In its nine editions, the FIFA Club World Cup has produced memorable games, intriguing tactical battles between teams with different footballing philosophies, not to mention quite a few shocks. It has also served up some dazzling performances by great players in venues as far reaching as Brazil, Japan and the United Arab Emirates and given fans the world over moments to savour and be proud of.
Fans of South America sides are particularly well served, thanks to feats like Corinthians’ two title wins, and Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni’s incredible performances in 2005, when he scored in the semi-final and was unbeatable against Liverpool in the final. On a less happy note, there were the defeats of Estudiantes in the 2009 final and Internacional in the semi-final in 2010.
Teams from Africa, Asia and most of all, Europe, have also made their mark on the tournament. Who can forget TP Mazembe’s amazing campaign in 2010, when they reached the decider, or the heroic display of Gamba Osaka in the 2008 semi-final, when the Japanese side lost 5-3 to Manchester United?
From a European perspective there was Barcelona’s painful defeat in 2006, compensated for by the same side’s rout of Santos and Neymar in 2011. There have been many other memorable moments, such as Samuel Eto’o’s unusual goal celebration against Mazembe, and the fantastic performances of Wayne Rooney and Kaka in the victorious campaigns of Manchester United and Milan, respectively.
There have been so many memories, some happy and less so, that we are handing responsibility over to you.
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