazil Danilo  31'
CM 7 Brazil Henrique
LM 5 Brazil Arouca
RW 10Brazil Ganso  73'  83'
LW 11Brazil Neymar
CF 9 Brazil Borges  79'
MF 8 Brazil Elano  31'
FW 19Brazil Alan Kardec  79'
MF 18Brazil Ibson  83'
Brazil Muricy Ramalho
GK 1 Spain Víctor Valdés
RB 5 Spain Carles Puyol (c)  85'
CB 3 Spain Gerard Piqué  39'  56'
LB 22France Éric Abidal
DM 16Spain Sergio Busquets
CM 6 Spain Xavi
CM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta
AM 4 Spain Cesc Fàbregas
RW 2 Brazil Dani Alves
LW 11Spain Thiago  79'
CF 10Argentina Lionel Messi
MF 14Argentina Javier Mascherano  71'  56'
FW 17Spain Pedro  79'
DF 24Spain Andreu Fontàs  85'
Spain Pep Guardiola

Man of the Match
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)[1]
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)[1]
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)[1]
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)[1]

Match rules[13]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Santos Barcelona
Goals scored 0 4
Total shots 8 16
Shots on target 3 9
Ball possession 29% 71%
Corner kicks 2 4
Fouls committed 13 13
Offsides 0 6
Yellow cards 2 2
Red cards 0 0

Barcelona celebrating their win.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Match Report" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. "Barca cruise into Club World Cup final". ESPN Soccernet. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  3. "Neymar and co into final". ESPN Soccernet. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  4. "Lionel Messi v Neymar: how Barcelona and Santos stars compare ahead of Fifa Club World Cup final". Daily Telegraph. London. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  5. "Barcelona v Santos". goal.com. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  6. Lawrence, Amy (15 December 2011). "Neymar has chance to justify hype against Lionel Messi's Barcelona". guardian.co.uk. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  7. 1 2 "Barcelona win Fifa Club World Cup". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  8. "Barcelona v Santos: Fifa Club World Cup final live". Daily Telegraph. London. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  9. "Barca hit by Villa leg break blow". ESPN Soccernet. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  10. "Barcelona's David Villa faces five months out after breaking shinbone". The Guardian. London. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  11. 1 2 "Messi leads Barcelona to 4–0 win over Santos". SI.com. Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. 18 December 2011. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 Gardner, Alan (18 December 2011). "Club World Cup final: Santos 0–4 Barcelona – as it happened". guardian.co.uk. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  13. "Regulations - FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  14. "Match Statistics". FIFA. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.

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