2015 FIFA Club World Cup

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2015 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
presented by Alibaba E-Auto
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FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2015
2015 FIFA Club World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryJapan
Dates10–20 December
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona (3rd title)
Runners-up Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
Third place Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Fourth place Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored21 (2.63 per match)
Attendance272,312 (34,039 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez (5 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez
Fair play award Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2014
2016

The 2015 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for sponsorship reasons) [1] was the 12th 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. [2] The tournament was hosted by Japan between 10–20 December 2015. [3]

Contents

Real Madrid were the defending champions, but could not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Barcelona defeated River Plate 3–0 in the final, winning a record third Club World Cup title.

Host bids

The application process for the 2015–2016 as well as the 2017–2018 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014. [4] Member associations interested in hosting had to submit a declaration of interest by 30 March 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 25 August 2014. [5] The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014. [6] However, no such decision regarding the 2015–2016 host was made until 2015.

The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament: [7]

Japan was officially confirmed as the host of the 2015 and 2016 tournaments on 23 April 2015. [3]

Proposed change to format

Under a proposed change to the competition, led by the Oceania Football Confederation, the new format would mean a removal of the knockout rounds for the quarter-finals and play-off round, replacing it with two round-robin groups of three teams, consisting of two teams from the host nation and the champions of AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, and OFC, with the group winners advancing to the semi-finals to play the champions of CONMEBOL and UEFA. This would allow for all teams to play at least two matches, avoiding the current situation where the loser of the play-off round would play only one match. [9] A decision on this would be taken after the 2014 competition finished. However, according to the press release of the host country, the tournament will continue with the original seven-team format in 2015. [3]

Qualified teams

TeamConfederationQualificationQualified dateParticipation
Enter in the semi-finals
Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate CONMEBOL Winners of the 2015 Copa Libertadores 22 July 20151st
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona UEFA Winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League 6 June 20154th (Previous: 2006, 2009 , 2011 )
Enter in the quarter-finals
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande AFC Winners of the 2015 AFC Champions League 21 November 20152nd (Previous: 2013)
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe CAF Winners of the 2015 CAF Champions League 8 November 20153rd (Previous: 2009, 2010)
Flag of Mexico.svg América CONCACAF Winners of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League 29 April 20152nd (Previous: 2006)
Enter in the play-off for quarter-finals
Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2014–15 OFC Champions League 26 April 20157th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC (Hosts)Winners of the 2015 J1 League 5 December 20152nd (Previous: 2012)

1 In bold: Previous tournament winners
2 River Plate qualified as the CONMEBOL representatives on 22 July 2015 when UANL, who are from Mexico and not eligible to represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup, were confirmed as their opponents in the final.

Venues

On 22 May 2015, Nagai Stadium in Osaka and International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama were named as the two venues that would be used in the tournament. [10]

Osaka Yokohama
Nagai Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
34°36′50.83″N135°31′6.42″E / 34.6141194°N 135.5184500°E / 34.6141194; 135.5184500 (Nagai Stadium) 35°30′35″N139°36′20″E / 35.50972°N 139.60556°E / 35.50972; 139.60556 (International Stadium Yokohama)
Capacity: 47,000Capacity: 72,327
Nagai stadium20040717.jpg NISSANSTADIUM20080608.JPG

Match officials

The appointed match officials were: [11] [12]

ConfederationRefereeAssistant referees
AFC Alireza Faghani (Iran)Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
CAF Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue (Cameroon)
CONCACAF Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)Juan Francisco Zumba (El Salvador)
Marvin César Torrentera (Mexico)
CONMEBOL Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Cristian Jairo de la Cruz (Colombia)
OFC Matthew Conger (New Zealand)Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
UEFA Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Host (support) Ryuji Sato (Japan)Akane Yagi (Japan)

Squads

Each team had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom had to be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline of 30 November 2015. The squads of six of the seven teams were released by FIFA on 3 December 2015 (except Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who only confirmed their place in the tournament on 5 December 2015). [13] [14] Injury replacements were allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match. [2]

Matches

The schedule of the tournament, together with the emblem, was unveiled on 24 August 2015. [15] [16]

A draw was held on 23 September 2015, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, to determine the positions in the bracket for the three teams which enter the quarter-finals. [17] [18]

If a match was tied after normal playing time: [2]

Play-offQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 10 December – Yokohama             
  Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2 13 December – Osaka     
  Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City  0    Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe  0
16 December – Osaka
   Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima  3  
  Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima  0
    Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate  1 
20 December – Yokohama
  Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate  0
13 December – Osaka
   Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona  3
  Flag of Mexico.svg América  1
17 December – Yokohama
  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande  2  
  Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona  3
Fifth placeThird place
    Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande  0 
  Flag of Mexico.svg América  2  Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2
  Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe  1  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande  1
16 December – Osaka 20 December – Yokohama

All times are local, JST (UTC+9). [19]

Play-off for quarter-finals

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg 2–0 Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City
Minagawa Soccerball shade.svg 9'
Shiotani Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Report

Quarter-finals

América Flag of Mexico.svg 1–2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
Peralta Soccerball shade.svg 55' Report Zheng Long Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Paulinho Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 18,772 [21]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

TP Mazembe Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg 0–3 Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Report Shiotani Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Chiba Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Asano Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 23,609 [22]
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Match for fifth place

América Flag of Mexico.svg 2–1 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe
Benedetto Soccerball shade.svg 19'
Zúñiga Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Report Kalaba Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 11,686 [23]
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

Semi-finals

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg 0–1 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
Report Alario Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 20,133 [24]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Barcelona Flag of Spain.svg 3–0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
Suárez Soccerball shade.svg 39', 50', 67' (pen.) Report

Match for third place

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan.svg 2–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
Douglas Soccerball shade.svg 70', 83' Report Paulinho Soccerball shade.svg 4'

Final

River Plate Flag of Argentina.svg 0–3 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Report Messi Soccerball shade.svg 36'
Suárez Soccerball shade.svg 49', 68'

Goalscorers

RankPlayerTeamGoals
1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 5
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 2
Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Flag of Japan.svg Tsukasa Shiotani Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5 Flag of Argentina.svg Darío Benedetto Flag of Mexico.svg América 1
Flag of Mexico.svg Oribe Peralta Flag of Mexico.svg América
Flag of Mexico.svg Martín Eduardo Zúñiga Flag of Mexico.svg América
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Long Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
Flag of Zambia.svg Rainford Kalaba Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe
Flag of Argentina.svg Lucas Alario Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Asano Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuhiko Chiba Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Minagawa Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Final ranking

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona (UEFA)220060+66
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate (CONMEBOL)21011323
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima (AFC)(H)430172+59
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande (AFC)31023633
5 Flag of Mexico.svg América (CONCACAF)21013303
6 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe (CAF)20021540
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City (OFC)10010220
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. [28]

Adidas Golden Ball
Alibaba E-Auto Award
Adidas Silver Ball Adidas Bronze Ball
Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez
(Barcelona)
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi
(Barcelona)
Flag of Spain.svg Andrés Iniesta
(Barcelona)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona

FIFA also named a man of the match for the best player in each game at the tournament. [29]

Alibaba E-Auto Match Award
MatchMan of the matchClubOpponent
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of New Zealand.svg Auckland City
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Paulinho Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande Flag of Mexico.svg América
3 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuyuki Morisaki Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe
4 Flag of Paraguay.svg Osvaldo Martínez Flag of Mexico.svg América Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe
5 Flag of Argentina.svg Lucas Alario Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
6 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
7 Flag of Japan.svg Takuma Asano Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande
8 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez (2) Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate

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