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2021 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup 2021
Tournament details
Host country United Arab Emirates
Dates3–12 February 2022
Teams(from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Chelsea (1st title)
Runner-upBrazil Palmeiras
Third placeEgypt Al Ahly
Fourth placeSaudi Arabia Al Hilal
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored27 (3.38 per match)
Attendance100,752 (12,594 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belgium Romelu Lukaku
Brazil Raphael Veiga
Egypt Yasser Ibrahim
Mali Abdoulay Diaby
(2 goals each)
Best playerFlag of Brazil Thiago Silva
Fair play awardEngland Chelsea
2020

The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) was the 18th 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 held from 3 to 12 February 2022 in the United Arab Emirates.

Bayern Munich were the defending champions, but could not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Chelsea won the final 2–1 after extra time against Palmeiras for their first FIFA Club World Cup title.

Host appointment

Originally, an expanded Club World Cup in China was planned to be held in June and July 2021. However, due to fixture congestion caused by the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football, the Tokyo Olympics, UEFA European Championship and Copa América were postponed from mid-2020 to mid-2021. As a result, FIFA announced in March 2020 that they would postpone the expanded Club World Cup to later in 2021, 2022 or 2023.

On 4 December 2020, the FIFA Council announced that the Club World Cup, using the previous format, would be held in late 2021 and hosted by Japan. However, on 8 September 2021, the Japan Football Association dropped its commitment to host the tournament, owing to the possibility of restrictions on fan attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. Numerous countries expressed interest in hosting the tournament as bidding was reopened, including Brazil, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. On 20 October 2021, the FIFA Council announced the United Arab Emirates as the host of the tournament, and postponed the event from late 2021 to early 2022.

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Entering in the semi-finals
Brazil Palmeiras CONMEBOL Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores 27 November 2021 2nd (Previous: 2020)
England Chelsea UEFA Winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League 29 May 2021 2nd (Previous: 2012)
Entering in the second round
Saudi Arabia Al Hilal AFC Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League 23 November 2021 2nd (Previous: 2019)
Egypt Al Ahly CAF Winners of the 2020–21 CAF Champions League 17 July 2021 7th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020)
Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League 28 October 2021 5th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019)
Entering in the first round
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Nominated by OFC 3 August 2021 10th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
United Arab Emirates Al Jazira AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2020–21 UAE Pro League 20 October 2021 2nd (Previous: 2017)

Venues

The matches are set to be played at two venues in the city of Abu Dhabi, which both hosted matches at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Abu Dhabi
Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium Al Nahyan Stadium
Capacity: 37,500 Capacity: 15,000
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Match officials

Five referees, ten assistant referees, and seven video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.

Confederation Referees Assistant referees Video assistant referees
AFC Australia Chris Beath
  • Australia Anton Shchetinin
  • Australia Ashley Beecham
United Arab Emirates Ammar Al-Jeneibi
CAF Algeria Mustapha Ghorbal
  • Algeria Mokrane Gourari
  • Algeria Abdelhak Etchiali
CONCACAF Mexico César Ramos
  • Mexico Alberto Morin
  • Mexico Miguel Hernández
Canada Drew Fischer
CONMEBOL Argentina Fernando Rapallini
  • Argentina Juan Pablo Belatti
  • Argentina Diego Bonfá
  • Colombia Nicolás Gallo
  • Argentina Mauro Vigliano
UEFA France Clément Turpin
  • France Nicolas Danos
  • France Cyril Gringore
  • France Willy Delajod
  • Italy Massimiliano Irrati
  • Netherlands Pol van Boekel

One support referee was also named for the tournament.

Confederation Support referee
OFC Papua New Guinea David Yareboinen

Squads

Main article: 2021 FIFA Club World Cup squads

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

Matches

The draw of the tournament was held on 29 November 2021, 17:00 CET (UTC+1), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, 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).

