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Confederations Cup

Tournaments:

FIFA Confederations Cup

YEAR FINAL HOST
2013
2009
2005
2003
2001
1999
1997
1995
1992
Brazil 3-0 Spain
Brazil 3-2 United States
Brazil 4-1 Argentina
France 1-0 Cameroon
France 1-0 Japan
Mexico 4-3 Brazil
Brazil 6-0 Australia
Denmark 2-0 Argentina
Argentina 3-1 Saudi Arabia
Brazil
South Africa
Germany
France
Japan / South Korea
Mexico
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Wins by country:
Brazil 4
France 2
Argentina 1
Denmark 1
Mexico 1
Wins by confederation:
CONMEBOL 5
UEFA 3
CONCACAF 1

A Brief History

The FIFA Confederations Cup, as we know it today, evolved from the King Fahd Cup which began in 1992 and was an invitational event contested irregularly between the hosts (Saudi Arabia) and a few other nations. It was named after King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who ruled Saudi Arabia from the 13th of June 1982 until his death on the 1st of August 2005 and all the matches were played at the King Fahd II Stadium in Riyadh. The tournament began with four teams and grew to six teams by the second edition and eight by the third and has remained an eight team event ever since. The organisers invited teams from different continents, generally trying to assemble a line up of current continental champions, which meant that the competition was often referred to as the ‘Confederations Winners Cup’ or ‘Intercontinental Championship’.

FIFA took over and renamed the event in 1997 and retrospectively recognised the previous editions as the first and second Confederations Cups. It was then held every two years until 2005 when it moved to a four yearly cycle being held in the next World Cup host country one year before the World Cup. The eight participants are typically the hosts plus the World Cup holders and the six continental champions although sometimes continental runners-up get invited to make up the numbers if the same team has fulfilled two or more of the qualification criteria, or if one of the qualified teams declines to take part.

Want to know more? Read this article on the full history of the Confederations Cup.


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