FIFA Confederations Cup
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Founded 1992
Abolished 2019
Region International (FIFA)
Tournament information
Current champions  Germany (1st title)
Number of teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Most successful club  Brazil (4 titles)
Website Official website

The FIFA Confederations Cup was, from 1992 until 2017, an association football tournament for national teams held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by the holders of each of the six Football Continental Championships (UEFA, CONCACAF, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation of next years tournament, to bring the number of teams up to eight.

History and details

The tournament was originally organised by and held in Saudi Arabia and was called the King Fahd Cup (Confederations Winners Cup or Intercontinental Championship), contested in 1992 and 1995 by the Saudi national side and some continental champions which 3 continent winners competed in both competitions CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL. In 1997, FIFA took over the organisation of the tournament, named it the FIFA Confederations Cup and staged the competition every two years until 2005

When 2005 came around, it changed to once every four years, in the year prior to each World Cup in the host country of the forthcoming World Cup. Considered a dress-rehearsal for the World Cup it precedes, it uses around half of the stadia intended for use at the following year's competition and gives the host nation, who qualifies for that tournament automatically, experience at a high level of competition during two years of friendles. At the same time, participation was made optional for the South American and European champions.

When the World champion is also winner of its confederation championship, then the confederation championship runner-up also enters the Confederations Cup, ensuring eight teams for the tournament for that year.

On three occasions teams have chosen not to participate in the tournament. The UEFA Euro 1996 winner Germany declined its place in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by the Czech Republic, the runner-up in that tournament. France, 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, declined in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by Brazil, the 1998 World Cup runner-up (and also 1997 Copa America champion). Germany, the runner-up in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, chose not to participate in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by Turkey, the third place team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

An earlier tournament existed that invited former World Cup winners, the Mundialito, or Copa D'Oro which celebrated the fifty year anniversary of the first World Cup. The Artemio Franchi Trophy, contested in 1985 and 1993 between the winners of the Copa America and UEFA European Football Championship, was also another example of an earlier contest between football confederations. Both of these are considered by some to be a form of an unofficial precursor to the Confederations Cup, although FIFA recognized only the 1992 tournaments onwards to be Confederations Cup winners.

In March 2019, FIFA announced the Confederations Cup would end in order to accommodate an expanded Club World Cup from 2021 onwards.


King Fahd Cup

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1992 Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia  Argentina 3–1  Saudi Arabia  United States 5–2  Ivory Coast
1995 Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia  Denmark 2–0  Argentina  Mexico 1–1
(5–4 pens.)

FIFA Confederations Cup

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1997 Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia  Brazil 6–0  Australia  Czech Republic 1–0  Uruguay
1999 Flag of Mexico Mexico  Mexico 4–3  Brazil  United States 2–0  Saudi Arabia
2001 Flag of South Korea South Korea
Flag of Japan Japan
 France 1–0  Japan  Australia 1–0  Brazil
2003 Flag of France France  France 1–0
 Cameroon  Turkey 2–1  Colombia
2005 Flag of Germany Germany  Brazil 4–1  Argentina  Germany 4–3
2009 Flag of South Africa South Africa  Brazil 3–2  United States  Spain 3–2
 South Africa
2013 Flag of Brazil Brazil  Brazil 3–0  Spain  Italy 2–2
(3–2 pens.)

2–1 (a.e.t.)

Cancelled tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup

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