UAE 2009 in numbers

The FIFA Club World Cup was born in January 2000 and, after a near-six-year hiatus, resumed in December 2005. It has been, thereafter, an annual showpiece. With edition number six set to commence, looks at the numbers the competition has provided.


is what makes Lucas Silva the player with the highest jersey number at UAE 2009. He is followed by his Atlante team-mates Antonio Perez and Fausto Ruiz, who will wear the No58 and No54 respectively. Al Ahli’s Alsuwadi will have a 50 on his back.


teams have now been involved in the FIFA Club World Cup, courtesy of a quintet of newcomers. Al Ahli, Atlante, Estudiantes, Pohang Steelers and TP Mazembe will all make their tournament bow in Abu Dhabi.


years and 60 days is the age difference between Auckland City’s Grant Young and 17-year-old Mianga Ndonga of TP Mazembe; the oldest and youngest players at this year’s tournament respectively. The 38-year-old forward is, in fact, 33 years his club’s senior! Ndonga is not, however, the youngest player in the history of the tournament. That distinction belongs to Victor Manon, who was 16 years and 319 days when he came on as a substitute for Pachuca in their 1-0 defeat by Gamba Osaka in last year’s match for third place. The second-youngest, Alexandre Pato, was 17 years and 102 days when he played – and scored – in Internacional’s 2-1 win over Al Ahly in their 2006 semi-final, while the oldest performer in the history of the competition is Paolo Maldini, who was 39 years and 173 days when he captained AC Milan to victory over Boca Juniors in the 2007 decider.


nationalities have now been represented at the FIFA Club World Cup, with United Arab Emirates and Congo DR the latest additions thanks to Al Ahli and TP Mazembe respectively. Brazil has had a record four different entrants, a tally which Mexico have now equalled due to Atlante’s presence at UAE 2009.


players will be participating at their second FIFA Club World Cup this year. James Pritchett, Grant Young, Keryn Jordan, Chad Coombes, Greg Uhlmann, Riki van Steden, Jason Hayne, Paul Urlovic all turned out for Auckland City in 2006, while Andres Iniesta, Rafael Marquez, Carles Puyol and Xavi played for Barcelona that same year. Mauro Boselli, part of Boca Juniors' squad in 2007, is now a member of the Estudiantes cast.


is the record number of goals Manchester United have registered in the FIFA Club World Cup. The Red Devils scored four times in three games at Brazil 2000, before hitting six in two matches en route to gold at Japan 2008. Real Madrid are next on nine goals, all posted during their four outings at the inaugural event. Barcelona have four tournament goals to their name, all of which came in a defeat of America in their 2006 semi-final, while Auckland City failed to score in their two contests in the same edition.