The curtain comes up on the eighth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup tomorrow as the tournament returns to familiar Japanese surroundings. As excitement builds ahead of the big kick-off, takes a look over some statistics from this global showpiece’s short but eventful history.

514 thousand spectators, an all-time record, turned out in Brazil over the eight matches of the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup in 2000. Japan, however, boasts the tournament’s highest average attendance (45,553 in 2007).

175 goals have been scored over the tournament’s seven editions. With 27 registered at UAE 2010 and 25 the year before, the odds are in favour of number 200 arriving before Japan 2011 is out.

43 clubs will have participated in the FIFA Club World Cup by the end of this edition, which features five debutants in Al Sadd, Esperance, Kashiwa Reysol, Monterrey and Santos. Auckland City and Barcelona are both competing in their third FIFA Club World Cup, a record figure they share with Pachuca of Mexico and Egypt’s Al Ahly. Coincidentally, Auckland and Barcelona have always qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup in the same years: 2006, 2009 and 2011.

24 years and one month is the average age that makes Esperance’s the youngest of the Japan 2011 squads. Asian champions Al-Sadd follow closely behind their African opponents with an average of 25/03, while Kashiwa Reysol, at 27, are the oldest, albeit by only a month from Barcelona. As well as being the youngest, Esperance’s squad is also the tallest, with an average height of 182cm, five more than Barça and six clear of the tournament’s smallest team, Al-Sadd.

20 different nations have been represented at the FIFA Club World Cup, with Al-Sadd’s presence here in Japan adding Qatar to that ever-expanding list. Brazil and Japan have produced the greatest variety of entrants, with four apiece.

17 years and 10 months is the tender age at which Esperance’s Edriss Mhirsi, the youngest player at Japan 2011, could make his FIFA Club World Cup debut. At the other end of the age spectrum, Auckland City goalkeeper Paul Gothard is the oldest at 37 years and six months, while Santos defender Leo – one year Gothard’s junior – is the oldest outfield player.

5 consecutive Europe-South America finals was the sequence TP Mazembe Englebert brought to an end last year when they beat Internacional in the last four.

4 goals at UAE 2009 established Denilson of Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers as the FIFA Club World Cup’s all-time leading marksman. The Brazilian’s haul leaves him just ahead of the likes of Romario, Nicolas Anelka, Wayne Rooney, and last year’s top scorer, Mauricio Molina, all of whom struck three times.

4 FIFA Club World Cups is the record milestone that will be reached by Auckland City’s Daniel Koprivcic should he take to the field during Japan 2011. The Croatia-born striker has previously appeared in the tournament for his current club’s city rivals, Waitakere United, in 2007 and 2008, before moving to Auckland in time to compete at UAE 2009.

4 unanswered goals against Club America in the 2006 semi-final gave Barcelona the biggest win in the tournament’s history. The highest-scoring encounter, meanwhile, was served up by Manchester United and Gamba Osaka in 2008, with the English giants triumphing 5-3 over their Japanese hosts.

3 Brazilian clubs – Corinthians, Sao Paulo and Internacional – have won the FIFA Club World Cup, making Brazil the most successful nation in the tournament’s history. Inter Milan’s success last year – emulating city rivals AC Milan in 2007 - edged Italy into second place, although that tally could be matched by Spain this year if Barcelona repeat their 2009 triumph.

3 players, Dwight Yorke, Mbenza Bedi and Flavio, have the distinction of scoring in two separate editions. Yorke is unique, however, in having managed this feat for different clubs: Manchester United in 2000 and Sydney FC in 2005.

2 FIFA Club World Cup winner’s medals is an achievement unique to Dida, who won the tournament with Corinthians in 2000 before lifting the trophy again with AC Milan seven years later.