History - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013
The Confederations Cup is organized by FIFA every four years and is normally a tournament between the champions of the six continental football associations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA), supplemented with the world champion and the host country. The tournament is held in the year before the World Cup in the country that organizes the World Cup, more or less as a rehearsal. In the past, the Confederations Cup was held every two years.
|In 1992, the first similar tournament took place with four teams in Saudi Arabia. In 1995, a tournament was organized with six teams. Both times the tournament was called the Intercontinental Championship. The teams played to win the King Fahd Cup. Only in 1997 the tournament was called FIFA Confederations Cup and the number of teams increased from six to eight
After the World Cup, FIFA considers the Confederations Cup as its main tournament. Nevertheless, still the battle between the continental champions has not been taken very seriously. One reason is a number of refusals in the past to take part in the tournament, including eminent teams Spain and Italy. Critics postulate that this tournament is a pointless additional burden for the top players. Furthermore, FIFA themselves also contributed to the minor status of the Confederations Cup in 2004, by announcing that the South American and European champions are no longer obliged to participate.
However, in Brazil 2013 all confederation winners will be present, supplemented by World Champions Spain and host country Brasil.
|Edition||Host country||Final||Final score|
|1992||Saudi Arabia||Argentina – Saudi Arabia||3 – 1|
|1995||Saudi Arabia||Denmark – Argentina||2 – 0|
|1997||Saudi Arabia||Brasil – Australia||6 – 0|
|1999||Mexico||Mexico – Brasil||4 – 3|
|2001||South Korea-Japan||France – Japan||1 – 0|
|2003||France||France – Cameroon||1 – 0|
|2005||Germany||Brasil – Argentina||4 – 1|
|2009||South Africa||Brasil – USA||3 – 2|