FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup is a tournament contested by the winners of the various Champions League tournaments held in the official FIFA regions. The Club World Cup is the successor of the now defunct Intercontinental Cup, and is as the official regional football championships.

The Intercontinental Cup

The Intercontinental Cup was established to allow the champions clubs from FIFA’s two most powerful football regions to contest a trophy that would establish the supremacy of either European or Latin American club football for a particular year.

The first Intercontinental Cup was contested in 1960 between the winners of the European Cup, Real Madrid and the winners of the Copa Libertadores, Peñarol of Uruguay. The tie was played as a series of games with points’ difference deciding the winners, with Real Madrid emerging as victors.

For much of its history the Intercontinental Cup was not a particularly popular or prestigious event and was not played at all in some years when qualifying teams declined participation. The competition moved up a gear in 1980 when Toyota took over the competition sponsorship and the series found a permanent home in Japan.

FIFA Club World Cup Winners

In 2000 FIFA absorbed the Intercontinental Cup into an expanded competition, giving birth to the FIFA Club World Cup. At this stage five different clubs had achieved three titles each. In terms of regional match-ups the 43 tournaments had proved Europe and Latin America to be relatively evenly matched with South American teams taking 22 Cups compared to Europe’s 21. Argentina was the most successful country in the tournaments with six Argentinean clubs cumulatively claiming nine titles.

Following the first FIFA Club World Cup in 2000, sponsorship and organisational issues contributed to the cancellation of the 2001-2004 tournaments. In 2005 the tournament was re-launched, and in its short history has failed to produce a dominant team with three different Brazilian clubs winning the competition.

FIFA Club World Cup Betting

As the only competition that sees international clubs in action against one another, the FIFA Club World Cup provides a unique spectacle for football fans and some interesting match-ups for punters.