2000 FIFA Club World Championship
Inaugural professional club championships organized by FIFA, not to be confused with the Toyota/Intercontinental Cup which is played annually between the winners of the Liberatadores and European Cup champions. Each of the six FIFA confederations (Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North/Central America and Oceania) nominated teams for the eight-team tournament. Each confederation could submit a team meeting any of the following criteria: the winner of the confederation club championship or the winner of the confederation cup, the winner of the national league championship of the organizing national association or the winner of the 1998 Intercontinental Cup. Two teams were taken from both Europe and South America, while one team was taken from the four remaining confederations.
The eight teams participating in the first FIFA Club World Championship shared a $28 million purse. The champions received $6 million while the remaining teams received lesser amounts depending on where they finished. This is the first time that FIFA has offered prize money to teams playing in a FIFA competition. In the World Cup finals, each of the 32 national federations receives a fixed sum for each of the matches its team plays, which means that the top four teams all receive the same amount with no win bonus. At the 1998 World Cup in France, each team received approximately $650,000 per match. The 2000 FIFA Club World Championship was played in Brazil from January 5-14, 2000. The top team from each group advances to the championship match while the second-place team from each group meet in the third-place match. Both matches were played Jan. 14 in Rio de Janeiro.
Round Robin; each team plays the other teams in its group once. Note that three points are awarded for a win and one for a tie. (*) indicates team advanced to the final; (†) indicated team advanced to third-place game.
RESULTS: Jan. 5–Real Madrid 3, Al-Nassr 1; Corinthians 2, Raja Casablanca 0; Jan. 7–Real Madrid 2, Corinthians 2; Al-Nassr 4, Raja Casablanca 3; Jan. 10–Real Madrid 3, Raja Casablanca 2; Corinthians 2, Al-Nassr 0.
Note: Corinthians advanced to the final on goal differential.
RESULTS: Jan. 6–Manchester United 1, Necaxa 1; Vasco da Gama 2, South Melbourne 0; Jan. 8–Vasco da Gama 3, Manchester United 1; Necaxa 3, South Melbourne 1; Jan. 11–Manchester United 2, South Melbourne 0; Vasco da Gama 2, Necaxa 1.
Note: Necaxa advanced to the third-place game on goal differential.
Jan. 14, 2000 in Rio de Janeiro. Attendance: 73,000