The FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005 gathered even more steam on Tuesday with the unveiling of the tournament logo. FIFA.com invites you to visit our new section dedicated to this major event on the club football calendar, where you will find information on the host country, the venues and stadiums, the match programme and the road to qualification .
There may still be eight months to go before the big kick-off, but the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005 is rapidly taking shape. The logo was revealed on Tuesday, marking another important step on the route to the tournament, which is being held from 11 - 18 December.
Everything began back on 17 May 2004, when FIFA's Executive Committee announced that the old Toyota Cup would be replaced with the FIFA Club World Championship . More than just a name change, the competition now promises to bring together one team from every continent, whereas only representatives from Europe and South America had been invited in the past.
Toyota remain official partners and the event will again be held in Japan. Taking part will be the champions of the various continental competitions held around the globe: the AFC Champions League, the CAF Champions League, the CONCACAF Champions Cup, the OFC Club Championship, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League. The winners of the last two competitions will be automatically seeded and enter the tournament at the semi-final stage. The relevant dates for all these continental qualifiers can be found on FIFA.com.
You can now find out all you need to know about the host nation and the three stadiums chosen for the event: the Yokohama International Stadium, the Toyota Stadium and the Tokyo National Stadium. Likewise, you can refresh your memory on the forerunner to the FIFA Club World Championship, won by Corinthians in Brazil in 2000 . You can also fill yourself in on the last edition of the Toyota Cup, contested by Portuguese club FC Porto and Colombian outfit Once Caldas in December 2004 .
FIFA.com will keep you up to date all through the year with the latest qualification news from the six confederations, as well as providing in-depth profiles of all the previous winners of the Toyota Cup and its predecessor, the Intercontinental Cup.