|FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019|
presented by Alibaba Cloud
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم قطر 2019
|Teams||7 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Liverpool (1st title)|
|Goals scored||30 (3.75 per match)|
|Attendance||166,426 (20,803 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Baghdad Bounedjah|
(3 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Mohamed Salah|
|Fair play award||Espérance de Tunis|
The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) was the 16th 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. The tournament was hosted by Qatar between 11 and 21 December 2019, taking place at two venues in Doha.
Real Madrid were the three-time defending champions, but could not defend their title after being eliminated in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Liverpool won the final 1–0 after extra time against Flamengo for their first FIFA Club World Cup title.
With proposals for an expanded Club World Cup, FIFA delayed the announcement of a host. A host was to be announced by FIFA on 15 March 2019, though this was later delayed. On 28 May 2019, FIFA announced that the 2019 and 2020 tournament host would be appointed at the FIFA Council meeting in Paris, France on 3 June 2019.
Qatar was appointed as the host for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments on 3 June 2019, serving as test events ahead of their hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Club World Cup retained its original format ahead of the revamp in 2021.
The following teams qualified for the tournament.
|Entering in the semi-finals|
|Flamengo||CONMEBOL||Winners of the 2019 Copa Libertadores||23 November 2019||1st|
|Liverpool||UEFA||Winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League||1 June 2019||2nd (Previous: 2005)|
|Entering in the second round|
|Al-Hilal||AFC||Winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League||24 November 2019||1st|
|Espérance de Tunis||CAF||Winners of the 2018–19 CAF Champions League||7 August 2019[note 1]||3rd (Previous: 2011, 2018)|
|Monterrey||CONCACAF||Winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League||1 May 2019||4th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Entering in the first round|
|Hienghène Sport||OFC||Winners of the 2019 OFC Champions League||11 May 2019||1st|
|Al-Sadd||AFC (Hosts)||Winners of the 2018–19 Qatar Stars League||13 August 2019[note 2]||2nd (Previous: 2011)|
FIFA announced the three venues for the tournament, along with the match schedule, on 30 September 2019. All three stadiums were located in Doha, with the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium and the Khalifa International Stadium having hosted matches at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, including the final for the latter. The newly built Education City Stadium, which was selected to host the final match, is also a host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as is the Khalifa International Stadium. On 7 December 2019, FIFA moved all three matches (the second semi-final on 18 December and the third place match and final on 21 December) that were due to be played at the Education City Stadium to Khalifa International Stadium after the opening of the Education City Stadium was postponed to early 2020.
|Khalifa International Stadium||Jassim bin Hamad Stadium|
|Capacity: 45,416||Capacity: 11,918|
Five referees, ten assistant referees, and six video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.
|Confederation||Referee||Assistant referees||Video assistant referee|
|AFC||Abdulrahman Al-Jassim|| Taleb Al-Marri
|CAF||Mustapha Ghorbal|| Mahmoud Abouelregal
|CONCACAF||Ismail Elfath|| Kyle Atkins
|CONMEBOL||Roberto Tobar|| Christian Schiemann
Claudio Ríos Ortiz
|UEFA||Ovidiu Hațegan|| Octavian Șovre
| Juan Martínez Munuera|
One support referee was also named for the tournament.
Main article: 2019 FIFA Club World Cup squads
Each team had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements were allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.
The draw of the tournament was held on 16 September 2019, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (against teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA). At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC and CONMEBOL were not known.
If a match was tied after normal playing time:
|First round||Second round||Semi-finals||Final|
|11 December – Doha (Jassim bin Hamad)|
|Al-Sadd (a.e.t.)||3||14 December – Doha (Jassim bin Hamad)|
|18 December – Doha (Khalifa)|
|21 December – Doha (Khalifa)|
|14 December – Doha (Jassim bin Hamad)|
|17 December – Doha (Khalifa)|
|Espérance de Tunis||0|
|Fifth place||Third place|
|Al-Sadd||2||Monterrey (p)||2 (4)|
|Espérance de Tunis||6||Al-Hilal||2 (3)|
|17 December – Doha (Khalifa)||21 December – Doha (Khalifa)|
All times are local, AST (UTC+3).
|Al-Sadd||3–1 (a.e.t.)||Hienghène Sport|
|Al-Hilal||1–0||Espérance de Tunis|
|Al-Sadd||2–6||Espérance de Tunis|
Main article: 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final
|Hamdou Elhouni||Espérance de Tunis|
|3||Anice Badri||Espérance de Tunis||2|
|Rogelio Funes Mori||Monterrey|
|Giorgian De Arrascaeta||Flamengo|
|Sameh Derbali||Espérance de Tunis|
|Antoine Roïné||Hienghène Sport|
1 own goal
Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time were counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out were counted as draws.
|5||Espérance de Tunis (CAF)||2||1||0||1||6||3||+3||3|
|6||Al-Sadd (AFC) (H)||3||1||0||2||7||10||−3||3|
|7||Hienghène Sport (OFC)||1||0||0||1||1||3||−2||0|
See also: FIFA Club World Cup awards
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool won the Golden Ball award, sponsored by Adidas, which is jointly awarded with the Alibaba Cloud Award to recognise the player of the tournament.
|Adidas Golden Ball
Alibaba Cloud Award
|Adidas Silver Ball||Adidas Bronze Ball|
| Mohamed Salah
| Bruno Henrique
| Carlos Eduardo|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
|Espérance de Tunis|
FIFA also named a man of the match for the best player in each game at the tournament.
|Match||Man of the match||Club||Opponent|
|1||Baghdad Bounedjah||Al-Sadd||Hienghène Sport|
|3||André Carrillo||Al-Hilal||Espérance de Tunis|
|4||Hamdou Elhouni||Espérance de Tunis||Al-Sadd|
In 2017, three member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council along with Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and criminalised trips for their citizens to the country. In October, FIFA sold 200 Club World Cup tickets to fans from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and 500 to those from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. In November 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised FIFA for neglecting fan welfare and selling tickets for the Club World Cup to those banned by their governments. HRW stated that FIFA should be aware of the risks that the football supporters can face in their countries and ensure that they are not exposed to the risk of harassment or prosecution.
On 5 November 2019, Liverpool Chief Executive Peter Moore assured that the Qatari authorities had permitted LGBT football fans to attend the FIFA Club World Cup matches in December 2019.