The FIFA Club World Championship begins in just over a month in Tokyo. The Club World Championship supercedes the annual World Club Championship (Toyota Cup) between the champions of Europe and South America.
This tournament marks the second staging of the event after the first Club World Championship in Brazil 2000, won by Sao Paulo. Both Manchester United and Real Madrid took part, with Manchester United famously withdrawing from the FA Cup to participate - supposedly in an a failed attempt to draw attention to the English FA's 2006 World Cup bid.
The World Club Championship part II will be held in Japan in December 2005 and is known as the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA CUP.
The tournament runs from December 11-18 2005.
The club champions from Europe, South America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and Central and North America will compete.
Expected weather conditions, cool but fine.
Liverpool (Europe), Sao Paulo FC (South America), Deportivo Saprissa (CONCACAF), FC Sydney (Oceania) plus the still to be decided champions of Asia and Africa.
FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA CUP 2005 tournament schedule
Date KO (Local Time)Match Venue
Sun 11 Dec 19.20 AFC Champions v CAF Champions Tokyo
Mon 12 Dec 19.20 Sydney FC v Deportivo Saprissa Toyota (Nagoya)
Wed 14 Dec 19.20 Winner Match 1 v Sao Paulo Tokyo
Thurs 15 Dec 19.20 Winner Match 2 v Liverpool Yokohama
Match for Fifth Place
Fri 16 Dec 19.20 Loser Match 1 v Loser Match 2 Tokyo
Third Place Play-Off
Sun 18 Dec 16.20 Loser Match 3 v Loser Match 4 Yokohama
Sun 18 Dec 19.20 Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4 Yokohama
The matches will be played at the 72,000 capacity Yokohama International Stadium (venue for the 2002 World Cup final), the high-tech 45,000 capacity Toyota Stadium in Toyota City (just outside Nagoya) and the older 60,000 capacity National Stadium in Tokyo.
Getting To The Stadiums
Yokohama International Stadium can be reached in about 40-50 minutes from downtown Tokyo. The stadium is a 10 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama or Kozukue stations on the JR Yokohama Line.
The National Stadium is located in downtown Tokyo and the nearest subway station is Kokuritsu Kyogijo on the Oedo Line. The stadium is also within easy walking distance of both Sendagaya and Shinanomachi stations on the JR Chuo Line.
Toyota Stadium is located in Toyota City, just outside Nagoya. Take the Tsurumai subway line which becomes the Meitetsu Toyota Line after Akaike. From Toyotashi station there are shuttle buses to the stadium or it is a 15 minute walk. Allow about 50 minutes to an hour from Nagoya station.
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