The FIFA Club World Cup, known until 2004 as the Intercontinental Cup, is one of the most important competitions in football. In it, the winning teams of the main continental tournaments face off year after year to consecrate their team as the best in the world; Liverpool is the champion of the last edition and Real Madrid is the club with the most titles. The tournament itself is very exciting and the finals captivate an audience eager to meet the winning team. What are the best Club World Cup finals?
Barcelona vs Estudiantes de la Plata, 2009Those whoenjoy football match fees and have bet on the Catalan team in the final of the 2009 Club World Cup will surely have had more than one shock. The team then coached by Alejandro Sabella put up a great fight; Juan Sebastian Veron wanted to repeat the feat his father, Juan Ramon, achieved 41 years ago.
This time around, Barcelona had stars like Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Xavi, and they were the team that would change the history of the club forever. Mauro Boselli scored the first goal of the match just over 30 minutes into the first half; that result would remain unchanged until Pedro's equaliser just two minutes into the match. Messi, who started the extension, was the one who finally decided the luck of the match and scored the winning goal for Barcelona. Without a doubt, it was one of the most exciting finals of the Club World Cup.
Bayern Munich vs Boca Junior, 2001TheIntercontinental Cup was
stillbeing played and Boca Juniors had won the title the year before against Real Madrid. With this victory in mind, the Argentinean team was sure to win this match; however, Marcelo Delgado's expulsion would cost Boca the much desired achievement.
Bayern Munich took advantage of the expulsion of the xeneise player and tipped the balance in their favour. Samuel Kuffour, a retired Ghanaian player, gave the German team the winning goal in the final minutes of the extra-time.
Milan vs Velez Sarsfield, 1994Theteam led by Franco Baresi was the favourite to win; undoubtedly one of the best teams at the time. Velez Sarsfield didn't have any big stars but they played an exceptional game and were able to keep the victory of 2 goals during the second half. Roberto Trotta and Omar Asad were responsible for giving Velez the victory; Jose Luis Chilavert did not even allow the goal in the discount.
Thus, Vélez took away Milan's chance to become champions. The most curious thing is that in 2003, the team would lose again against an Argentinean team under the same coach: Carlos Bianchi. It wasn't until 2007 that Milan had their revenge and became the champion of the Club World Cup.