INTER MILAN have won the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup which was held between 8 and 18 December in the United Arab Emirates.
The tournament kicked-off with the Quarter-Final Play-Off between U.A.E. league Champions Al-Wahda and Oceania Champions Hekari Utd from Papua New Guinea. Al-Wahda won 3-0.
The Quarter-Final line was now confirmed. African Champions TP Mazembe of Congo DR would play North American Champions Pachuca of Mexico, and Al-Wahda would face Asian Champions Seongnam Ilhwa of South Korea. TP Mazembe and Seongnam Ilhwa won their matches 1-0 and 4-1 respectively.
Now in the Semi-Final stage the two big guns entered the fray. South American Champions and 2006 World Champions Internacional of Brazil were drawn against TP Mazembe, whereas European Champions Inter Milan of Italy would face Seongnam Ilhwa.
In the every single one of these tournaments since its rebranding in 2005 the Final has been the champions of South America against the champions of Europe. But not this year! TP Mazembe pulled of one of the biggest international football upsets that I can remember by beating Internacional 2-0 and put themselves into the Final against Inter Milan who beat their South Korean opponents 3-0. 😮
But before The Final we had to know who would be placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth (Hekari Utd came seventh).
The two losing Quarter-Finalists, Pachuca and Al-Wahda drew 2-2 after 90 minutes and with no Extra-Time went straight to a Penalty-Shoot-Out which the Mexicans won 4-2 and earned themselves fifth place.
Losing Semi-Finalists, Internacional and Seongnam Ilhwa provided the warm-up act before The Final in their battle for third place. No prizes for guessing the winner here; Internacional won 4-2.
But now it was The Grand Final. Could TP Mazembe do the unthinkable and beat Inter Milan to bring the World Club Cup to Africa in the very same year the continent hosted its first World Cup? The whole footballing World (apart from the Italians) were behind TP Mazembe.
Unfortunately Inter hadn’t bothered to read the script and ran out 3-0 winners to become World Champions for the third time (1964 and 1965 being the years of their other triumphs). 😦
Mauricio Molina of Colombia won the Golden Boot as top goal scorer, netting three for Seongnam Ilhwa. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) of Inter Milan won the Golden Ball (player of the tournament), while Dioko Kaluyituka (Congo DR) of TP Mazembe and Andrés D’Alessandro (Argentina) of Internacional won the Silver and Bronze Balls respectively. Inter Milan won the Fair Play award as well.
Inter Milan now join a select group of clubs who have won this competition since it became a permanent FIFA event in 2005. The list of champions now reads: 2005 – São Paulo (Brazil), 2006 – Internacional (Brazil), 2007 – AC Milan (Italy), 2008 – Man Utd (England), 2009 – Barcelona (Spain) and 2010 – Inter Milan (Italy).
Now I think that having a Club World Cup is a great idea, but not in its current format. How the hell can a club like Inter Milan fly out to the Middle East, play just two matches and call themselves World Champions for a year? Surly there should be 16 or 24 clubs in such a competition? You could have it in the summer when there isn’t a World Cup, European Championship or Confederations Cup and make a really big deal over it. Obviously you would have to give plenty of warning to the clubs who might be taking part, say around seven years so that everybody knows it is going to happen and people can plan their holidays and such around it.
England could host it…seriously we could.