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Confederation Cup 2009

The Fifa Confederations Cup is hosted once every 4 years by the country about to host the Fifa World Cup. The teams involved are the host nation (South Africa) and the continental champions from Africa (Egypt), Asia (Iraq), Europe (Spain), Oceania (New Zealand), South America (Brazil), North America (USA) and the Fifa World Champions (Italy). Hence it being called the "Festival of Champions".

Brazil

Egypt

Iraq

Italy

New Zealand

South Africa

Spain

USA

Seleção Canarinho

The Pharaohs

Lions of Mesopotamia

Azzurri

All Whites

Bafana Bafana

La Selección

The Yanks

Brazil flag

Egypt flag

Iraq flag

Italy flag

New Zealand flag

South Africa flag

Spain flag

USA flag

Fixtures for the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009:

Date

 

Stadium

Town

14 Jun 2009

opening ceremony

Ellis Park Stadium
(Coca Cola Park)

Johannesburg

14 Jun 2009
16:00

South Africa
0

Iraq
0

Ellis Park Stadium
(Coca Cola Park)

Johannesburg

14 Jun 2009
20:30

New Zealand
0

Spain
5

Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Rustenburg

15 Jun 2009
16:00

Brazil
4

Egypt
3

Free State Stadium

Bloemfontein

15 Jun 2009
20:30

USA
1

Italy
3

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Pretoria

17 Jun 2009
16:00

Spain
1

Iraq
0

Free State Stadium

Bloemfontein

17 Jun 2009
20:30

South Africa
2

New Zealand
0

Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Rustenburg

18 Jun 2009
16:00

USA
0

Brazil
3

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Pretoria

18 Jun 2009
20:30

Egypt
1

Italy
0

Ellis Park Stadium
(Coca Cola Park)

Johannesburg

20 Jun 2009
20:30

Iraq
0

New Zealand
0

Ellis Park Stadium
(Coca Cola Park)

Johannesburg

20 Jun 2009
20:30

Spain
2

South Africa
0

Free State Stadium

Bloemfontein

21 Jun 2009
20:30

Italy
0

Brazil
3

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Pretoria

21 Jun 2009
20:30

Egypt
0

USA
3

Free State Stadium

Bloemfontein

24 Jun 2009
20:30

semifinal

Free State Stadium

Bloemfontein

Spain
0

USA
2

25 Jun 2009
20:30

semifinal

Ellis Park Stadium
(Coca Cola Park)

Johannesburg

Brazil
1

South Africa
0

28 Jun 2009
15:00

Playoff for 3rd place

Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Rustenburg

Spain
3

South Africa
2

28 Jun 2009
20:30

Final

Ellis Park Stadium
(Coca Cola Park)

Johannesburg

USA
2

Brazil
3

No games were played at Soccer City Johannesburg, as it was still under construction (Soccer City hosts the opening and final game of the World Cup 2010). Nelson Mandela Bay stadium was hoping to host matches, but it was completed too late for consideration (7 June 2009). See also official Fifa Confederation Cup 2009 website.

Prize money

winner

runner up

3rd place

4th place

other 4 teams

$3.75m

$3.25m

$2.75m

$2.25m

$1.4m each

No flight zone

On the 27th May 2009, the South African Civil Aviation Authority announced that no aircraft may fly within 80km of the host cities (Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria & Rustenburg) without prior approvial. The restriction applies from 13 June 2009 until midnight on 28 June 2009. An 8km no fly zone is also being created around the stadia from 2 hours before the game until 1 hour after the final whistle. These no-fly zones do not apply to emergency helicopters.

Countries

Infomation about the countries participating in the Confederations Cup 2009.

Brazil

Brazil's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Robinho (Manchester City), Nilmar (Internacional).
Midfielders: Elano (Manchester City), Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Kaka (AC Milan), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (Wolfsburg), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Anderson (Manchester United), Ramires (Cruzeiro).
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Andre Santos (Corinthians), Kleber (Internacional), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Alex (Chelsea), Juan (AS Roma), Luisao (Benfica).
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Gomes (Tottenham), Vitor (Gremio).

