FIFA Club World Cup
The FIFA Club World Cup is an international men's association football competition organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body. The tournament assigns the world title; the competition was first contested in 2000 as the FIFA Club World Championship. It was not held between 2001 and 2004 due to a combination of factors, most the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure. Since 2005, the competition has been held every year, has been hosted by Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco; the FIFA Club World Cup's prestige is perceived quite differently in different parts of the football world. The first FIFA Club World Championship took place in Brazil in 2000, it ran in parallel with the Intercontinental Cup, a competition played by representatives clubs of most developed continents in the football world, or the winners of the European Champions' Cup and the Copa Libertadores, first contested in 1960 and recognized in the aftermath by FIFA as a competition assignee of official world title.
In 2005, the Intercontinental Cup was merged with the FIFA Club World Championship, in 2006, the tournament was renamed as the FIFA Club World Cup. As required by the regulations, a representative from FIFA present the winner of the World Cup with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy and with a FIFA World Champions certificate; the current format of the tournament involves seven teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about two weeks. The host nation's national champions dispute a play-off against the Oceania champions, from which the winner joins the champions of Asia and North America at the quarter-finals; the quarter-final winners go on to face the European and South American champions, who enter at the semi-final stage, for a place in the final. Real Madrid hold the record for most victories, winning the competition four times. Corinthians' inaugural victory remains the best result from a host nation's national league champions. Teams from Spain have won the tournament the most for any nation.
The current champions are Spain's Real Madrid, who defeated Al-Ain 4–1 in the final of the 2018 edition, to win their fourth title in the competition and to become the first team to win it three years in a row and four times in total in the tournament's history. Although the first club tournament to be billed as the "Football World Championship" was held in 1887, in which Scottish Cup champions Hibernian defeated English FA Cup semi-finalists Preston North End, the first attempt at creating a global club football tournament, according to FIFA, was in 1909, 21 years before the first FIFA World Cup; the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy was held in Italy in 1909 and 1911, contested by English, Italian and Swiss clubs. It was won by English amateur site West Auckland on both occasions; the idea that FIFA should organise international club competitions dates from the beginning of the 1950s. In 1951, FIFA President Jules Rimet was asked about FIFA's involvement in the Copa Rio, stated that it was not under FIFA's jurisdiction since it was organised and sponsored by the Brazilian Football Confederation.
The competition was succeeded by another tournament, named Torneio Octogonal Rivadavia Corrêa Meyer, won by Vasco da Gama. This tournament had five Brazilian sides, three foreign clubs, losing half of its intercontinental aspect. In December 2007, FIFA turned down Palmeiras' request to recognise the tournament as a Club World Cup since the participants were limited to two continents. Although the competition was discontinued, it was held in high regard. FIFA board members Stanley Rous and Ottorino Barassi participated albeit not in their capacity as FIFA members, in the organisation of the competition in 1951. Rous' role was attributed to the negotiations with European clubs, whereas Barassi helped form the framework of the competition. Commenting on Juventus' acceptance to participate in the tournament, the Italian press stated that "an Italian club could not be missing in such an important and worldwide-reaching event"; because of the difficulty the CBF found in bringing European clubs to the competition, the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper suggested that there should be FIFA involvement in the programming of international club competitions saying that, "ideally, international tournaments, here or abroad, should be played at times set by FIFA".
However, no response was received. The Pequeña Copa del Mundo was a tournament held in Venezuela between 1952 and 1957, with a two short revivals in 1963 and in 1965, it was played by eight participants, half from Europe and half from South America. After the late 1950s, the tournament lost status as the pedigree of its participants decreased; this competition, along with the creation of the European Cup and the Copa Libertadores, created the groundwork of the eventual Intercontinental Cup. The Tournoi de Paris was a competition meant to bring together the top teams from Europe and South America to determine a de facto "best club in the world".
The Philippines the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon and Mindanao; the capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, Malaysia and Indonesia to the south; the Philippines' location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. The Philippines has an area of 300,000 km2, according to the Philippines Statistical Authority and the WorldBank and, as of 2015, had a population of at least 100 million.
As of January 2018, it is the eighth-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. 10 million additional Filipinos lived overseas, comprising one of the world's largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago's earliest inhabitants, they were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples. Exchanges with Malay, Indian and Chinese nations occurred. Various competing maritime states were established under the rule of datus, rajahs and lakans; the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer leading a fleet for the Spanish, in Homonhon, Eastern Samar in 1521 marked the beginning of Hispanic colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi from Mexico City, in 1565, the first Hispanic settlement in the archipelago was established.
