The fans making their way to Morocco are counting down the days to the start of the 11th FIFA Club World Cup, when the champions of the six confederations and the host nation’s title holders will vie for the biggest club title of all, with Rabat and Marrakech staging the tournament’s eight games.
The first of those matches, between Moghreb Tetouan and Auckland City, is nearly upon us, and to set the scene, FIFA.com has dipped into the record books to reveal just some of the intriguing statistics that the Club World Cup has produced over the years.
The number of fans who turned up for the group match between Manchester United and Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro in the inaugural tournament in 2000, a figure that was matched a few days later when Corinthians faced Vasco in the final. Those attendances have yet to be bettered in the Club World Cup.
The height in metres of Auckland City FC captain and central defender Ivan Vicelich (6’4), the tallest player at Morocco 2014. At the opposite end of the scale is Western Sydney Wanderers forward Alusine Fofanah, the shortest man in the competition at 1.65 metres (5’5) tall.
The age of Sydney goalkeeper Ante Covic, the oldest player in this year’s competition, while that man Fofanah brings up the rear again, having only turned 17 in November.
The tournament-record number of Club World Cup matches that the Egyptian trio of Wael Gomaa, Hossam Ashour and Mohamed Aboutrika have each played in, all for Al-Ahly.
The highest number of goals scored in a Club World Cup match. The game in a question was the Japan 2008 semi-final between Manchester United and Gamba Osaka, the English side running out 5-3 winners.
Auckland City FC will be making their sixth Club World Cup appearance at Morocco 2014, a record for the competition and one more than Egypt’s Al-Ahly, who lie second on the list. Auckland forward Daniel Koprivcic will also be running out in the tournament for a sixth time, having made two previous appearances with Waitakere United and three with his current employers.
The number of teams making their Club World Cup debuts at Morocco 2014: Moghreb Tetouan, ES Setif, Western Sydney Wanderers, Cruz Azul and San Lorenzo. To date, a total of 49 clubs have graced the competition.
The number of Club World Cup goals scored by the competition’s leading marksman, Argentinian forward Cesar Delgado, who racked up that tally with Monterrey in back-to-back appearances in 2012 and 2013.
The average number of goals scored at Morocco 2013 (28 in eight matches), the highest the tournament has seen since its inception.
The number of players who have won the Club World Cup with two different teams: Dida (with Corinthians in 2000 and AC Milan in 2007), Danilo (with Sao Paulo in 2005 and Corinthians in 2012) and Thiago (with Barcelona in 2011 and Bayern Munich in 2013). Should their side collect the trophy on 20 December, Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos will become the next members of that very select club, having previously and respectively picked up winners’ medals with Manchester United in 2008 and Bayern Munich in 2013.