2012 FIFA Club World Cup

2012 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012

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Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates 6–16 December 2012
Teams 7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil Corinthians (2nd title)
Runners-up England Chelsea
Third place Mexico Monterrey
Fourth place Egypt Al-Ahly
Tournament statistics
Matches played 8
Goals scored 21 (2.63 per match)
Attendance 283,063 (35,383 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina César Delgado
Japan Hisato Satō
(3 goals each)
Best player Brazil Cássio
Fair play award Mexico Monterrey

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament that was played from 6 to 16 December 2012.[1] It was the ninth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation. The tournament was hosted by Japan.[2][3]

Corinthians won the title for the second time after defeating Chelsea 1–0 in the final.[4][5]

Qualified teams

Location of teams of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification Participation¹
Entered in the semi-finals
Brazil Corinthians CONMEBOL Winners of the 2012 Copa Libertadores 2nd (Previous: 2000)
England Chelsea UEFA Winners of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League 1st
Entered in the quarter-finals
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai AFC Winners of the 2012 AFC Champions League 1st
Egypt Al-Ahly CAF Winners of the 2012 CAF Champions League 4th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008)
Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF Winners of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League 2nd (Previous: 2011)
Entered in the play-off for quarter-finals
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2011–12 OFC Champions League 4th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011)
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC (Host) Winners of the 2012 J. League Division 1 1st

1 In bold: Previous tournament winners


The appointed referees are:[6]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Bahrain Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain Ebrahim Saleh
Bahrain Yaser Tulefat
Iran Alireza Faghani (reserve) Iran Hassan Kamranifar (reserve)
Iran Reza Sokhandan (reserve)
CAF Algeria Djamel Haimoudi Algeria Abdelhak Etchiali
Morocco Redouane Achik
CONCACAF Mexico Marco Antonio Rodríguez Mexico Marvin Torrentera
Mexico Marcos Quintero
CONMEBOL Ecuador Carlos Vera Ecuador Christian Lescano
Ecuador Byron Romero
OFC New Zealand Peter O'Leary New Zealand Jan-Hendrik Hintz
Fiji Ravinesh Kumar
UEFA Turkey Cüneyt Çakır Turkey Bahattin Duran
Turkey Tarık Ongun


Each team submitted a squad of 23 players, three of them goalkeepers.[7] The squads were announced on 29 November 2012.[8]


The venues for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup were Yokohama and Toyota.[1]

Toyota Yokohama
Toyota Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
35°05′05″N 137°10′15″E / 35.08472°N 137.17083°E / 35.08472; 137.17083 (Toyota Stadium) 35°30′35″N 139°36′20″E / 35.50972°N 139.60556°E / 35.50972; 139.60556 (International Stadium Yokohama)
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 72,327

Goal-line technology

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup was the first FIFA tournament to use goal-line technology following its approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in July 2012.[9] The two systems approved by FIFA, GoalRef (installed in Yokohama) and Hawk-Eye (installed in Toyota), were used in the two stadiums.[10]


The draw for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup was held at the home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, on 24 September 2012 at 11:30 CEST (UTC+02:00).[11] The draw decided the "positions" in the bracket for the three representatives which entered the quarter-finals (AFC/CAF/CONCACAF).[12]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[13]

Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 6 December – Yokohama                          
 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  1   9 December – Toyota        
 New Zealand Auckland City  0      Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  1
12 December – Toyota
   Egypt Al-Ahly  2    
 Egypt Al-Ahly  0
     Brazil Corinthians  1  
16 December – Yokohama
 Brazil Corinthians  1
9 December – Toyota
   England Chelsea  0
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai  1
13 December – Yokohama
 Mexico Monterrey  3    
 Mexico Monterrey  1
Fifth place Third place
     England Chelsea  3  
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai  2  Egypt Al-Ahly  0
 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  3  Mexico Monterrey  2
12 December – Toyota 16 December – Yokohama

All times Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00).