The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in Catholicism becoming the dominant religion. During this time, Manila became the western hub of the trans-Pacific trade connecting Asia with Acapulco in the Americas using Manila galleons; as the 19th century gave way to the 20th, the Philippine Revolution followed, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, followed by the bloody Philippine–American War. The war, as well as the ensuing cholera epidemic, resulted in the deaths of thousands of combatants as well as tens of thousands of civilians. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands until after World War II, when the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation. Since the unitary sovereign state has had a tumultuous experience with democracy, which included the overthrow of a dictatorship by a non-violent revolution; the Philippines is a founding member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the East Asia Summit.
It hosts the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank. The Philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from being based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. Along with East Timor, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia's predominantly Christian nations; the Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, during his expedition in 1542, named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then-Prince of Asturias; the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the islands of the archipelago. Before that became commonplace, other names such as Islas del Poniente and Magellan's name for the islands San Lázaro were used by the Spanish to refer to the islands; the official name of the Philippines has changed several times in the course of its history. During the Philippine Revolution, the Malolos Congress proclaimed the establishment of the República Filipina or the Philippine Republic.
From the period of the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War until the Commonwealth period, American colonial authorities referred to the country as the Philippine Islands, a translation of the Spanish name. Since the end of World War II, the official name of the country has been the Republic of the Philippines. Philippines has gained currency as the common name since being the name used in Article VI of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, with or without the definite article. Discovery in 2018 of stone tools and fossils of butchered animal remains in Rizal, Kalinga has pushed back evidence of early hominins in the archipelago to as early as 709,000 years. However, the metatarsal of the Callao Man, reliably dated by uranium-series dating to 67,000 years ago remains the oldest human remnant found in the archipelago to date; this distinction belonged to the Tabon Man of Palawan, carbon-dated to around 26,500 years ago. Negritos were among the archipelago's earliest inhabitants, but their first settlement in the Philippines has not been reliably dated.
There are several opposing theories regarding the origins of ancient Filipinos. F. Landa Jocano theorizes. Wilhelm Solheim's Island Origin Theory postulates that the peopling of the archipelago transpired via trade networks originating in the Sundaland area around
Eugen-Josip Galekovic is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Melbourne City FC in the A-League and internationally for Australia. Galekovic's junior football was played at Chelsea Hajduk in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. Galekovic played school football for St Bede's College. Galekovic started his career with Morwell based National Soccer League side Gippsland Falcons as a 19-year-old in December 2000 before signing with South Melbourne the following season, he stayed with South Melbourne until the NSL's closure in 2003–04 where at season's end he secured a place on the list of Beira Mar in Portugal on the back of holding the number one spot for Australia's Olympic football campaign in Athens in 2004. The period at Beira Mar was unsuccessful for Galekovic, with him seeing little first team action and thus, he returned to Melbourne to sign for the city's inaugural A-League side Melbourne Victory for season 2005–06, debuting in the opening match against Sydney FC.
Galekovic played 11 matches for the season in an unusual goalkeeper rotation policy employed by Melbourne manager Ernie Merrick in which the other 10 matches saw teammate Michael Theoklitos in goal. Galekovic was second choice keeper for the Victory in the 2006–07 season but an injury to Theoklitos gave Galekovic his first start of the season in the round 13 clash against Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium. On 30 October, Eugene signed for Melbourne Victory rivals Adelaide United as a replacement for injured keeper Daniel Beltrame and made his debut against the Queensland Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium. On 20 January 2008, Galekovic kept his first clean sheet for Adelaide in a 2–0 win over Brisbane at Hindmarsh Stadium. On 27 December 2008 Galekovic made a string of impressive saves to ensure Adelaide kept its 1–0 advantage over Perth Glory and in the process giving him his fifth clean sheet of the league season. In February 2010, Galekovic capped off another brilliant year by winning the Adelaide United Player of the Year Award.
In the middle of the 2011–12 A-League Jon McKain resigned his role as captain at Adelaide United. It was announced that Eugene Galekovic became captain. On 11 March 2016 Galekovic reached 250 appearances despite a 1–0 defeat to Melbourne City FC. On 16 June 2017 Galekovic signed a two-year deal with Melbourne City FC. Galekovic has been called up for Australia in a preliminary squad with teammates Scott Jamieson and Paul Reid after impressive performances in the A-League and the Asian Champions League, he made his first senior international football debut for the Socceroos on 28 January 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Indonesia. He was disappointing in his last outing against Kuwait, by letting in two poor goals after Australia conceded a 2–0 advantage. After Brad Jones left the 2010 World Cup 23-man squad to help his son battle leukaemia, he was called in as a replacement, after missing selection in the 23-man squad first time around. Eugene was selected by Holger Osieck for a 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualifying tournament.
