Brazil's Corinthians have just become Club World Champions 2012 after defeating Chelsea 1-0 in the final in Japan on a goal by Paolo Guerrero. A fully deserved victory as Corinthians seemed like the team that most wanted to win the trophy; Chelsea were good in the first half, and had some good chances that were prevented by an excellent Cassio on the Brazilian goal. But Chelsea seemed not to have studied their opponents! A bit arrogant one might say, after they walked through Monterrey in the semifinal, but they seemed to have no idea about Corinthian's somewhat defensive counter-attacking style that made them win this year's Copa Libertadores. Corinthians is undoubtedly one of the best teams in the world, but Chelsea did not seem to realize that.
Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero was excellent, but in particular Paulinho and Emerson Sheik both were outstanding, and an important reason for Corinthians being able to call themselves World Champions!