2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
Copa das Confederações da FIFA
Brasil 2013[1]
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates 15–30 June 2013
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (4th title)
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  Italy
Fourth place  Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 68 (4.25 per match)
Attendance 804,659 (50,291 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Fernando Torres
Brazil Fred
(5 goals)
Best player Brazil Neymar
Best goalkeeper Brazil Júlio César
Fair play award  Spain

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, which was held in Brazil from 15 June to 30 June 2013 as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[2] The most recent winners of the six continental championships appeared in the tournament, along with hosts Brazil and UEFA Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, who qualified because the Euro 2012 winners, Spain, had also won the most recent FIFA World Cup in 2010 thus securing a spot in the tournament.

Host nation, Brazil successfully defended their title with a 3–0 win over Spain in the final. It was their fourth Confederations Cup title and third in a row, after previous wins in 1997, 2005 and 2009.

According to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the best version of the tournament ever played.[3] The competition was the first national team tournament to employ goal-line technology, which was also used at the 2014 World Cup.[4]

Qualified teams

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams
Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
 Brazil CONMEBOL 2014 FIFA World Cup host 30 October 2007 7th
 Spain UEFA 2010 FIFA World Cup winners 11 July 2010 2nd
 Japan AFC 2011 AFC Asian Cup winners 29 January 2011 5th
 Mexico CONCACAF 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners 25 June 2011 6th
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 2011 Copa América winners 24 July 2011 2nd
 Tahiti OFC 2012 OFC Nations Cup winners 10 June 2012 1st
 Italy UEFA UEFA Euro 2012 runners-up1 28 June 2012 2nd
 Nigeria CAF 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winners 10 February 2013 2nd

1Note: Italy was awarded a spot in the competition because Spain had won both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. Since both competitions award their winners a place in the FIFA Confederations Cup, the runner-up of UEFA Euro 2012 received an invitation to the tournament.


Six stadiums were used, each in a different city.

Belo Horizonte, MG Recife, PE
Estádio Mineirão
Capacity: 62,547[5]
Itaipava Arena Pernambuco
Capacity: 44,248[6]
Brasília, DF Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Capacity: 68,009[7]
Estádio do Maracanã
Capacity: 76,804[8]
Fortaleza, CE Salvador, BA
Estádio Castelão
Capacity: 64,846[9]
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
Capacity: 52,048[10]


The draw for the competition was held at the Palácio das Convenções in the Anhembi Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil on 1 December 2012.[11][12]

Teams from the same confederation were not drawn into the same group, therefore one team each from UEFA and from CONMEBOL was drawn in each group. Brazil and Spain had automatically been assigned as A1 and B1 respectively, therefore Italy and Uruguay were assigned respectively to Group A and Group B.[13]

Match officials

Internal view of the stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Ten trios of officials were announced by FIFA on 13 May 2013.[14][15]

Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) Toru Sagara (Japan)
Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
CAF Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria) Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
CONCACAF Joel Aguilar (El Salvador) William Torres (El Salvador)
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)
CONMEBOL Diego Abal (Argentina) Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Enrique Osses (Chile) Sergio Román (Chile)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
UEFA Howard Webb (England) Mike Mullarkey (England)
Darren Cann (England)
Felix Brych (Germany) Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands) Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Pedro Proença (Portugal) Bertino Miranda (Portugal)
Tiago Trigo (Portugal)


Teams had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline of 3 June 2013.[16] The squads were announced by FIFA on 7 June 2013.[17][18]


A ticket for the competition's opening match in Brasília

The competition's dates were confirmed by FIFA on 27 July 2011 in the build-up to the draw for the 2014 World Cup's preliminary qualification rounds.[19] As the competition partially overlapped with the fourth round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in Asian zone, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) asked FIFA to consider a change of date.[20] However, the AFC decided that the match day would only be adjusted for the AFC representative at the Confederations Cup, Japan.[21] The official final schedule was presented in Rio de Janeiro on 30 May 2012.[22]

All times listed are Brasília official time (UTC−03:00).[23]

Group stage

All eight teams entered the group stage. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals, while the bottom two teams in each group were eliminated from the tournament.[16] The ranking of the teams in each group was determined as follows:[16]

  1. Points obtained in all group matches;
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. Points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
Key to colours in group tables
Team has qualified for the semi-finals

Group A

Team Pld
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
 Italy 3 2 0 1 8 8 0 6
 Mexico 3 1 0 2 3 5 2 3
 Japan 3 0 0 3 4 9 5 0
15 June 2013
Brazil 3–0 Japan
16 June 2013
Mexico 1–2 Italy
19 June 2013
Brazil 2–0 Mexico
Italy 4–3 Japan
22 June 2013
Italy 2–4 Brazil
Japan 1–2 Mexico

Group B

Team Pld
 Spain 3 3 0 0 15 1 +14 9
 Uruguay 3 2 0 1 11 3 +8 6
 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
 Tahiti 3 0 0 3 1 24 23 0
16 June 2013
Spain 2–1 Uruguay
17 June 2013
Tahiti 1–6 Nigeria
20 June 2013
Spain 10–0 Tahiti
Nigeria 1–2 Uruguay
23 June 2013
Nigeria 0–3 Spain
Uruguay 8–0 Tahiti

Knockout stage

Brazil won the competition after beating Spain 3–0 in the final.

