Manchester City’s trophy collectors crowned the most successful year in the club’s history by winning the Club World Cup. In the final in Jeddah, the Champions League winner defeated the Brazilian top team Fluminense Rio de Janeiro 4-0 (2-0) and won their fifth title this year.
In high temperatures in Saudi Arabia, world champion Julian Alvarez scored the perfect start for coach Pep Guardiola’s team with a goal after just a few seconds. Fluminense defender Nino scored an own goal in the 27th minute. In the second half, Phil Foden (72′) and again Alvarez (88′) robbed the Brazilians of any hope of being able to turn the game around.
Manchester City are now continuing their impressive run of European winners at the Club World Cup. For the eleventh time in a row and for the sixteenth time overall, the title went to a team from Europe. Corinthians won Sao Paulo in 2012, the fourth and most recent victory by a team from South America.
Erling Haaland is just sitting in the stands, he was already missing in the semi-finals
Manchester’s triumph was never in danger, even without striker Erling Haaland. Because the Norwegian was not in the squad for the semi-final win against the Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan, he was not allowed to play in the final either. His representative Alvarez showed that he can be relied on: After Nathan Ake hit the post, the Argentine used the rebound to take the early lead. But the next time you hit the opponent with you. Nino unfortunately deflected a shot from Foden into his own goal, then goalkeeper Ederson prevented the Brazilians from scoring with a strong save just before half-time.
The English champions also dictated the action in the second half, but did not push vehemently for the third goal. With their usual amount of possession and patience, Guardiola’s team dominated the game and then struck again through Foden and Alvarez.
Before the final in Jeddah, Manchester had won the English championship, the FA Cup, the European Super Cup and the Champions League. At the Club World Cup, Manchester City is now the fourth English title holder after local rivals Manchester United, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC.
For the next edition of the Club World Cup in 2025, the world football association has come up with a new format on the drawing board: Then 32 teams will compete against each other in a group phase and a subsequent knockout round. The German record champions FC Bayern Munich will also be at the premiere in the USA.