He started the first match against hosts Hong Kong and came up with audacious stops to save Australia from humiliation as they won 1–0 with a solo effort from Brett Emerton. The other game that Galekovic was a part of a 9–0 thrashing of Guam. After a string good performances for Adelaide United, Holger Osieck selected Eugene Galekovic as part of his 23-man squad for the decisive 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Oman, he did not play. As of 2 Jan 2019CS = Clean sheets 1 – includes A-League final series statistics 2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics.
Iain Ramsay is a Filipino professional footballer who plays for Sukhothai in the Thai League 1, as a left midfielder. He made competitive appearances for Sydney FC, Melbourne City, Sydney Olympic, Adelaide United, Tractor Sazi, Ceres–Negros and Felda United, he represents the Philippines internationally. Ramsay was born in Australia to a Scottish father and a Filipino mother. Ramsay's father was born in Dunblane, Scotland while his mother was born in Pampanga, Philippines who migrated to Australia at age 30 before the 1990s. Ramsay attended Bossley Park High School. In 2006 at 17 years old, Ramsay secured a contract with Scottish club, Gretna F. C. as a youth player. He spent some time of his youth career with Sydney F. C.. Ramsay signed for New South Wales Premier League team Sydney Olympic, returning to the club he played for as a youth On 23 July 2010, Ramsay signed a one-year professional contract with Adelaide United. On 20 August 2010, Ramsay scored two goals against Melbourne Heart, his third goal for Adelaide came against his former club Sydney FC in a come from behind 2-1 victory.
Ramsay scored in extra time to give Adelaide the 3 points. On 7 April 2013, Melbourne Heart FC, announced Ramsay had signed with the club for the 2013/14 season. On 13 May 2015, Melbourne City confirmed. In the summer of 2015 Ramsay signed with Persian Gulf Pro League club Tractor Sazi, he made his debut for the club in an away match against Gostaresh Foolad where his team won 3-1. He assisted. Under manager, Ramsay started in some matches; when Amir Ghalenoei took over Tractor Sazi, Ramsay didn't have playing time with his club. It was reported in 2 January 2016; as of May 2016, is a free agent. He is not ruling out any future stints in Iran. In July 2016, Ramsay went on trial at Eerste Divisie side FC Volendam. In January 2017, Ceres-Negros announced that they have signed in Ramsay, along with few other players, to play for the club. Ramsay scored his first goal on 7 March against Tampines Rovers FC for the 2017 AFC Cup, which ended 5-0 home victory, he was instrumental to his club's 4-1 win over Global Cebu in the title match of the 2017 Philippines Football League Final Series by scoring a hat-trick.
Ramsay was signed in by Thai club, PT Prachuap in late 2017 while the 2017 season of the Philippines Football League was still ongoing. He completed the season with Ceres and was set to play for the Thai club who would be making their debut in the Thai League in the 2018 season; however in January 2018, Ramsay decided to move to FELDA United F. C. of the Malaysia Super League instead. Due to Ramsay being born in Australia and the heritage of his parents, Ramsay was eligible to play for Australia and the Philippines. Ramsay was called up to the Philippines national team in May 2015, ahead of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Bahrain and Yemen, he scored his first goal in the 74th minute in a 2–0 away success versus Yemen. Ramsay's second international goal came on 29 March 2016, against North Korea. Earlier, he said he aimed of playing for Australia but considered the Philippines as "a great option" if he is not able to get a call-up from the Socceroos, he is one of many foreign born players in the Philippines national team.