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
 3 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)                          
 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira  4   6 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)        
 Tahiti AS Pirae  1      Saudi Arabia Al Hilal  6
9 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
   United Arab Emirates Al Jazira  1    
 Saudi Arabia Al Hilal  0
     England Chelsea  1  
12 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
 England Chelsea  2
5 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)
   Brazil Palmeiras  1
 Egypt Al Ahly  1
8 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)
 Mexico Monterrey  0    
 Brazil Palmeiras  2
Fifth place Third place
     Egypt Al Ahly  0  
 Mexico Monterrey  3  Saudi Arabia Al Hilal  0
 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira  1  Egypt Al Ahly  4
9 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan) 12 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)

All times are local, GST (UTC+4).

First round

3 February 2022 (2022-02-03)
20:30
Al Jazira United Arab Emirates 4–1 Tahiti AS Pirae Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 4,970
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
Al-Ameri Goal 5'
A. Al-Attas Goal 25'
Kosanović Goal 41'
Diaby Goal 63'
Report Rabii Goal 48' (o.g.)

Second round

5 February 2022 (2022-02-05)
20:30
Al Ahly Egypt 1–0 Mexico Monterrey Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 9,396
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
Hany Goal 53' Report

6 February 2022 (2022-02-06)
20:30
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia 6–1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 12,538
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
Ighalo Goal 36'
Pereira Goal 40'
Kanno Goal 57'
Al-Dawsari Goal 77'
Marega Goal 88'
Carrillo Goal 90+2' (pen.)
Report Diaby Goal 14'

Semi-finals

8 February 2022 (2022-02-08)
20:30
Palmeiras Brazil 2–0 Egypt Al Ahly Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 11,902
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Veiga Goal 39'
Dudu Goal 49'
Report

9 February 2022 (2022-02-09)
20:30
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia 0–1 England Chelsea Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 19,175
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
Report Lukaku Goal 32'

Match for fifth place

9 February 2022 (2022-02-09)
17:30
Monterrey Mexico 3–1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 892
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
Sultan Goal 4' (o.g.)
Funes Mori Goal 11'
Montes Goal 25'
Report Bruno Goal 90+1'

Match for third place

12 February 2022 (2022-02-12)
17:00
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia 0-4 Egypt Al Ahly Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 9,008
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Report Ibrahim Goal 8'
Ibrahim Goal 17'
Kader Goal 40'
El Solia Goal 64'

Final

Main article: 2021 FIFA Club World Cup Final
12 February 2022 (2022-02-12)
20:30 GST
Chelsea England 2-1 (a.e.t.) Brazil Palmeiras Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 32,871
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
Lukaku Goal 54'
Havertz Goal 117' (pen.)
Report Veiga Goal 64' (pen.)

Goalscorers

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Flag of Mali Abdoulay Diaby United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 2
2 Flag of United Arab Emirates Zayed Al-Ameri United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 1
Flag of United Arab Emirates Ahmed Al-Attas United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
Flag of Saudi Arabia Salem Al-Dawsari Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
Flag of Brazil Bruno United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
Flag of Peru André Carrillo Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
Flag of Brazil Dudu Brazil Palmeiras
Flag of Mexico Rogelio Funes Mori Mexico Monterrey
Flag of Egypt Mohamed Hany Egypt Al Ahly
Flag of Nigeria Odion Ighalo Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
Flag of Saudi Arabia Mohamed Kanno Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
Flag of Serbia Miloš Kosanović United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
Flag of Belgium Romelu Lukaku England Chelsea
Flag of Mali Moussa Marega Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
Flag of Mexico César Montes Mexico Monterrey
Flag of Brazil Matheus Pereira Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
Flag of Brazil Raphael Veiga Brazil Palmeiras

2 own goals

Final ranking

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

External links

FIFA Club World Cup
Seasons

Brazil 2000 · Spain 2001 · Japan 2005 · Japan 2006 · Japan 2007 · Japan 2008 · UAE 2009 · UAE 2010 · Japan 2011 · Japan 2012 · Morocco 2013 · Morocco 2014 · Japan 2015 · Japan 2016 · UAE 2017 · UAE 2018 · Qatar 2019 · Qatar 2020 · Japan 2021 · China TBD

Finals

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

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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