In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time would be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[16]

Semi-finals Final
26 June – Belo Horizonte
  Brazil  2  
  Uruguay  1  
30 June – Rio de Janeiro
      Brazil  3
    Spain  0
Third place
27 June – Fortaleza 30 June – Salvador
  Spain (p)  0 (7)   Uruguay  2 (2)
  Italy  0 (6)     Italy (p)  2 (3)


26 June 2013
Brazil  2–1  Uruguay
Fred  41'
Paulinho  86'
Report Cavani  48'

Match for third place


30 June 2013
Brazil  3–0  Spain
Fred  2', 47'
Neymar  44'


Golden Ball winner Neymar
Golden Ball winner Golden Shoe winner Golden Glove winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
Brazil Neymar Spain Fernando Torres Brazil Júlio César  Spain
Silver Ball winner Silver Shoe winner
Spain Andrés Iniesta Brazil Fred
Bronze Ball winner Bronze Shoe winner
Brazil Paulinho Brazil Neymar
FIFA.com Users' Dream Team[24]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Coach

Brazil Júlio César

Brazil Dani Alves
Spain Sergio Ramos
Brazil Thiago Silva
Brazil David Luiz

Spain Andrés Iniesta
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Brazil Paulinho

Brazil Neymar
Spain Fernando Torres
Brazil Fred

Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari


For more details on this topic, see 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup statistics.


Fernando Torres was awarded the Golden Boot award on tie-breakers. Both he and Fred scored five goals and made one assist, but Torres was given the award due to having played fewer minutes over the tournament.[25] In total, 68 goals were scored by 38 different players, with three of them credited as own goals.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 Own goal

Source: FIFA[26]

Match ball

See also Adidas Tango 12
Adidas Cafusa, the official match ball of the tournament

The official match ball for the Cup was produced by Adidas, a development of the Adidas Tango 12. It was unveiled during the draw for the competition. The ball is named "Cafusa" (pronounced: [kɐˈfuzɐ]) – a syllabic abbreviation of the words "carnaval" (Carnival), "futebol" (football) and "samba",[27] aside of being homophonous with cafuza, the Portuguese name for a zamba i.e. a woman of mixed Amerindian and black African descent. Former Brazil captain Cafu was invited to officially unveil the ball.[27]

Prize money

The competing national football associations received prize money from FIFA based on their representative team's final finishing position.[28]

Competition stage Final position Prize money (US dollars)
Final Winner $4.1m
Runner-up $3.6m
Match for third place Third place $3m
Fourth place $2.5m
Group stage Fifth to eighth place $1.7m

Goal-line technology

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the first international tournament for national teams to use goal-line technology. The IFAB officially approved the use of goal-line technology in July 2012, and it was first used in a FIFA competition for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in December 2012. Having trialled systems from both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef during the Club World Cup, FIFA announced on 2 April 2013 that the German technology GoalControl had been chosen as the official goal-line technology for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[29] Its system, GoalControl-4D, uses 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch and directed at both goals.[30] It was used in the match for third place between Uruguay and Italy to determine the scorer of Italy's first goal.


Protesters on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Their sign translates to "If the bus fare doesn't drop, Rio is going to stop!"

Prior to the opening ceremony at the Brasilia National Stadium on 15 June, demonstrations took place outside the stadium, organised by people unhappy with the amount of public money spent to enable the hosting of the FIFA World Cup.[31] Police used tear gas and pepper spray to quell the protests.[32]

The demonstrations were part of wider unrest and rioting in Brazilian cities initially sparked by increased ticket prices on public transport, but growing to express deeper public disenchantment with the financial management of the country by its government, specially due to the high inflation.[31][33] The Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as well as FIFA president Sepp Blatter were heavily booed as they were announced to conduct their speeches at the tournament's opening.[34] Further protests took place the following day prior to the game between Mexico and Italy in Rio de Janeiro.[35][36] Blatter said that the protesters "should not use football to make their demands heard",[37] and that the public expenditure on staging the tournaments was on "items that are for the future, not just for the World Cup".[37]

As the protests continued to intensify during the week, with a reported participation of over a million people taking to the streets in a hundred different towns and cities,[38] reports in the Brazilian media suggested that FIFA was having to negotiate with the teams to keep them in Brazil and that the tournament could be abandoned.[39] However, a FIFA statement on 21 June insisted that "to date, neither FIFA nor the local organising committee have ever discussed any such possibility of cancelling the FIFA Confederations Cup".[40]

FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valcke subsequently admitted that FIFA had held a "crisis meeting" involving the Brazilian government regarding the completion of the tournament,[41] but sought to distance FIFA from the wider social unrest, stating that "the most important thing for us is to detach the World Cup or the Confederations Cup from these problems. We are not the answer to all problems and we are definitely not the reason for such a crisis. We are just part of what Brazil is doing for the next 20 years....the light FIFA is being shown in here, is the wrong one".[41] He also reaffirmed that the protests had not caused FIFA to consider moving the 2014 World Cup away from Brazil.[41]

Just before the final in Rio de Janeiro, a large crowd marched towards the stadium both in support of the team and in continuation over the original protests. Though largely peaceful,[42] there were some disturbances.[43]


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