Intercontinental Cup

international association football tournament for clubs

The European/South American Cup, commonly called the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition by UEFA and CONMEBOL. The competition was between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year.

The Cup was called the World Club Championship until the first FIFA Club World Cup was held in 2000. It was played by representatives clubs of most developed continents in the football world.

From 2005, the Intercontinental Cup was replaced by the FIFA Club World Cup. The FIFA Club World Cup also includes North American, Asian, African and Oceanian winners. In 2017 FIFA officially recognized all of them as club world champions (de jure) with the same status to the FIFA Club World Cup winners or official[1][2] world champions FIFA. In synthesis FIFA has two types of world champions, those deriving from the Intercontinental Cup and those deriving from the Club World Cup, the two competitions confer the same title.[3][4][5] The football experts agree that the intercontinental cup is the most fascinating football competition ever existed thanks to the great balance in the field given by the lower economic gap of the time and rules on foreign players who gradually favored the European teams and weakened the South American teams;[6][7] also the statistics confirm this.[8]

List ChampionsEdit

See also: Clubs of football world champions

Year Winner
1960   Real Madrid
1961   Peñarol
1962   Santos
1963   Santos
1964   Internazionale
1965   Internazionale
1966   Peñarol
1967   Racing Club
1968   Estudiantes
1969   Milan
1970   Feyenoord
1971   Nacional
1972   Ajax
1973   Independiente
1974   Atlético Madrid
Year Winner
1975 Not held
1976   Bayern München
1977   Boca Juniors
1978 Not held
1979   Olimpia Asunción
1980   Nacional
1981   Flamengo
1982   Peñarol
1983   Grêmio
1984   Independiente
1985   Juventus
1986   River Plate
1987   Porto
1988   Nacional
1989   Milan
Year Winner
1990   Milan
1991   Red Star Belgrado
1992   São Paulo
1993   São Paulo
1994   Vélez Sarsfield
1995   Ajax
1996   Juventus
1997   Borussia Dortmund
1998   Real Madrid
1999   Manchester United
2000   Boca Juniors
2001   Bayern München
2002   Real Madrid
2003   Boca Juniors
2004   Porto

Since 2005: FIFA Club World Cup

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  1. "Official (plural officials), from the Latin officiālis.1. The official word is also used to refer to what is recognized or derives from an authority. cfr. "Official, definition". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) 2. Approved by the government or someone in power. cfr. "official". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) It is synonymous with legal, legitimate, approved. cfr. "Synonyms for official". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. For FIFA statute, official competitions are those for representative teams organized by FIFA or any confederation. Representative teams are usually national teams but also club teams that represent a confederation or a member association in a continental competition. cfr. "FIFA Statutes, April 2016 edition" (PDF). p. 5. cfr. "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018: Statistical-kit" (PDF). 10 December 2018. p. 13. cfr. "2018/19 UEFA Champions League regulations" (PDF). p. 10.
  3. While it does not promote the statistical unification of tournaments, that is, it has not changed its name to the Intercontinental Cup, FIFA is the only organization with worldwide jurisdiction over continental confederations and, then, the only one that can confer a title on that level, indeed the title was assigned by FIFA and therefore, the title awarded by the same world federation to the winners of the Intercontinental Cup is legally a FIFA world title. cfr. "FIFA Statutes, April 2016 edition" (PDF). p. 19. cfr.
  4. "FIFA Club World Cup 2017" (PDF). FIFA Report 2017. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association: 15, 40, 41, 42. December 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-30. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. FIFA Council approves key organisational elements of the FIFA World Cup Archived 2017-10-27 at the Wayback Machine - Recognition of all European and South American teams that won the Intercontinental Cup – played between 1960 and 2004 – as club world champions./
  6. ""Balance that no longer exists; in today's globalised market the best players South Americans are representing the European champions teams"". ESPN. December 2017.
  7. Giovanni Fiderio (9 January 2018). ""La Coppa Intercontinentale, il trofeo più prestigioso"" (in Italian).
  8. "FIFA Club World Cup 2017" (PDF). Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. December 2017. p. 15, 40, 41, 42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-30. Retrieved 2018-02-14.

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