Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Europe's Unimpressive Club World Championship Record
Independent, December 10th, 2012 1:02PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  club world cup

MOST COMMENTED

Over the last 20 years, European clubs are 13-7 in the Club World Cup final and its former incarnation, the Inter-Continental Cup, against South American opposition. As the Independent’s Sam Wallace points out, that is hardly a dominating statistic, which is surprising given Europe’s financial dominance of the sport.

Of the seven South American teams that have won the competition, four have been Brazilian and three have been Argentine. The fact that these countries produce soccer teams of high quality is perhaps even more surprising when you consider that they usually lose their very best players to Europe at a young age: Leo Messi, for example, has never played club soccer in Argentina.

Wallace cites stats from the official UEFA website showing that there were more Brazilians (76) in the UEFA Champions League group stages this year than any other nationality, including France (66), Spain (63), Germany (47), Portugal (41), Argentina (32) and England (31). And yet, Europe still only wins roughly two out of every three world club championships. As Wallace likens the phenomenon to “giving America virtually all Europe's leading golfers and then winning the Ryder Cup with the next wave of players.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Creighton shuts down Jordan Morris    
No. 24 Creighton got goals by freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin and Fabian Herbers to beat No. 13 ...
Redknapp to Sign Two-Year QPR Extension    
Despite losing his first three games of the season, Queens Park Rangers coach Harry Redknapp revealed ...
Hernandez, Juve Agree Personal Terms    
The Corriere dello Sport on Friday reported that Juventus has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ...
Cambiasso Joins Leicester City     
Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on Friday officially joined Premier League club Leicester City. The ...
Fringe Players' Pay Could Derail Man United Transfer Plans    
Following the British record $99 million arrival of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, Manchester United ...
Chelsea's Torres Wants AC Milan Move     
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is said to be closing in on a move to AC Milan ...
Report: Gunners Favorite to Sign Falcao on Loan     
ESPN on Thursday reported that AS Monaco has made sought-after striker Radamel Falcao available for a ...
Xabi Alonso Transfer Raises Question Marks in Germany    
Xabi Alonso's 10 million-euro ($13.2 million) transfer from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich has been met ...
Rooney Named England Captain     
Roy Hodgson on Thursday named Wayne Rooney captain of England following the retirement of former captain ...
Van Basten Exhibits 'Severe Symptoms'; Leaves AZ Indefinitely     
Netherlands and AC Milan legend Marco van Basten on Thursday mysteriously left his post as AZ ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives