2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final

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2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final
2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2012 FIFA Club World Cup
Date16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)
VenueInternational Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama[1]
Man of the MatchCássio (Corinthians)[2]
RefereeCüneyt Çakır (Turkey)[1]
WeatherClear night
13 °C (55 °F)
42% humidity

The 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, an association football tournament hosted by Japan. It was the ninth final of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations as well as the host nation's league champions.

The final was contested between CONMEBOL winners Corinthians and UEFA winners Chelsea, and took place at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on 16 December 2012. Corinthians defeated Chelsea 1–0 after a header from Paolo Guerrero, which meant Corinthians won their second FIFA Club World Cup, then known as FIFA Club World Championship, twelve years after winning their first in 2000. The match kicked-off at 19:30 JST and was officiated by Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır.

Both clubs entered the competition after winning their respective club football competitions. Corinthians won the 2012 Copa Libertadores, following a 2–0 win against Boca Juniors in the final, while Chelsea won the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, having defeated Bayern Munich 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out, after being held 1–1 in normal time. This was Corinthians's second time competing in the tournament, having won the competition in 2000, following a 4–3 penalty shoot-out win over Vasco da Gama.


The International Stadium Yokohama had hosted the FIFA Club World Cup finals five times, with the 2009 and 2010 finals being held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Brazilian sides have been the most dominant side of any other South American teams, with the first dating back in 2000, where Corinthians won the competition for the first time, then known as FIFA Club World Championship, where they beat Vasco da Gama 4–3 in a penalty shoot-out. This was followed by wins from São Paulo, who beat Liverpool 1–0 and Internacional with the same scoreline against Barcelona. Manchester United are the only English team to have won the competition, in 2008, where they defeated Ecuadorian side LDU Quito 1–0.

Route to the final[edit]

Both clubs received byes from the play-off rounds and the quarter-finals.

Brazil Corinthians Team England Chelsea
CONMEBOL Confederation UEFA
Winner of the 2012 Copa Libertadores Qualification Winner of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League
Bye Play-off round Bye
Bye Quarter-finals Bye
1–0 Egypt Al-Ahly
(Guerrero 30')
Semi-finals 3–1 Mexico Monterrey
(Mata 17', Torres 46', Chávez 48' o.g.)


Corinthians advanced to the final after a 1–0 win against Al-Ahly on 12 December. Paolo Guerrero scored the winning goal with a header after thirty minutes.[3][4]


Chelsea took on Monterrey on 13 December, winning 3–1 after goals from Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, and a Dárvin Chávez own goal. Aldo de Nigris scored a consolation goal for Monterrey in stoppage time.[5][6]



The International Stadium Yokohama has been the venue for the FIFA Club World Cup since 2005. It was built and opened in 1998, and is the home ground of Yokohama F. Marinos, who plays in the J. League, the highest division of the Japanese league system. The venue has been used five times in the previous FIFA Club World Championship and Club World Cup finals, in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as 2011.

Match ball[edit]

The official match ball for the final was the Adidas Cafusa, provided by German sports equipment company Adidas. It was used throughout the tournament and also at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[7]


Cüneyt Çakır, representing the Turkish Football Federation and UEFA, was selected as the referee of the final. He was first listed as an international referee in 2006,[8] and had earlier taken charge of his first FIFA Club World Cup match, the first quarter-final match between Ulsan Hyundai and Monterrey on 9 December 2012. Çakır was assisted by Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun, while the fourth and fifth officials were Alireza Faghani and Hassan Kamranifar, representing the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran and one of the two AFC representatives in the competition, alongside Nawaf Shukralla of the Bahrain Football Association.


Fernando Torres being chased by Fábio Santos during the match
Corinthians goalkeeper Cássio Ramos blocks a strike from Chelsea center-forward Fernando Torres during the first half


Corinthians Brazil1–0England Chelsea
Guerrero Goal 69' Report
GK 12 Brazil Cássio
RB 2 Brazil Alessandro (c)
CB 3 Brazil Chicão
CB 13 Brazil Paulo André
LB 6 Brazil Fábio Santos
CM 5 Brazil Ralf
CM 8 Brazil Paulinho
RW 11 Qatar Emerson Substituted off 90+1'
AM 20 Brazil Danilo
LW 23 Brazil Jorge Henrique Yellow card 56'
CF 9 Peru Paolo Guerrero Substituted off 87'
FW 7 Argentina Juan Manuel Martínez Substituted in 87'
DF 4 Brazil Wallace Substituted in 90+1'
Brazil Tite
Corinthians vs Chelsea 2012-12-16.svg
GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanović Substituted off 83'
CB 24 England Gary Cahill Red card 90'
CB 4 Brazil David Luiz Yellow card 72'
LB 3 England Ashley Cole
CM 7 Brazil Ramires
CM 8 England Frank Lampard (c)
RW 13 Nigeria Victor Moses Substituted off 73'
AM 10 Spain Juan Mata
LW 17 Belgium Eden Hazard Substituted off 87'
CF 9 Spain Fernando Torres
MF 11 Brazil Oscar Substituted in 73'
DF 28 Spain César Azpilicueta Substituted in 83'
MF 21 Germany Marko Marin Substituted in 87'
Spain Rafael Benítez

Man of the Match
Cássio (Corinthians)[2]

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)[1]
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)[1]
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)[1]
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)[1]

Match rules[9]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Match Report" (PDF). FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Double joy for Corinthians stars". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Corinthians book place in final with win over Al Ahly". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Reuters. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Jim (12 December 2012). "Corinthians advance to final at Club World Cup". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo!. Associated Press. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ Rose, Gary (13 December 2012). "Monterrey 1–3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  6. ^ Wrigley, James (13 December 2012). "Chelsea reach Club World Cup final after beating Monterrey". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  7. ^ "adidas Cafusa launched at Brazil 2013 draw". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Referees – Cüneyt Çakır". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Regulations – FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012" (PDF). FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.

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