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2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

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Host country  South Africa
Champions  Brazil (3rd title)
Third place  Spain
Dates  14 Jun 2009 – 28 Jun 2009
Best player  Kaká
Attendance  584,894
Venue(s)  4 (in 4 host cities)
Runners-up  United States
Fourth place  South Africa
Top scorer  Luís Fabiano
Teams  8
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Champion  Brazil national football team
Similar  2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup

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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.


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The draw for the competition was held on 22 November 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 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:

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  • Pot A: South Africa (automatically placed as Team A1), Brazil, Italy, Spain
  • Pot B: Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand, United States

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    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.

    Match ball

    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.


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

    Originally, Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was also chosen as a venue. On 8 July 2008, however, Port Elizabeth withdrew as a host city because its stadium was deemed unlikely to meet the 30 March 2009 deadline for completion. 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. 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.

    Group stage

    Tie-breaking criteria

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

    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.


    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
  • Luís Fabiano
  • 3 goals
  • Fernando Torres
  • David Villa
  • Clint Dempsey
  • 2 goals
    1 goal
    Own goal
  • Andrea Dossena (for Brazil)
  • References

    2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Wikipedia