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2015 FIFA Club World Cup
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Tournament details
Dates10–20 December 2015
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Spain Barcelona (3rd title)
Runner-upFlag of Argentina River Plate
Third placeFlag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Fourth placeFlag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored21 (2.63 per match)
Attendance272,312 (34,039 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez (5 goals)
Best playerFlag of Uruguay Luis Suárez
2014
2016

The 2015 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for sponsorship reasons) was the 12th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country. The tournament was hosted by Japan between 10–20 December 2015.

Host bids

The application process for the 2015–2016 as well as the 2017–2018 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014. Member associations interested in hosting had to submit a declaration of interest by 30 March 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 25 August 2014. The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014. However, no such decision regarding the 2015–2016 host was made until 2015.

The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:

  • Flag of India.svg India (withdrew interest in November 2014)
  • Flag of Japan.png Japan

Japan was officially confirmed as the host of the 2015 and 2016 tournaments on 23 April 2015.

Proposed change to format

Under a proposed change to the competition, led by the Oceania Football Confederation, the new format would mean a removal of the knockout rounds for the quarter-finals and play-off round, replacing it with two round-robin groups of three teams, consisting of two teams from the host nation and the champions of AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, and OFC, with the group winners advancing to the semi-finals to play the champions of CONMEBOL and UEFA. This would allow for all teams to play at least two matches, avoiding the current situation where the loser of the play-off round would play only one match. A decision on this would be taken after the 2014 competition finished. However, according to the press release of the host country, the tournament will continue with the original seven-team format in 2015.

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Enter in the semi-finals
Flag of Argentina River Plate CONMEBOL Winners of the 2015 Copa Libertadores 22 July 2015 1st
Flag of Spain Barcelona UEFA Winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League 6 June 2015 4th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011)
Enter in the quarter-finals
Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande AFC Winners of the 2015 AFC Champions League 21 November 2015 2nd (Previous: 2013)
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe CAF Winners of the 2015 CAF Champions League 8 November 2015 3rd (Previous: 2009, 2010)
Flag of Mexico América CONCACAF Winners of the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League 29 April 2015 2nd (Previous: 2006)
Enter in the play-off for quarter-finals
Flag of New Zealand Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2014–15 OFC Champions League 26 April 2015 7th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2015 J1 League 5 December 2015 2nd (Previous: 2012)

1 In bold: Previous tournament winners
2 River Plate qualified as the CONMEBOL representatives on 22 July 2015 when UANL, who are from Mexico and not eligible to represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup, were confirmed as their opponents in the final.

Venues

On 22 May 2015, Nagai Stadium in Osaka and International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama were named as the two venues that would be used in the tournament.

Osaka Yokohama
Nagai Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
Capacity: 47,000 Capacity: 72,327
Nagai stadium20040717 NISSANSTADIUM20080608

Match officials

The appointed match officials were:

Confederation Referee Assistant referees
AFC Iran Alireza Faghani Iran Reza Sokhandan
Iran Mohammadreza Mansouri
CAF Flag of Cameroon Sidi Alioum Flag of Cameroon Evarist Menkouande
Flag of Cameroon Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue
CONCACAF El Salvador Joel Aguilar El Salvador Juan Francisco Zumba
Flag of Mexico Marvin César Torrentera
CONMEBOL Flag of Colombia Wilmar Roldán Flag of Colombia Alexander Guzmán
Flag of Colombia Cristian Jairo de la Cruz
OFC Flag of New Zealand Matthew Conger Flag of New Zealand Simon Lount
Flag of Tonga Tevita Makasini
UEFA Flag of Sweden Good one Jonas Eriksson Flag of Sweden Good one Mathias Klasenius
Flag of Sweden Good one Daniel Warnmark
Host (support) Flag of Japan Ryuji Sato Flag of Japan Akane Yagi

Squads

Main article: 2015 FIFA Club World Cup squads

Each team must name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline of 30 November 2015. The squads of six of the seven teams were released by FIFA on 3 December 2015 (except Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who only confirmed their place in the tournament on 5 December 2015). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.

Matches

The schedule of the tournament, together with the emblem, was unveiled on 24 August 2015.

A draw was held on 23 September 2015, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, to determine the positions in the bracket for the three teams which enter the quarter-finals.

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
 10 December – Yokohama                          
 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2   13 December – Osaka        
 Flag of New Zealand Auckland City  0      Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe  0
16 December – Osaka
   Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  3    
 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  0
     Flag of Argentina River Plate  1  
20 December – Yokohama
 Flag of Argentina River Plate  0
13 December – Osaka
   Flag of Spain Barcelona  3
 Flag of Mexico América  1
17 December – Yokohama
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande  2    
 Flag of Spain Barcelona  3
Fifth place Third place
     Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande  0  
 Flag of Mexico América  2  Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima  2
 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe  1  Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande  1
16 December – Osaka 20 December – Yokohama

All times are local, JST (UTC+9).

Play-off for quarter-finals

10 December 2015 (2015-12-10)
19:45
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan 2–0 Flag of New Zealand Auckland City International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Attendance: 19,421
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
Minagawa Soccerball 9'
Shiotani Soccerball 70'
Report

Quarter-finals

13 December 2015 (2015-12-13)
16:00
América Flag of Mexico 1–2 Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 18,772
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Peralta Soccerball 55' Report Zheng Long Soccerball 80'
Paulinho Soccerball 90+3'

13 December 2015 (2015-12-13)
19:30
TP Mazembe Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 0–3 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 23,609
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Report Shiotani Soccerball 44'
Chiba Soccerball 56'
Asano Soccerball 78'

Match for fifth place

16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)
16:30
América Flag of Mexico 2–1 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 11,686
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Benedetto Soccerball 19'
Zúñiga Soccerball 28'
Report Kalaba Soccerball 43'

Semi-finals

16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)
19:30
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan 0–1 Flag of Argentina River Plate Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 20,133
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Report Alario Soccerball 72'

17 December 2015 (2015-12-17)
19:30
Barcelona Flag of Spain 3–0 Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Attendance: 63,870
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Suárez Soccerball 39'50'67' (pen.) Report

Match for third place

20 December 2015 (2015-12-20)
16:00
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Flag of Japan 2–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Attendance: 47,968
Referee: Matt Conger (New Zealand)
Douglas Soccerball 70'83' Report Paulinho Soccerball 4'

Final

Main article: 2015 FIFA Club World Cup Final
20 December 2015 (2015-12-20)
19:30
River Plate Flag of Argentina 0–3 Flag of Spain Barcelona International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Attendance: 66,853
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Report Messi Soccerball 36'
Suárez Soccerball 49'68'

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 ·

Finals

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

Squads

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

Qualification

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

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