2015 FIFA Club World Cup

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2015 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
presented by Alibaba E-Auto
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FIFAクラブワールドカップ ジャパン2015
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Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates 10–20 December
Teams 7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain Barcelona (3rd title)
Runners-up Argentina River Plate
Third place Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Fourth place China Guangzhou Evergrande
Tournament statistics
Matches played 8
Goals scored 21 (2.63 per match)
Attendance 272,312 (34,039 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Luis Suárez (5 goals)
Best player(s) Uruguay Luis Suárez
Fair play award Spain Barcelona

The 2015 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for sponsorship reasons)[1] was the 12th 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.[2] The tournament was hosted by Japan between 10–20 December 2015.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014.[6] 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:[7]

  • India (withdrew interest in November 2014)[8]
  • Japan

Japan was officially confirmed as the host of the 2015 and 2016 tournaments on 23 April 2015.[3]

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.[9] 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.[3]

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Enter in the semi-finals
Argentina River Plate CONMEBOL Winners of the 2015 Copa Libertadores 22 July 2015 1st
Spain Barcelona UEFA Winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League 6 June 2015 4th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011)
Enter in the quarter-finals
China Guangzhou Evergrande AFC Winners of the 2015 AFC Champions League 21 November 2015 2nd (Previous: 2013)
Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe CAF Winners of the 2015 CAF Champions League 8 November 2015 3rd (Previous: 2009, 2010)
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
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2014–15 OFC Champions League 26 April 2015 7th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
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.


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.[10]

Osaka Yokohama
Nagai Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
34°36′50.83″N 135°31′6.42″E / 34.6141194°N 135.5184500°E / 34.6141194; 135.5184500 (Nagai Stadium) 35°30′35″N 139°36′20″E / 35.50972°N 139.60556°E / 35.50972; 139.60556 (International Stadium Yokohama)
Capacity: 47,000 Capacity: 72,327
Nagai stadium20040717.jpg NISSANSTADIUM20080608.JPG

Match officials

The appointed match officials were:[11][12]

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


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).[13][14] Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.[2]


The schedule of the tournament, together with the emblem, was unveiled on 24 August 2015.[15][16]

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.[17][18]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[2]

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

All times are local, JST (UTC+9).[19]

Play-off for quarter-finals

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 2–0 New Zealand Auckland City
Minagawa Goal 9'
Shiotani Goal 70'


América Mexico 1–2 China Guangzhou Evergrande
Peralta Goal 55' Report Zheng Long Goal 80'
Paulinho Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 18,772[21]

TP Mazembe Democratic Republic of the Congo 0–3 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Report Shiotani Goal 44'
Chiba Goal 56'
Asano Goal 78'
Attendance: 23,609[22]

Match for fifth place

América Mexico 2–1 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
Benedetto Goal 19'
Zúñiga Goal 28'
Report Kalaba Goal 43'
Attendance: 11,686[23]


Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 0–1 Argentina River Plate
Report Alario Goal 72'
Attendance: 20,133[24]

Barcelona Spain 3–0 China Guangzhou Evergrande
Suárez Goal 39'50'67' (pen.) Report

Match for third place

Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 2–1 China Guangzhou Evergrande
Douglas Goal 70'83' Report Paulinho Goal 4'


River Plate Argentina 0–3 Spain Barcelona
Report Messi Goal 36'
Suárez Goal 49'68'


Rank Player Team Goals
1 Uruguay Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona 5
2 Brazil Paulinho China Guangzhou Evergrande 2
Brazil Douglas Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Japan Tsukasa Shiotani Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
5 Argentina Darío Benedetto Mexico América 1
Mexico Oribe Peralta Mexico América
Mexico Martín Eduardo Zúñiga Mexico América
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
China Zheng Long China Guangzhou Evergrande
Zambia Rainford Kalaba Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
Argentina Lucas Alario Argentina River Plate
Japan Takuma Asano Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Japan Kazuhiko Chiba Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Japan Yusuke Minagawa Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Final ranking

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1st, gold medalist(s) Spain Barcelona (UEFA) 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6
2nd, silver medalist(s) Argentina River Plate (CONMEBOL) 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 3
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima (AFC) (H) 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 9
4 China Guangzhou Evergrande (AFC) 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
5 Mexico América (CONCACAF) 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe (CAF) 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
7 New Zealand Auckland City (OFC) 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.


The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[28]

Golden Ball
Silver Ball
Bronze Ball
Uruguay Luis Suárez
Argentina Lionel Messi
Spain Andrés Iniesta
FIFA Fair Play Award
Spain Barcelona


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External links

  • FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015, FIFA.com
  • FIFA Technical Report
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