The 2008 FIFA Club World Cup was a football tournament that was played in Japan from 11 December – 21 December 2008. It was the fifth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. Manchester United won the competition, defeating LDU Quito 1–0 in the final.
The fifth-place match, dropped for the 2007 edition, was reintroduced for this edition, with the total prize money being increased by US$500,000 to US$16.5 million. The winners will take away US$5 million, the losing finalists US$4 million, the third-placed team US$2.5 million, the fourth-placed team US$2 million, the fifth-placed team US$1.5 million, the sixth-placed team US$1 million and the seventh-placed team US$500,000.
The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has appointed Wayne Rooney Player of the Tournament at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008. Manchester United of England international won the Golden Ball Award adidas and the TOYOTA after the coronation of a fine performance in the Far East with the aim of winning United to 1-0 victory over Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito. FIFA.com presents a review of all the prizes in the tournament:
Adidas Golden Ball and the TOYOTA Award: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
The England international was the undisputed star turn in the Club World Cup Japan 2008 FIFA. Rooney came to the infirmary where a minor injury and began his club 5-3 in the semi-final success against Gamba Osaka in the dock. However, after entering a 74th minute substitute, which takes only five minutes to notch up a brace and set his side on the path to victory. The robust striker gave further proof of its kind in the final against League of Quito, losing against a range of long-range efforts, which cleverly combines with their peers, and posing a constant threat to the opposing goal. The icing on the cake came after 73 minutes when England star Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted the dismissal before netting with a sublime and perfectly executed curler.
Adidas Silver Ball: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
The end Portugal showed why he was recently named European Footballer of the Year with an impressive number of axles and skillful films. But it was more than just art for art’s sake, as its Latin created pandemonium in the area are opposed to the penalty and brought the crowd to its feet again and again. Ronaldo added his name to the scoresheet with his side in the second semi-final, and that made a huge contribution to United’s triumph in the final with a perceptive ball in the box Wayne Rooney to net the winner.
Adidas Bronze Ball: Damian Manso (Liga de Quito)
The Argentine playmaker and his team fell just short of the total amount of victory in the Club World Cup FIFA 2008, Manso, but at least goes home with the consolation of a bronze ball. Artful The midfielder was the pivot and the supplier in its two matches of the team, almost abet all the South Americans’ most dangerous moves both set-pieces and open play. Manso was unlucky in the final to veteran goalkeeper Edwin United van der Sar caught the end of his long range effort from the air to prevent the tie.
Fair Play Prize: Adelaide United
Adelaide of the exhibit in Japan until 2008 served as ample evidence of the growing power of Australian football. After overcoming Waitakere United 2-1, coach Aurelio Vidmar’s side fell by the tightest of margins in the quarter-finals, losing by the only goal of the game to Gamba Osaka. Adelaide carried out heroically in the fifth place play-off favorites to defeat Al Ahly 1-0 and end the tournament on a winning note. The Fair Play Award was only fitting that the Australians after his memorable performance in Japan.