In 2015, he told Vice: "Of course there are a few that will question some of the squad players not being full blooded Filipino. But whether it's a half, a quarter, three-quarters: we consider ourselves Filipino, we are honoured to represent the country." As of match played 7 April 2017 Statistics accurate as of match played 14 November 2017 As of 28 March 2017 Sydney FCA-League: 2009–10 National Youth-League: Sydney FC National Youth League Player of the Year 2009-10 Adelaide United Rising Star: 2010–11 Iain Ramsay – FIFA competition record Iain Ramsay at National-Football-Teams.com Adelaide United profile
Cássio José de Abreu Oliveira known as Cássio or Cássio Oliveira is a former Brazilian-Australian professional football player who last played for Adelaide United in the A-League. He is running his own academy called "Academia de Futebol By Cassio" Cássio began playing as a left back with local side Flamengo. After missing a penalty kick in the 2001 Copa Mercosur final, his career with Flamengo was over and he was loaned to Internacional and Mexican Primera División side Atlas in 2002 and 2003. While at Internacional, Cássio won the 2002 Campeonato Gaúcho and scored the club's 1000th goal in Brazilian competitions, he played in Série B with Marília during the first half of 2004, before joining Primera División Paraguaya side Olimpia in July 2004. He had a brief spell with the New England Revolution, making only three appearances before being released midway through the 2005 season. Cassio's arrival at Adelaide United came after all of the club's options at left-back were either released or transferred at the end of the 2006–07 A-League season.
Although failing to score during his debut A-league campaign, his 3 assists, contribution of 14 shots on target, revealed how dangerous Cassio was as an attacking force. For his significant contributions on the field for the 2007–08 season, he was given three end of season awards, including the Club Champion award. Despite a slow start to the 2008–2009 A-League season due to injury, Cassio proved just how valuable he had become to the club when he set up all three of Adelaide United's goals against FC Bunyodkor in the first leg semi-final of the 2008 AFC Champions League. On 15 October 2008 Cassio signed a new two-year deal with United despite interest from rival A-League clubs with the Brazilian stating that although they offered more money Adelaide was "like a second home" for the player. Despite coming to Adelaide with a reputation of a goal scorer Cassio's first goal came midway through his second season with the club. In December, Cassio scored a brace in Adelaide's 6–1 demolishing of Wellington with both goals coming from unstoppable drives after he cut in from the left channel.
On 3 January 2009, Cassio scored his fourth goal for Adelaide United against in the annual Sydney FC clash at Adelaide Oval. Adelaide went on to win the game 2–0. In the semi-final second leg against Melbourne Victory, Cassio was sent off by referee Matthew Breeze, made a gesture toward the Melbourne crowd as he departed down the tunnel. In the 2009/10 season Cassio scored two goals, one from a free kick against Perth Glory and goal of the season-contender against Newcastle Jets to level the match at 1–1. On 12 September 2011, Cassio revealed a desire to become an Australian citizen and play for the Socceroos. Cassio and his family became Australian citizens at a ceremony at Hindmarsh Stadium on 7 September 2012; as a result, he is eligible to represent Australia at international level. He does not require a visa to play for Adelaide United, thus enabling the club to import another player on visa. On 21 November 2012 he signed a two-year contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of 2014-15 A-League season.2014 saw a return from injury for Cassio as he featured in a friendly against local side Eastern United FCOn 18 December 2014, Cassio was branded as "disrespectful" by Adelaide United manager Josep Gombau for refusing to turn up to the 2014 FFA Cup Final to support his teammates, before or after the match, stating that he would not be selecting Cassio to play again, whilst refusing to rule out releasing him in January.
Five days Cassio was released by Adelaide United. He leaves the Reds as a two time Player of the Year, as Adelaide's longest serving player. After having announced retirement from his professional playing career, Cassio is running his own academy called "Academia de Futebol by Cassio" Adelaide-based football academy which focuses on training and developing the skills of juniors and young players. In 2015, Cassio has coached Pembroke School's First XI Soccer team. Cassio is taking over the Soccer program at Nazareth Catholic College High School. 1 – includes A-League final series statistics 2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics.
Travis Dodd is an Australian football player who plays for North Eastern MetroStars SC in the National Premier League - South Australia competition. He plays as an attacking midfielder or winger and can play as a striker. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, he played junior football at Elizabeth before joining the South Australian Sports Institute in 1996, he was Adelaide City's fourth youngest National Soccer League player of all time, the fifth player in NSL history to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute. At the conclusion of the 2003–04 NSL season, he moved abroad, playing firstly with Malaysian club Johor Greek club Panionios NFC. During his stint with Panionios, Dodd scored in their UEFA Cup first round victory over high-profile Italian side Udinese Calcio, his career at the Greek club was short lived, with a change in manager seeing him frozen out of the senior squad. He made nine appearances for the club, four in the league, five in the UEFA Cup. Dodd returned home to Adelaide in 2005 and was a part of the Adelaide United side that won the 2005–06 A-League Premiership.
