FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017™
December 06 - December 16

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017

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Real round off historic year in UAE

  • Real Madrid crowned Club World Cup champions in Abu Dhabi

  • Gremio take second place on their tournament debut

  • Mexico’s Pachuca complete the podium, while Al Jazira were the surprise packages of the tournament

In taking the honours at UAE 2017, Real Madrid became the first side in the history of the FIFA Club World Cup to retain the trophy. After arriving in the United Arab Emirates as clear favourites, the holders lived up to expectations.

They did not have things all their own way, however, and had to fight hard to overcome a combative Al Jazira side in their opening match in the semi-finals. Gareth Bale’s late strike completed a hard-fought 2-1 win for the Spanish side, who saved their best football for the final against Brazil’s Gremio.

While Cristiano Ronaldo’s solitary goal was all they had to show for their efforts in the tournament’s showpiece match, Los Blancos dominated from start to finish against the South American champions, who were perhaps fatigued following their extra-time semi-final win over Pachuca.

The Mexican outfit completed the podium at this the 14th Club World Cup, thanks to an emphatic 4-1 defeat of Al Jazira in the match for third place.

Al Jazira prove a revelation Guided by experienced Dutch coach Henk ten Cate and inspired by their Brazilian striker Romarinho – who won the tournament in 2012 with Corinthians – and their keeper and captain Ali Khaseif, Al Jazira were the surprise packages of UAE 2017.

The reigning Emirati champions opened up with a 1-0 win over Auckland City and saw off Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds by the same scoreline in the quarters.

They then pushed Real Madrid all the way in the semis and finished the tournament in a creditable fourth place.

VAR trial a success The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 to support referees with “match-changing” decisions. As well as trialling virtual offside line technologies and referee communication systems, FIFA also tested a centralised VAR solution for the first time. The technology worked seamlessly.

“We are very happy with the use of VAR during this Club World Cup here in the UAE”, said FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban after the final. “VAR has again performed an important role in ensuring a fair outcome in all eight games of our competition. The spirit of VAR is minimum interference for maximum benefit, which was further demonstrated during this tournament, and we have seen once again how video assistance has definitely helped referees to make the correct decisions.

"Our refereeing department is doing a great job and it is clear that we are on the right track. I would like to stress that whoever is open to this hugely important step can only be positive and embrace the protection VAR provides for football."

We spoke to…

  • Real Madrid's

  • Gremio's

  • Al Jazira's

  • Urawa Red Diamonds'

  • Pachuca's

Final standings

  1. Real Madrid

  2. Gremio

  3. Pachuca

  4. Al Jazira

  5. Urawa Reds Diamonds

  6. Wydad Athletic Club

  7. Auckland City

Venues

Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Goals scored: 18 (an average of 2.2 per match)

Top goalscorers: Romarinho: 2 (one assist), Mauricio Antonio: 2, Cristiano Ronaldo: 2

Awards: adidas Golden Ball: Luka Modric (Real Madrid) adidas Silver Ball: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) adidas Bronze Ball: Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Pachuca) FIFA Fair Play Award: Real Madrid

MATCHES

Tournament News

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Luka Modric of Real Madrid, the Alibaba Cloud Match Award Winner
Everton of Gremio, the Alibaba Cloud Match Award Winner
Yosuke Kashiwagi of Urawa Reds, the Alibaba Cloud Match Award Winner
Ali Mabkhout of Al Jazira celebrates with Alibaba Cloud Match Award
Luan of Gremio shoots to score the secong goal
Fernandinho of Gremio celebrates scoring the opening goal
Fernandinho of Gremio celebrates scoring the opening goal
Geromel of Gremio and Marcelo Herrera of Lanus
A fan of Gremio vibrates before the first leg match between Gremio and Lanus
Players of Lanus line up for a picture
Head coach Jorge Almiron (L) of Lanus looks on
Head coach Renato Gaucho of Gremio reacts

Tournament News

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 16:  The Real Madrid team pose for a photo with the trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 Final between Gremio and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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2017 Club World Cup Final: Real Madrid 1-0 Gremio

16 Dec 2017

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 16:  Roberto De Le Rosa of CF Pachuca celebrates after scoring his sides third goal with his CF Pachuca team mates during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 third place play off match between Al Jazira and CF Pachuca at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Al Jazira 1-4 Pachuca (UAE 2017)

16 Dec 2017

Luka Modric of Real Madrid is put under pressure by Khalifa Mubarak of Al Jazira

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Al Jazira 1-2 Real Madrid (UAE 2017)

13 Dec 2017

Luan of Gremio and Robert Herrera of Pachuca in action

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Gremio 1-0 (AET) Pachuca (UAE 2017)

12 Dec 2017

Yosuke Kashiwagi (R) of Urawa Reds celebrates scoring his team's second goal 2017-12-12 15:08:13

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Wydad Casablanca 2-3 Urawa Red Diamonds (UAE 2017)

12 Dec 2017