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2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009
FIFA Sokker-Konfederasiebeker in 2009
Tournament details
Host country South Africa
Dates 14 June – 28 June
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (3rd title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 44 (2.75 per match)
Attendance 584,894 (36,556 per match)
Top scorer(s) Luís Fabiano (5 goals)
Best player Kaká
Best goalkeeper Tim Howard

The 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup was the eighth Confederations Cup, and was held in South Africa from 14 June to 28 June 2009, as a prelude to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The draw was held on 22 November 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The opening match was played at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. The tournament was won by Brazil, who retained the trophy they won in 2005 by defeating the United States 3–2 in the final.


  • Qualified teams 1
  • Draw 2
  • Match ball 3
  • Venues 4
  • Match officials 5
  • Squads 6
  • Group stage 7
    • Group A 7.1
    • Group B 7.2
  • Knockout stage 8
    • Semi-finals 8.1
    • Match for third place 8.2
    • Final 8.3
  • Awards 9
  • Statistics 10
    • Goalscorers 10.1
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Qualified teams

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams
Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
 South Africa CAF 2010 FIFA World Cup host 15 May 2004 2nd
 Italy UEFA 2006 FIFA World Cup winner 9 July 2006 1st
 United States CONCACAF 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner 24 June 2007 4th
 Brazil CONMEBOL 2007 Copa América winner 15 July 2007 6th
 Iraq AFC 2007 AFC Asian Cup winner 29 July 2007 1st
 Egypt CAF 2008 Africa Cup of Nations winner 10 February 2008 2nd
 Spain UEFA UEFA Euro 2008 winner 29 June 2008 1st
 New Zealand OFC 2008 OFC Nations Cup winner 19 November 2008 3rd


The draw for the competition was held on 22 November 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.[1] Each team was represented in the draw by its competitor in the Miss World 2008 competition, except for Iraq, which was represented by Miss World 2007, Zhang Zilin, from the People's Republic of China. The teams were divided into two pots:[2]

Teams from the same confederation were not drawn into the same group, therefore Egypt was drawn into Group B. Also as result, Italy and Spain were drawn into different groups.[3][4][5]

Match ball

A replica of The Adidas Kopanya (the official match ball of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup) with the traditional 32-panel structure. The official match ball has the same structure and surface as the Adidas Europass.

The official match ball for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup was the Adidas Kopanya. The name means "join together" in Southern Sesotho, one of the 11 official languages of South Africa. The panel configuration of the ball is the same as that of the Teamgeist and Europass balls that came before it. The ball is white, accentuated with bold black lines and detailed with typical Ndebele designs in red, yellow, green and blue.[6]


Four cities served as the venues for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[7]

Johannesburg Pretoria Bloemfontein Rustenburg
Ellis Park Stadium Loftus Versfeld Stadium Free State Stadium Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Capacity: 62,567 Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 48,000 Capacity: 42,000

Originally, Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was also chosen as a venue. However, on 8 July 2008, Port Elizabeth withdrew as a host city because its stadium was deemed unlikely to meet the 30 March 2009 deadline for completion.[8] The Nelson Mandela Bay stadium was subsequently completed before the Confederations Cup and was opened on 7 June 2009. It acted as a venue for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa on 16 June. All of these stadia hosted matches during the Lions tour, but a minimum of nine days was allowed for pitch recovery between a rugby match and a Confederations Cup match.

All four venues were also used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Match officials

The referees were announced on 5 May.[9] Two referee teams (led by Carlos Batres and Carlos Amarilla respectively) withdrew due to injuries. Replacements from the same confederation, led by Benito Archundia and Pablo Pozo, were selected.[10]

Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Matthew Breeze (Australia) Matthew Cream (Australia)
Ben Wilson (Australia)
CAF Coffi Codjia (Benin) Komi Konyoh (Togo)
Alexis Fassinou (Benin)
CONCACAF Benito Archundia (Mexico) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Héctor Vergara (Canada)
CONMEBOL Pablo Pozo (Chile) Patricio Basualto (Chile)
Francisco Mondria (Chile)
Uruguay) Pablo Fandiño (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
OFC Michael Hester (New Zealand) Jan Hendrik-Hintz (New Zealand)
Mark Rule (New Zealand)
UEFA Howard Webb (England) Peter Kirkup (England)
Mike Mullarkey (England)
Martin Hansson (Sweden) Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fredrik Nilsson (Sweden)
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland) Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)
Francisco Buragina (Switzerland)


Group stage

Tie-breaking criteria

The ranking of each team in each group was determined as follows:[11]

a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

Had two or more teams been equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings would have been determined as follows:

d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

Group A

Team Pld
 Spain 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Iraq 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
 New Zealand 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
14 June 2009
South Africa  0–0  Iraq
New Zealand  0–5  Spain
17 June 2009
Spain  1–0  Iraq
South Africa  2–0  New Zealand
20 June 2009
Iraq  0–0  New Zealand
Spain  2–0  South Africa

Group B

Team Pld
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
 United States 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
 Italy 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
 Egypt 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
15 June 2009
Brazil  4–3  Egypt
United States  1–3  Italy
18 June 2009
United States  0–3  Brazil
Egypt  1–0  Italy
21 June 2009
Italy  0–3  Brazil
Egypt  0–3  United States

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
24 June – Bloemfontein
  Spain  0  
  United States  2  
28 June – Johannesburg
      United States  2
    Brazil  3
Third place
25 June – Johannesburg 28 June – Rustenburg
  Brazil  1   Spain (aet)  3
  South Africa  0     South Africa  2


24 June 2009
20:30 SAST
Spain  0–2  United States
Report Altidore  27'
Dempsey  74'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 35,369
Referee: Uruguay)

25 June 2009
20:30 SAST
Brazil  1–0  South Africa
Dani Alves  88' Report

Match for third place

28 June 2009
15:00 SAST
Spain  3–2 (a.e.t.)  South Africa
Güiza  88'89'
Alonso  107'
Report Mphela  73'90+3'


28 June 2009
20:30 SAST
United States  2–3  Brazil
Dempsey  10'
Donovan  27'
Report Luís Fabiano  46'74'
Lúcio  84'
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 52,291
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)


FIFA Fair Play Trophy Golden Ball Winner Golden Shoe Winner Golden Glove Winner
 Brazil Kaká Luís Fabiano Tim Howard
Silver Ball Winner Silver Shoe Winner
Luís Fabiano Fernando Torres
Bronze Ball Winner Bronze Shoe Winner
Clint Dempsey David Villa Users' Top 11[12]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Tim Howard

Joan Capdevila
Carles Puyol

Mohamed Aboutrika
Clint Dempsey

David Villa
Fernando Torres
Luís Fabiano



Luís Fabiano received the Golden Shoe award for scoring five goals. In total, 44 goals were scored by 27 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

See also


  1. ^ "Quedan listos Grupos de Copa Confederaciones". Fox Sports. 22 November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Confederations Cup ticket sale opens on 23 November". 21 November 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "SA seeded for Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 6 October 2008. Archived from the original on 26 May 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "España es el indiscutible favorito". Fox Sports. 22 November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Italia y Brasil en el mismo Grupo". Fox Sports. 22 November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "A vibrant ball for the rainbow nation". (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 19 November 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Host Cities". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 9 July 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Port Elizabeth to wait until 2010". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 9 July 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "FIFA appoints match officials". ( 
  10. ^ "Two referees replaced due to injury". ( 
  11. ^ "Regulations FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009" (PDF). June 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Users pick Top 11". (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 

External links

  • FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009,
  • 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Official Site (Archived)
  • FIFA Technical Report
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