Play-off for quarter-finals

A minute's silence was held before the match to commemorate Dutch linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who had died following a violent incident at a youth competition four days before the match.[14]


9 December 2012
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 1–3 Mexico Monterrey
Lee Keun-Ho  88' Report Corona  9'
Delgado  77', 84'
Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 20,353
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

9 December 2012
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 1–2 Egypt Al-Ahly
Satō  32' Report Hamdy  15'
Aboutrika  57'
Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 27,314
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Match for fifth place

12 December 2012
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 2–3 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Mizumoto  17' (o.g.)
Lee Yong  90+5'
Report Yamagishi  35'
Satō  56', 72'
Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 17,581
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)


12 December 2012
Al-Ahly Egypt 0–1 Brazil Corinthians
Report Guerrero  30'
Toyota Stadium, Toyota
Attendance: 31,417
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)

13 December 2012
Monterrey Mexico 1–3 England Chelsea
de Nigris  90+1' Report Mata  17'
Torres  46'
Chávez  48' (o.g.)

Match for third place

16 December 2012
Al-Ahly Egypt 0–2 Mexico Monterrey
Report Corona  3'
Delgado  66'


16 December 2012
Corinthians Brazil 1–0 England Chelsea
Guerrero  69' Report


Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Argentina César Delgado Mexico Monterrey 3
Japan Hisato Satō Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3
3 Peru Paolo Guerrero Brazil Corinthians 2
Mexico Jesús Corona Mexico Monterrey 2
5 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Al-Ahly 1
Egypt Al-Sayed Hamdy Egypt Al-Ahly 1
Spain Juan Mata England Chelsea 1
Spain Fernando Torres England Chelsea 1
Mexico Aldo de Nigris Mexico Monterrey 1
Japan Toshihiro Aoyama Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
Japan Satoru Yamagishi Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1
South Korea Lee Keun-Ho South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1
South Korea Lee Yong South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1
Own goals

Tournament round-up

Final standings

Pos Team Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD
1 Brazil Corinthians CONMEBOL 220020+2
2 England Chelsea UEFA 210132+1
3 Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF 320164+2
4 Egypt Al-Ahly CAF 310224−2
5 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC 320154+1
6 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai AFC 200236−3
7 New Zealand Auckland City OFC 100101−1


The following awards were given for the tournament.[15]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Brazil Cássio
Brazil David Luiz
Peru Paolo Guerrero
Fair play Mexico Monterrey


  1. 1 2 "Match Schedule – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012" (PDF). FIFA.
  2. "Unanimous support for 6+5, FIFA Club World Cup hosts revealed". FIFA. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-01. Another major decision taken by the Executive Committee was to award the organisation of the 2009 and 2010 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the following two events, in 2011 and 2012, to Japan, where it has been played since 2005 and will be again in December this year.
  3. "FIFA moves Club World Cup to UAE from Japan". ESPN. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-02. Japan were given some consolation for their loss when they awarded the tournament in 2011 and 2012 while Australia, which had been hoping to use the event to boost their chances of staging the World Cup in 2018, were overlooked altogether.
  4. "World is lost for Chelsea". ESPNFC.Com. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  5. "Chelsea 0 Corinthians 1". Daily Telegraph UK. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  6. "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 – Appointment of Match Officials" (PDF). FIFA.
  7. "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by TOYOTA – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 29 November 2012.
  8. "Continents' finest prepare for Japan". FIFA. 29 November 2012.
  9. "Goal-line tech to debut at Club World Cup". supersport.com. 5 July 2012.
  10. "FIFA Club World Cup: GLT project agreements signed". FIFA. 27 November 2012.
  11. "Follow the draw LIVE on FIFA.com". FIFA. 23 September 2012.
  12. "Intriguing quarter-final pairings drawn". FIFA. 24 September 2012.
  13. "Regulations – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012" (PDF). FIFA.
  14. Blatter shocked at Dutch linesman death, Reuters (6 December 2012)
  15. "Double joy for Corinthians stars". FIFA. 16 December 2012.

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