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2019 FIFA Club World Cup
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Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Qatar.png Qatar
Dates11–21 December 2019
Teams(from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Liverpool (1st title)
Runner-upBrazil Flamengo
Third placeMexico Monterrey
Fourth placeSaudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored30 (3.75 per match)
Attendance166,426 (20,803 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah
Flag of Libya Hamdou Elhouni
(3 goals each)
Best playerFlag of Egypt Mohamed Salah
Fair play awardTunisia Espérance de Tunis
2018
2020

The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) was the 16th 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. The tournament was hosted by Qatar between 11 and 21 December 2019, taking place at two venues in Doha.

Liverpool won the final 1–0 after extra time against Flamengo for their first FIFA Club World Cup title.

Host appointment

With proposals for an expanded Club World Cup, FIFA delayed the announcement of a host. A host was to be announced by FIFA on 15 March 2019, though this was later delayed. On 28 May 2019, FIFA announced that the 2019 and 2020 tournament host would be appointed at the FIFA Council meeting in Paris, France on 3 June 2019.

Qatar was appointed as the host for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments on 3 June 2019, serving as test events ahead of their hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Club World Cup will retain its original format ahead of the revamp in 2021.

Qualified teams

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Entering in the semi-finals
Brazil Flamengo CONMEBOL Winners of the 2019 Copa Libertadores 23 November 2019 1st
England Liverpool UEFA Winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1 June 2019 2nd (Previous: 2005)
Entering in the second round
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal AFC Winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League 24 November 2019 1st
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis CAF Winners of the 2018–19 CAF Champions League 7 August 2019 3rd (Previous: 2011, 2018)
Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF Winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League 1 May 2019 4th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013)
Entering in the first round
New Caledonia Hienghène Sport OFC Winners of the 2019 OFC Champions League 11 May 2019 1st
Qatar Al-Sadd AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2018–19 Qatar Stars League 13 August 2019 2nd (Previous: 2011)

Venues

FIFA announced the three venues for the tournament, along with the match schedule, on 30 September 2019. All three stadiums are located in Doha, with the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium and the Khalifa International Stadium having hosted matches at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, including the final for the latter. The newly built Education City Stadium, which was selected to host the final match, is also a host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as is the Khalifa International Stadium. On 7 December 2019, FIFA moved all three matches (the second semi-final on 18 December and the third place match and final on 21 December) that were due to be played at the Education City Stadium to Khalifa International Stadium after the opening of the Education City Stadium was postponed to early 2020.

Doha
Khalifa International Stadium Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Capacity: 45,416 Capacity: 11,918
Khalifa International Stadium (1) Save the Dream at the Supercoppa (30394071002)

Match officials

A total of five referees, ten assistant referees, and six video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referee
AFC Qatar Abdulrahman Al-Jassim Qatar Taleb Al-Marri
Qatar Saoud Al-Maqaleh
China Fu Ming
CAF Algeria Mustapha Ghorbal Egypt Mahmoud Abouelregal
Algeria Mokrane Gourari
Gambia Bakary Gassama
CONCACAF United States Ismail Elfath United States Kyle Atkins
United States Corey Parker
Republic of Ireland Alan Kelly
CONMEBOL Chile Roberto Tobar Chile Christian Schiemann
Chile Claudio Ríos Ortiz
Uruguay Esteban Ostojich
UEFA Romania Ovidiu Hațegan Romania Octavian Șovre
Romania Sebastian Gheorghe
Spain Juan Martínez Munuera
France Benoît Millot

Abdelkader Zitouni of Tahiti (OFC) was also named as a support referee.

Squads

Main article: 2019 FIFA Club World Cup squads

Each team had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.

Matches

The draw of the tournament was held on 16 September 2019, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (against teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA). At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC and CONMEBOL were not known.

If a match is tied after normal playing time:

  • For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 11 December – Doha (Jassim)                          
 Qatar Al-Sadd (a.e.t.)  3   14 December – Doha (Jassim)        
 New Caledonia Hienghène Sport  1      Mexico Monterrey  3
18 December – Doha (Khalifa)
   Qatar Al-Sadd  2    
 Mexico Monterrey  1
     England Liverpool  2  
21 December – Doha (Khalifa)
 England Liverpool (a.e.t.)  1
14 December – Doha (Jassim)
   Brazil Flamengo  0
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  1
17 December – Doha (Khalifa)
 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis  0    
 Brazil Flamengo  3
Fifth place Third place
     Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  1  
 Qatar Al-Sadd  2  Mexico Monterrey (p)  2 (4)
 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis  6  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  2 (3)
17 December – Doha (Khalifa) 21 December – Doha (Khalifa)

All times are local, AST (UTC+3).

