All You Need to Know About FIFA Confederations Cup

  • This is the 10th competition, but eighth, under the name FIFA Confederation Cup as the tournaments of 1992 and 1995 were organized by Saudi Arabia Football Federation and were known as Intercontinental Championship for the King Fahd Cup. They are included in historical and statistical reviews.

 

  • Brazil has participated most having featured in seven consecutive editions, The Brazilians also won the most trophies having won in 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013. However, having failed to qualify for the 2017 edition, their record of participation will be equaled by Mexico.

 

  • Only Brazil in 2009 and 2013 as well as France in 2003 have successfully defended their titles.

 

  • Brazil 2013 edition that had Brazil, Italy, Uruguay and Spain is the competition with most gathering of past World Cup champions.

 

  • In nine editions so far, South American teams have won five times (Brazil four times and Argentina once). The continent is followed by Europe with three – France twice and Denmark once. The only other title went to Mexico which beat Brazil on home soil in 1999.

 

  • Continental derbies have been few and far in between. Two teams from the same confederation have met only on five occasions. The most recent were the semi finals of the 2013 edition when Spain faced Italy while Brazil and Uruguay squared up in the other semi final. Before then, Brazil and Argentina met in 2005 final match, Mexico and USA in 1999 as well as France and Turkey in 2003.

 

  • The player with most participation is Brazil’s goalkeeper, Dida, who featured in all editions from 1997 to 2005 playing in 22 matches.

 

  • The all-time top scorers are Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Mexico’s Cuahtemoc Blanco. Each scored nine goals.

 

  • Like in the World Cup, no foreign coach has ever won.

 

  • Brazil’s trio coaches of Carlos Alberto Parreira (1994 and 2005), Mario Zagallo (1970 and 1997), and Luiz Felipe Scolari (2002 and 2013) are the only men to win both the World Cup and the Confederations Cup.

 

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