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When Inter Milan and Eto'o ruled the world: A look back to Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2010

Abu Dhabi will host the tournament for the third time in December when Real Madrid will start as favourites.

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti parades the Fifa Club World Cup trophy at Zayed Sports City in 2010. Fadi Al Assaad / Reuters
Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti parades the Fifa Club World Cup trophy at Zayed Sports City in 2010. Fadi Al Assaad / Reuters

After witnessing the brilliance of Barcelona and Lionel Messi in 2009, the UAE again hosted the Fifa Club World Cup in 2010. Ahead of the tournament's return in December, John McAuley looks back to the most recent time the Club World Cup was held in the UAE.

QUALIFIED TEAMS

Al Wahda (UAE) - 2009/10 UAE Pro League winners

Hekari United (Papa New Guinea) - 2009/10 OFC Champions League winners

TP Mazembe (DR Congo) - 2010 CAF Champions League winners

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (South Korea) - 2010 AFC Champions League winners

Pachuca (Mexico) - 2009/10 Concacaf Champions League winners

Internacional (Brazil) - 2010 Copa Libertadores winners

Inter Milan (Italy) - 2009/10 Uefa Champions League winners

MATCHES

Play-off

Al Wahda 3-0 Hekari United

Quarter-finals

TP Mazembe 1-0 Pachuca

Al Wahda 1-4 Seongnam Ilhwa

Semi-finals

TP Mazembe 2-0 Internacional

Seongnam Ilhwa 0-3 Inter Milan

Fifth-place play-off

Al Wahda 2-2 Pachuca *Pachuca win 4-2 on penalties

Third-place play-off

Seongnam Ilhwa 2-4 Internacional

Final

Inter Milan 3-0 TP Mazembe

TOURNAMENT RECAP

Abu Dhabi’s second Club World Cup welcomed to the Emirates Italian giants Inter Milan, although African champions TP Mazembe stole their share of the headlines. The DR Congo side, defeated in their only match at the 2009 tournament, became the first team from outside Europe or South America to reach the final, upsetting Brazil’s Internacional 2-0 in the semi-finals. Achieved through second-half goals from Mulota Kabangu and Dioko Kaluyituka, the result was described by many as the greatest shock in the competition’s history. Mazembe would meet Inter Milan in the showpiece after the Italians won comfortably in their last-four clash against South Korea’s Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, with Dejan Stankovic, Javier Zanetti and Diego Milito getting the goals. The loud jeers that initially greeted Rafa Benitez’s image on the big screen at Zayed Sports City emphasised how important a victory it was for the beleaguered Inter manager. Benitez’s stock was a little higher by the time he departed the UAE, though, courtesy of another 3-0 triumph for his side in the final, when Goran Pandev, Samuel Eto’o and Jonathan Biabiany got on the scoresheet in front of more than 42,000 fans at Zayed Sports City. Inter were Club World Cup champions for the first time.

AWARDS

Golden Ball – Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan)

Top goalscorer – Mauricio Molina (Seongnam Ilhwa) 3

Updated: October 8, 2017 12:32 PM

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