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The brainchild of former UEFA big cheese Henri Delaunay, the World Club Championship was started in 1960 as a two legged, home and away affair, between the winners of the European Cup and the Copa Libertadores.

For some reason, the competition was always seen as much more prestigious by the South American clubs and fans, with the Europeans being much more focused on their domestic leagues and European Cup. Whether or not this explains why the South Americans have the better record in the competition is open to debate, but the competition came in for some right old stick by the European clubs and media. Seen by many as a waste of time, just 2 more games in the season, with no real financial benefit, the competition really started to struggle in the 70's. The 1975 and 1978 competitions weren't even played (the teams couldn't find matching dates in their diaries), and when it was played there was always the whiff of violence in the air (not the terrace violence that was starting to sweep across Europe from groups of neanderthal fans, but the on-pitch variety from the equally scary South American players against their European counterparts). With some of the European teams worried about risking their best players against this new on-pitch threat, several of them actually declined to play (their places being taken by the runners up in 1971, 73, 74, 77 and 79).

With the Championship on its knees, begging to be put out of its misery, up stepped Japanese car giant Toyota with an idea - a one-off final, sponsored by Toyota, played out in Japan, plenty of cash and sushi to go round, and as many free electronic goods as the greedy Europeans could stuff into their Louis Vutton cases. It worked a treat. From then on there were no more missing champions and they even started to take it a bit more seriously.

The competition ran up until 2004, by which time FIFA had decided it was missing out on the chance to make some more cash, and created the originally entitled FIFA World Club Championship in 2000. Universally unpopular, it was seen as a replacement for the Toyota Cup, featuring teams from all over the world, not just South America and Europe. Cancelled between 2001 and 2004, it resurfaced again in 2005 as the official replacement for the Toyota Cup. Bizarrely, and in true FIFA fashion, the competition was re-badged again in 2006, as the FIFA Club World Cup.


