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Saturday, December 18, 2010

FIFA World Club Cup 2010 Final: TP Mazembe 0 x FC Internazionale Milano 3

Image courtesy of FIFA.

Internazionale wins their first World Club title after a drought of 45 years since their initial intercontinental trophy. Goals by Goran Pandev in the 12th minute, Samuel Eto'o in the 17th minute and Jonathan Biabiany in the 83rd minute ended the dream run of TP Mazembe Englebert. This was Inter's fifth trophy won during 2010. Samuel Eto'o has now scored in seven competitions in 2010.

The United Arab Emirates has been the host of the 2011 edition of the FIFA World Club Cup. This competition used to be called the Toyota Cup, and was held in Japan between the UEFA winner and the South American Copa Libertadores champion. In recent years, a tournament format was created to include a wider variety of teams. This is the seventh edition of the tournament. The defending champion was FC Barcelona.

Benitez After the Game

"Sono molto felice, voglio dedicare questo titolo a chi ha sempre avuto fiducia in noi, alla mia famiglia in Spagna e in Inghilterra , a Walter Samuel e a chiunque ci ha aiutato ad arrivare qui e a far bene. Ora sarà un periodo più tranquillo, ma per andare avanti serve supporto totale: se c'è possiamo migliorare".
"I am very happy. I'd like to dedicate this title to those who always had confidence in us. To my family in Spain and Italy, to Walter Samuel and whoever helped us to arrive here and do well. Now will be a more tranquil time, but to go forward requires complete support. If it's there, we can get better."
Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 18 Dec. 2010

Storybook Journey for TP Mazembe from DR of Congo

The African champions have overcome steep odds to reach the Cup final against Inter Milan. The Congolese have brought enthusiasm, pace, technique and confidence to Abu Dhabi. Few give them a chance in the Cup final against heavily-favored Internazionale; however, win or lose, TP Mazembe has captured the pulse of world football. They are also the first side outside of Europe and South America to compete in the final.

Rafa Benitez Before the Game

"Con il mio staff li abbiamo studiati, abbiamo visto tante partite della Champions africana e quelle giocate qui: poi abbiamo fatto dei dvd e passato le informazioni ai giocatori, con tutte le attenzioni che merita una finale".

"Sappiamo che è una squadra forte, che lavora tanto, ha un paio di giocatori che possono fare la differenza e tutti gli altri che gli vanno dietro. Il Pachuca ha giocato bene ma ha perso, l’Internacional pure, ma noi dobbiamo essere concentrati al cento per cento".
"With my staff, we have studied them. We've seen many matches from the African Champions League and those played here. We have also watched DVDs and have shared the information with our players. With all of the attention that a cup final merits.

We know that it is a strong side, that works a lot, and has a pair of players that can make the difference and all of the rest are coming up behind them. Pachuca played well and lost, as did Internacional, but we must be focused 100 percent."
Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 16 Dec. 2010

Participating Teams
  • Tout Puissant (TP) Mazembe Englebert (Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo. "Englebert" is a tire company who sponsors the club.)
  • Al-Wahda Sports Club (Asia: United Arab Emirates)
  • Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma F.C. (Asia: Korea Republic)

  • Internazionale Milano (Europe: Italy)
  • Pachuca (North and Central America: Mexico)
  • Hekari United FC (Oceania: Papua New Guinea. This is a completely amateur side.)
  • SG Internacional (South America: Brazil)
Tournament Draw


8 December – Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 3

11 December – Abu Dhabi

Papua New Guinea Hekari United 0

United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda

15 December – Abu Dhabi: 2100 local time

South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa 4

South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa

Italy Internazionale 3

18 December – Abu Dhabi: 2100 local time

Italy Internazionale

10 December – Abu Dhabi

Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 0

Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 1

14 December – Abu Dhabi: 2000 local time

Mexico Pachuca 0

Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe

Fifth place
Third place

Brazil Internacional 0

United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 2
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa 2

Mexico Pachuca
2 (4-2 on penalties)

Brazil Internacional

15 December – Abu Dhabi: 1800 local time

18 December – Abu Dhabi: 1800 local time

Time Zone: The United Arab Emirates is UTC +4.

Chart courtesy of 2010 FIFA Club World Cup

  • Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
  • Zayed Sports City
Video Highlights

Al-Wahda 3 x Hekari United 0

TP Mazembe 1 x Pachuca 0

Al-Wahda 1 x Seongnam Ilhwa 4

TP Mazembe 2 x Internacional 0

Al-Wahda 2 x Pachuca 2 (Pachuca won 4 x 2 on penalty kicks.)

Seongnam Ilhwa 0 x Internazionale 3

Third Place Match

Seongnam Ilhwa 2 x Internacional 4

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