December 21 The second Continental world football championships to take place in Spain in 2001 is to have Turkey's Galatasaray as one of...
The first championship was held in Brazil in January 2000. The final was played in Rios famous Maracana stadium, winner being Brazilian club Corinthians, becoming the first World Club Champion. Vasco de Gama came in second and Rayos Del Necaxa was third having defeated Real Madrid. The second continental club championship will be held in Spain between July 30 and August 12, 2001. Matches will be held in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. This season UEFA increased the number of clubs taking part to 12, therefore Turkeys Galatasaray having won the UEFA cup and the Super cup last season was chosen as the third representative of Europe for the continental championship. All 12 clubs participating in the championship will receive $5 million and it is expected that revenue from advertising and TV rights for the championship will generate another $20 million for each club. The championship in Spain is to be held in 3 groups of 4 teams.
FIFA last year had given out $28 million in total as prize money, the champion received $6 million, the second received $5 million and the third club received $4 million.
Europe: (3 Clubs)
Galatasaray (Turkey), Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna (Spain)
South America: (2 Clubs)
Corinthians (Brazil), Boca Juniors (Argentina)
North America: (2 Clubs)
Africa: (2 Clubs)
Asia: (2 Clubs)
Oceania: (1 Club)
THE FIRST CONTINENTAL WORLD FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The first championship was held on 5-14 January 2000 in Brazils Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the final was won by Corinthians who beat Vasco de Gama on penalties 4-3.
The championship comprised of two groups of 8 teams. Group A had Real Madrid of Spain, Raja of Morocco, Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia and Corinthians of Brazil. Group B had Rayos Del Necaxa of Mexico, Vasco de Gama of Brazil, Manchester United of England and South Melbourne of Australia.
Saudi Arabias Al Nassr won the fair play award. Corinthians, Edilson was chosen as the best player of the championship.
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