FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™
December 11 - December 21

FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™

FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™

Final Tournament Standing

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Liverpool on top as Doha welcomes the world

  • Liverpool make history in being crowned Club World Cup winners

  • Flamengo stand tall to make for enthralling final

  • Monterrey bag bronze to match their all-time best

The confetti has been swept up, the floodlights switched out and the victory chants have left the bowels of the Khalifa International Stadium. As the dust settles on the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019, it has a new champion to add to its roll of honour.

The name is one football’s most famous, with Liverpool Football Club seeing themselves lit up as world champions for the first time, having pretty much already won everything else there was to win.

Merseyside’s Reds defeated a superb Flamengo side in one of the most closely fought finals the competition has seen. Having swept aside Brazil and South America with a brilliant swagger, the world provided just out of reach for Jorge Jesus’s side.

Instead it’s Jurgen Klopp, reigning The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, who can legitimately call his team the best on the planet.

History revisited

The success of Liverpool and Flamengo this season instantly caused nostalgia to flare, particularly around Rio de Janeiro. Before this year’s final, the sides had met only once – during the 1981 Intercontinental Cup – which O Mengão fans still sing about, having dazzled in a 3-0 win to claim a world title themselves.

As such, both sets of fans had their hearts set on a rematch. Neither had it easy in in teeing up the encounter, though. Flamengo had to come from behind to beat stubborn debutants Al Hilal, needing a Bruno Henrique masterclass in the second half to secure their final ticket. Liverpool left it even later, requiring Roberto Firmino heroics to seal a stoppage-time win over Monterrey.

The final itself was truly a meeting of champions. Neither side blinked when faced with the prospect of global glory, playing out an engrossing, tactical chess match at the Khalifa International Stadium. Again it was Firmino who was the night’s king, showing the coolness needed in extra time to make sure it was ‘You Never Walk Alone’ that poured out from the stands at fulltime.

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker of Liverpool pose with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy following their victory in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Education City Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Matching their best

Earlier in the evening, Monterrey fans had been the ones in good voice. Not letting up for a moment across their side’s match for third place against Al Hilal, their wall of noise was rewarded with a second bronze medal in their history.

After a flurry of second-half goals saw 90 minutes also end all square, it was left to some goalkeeping heroics to decide the result. Luis Cardenas stepped up in more ways than one. First, Rayados’s second-choice stopper saved two spot-kicks to leave them one from victory. Then, he took that kick himself, adding his name to Monterrey folklore.

Tunisian giants Esperance Sportive de Tunis similarly finished on a high. They matched their best-ever finish of fifth in record style, defeating host champions Al Sadd 6-2, the most goals scored by a side Club World Cup history and equalling the most goals in a game.

A notable mention should also go to Hienghene Sport. The first side from New Caledonia to feature at the tournament, Hienghene kicked off the tournament by taking Al Sadd to extra time and threatening to start us off with an almighty upset.

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Final standings

  1. Liverpool

  2. Flamengo

  3. Monterrey

  4. Al Hilal

  5. Esperance Sportive de Tunis

  6. Al Sadd SC

  7. Hienghene Sport

Stadiums

  • Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

  • Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha

Goals scored

  • 30 (3.8 per game)

Top scorers

  1. Hamdou Elhouni - 3

  2. Baghdad Bounedjah - 3

  3. Abdelkarim Hassan - 2

Awards

  • adidas Golden Ball: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

  • adidas Silver Ball: Bruno Henrique (Flamengo)

  • adidas Bronze Ball: Carlos Eduardo (Al Hilal)

  • FIFA Fair Play Award: ES Tunis

MATCHES

Tournament News

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses with the Club World Cup trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: (L-R) Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Joseph Gomez, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adrian, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino pose with the Club World Cup trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool poses with the Club World Cup trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Adrian and Adam Lallana of Liverpool pose with the Club World Cup trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker of Liverpool pose with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy following their victory in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Education City Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates with the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 trophy during a lap of honor following their victory in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Sadio Mane of Liverpool and teammates celebrate with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy following his team's victory during FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 final
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: The Liverpool team celebrate after winning the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Lukas Schulze - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool lifts the trophy as they celebrate victory following the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses with the Alibaba Cloud Player of the Tournament Award following his team's victory in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Education City Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Arturo Gonzalez of C.F. Monterrey celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 3rd place match between Monterrey and Al Hilal FC at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Lukas Schulze - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Players of C.F. Monterrey walk out on the pitch ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 3rd place match between Monterrey and Al Hilal FC at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Fans of C.F. Monterrey show their support during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 3rd place match between Monterrey and Al Hilal FC at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Players of C.F. Monterrey pose for a team photo ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 3rd place match between Monterrey and Al Hilal FC at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Ball kids ahead a match in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup
A Ball kid salutes a Liverpool player during the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup
Ball kids get ready ahead of a 2019 FIFA Club World Cup match
Ball kid during a 2019 FIFA Club World Cup match

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