List of Winners
Year Winner Runner-up Score Pens MOTM Note
2004 FC Porto (POR) Once Caldas (COL) 0 - 0 aet 8-7 Maniche
2003 Boca Juniors (ARG) AC Milan (ITA) 1 - 1 aet 3-1 Donnet
2002 Real Madrid (ESP) Olimpia Asuncion (PAR) 2 - 0 Ronaldo
2001 Bayern Munich (GER) Boca Juniors (ARG) 1 - 0 Kuffour
2000 Boca Juniors (ARG) Real Madrid (ESP) 2 - 1 Palermo
1999 Manchester United (ENG) Palmeiras (BRA) 1 - 0 Giggs
1998 Real Madrid (ESP) Vasco da Gama (BRA) 2 - 1 Raul
1997 Borussia Dortmund (GER) Cruzeiro (BRA) 2 - 0 Moller
1996 Juventus F.C. (ITA) River Plate (ARG) 1 - 0 Del Piero
1995 Ajax (NED) Gremio (BRA) 0 - 0 aet 4-3 Blind
1994 Velez Sarsfield (ARG) AC Milan (ITA) 2 - 0 Asad
1993 Sao Paulo (BRA) AC Milan (ITA) 3 - 2 Cerezo (12)
1992 Sao Paulo (BRA) Barcelona (ESP) 2 - 1 Rai
1991 Red Star Belgrade (YUG) Colo-Colo (CHI) 3 - 0 Jugovic
1990 AC Milan (ITA) Olimpia Asuncion (PAR) 3 - 0 Rijkaard
1989 AC Milan (ITA) Atletico Nacional (COL) 1 - 0 aet Evani
1988 Nacional (URU) PSV Eindhoven (NED) 2 - 2 aet 7-6 Ostolaza
1987 FC Porto (POR) Penarol (URU) 2 - 1 aet Madjer
1986 River Plate (ARG) Steaua Bucharest (ROM) 1 - 0 Alzamendi
1985 Juventus (ITA) Argentinos Juniors (ARG) 2 - 2 aet 4-2 Platini
1984 Independiente (ARG) Liverpool (ENG) 1 - 0 Percudani
1983 Gremio (BRA) Hamburger SV (FRG) 2 - 1 aet Renato
1982 Penarol (URU) Aston Villa (ENG) 2 - 0 Jair
1981 Flamengo (BRA) Liverpool (ENG) 3 - 0 Zico
1980 Nacional (URU) Nottingham Forest (ENG) 1 - 0 Victorino
1979 Olimpia Asuncion (PAR) Malmo FF (SWE) 3-1 (1-0 2-1) (11)
1978 No competition (10)
1977 Boca Juniors (ARG) Borussia M'gladbach (GER) 5-2 (2-2 3-0) (9)
1976 Bayern Munich (GER) Cruzeiro (BRA) 2-0 (2-0 0-0)
1975 No competition (8)
1974 Atletico Madrid (ESP) Independiente (ARG) 2-1 (0-1 2-0) (7)
1973 Independiente (ARG) Juventus (ITA) 1-0 (6)
1972 Ajax (NED) Independiente (ARG) 4-1 (1-1 3-0)
1971 Nacional (URU) Panathinaikos (GRE) 3-2 (1-1 2-1) (5)
1970 Feyenoord (NED) Estudiantes L.P. (ARG) 3-2 (2-2 1-0)
1969 AC Milan (ITA) Estudiantes L.P. (ARG) 4-2 (3-0 1-2)
1968 Estudiantes L.P. (ARG) Manchester United (ENG) (1-0 1-1)
1967 Racing Club Celtic (SCO) 1-0 (0-1 2-1) (4)
1966 Penarol (URU) Real Madrid (ESP) (2-0 2-0)
1965 Inter Milan (ITA) Independiente (ARG) (3-0 0-0)
1964 Inter Milan (ITA) Independiente (ARG) 1-0 (0-1 2-0) (3)
1963 Santos (BRA) AC Milan (ITA) 1-0 (2-4 4-2) (2)
1962 Santos (BRA) Benfica (POR) (3-2 5-2)
1961 Penarol (URU) Benfica (POR) 2-1 (0-1 5-0) (1)
1960 Real Madrid (ESP) Penarol (URU) (0-0 5-1)
Notes
(12) 1993 European champions Marseille suspended.
(11) 1979 European Cup winners Nottingham Forest declined championship.
(10) 1978 Liverpool and Boca Juniors could not agree date to play.
(9) 1977 European Cup winners Liverpool declined championship.
(8) 1975 Bayern Munich and Independiente could not agree date to play.
(7) 1974 European Cup winners Bayern Munich declined championship.
(6) 1973 European Cup winners Ajax declined championship. Single match played in Rome.
(5) 1971 European Cup winners Ajax declined championship.
(4) 1967 Racing Club won play-off game in Montevideo.
(3) 1964 Inter Milan won play-off game in Madrid.
(2) 1963 Santos won play-off game in Rio.
(1) 1961 Penarol won play-off game in Montevideo.


Number of Titles
Titles Club Years
3 Boca Juniors 1977, 2000, 2003
3 AC Milan 1969, 1989, 1990
3 Nacional 1971, 1980, 1988
3 Pearol 1961, 1966, 1982
3 Real Madrid 1960, 1998, 2002
2 Ajax 1972, 1995
2 Bayern Munich 1976, 2001
2 Independiente 1973, 1984
2 Inter Milan 1964, 1965
2 Juventus 1985, 1996
2 FC Porto 1987, 2004
2 Santos 1962, 1963
2 Sao Paulo 1992, 1993
1 Atletico Madrid 1974
1 Borussia Dortmund 1997
1 Estudiantes L.P. 1968
1 Feyenoord 1970
1 Flamengo 1981
1 Gremio 1983
1 Manchester United 1999
1 Olimpia Asuncion 1979
1 Racing Club 1967
1 Red Star Belgrade 1991
1 River Plate 1986
1 Velez Sarsfield 1994


Most Successful Nations
Total Number of Titles Nation
9 Argentina
7 Italy
6 Brazil
6 Uruguay
4 Spain
3 Germany
3 Netherlands
2 Portugal
1 Paraguay
1 England
1 Yugoslavia


Most Successful Continent
Total Number of Titles Continent
22 South America
21 Europe