million US dollars in prize money are on offer at Japan 2012. The winner will take home a cool 5,000,000 and the seventh-place team 500,000.
million fans have attended FIFA Club World Cup matches since the tournament’s first incarnation in 2000. The largest match-day attendances came at Japan 2007, where an average of 45,553 turned up as Paolo Maldini’s AC Milan ruled the roost, edging Martin Palermo’s Boca Juniors to the world title.
is the founding year of New Zealand representatives Auckland City, making them the youngest club in the competition. Chelsea, founded in 1905, are the oldest.
goals have been scored in the 67 FIFA Club World Cup games played between 2000 and 2011. The first goal of these, the ninth finals, will be a historic 200th.
teams have participated in the FIFA Club World Cup. Among them, only two have competed in three editions: Al Ahly and Auckland City. The two clubs will make it four later this week.
years of age makes Papua New Guinea-born David Browne of Auckland City the youngest player at these finals.
is the most Club World Cup games played by an individual player. Four Al Ahly players share the distinction: Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Aboutrika, Wael Gomaa and Shady Mohamed.
shining pillars prop up the globe on the FIFA Club World Cup trophy, each pillar representing one of the six confederations of FIFA.
the number of FIFA Club World Cups Auckland City’s Daniel Koprivcic has taken part in, a tournament record. He played twice with Waitakere United and Japan 2012 will be his third run-out with his current club.
the most goals scored by individual players at the FIFA Club World Cup (Lionel Messi of Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 and Denilson of Pohang Steelers in 2009). Al Ahly’s iconic playmaker Mohamed Aboutrika is right behind with three goals, and will be taking aim at the record in his fourth appearance with the Egyptian giants.
teams of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup cast are taking part in the tournament for the first time - Chelsea, Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Ulsan Hyundai of Korea Republic.
players of the current Corinthians team have already hoisted aloft the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Left-back Fábio Santos and midfielder Danilo both took the laurels in 2005 with São Paulo.
team from outside of Europe and South American has reached the Club World Cup final: TP Mazembe Englebert of DR Congo in 2010.