First round

11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)
20:30
Al-Sadd Qatar 3–1
(a.e.t.)
New Caledonia Hienghène Sport Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 7,047
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
Bounedjah Soccerball 26'
Hassan Soccerball 100'
Ró-Ró Soccerball 114'
Report Roine Soccerball 46'

Second round

14 December 2019 (2019-12-14)
17:00
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 1–0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 7,726
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
Gomis Soccerball 73' Report

14 December 2019 (2019-12-14)
20:30
Monterrey Mexico 3–2 Qatar Al-Sadd Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 4,878
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
Vangioni Soccerball 23'
Funes Mori Soccerball 45+1'
Rodríguez Soccerball 77'
Report Bounedjah Soccerball 66'
Hassan Soccerball 89'

Match for fifth place

17 December 2019 (2019-12-17)
17:30
Al-Sadd Qatar 2–6 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 15,037
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (Tahiti)
Bounedjah Soccerball 32' (pen.)
Al-Haydos Soccerball 49' (pen.)
Report Elhouni Soccerball 6'42'74'
Badri Soccerball 13'25' (pen.)
Derbali Soccerball 87'

Semi-finals

17 December 2019 (2019-12-17)
20:30
Flamengo Brazil 3–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 21,588
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
De Arrascaeta Soccerball 49'
Bruno Henrique Soccerball 78'
Al-Bulaihi Soccerball 82' (o.g.)
Report Al-Dawsari Soccerball 18'

18 December 2019 (2019-12-18)
20:30
Monterrey Mexico 1–2 England Liverpool Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 45,416
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
Funes Mori Soccerball 14' Report Keïta Soccerball 12'
Firmino Soccerball 90+1'

Match for third place

21 December 2019 (2019-12-21)
17:30
Monterrey Mexico Match 7 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 19,318
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
A. González Soccerball 55'
Meza Soccerball 60'
Report Carlos Eduardo Soccerball 35'
Gomis Soccerball 66'
  Penalties  
J. González Soccerball shad check
Medina Soccerball shad check
Funes Mori Soccerball shad check
Vásquez -Soccerball shade cross
Cárdenas Soccerball shad check
4–3 Soccerball shad check Gomis
Soccerball shad check Giovinco
-Soccerball shade cross Carlos Eduardo
Soccerball shad check Jang Hyun-soo
-Soccerball shade cross Kanno

Final

Main article: 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final
21 December 2019 (2019-12-21)
20:30
Liverpool England 1–0 Brazil Flamengo Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 45,416
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Firmino Soccerball 99' Report

Goalscorers

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Flag of Algeria Baghdad Bounedjah Qatar Al-Sadd 3
Flag of Libya Hamdou Elhouni Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
3 Flag of Tunisia Anice Badri Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2
Brazil Roberto Firmino England Liverpool
Flag of Argentina Rogelio Funes Mori Mexico Monterrey
Flag of France Bafétimbi Gomis Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Flag of Qatar Abdelkarim Hassan Qatar Al-Sadd
8 Brazil Bruno Henrique Brazil Flamengo 1
Brazil Carlos Eduardo Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Flag of Saudi Arabia Salem Al-Dawsari Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Flag of Uruguay Giorgian De Arrascaeta Brazil Flamengo
Flag of Tunisia Sameh Derbali Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Flag of Mexico Alfonso González Mexico Monterrey
Flag of Qatar Hassan Al-Haydos Qatar Al-Sadd
Flag of Guinea Naby Keïta England Liverpool
Flag of Argentina Maximiliano Meza Mexico Monterrey
Flag of Mexico Carlos Rodríguez Mexico Monterrey
Flag of New Caledonia Antoine Roïné New Caledonia Hienghène Sport
Flag of Qatar Ró-Ró Qatar Al-Sadd
Flag of Argentina Leonel Vangioni Mexico Monterrey

1 own goal

Criticism

In 2017, three member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council along with Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and criminalised trips for their citizens to the country. In October, FIFA sold 200 Club World Cup tickets to fans from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and 500 to those from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. In November 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised FIFA for neglecting fan welfare and selling tickets for the Club World Cup to those banned by their governments. HRW stated that FIFA should be aware of the risks that the football supporters can face in their countries and ensure that they are not exposed to the risk of harassment or prosecution.

External links

FIFA Club World Cup
Seasons

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Finals

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Squads

2000 · 2001 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 ·

Qualification

AFC Champions League · CAF Champions League · CONCACAF Champions League · Copa Libertadores · OFC Champions League · UEFA Champions League

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