Egypt

Egypt's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: Mohammed Zidan (Borussia Dortmund, GER), Mohammed Mohsen Abou Greisha (Ismaily), Ahmed Raouf (ENPPI), Ahmed Abdel Ghani (Harras El-Hodoud), Ihab El-Masry (Arab Contractors), Amr Zaki (Wigan FC, ENG)
Midfielders: Ahmed Samir Farag (Ismaily), Mohammed Abou Treika, Ahmed Fathy and Ahmed Hassan (Ahly), Hazem Emam (Zamalek), Mohamed Shawqy (Middlesbrough, ENG), Hosni Abd Rabou (El-Ahly Dubai, UAE), Ahmed Khairy and Mohammed Hommos (Ismaily), Abdel Aziz Tawfiq (ENPPI), Ahmed Eid Abdel Malik (Harras El-Hodoud)
Defenders: Hany Saeed and Mahmoud Fathalla (Zamalek), Wael Gomaa and Sayed Moawwad (Ahly), Ahmed ‘Ouka’ Saeed (Harras El-Hodoud), Sherif Abdel Fadil (Ismaily), Ahmed El-Muhammady (ENPPI)
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (FC Sion, SWI), Abdel Wahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhy (Ismaili), Al-Hany Soliman (Ittihad)

Iraq

Iraq's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: Karrar Jassim (Al-Wakra, Qatar), Emad Mohammed (Sepahan Isfahan, Iran), Alaa Abdul-Zahra (Al-Khor, Qatar), Younis Mahmoud (Al-Gharafa, Qatar), Luai Salah (Al-Wahda, UAE)
Midfielders: Halgurd Mulla Mohammed (Sulaymaniya), Mahdi Karim (Al-Khor, Qatar), Nashat Akram (FC Twente, Holland), Hawar Mulla Mohammed (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail (Sepahan Isfahan, Iran), Salih Sadir (Al-Ahed, Lebanon)
Defenders: Basim Abbas (Talaba), Muayad Khalid (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Isam Yaseen (Duhok), Samir Saeed (Arbil), Farid Majeed (Talaba), Salam Shaker (Al-Khor, Qatar), Ali Hussein Rahema (Al-Wakra, Qatar), Mohammed Ali Karim (Al-Jazeera, UAE);Dara Mohammed Habeeb (Arbil)
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Kasid (Al-Zawraa), Nour Sabri (Talaba), Uday Talib (Duhok) i

Italy

Italy's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Luca Toni (Bayern Monaco), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal).
Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria).
Defenders: Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Davide Santon (Inter Milan).
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Palermo), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray).

New Zealand

New Zealand's "All Whites" have never before played an official match in Africa. They have been to a couple of Confederation Cups, but have never before got a point. Ranked 82nd in the world, New Zealand based itself in Botswana before the Cup.

New Zealand's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: Kris Bright (Panserraikas), Jeremy Brockie (North Queensland Fury), Chris Killen (Celtic), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Jarrod Smith (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)
Midfielders: Andy Barron (Petone/Team Wellington), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Tim Brown (Vice-captain / Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (Wellington Phoenix), Simon Elliot (San Jose Earthquakes), Chris James (Tampere United), Duncan Oughton (Columbus Crew)
Defenders: Andrew Boyens (New York Red Bull), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), David Mulligan (Wellington Phoenix)
Ryan Nelsen (Captain / Blackburn Rovers), Steven Old (Kilmarnock), Aaron Scott (Melville United/Waitakere United), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix)
Goalkeepers: James Banntyne (Petone/Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix – 19/0)

South Africa

South Africa's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: Bernard Parker (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Fanteni (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Katlego Mashego (Orlando Pirates)
Midfielders: Lance Davids (SuperSport United), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Golden Arrows), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Steven Pienaar (Everton, England), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Benson Mhlongo (Orlando Pirates), Elrio van Heerden (Blackburn Rovers, England), Innocent Mdledle (Orlando Pirates)
Defenders: Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth, England), Bryce Moon (Panithinikos, Greece), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United)
Goalkeepers: Brian Baloyi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Rowen Fernandez (Armenia Bielefeld, Germany)

Spain

Spain's Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers: David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Fernando Llorente (Athletic de Bilbao).
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Valencia), Albert Riera (Liverpool).
Defenders: Raul Albiol (Valencia), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Diego Lopez (Villarreal).

USA

USA Confederations Cup squad:

Strikers:: Jozy Altidore (Xerez), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (Midtjylland ), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)

The team was flown from the USA to South Africa by SAA (South African Airways), where the team enjoyed flat-bed luxury in SAA's Premium Business Class.

Kulula's Confederations Cup planesKulula gets into the football spirit

Kulula, a low cost airline in South Africa, got into the spirit of the Confederations Cup by painting the nosecones of their planes to resemble soccer balls.

Resources

Wikipedia on the Confederations Cup 2009.

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