On 23 May 2007, Dodd was the first Australian player to score a hat-trick in the Asian Champions League, scoring all three in a 3–0 win against Đồng Tâm Long An. After positive performances in the Asian Champions League, Dodd was linked with a move to Kashima Antlers. Dodd took the captaincy of Adelaide United in July 2008 taking over from Michael Valkanis, he became Adelaide's fourth captain since its formation in 2003. During 2008 Dodd had a rich vein of form scoring 11 goals from midfield including a Captain's goal against New Zealand team Waitakere United in the FIFA Club World Cup that saw the team progress to the Quarterfinals. 2008 saw Dodd become the first Adelaide United player to play 100 competitive games in which he scored the only goal in the 1–0 win over Perth Glory in round one of the 2008–09 A-League season. On 1 March 2011, it was announced that Dodd had signed a two-year contract with A-League club Perth Glory worth $200,000 per season with an option to extend the contract to a third year.
On 23 March 2013, Dodd tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a league match against Melbourne Victory sidelining him for 12 months. On 4 April 2014, with Dodd still unable to play after more than a year of recovery, Perth Glory announced that his contract would not be renewed, thus leaving Dodd's further playing career in doubt. On 7 February 2016, Dodd signed with South Australian club North Eastern MetroStars in the National Premier League, he again tore his ACL during the last game of the regular season, has foreshadowed a move into coaching for 2017. Dodd's debut international match for Australia was an AFC Cup qualifier against Kuwait at Allianz Stadium, on 16 August 2006, he scored the opening goal for the home side in a 2–0 win. Dodd's goal marked the first international goal scored by an Indigenous Australian player. Dodd joined W-League team Adelaide United during the 2017-18 Season as an assistant coach. Adelaide United profile Oz Football profile
Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues
Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues known as Cristiano, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a striker. Cristiano began his club career with Dutch club NAC Breda, he signed his first professional contract with Breda at age 16. Cristiano was impressive, without being a prolific goal scorer and spent four years with Breda before moving to fellow Dutch side Roda JC. Cristiano's performances with Breda impressed Roda manager Wiljan Vloet, desperate to bring the Brazilian to the club. Cristiano averaged 0.34 goals a game in his four-year stint with Roda. After eight seasons in the Netherlands, Cristiano sought a new challenge in a foreign country and jumped at the opportunity to join Swiss giants FC Basel, he played his team debut on 10 September 2006 as Basel won 2:1 at home against FC Zürich in the St. Jakob-Park. Cristiano struggled to command a regular starting spot in to the side, went on loan back to the Netherlands with Willem II of Tilburg, his loan spell with Willem II was successful, scoring 5 goals in 12 appearances.
Willem II made Cristiano's move permanent at the end of the 2006–07 season. Cristiano was unable to capture his form from his loan spell the previous season. Despite being well known in the Netherlands, he received tentative interest from other Dutch clubs due to his non-EU status requiring a high minimum salary, began seeking options of regular football elsewhere. Cristiano moved to Australia to join A-League side Adelaide United at the start of the 2008–09 season. Adelaide had lost Nathan Burns and Bruce Djite in the off-season and were in desperate need for a permanent striker. After scoring on his debut in a pre-season match, Cristiano made his A-League debut in a 1–0 victory over Perth Glory. Cristiano was impressive in his debut, setting up the winning goal scored by Travis Dodd. Cristiano scored his first competitive goal for Adelaide United in Round three against Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium. Cristiano finished with a brace in a 3–0 victory. After helping Adelaide United become the first Australian side to reach the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League, he scored a brace days to help the Reds to a 2–0 victory over reigning premiers Newcastle Jets.
Cristiano scored his fifth goal in seven A-League matches by getting on the score sheet in a 3–3 draw against Central Coast. He scored the only goal of the Club World Cup fifth place play off against Egyptian club Al Ahly the impressive twenty yard strike was awarded'goal of the tournament'. In the 2008–09 Grand Final against Melbourne Victory, Cristiano was controversially red carded in the 10th minute. However, this red card was rescinded from his record, he was released from Adelaide after their 2010 Asian Champions League campaign after they were knocked out of the round of 16. During the 2010–11 summer transfer window he signed a two-year contract until 2011–12, with Maltese Premier League club Tarxien Rainbows, it was announced on 7 June 2011 that Cristiano would move back to Adelaide and sign with South Australian Premier League side White City FC with an aim to further his career in coaching and to aim for re-signing with his former A-League club, Adelaide United. Cristiano made his debut for White City FC in a 3–2 loss to Enfield City.
He scored from a header and was sent off. 1 – includes A-League final series statistics 2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics.