Sunday, December 19, 2010

Inter World Champions

Inter Milan has had a pretty bad season so far, but last night nevertheless the Italian team managed to win the FIFA Club World Cup, after defeating Congo's TP Mazembe 3-0 in the final in Abu Dhabi. The tournament, in its current format, looks like this:

2005Sao Paulo (Brazil)Liverpool (England)Saprissa (Thailand)

Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)

2006Internacional (Brazil)FC Barcelona (Spain)Al Ahly (Egypt)

América (Mexico)

2007AC Milan (Italy)Boca Juniors (Argentina)Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)

Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

2008Manchester United (England)LDU Quito (Ecuador)Gamba Osaka (Japan)

Pachuca (Mexico)

2009FC Barcelona (Spain)Estudiantes (Argentina)Pohang Steelers (South Corea)

Atlante (Mexico)

2010Inter Milan (Italy)TP Mazembe (DR Congo)Internacional (Brazil)

Seongnam IlhwaChunma (South Corea

One important thing to note about the tournament this year is that for the first time ever it was not a final between Europe and South America: Internacional from Brazil lost in the semifinal to the outside-Africa unfancied TP Mazembe from DR Congo (a great team, as any follower of African football would know), who also became the first African team in the World Club Final. Although many people do not fancy this tournament, it remains a great achievement by the Congolese side, as well as a great achievement for Inter Milan!

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