FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007

FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007

7 December - 16 December 2007

FIFA Club World Cup 2007

Kaka soars above the competition

Kaka was voted best player at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007 by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG). His crucial role in the 4-2 win over Boca Juniors in the final saw AC Milan's Brazilian maestro receive the adidas Golden Ball and the TOYOTA Award. Here is a full run-down of the awards made at the end of the tournament:

adidas Golden Ball andTOYOTAAward - Kaka (AC Milan)AC Milan's Brazilian international was the star of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007. The midfield maestro once again showed his class in the final against Boca Juniors, scoring one and setting up two other goals in the Rossoneri's 4-2 win. His 61st minute strike was very much the highlight as he ran half the length of the pitch, warding off a number of challenges and putting Milan 3-1 up. Kaka it was who also set up Clarence Seedorf for the only goal of the game in the 1-0 semi-final win over Urawa Red Diamonds.

adidas Silver Ball - Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan)The Dutch international was a vital cog in the AC Milan machine at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007 and very much Kaka's right-hand man. Seedorf scored the winner against Urawa Red Diamonds, sending the Rossoneri into the final against Boca Juniors, where the midfielder was again involved in almost every Milan attack. After winning the UEFA Champions League with three different teams, Seedorf can now add a FIFA Club World Cup to his already bulging trophy cabinet.

adidas Bronze Ball - Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors)The Argentinean attacker did not quite manage to fire his team-mates to the title at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007, but the adidas Bronze Ball is nevertheless quite a consolation prize. Palacio starred throughout the tournament, wowing the crowds with his high-speed dribbling and even scoring in the final to put his team level at 1-1. The fleet-footed forward caused Etoile Sportive du Sahel all sorts of problems in the semi-final, wreaking havoc in the opposition penalty box and setting up Neri Cardozo for the winner.

Winner of the Fair Play Award -UrawaRed DiamondsUrawa Red Diamonds set the home crowd alight during the tournament. The Japanese side played some very attractive football, beating Iranian team Sepahan before pushing AC Milan all the way in the semi-final which they eventually lost 1-0. In the match for third place, Holger Osieck's men held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to defeat Etoile and finish the tournament on a high note. The Fair Play Award was the deserved icing on the cake for the hosts.

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