- 2005 FIFA Club World Championship
Infobox International Football Competition
year = 2005
other_titles = FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup Japan 2005
size = 150px
caption = FIFA Club World Championship 2005 official logo
country = Japan
11 December– 18 December
num_teams = 6
confederations = 6
venues = 3
cities = 3
champion_other = flagicon|BRA São Paulo FC
count = 1
second_other = flagicon|ENG Liverpool
third_other = flagicon|CRC
fourth_other = flagicon|KSA Al Ittihad
matches = 7
goals = 19
attendance = 261456
top_scorer = flagicon|BRA Amoroso (2 goals)
Mohammed Noor(2 goals)
Peter Crouch(2 goals)
Alvaro Saborio(2 goals)The 2005 FIFA Club World Championship was a football tournament held in Japanbetween 11 Decemberand 18 December 2005and won by Brazilian club São Paulo FC. It is FIFA's biggest club football tournament, though is not as highly regarded by most sides as regional tournaments such as the Copa Libertadoresand UEFA Champions League.
The 2005 tournament was created as a merger between the Intercontinental Cup and the earlier
FIFA Club World Championships. The previous of these had been running as an annual tournament between the champions of Europe and South America since 1960; the latter had undergone just one tournament, the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship. The 2001 tournament had been cancelled when FIFA's marketing partner ISLwent bankrupt.
As a result of this merger, the tournament was conceived as being smaller than the original Club World Championship, which had lasted two weeks, yet building on the one game format of the Intercontinental Cup. Six clubs were invited to take part in the tournament, one representing each regional football confederation.
The competition was a knockout tournament so each team played two or three matches. The champions of the four "weaker" confederations played in the quarter-finals; the losers played in a fifth place play-off. The winners were then joined by the European and South American champions in the semi-finals; the losers played in a third place play-off.
The matches were held in
Tokyo's National (Olympic) Stadium, Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Aichinear Nagoya and the International Stadium in Yokohama, where the final was played. For marketing purposes it was known as the "FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup".
These were decided during
Views on the tournament
The tournament was quite well received, although some commentators have stated that, excluding São Paulo and Liverpool, the quality of football was quite poor leading to a view that it might have been better retaining the two continent format of the
European/South American Cup[http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SPORT/football/12/18/soccer.japan/] .
FIFA Club World Championship
* [http://www.fifa.com/tournaments/archive/tournament=107/edition=4735/index.html FIFA CWC Tournament Table]
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