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The FIFA Confederations Cup is an association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFAmarker. It is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (CAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, OFC, CONCACAF), along with the FIFA World Cup winner and the host country, to bring the number of teams up to eight.

History and details

The tournament was originally organised by and held in Saudi Arabiamarker and called the confedarations winners cup (or Intercontinental Championship), contested in 1992 and 1995 by the Saudi national side and some continental champions. In 1997, FIFAmarker took over the organisation of the tournament, named it the FIFA Confederations Cup and staged the competition every two years.

Since 2005, it is held 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 World Cup and gives the host nation, who qualifies for that tournament automatically, experience at a high level of competition during two years of friendlies. 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 World Cup runner-up also enters the Confederations Cup, ensuring eight teams for the tournament. In the 2005 tournament, however, Brazilmarker, as World champion, and World Cup runner-up Germanymarker, as host, had qualified. When Brazil also won the Copa América, the vacant eighth spot was awarded to Argentinamarker, runner-up in the Copa América.

On three occasions teams have chosen not to participate in the tournament. The UEFA Euro 1996 winner Germanymarker declined its place in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by the Czech Republicmarker, the runner-up in that tournament. Francemarker, 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, declined in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was replaced by Brazilmarker, 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 Turkeymarker, the third-placed 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 European Football Championships, 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.

Results

For finals including both Artemio Franchi Trophy and Confederations Cup statistics, see detailed finals.

King Fahd Cup

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1992

Details
3–1 5–2
1995

Details
2–0 1–1

(5–4 pens.)


Confederations Cup

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1997

Details
6–0 1–0
1999

Details
4–3 2–0
2001

Details


1–0 1–0
2003

Details
1–0

(a.e.t.)
2–1
2005

Details
4–1 4–3

(a.e.t.)
2009

Details
3–2 3–2

(a.e.t.)


Finalists

Team Titles Runners-up
3 (1997, 2005, 2009) 1 (1999)
2 (2001, 2003*) -
1 (1992) 2 (1995, 2005)
1 (1995)
1 (1999*)
- 1 (1997)
- 1 (2003)
- 1 (2001*)
- 1 (1992*)
- 1 (2009)


*: hosts


Goalscorers

Overall top scorers

Player Country Goals
Cuauhtémoc Blanco 9
Ronaldinho 9
Adriano 7
Romário 7
Marzouq Al-Otaibi 6
Alex 5
John Aloisi 5
Luis Fabiano 5
Robert Pirès 5
Vladimír Šmicer 5


Awards

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament. It is selected by the media poll.
Tournament Golden Ball Winner
1997 Saudi Arabia Denilson
1999 Mexico Ronaldinho
2001 Korea/Japan Robert Pirès
2003 France Thierry Henry
2005 Germany Adriano
2009 South Africa Kaká


Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe is awarded to the topscorer of the tournament. If more than one players are equal by same goals, the players will be selected based by the most assists during the tournament.

Tournament Golden Shoe Award Goals
1997 Saudi Arabia Romario 7
1999 Mexico Ronaldinho 6
2001 Korea/Japan Robert Pires 2
2003 France Thierry Henry 4
2005 Germany Adriano 5
2009 South Africa Luis Fabiano 5


Golden Glove

The Golden Glove is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Tournament Golden Glove
2009 South Africa Tim Howard


FIFA Fair Play Award

FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team who has the best fair play record during the tournament with the criteria set by FIFA Fair Play Committee.

Tournament FIFA Fair Play Award
1997 Saudi Arabia
1999 Mexico ,
2001 Korea/Japan
2003 France
2005 Germany
2009 South Africa


Summary

Participation details

Team

1992


1995


1997


1999




2001


2003


2005


2009
Total
- - W F 4th 1R W W 6
- 3rd 1R W 1R - 4th - 5
- 1R - - F 1R 1R - 4
F 1R 1R 4th - - - - 4
3rd - - 3rd - 1R - F 4
W F - - - - F - 3
- - F - 3rd - 1R - 3
- - - 1R - 1R - 1R 3
- - - - 1R F - - 2
- - - 1R - - - 1R 2
- - - - W W - - 2
- - - 1R - - 3rd - 2
- - 1R - - - - 4th 2
- - - 1R - - - - 1
- - - - 1R - - - 1
- - - - - 4th - - 1
4th - - - - - - - 1
- - 3rd - - - - - 1
- W - - - - - - 1
- - - - - - 1R - 1
- - - - - - - 1R 1
- - - - - - - 1R 1
- - - - 1R - - - 1
- 4th - - - - - - 1
- - - - - - - 3rd 1
- - - - - - 1R - 1
- - - - - 3rd - - 1
- - 1R - - - - - 1
- - 4th - - - - - 1
  • 1R: Eliminated in the First Round
  • F: Finalist
  • W: Champion


General statistics

Team
10 5 3 2 22 14 +8
13 5 1 7 13 20 -7
3 0 2 1 2 3 -1
28 18 5 5 62 25 +37
8 4 1 3 5 5 0
3 0 1 2 0 5 -5
5 2 0 3 5 5 0
2 0 0 2 2 9 -7
5 2 1 2 10 7 +3
3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
6 1 2 3 8 17 -9
10 9 0 1 24 5 +19
8 4 1 3 17 17 0
3 0 1 2 0 4 -4
3 0 2 1 0 1 -1
3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
13 5 2 6 15 16 -1
3 2 0 1 3 6 -3
19 8 5 6 33 28 +5
9 0 1 8 2 24 -22
3 1 2 0 4 1 +3
12 3 1 8 13 31 -18
7 1 2 4 9 12 -3
5 4 0 1 11 4 +7
3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
5 2 1 2 8 8 0
3 1 0 2 2 8 -6
12 4 1 7 15 17 -2
5 3 0 2 8 6 +2


References

  1. 2005/2006 season: final worldwide matchday to be 14 May 2006
  2. Intercontinental Cup for Nations
  3. The first two editions were in fact the defunct King Fahd Cup. FIFA later recognized them retroactively as Confederations Cups. See http://www.fifa.com/tournaments/archive/tournament=101/awards/.



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