Friday 14 December 2012
Chelsea will be looking to become the second Barclays Premier League club to be Club World Cup winners when they take on Brazilian side Corinthians on Sunday in Yokohama.
Since the Premier League started in 1992 only Manchester United have been crowned world champions, achieving the feat twice.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side first beat Palmeiras, of Brazil, 1-0 in Tokyo in December 1999 thanks to a first-half goal from Roy Keane, when the prize at stake was the Intercontinental Cup, also known as the Toyota Cup.
In 2008, in the Club World Cup, as it had become, United overcame Ecuadorean side LDU Quito 1-0 thanks to a 73rd-minute goal from Wayne Rooney in Yokohama. This triumph made up for their disappointing performance eight years earlier when they exited an expanded Club World Championship in Brazil at the group stage.
Liverpool are the only other Premier League club to have reached the final, in 2005, when Rafael Benitez’s side lost 1-0 to Sao Paulo in Yokohama.
Group stage: Manchester United 1 (Yorke) Necaxa 1
Group stage: Manchester United 1 (Butt) Vasco Da Gama 3
Group stage: Manchester United 2 (Fortune 2) South Melbourne 0
Semi-final: Liverpool 3 (Crouch 2, Gerrard) Saprissa 0
Final: Liverpool 0 Sao Paulo 1
Semi-final: Manchester United 5 (Rooney 2, Fletcher, Vidic, Ronaldo) Gamba Osaka 3
Final: Manchester United 1 (Rooney) LDU Quito 0
1968 Estudiantes 1-0 Manchester United; Manchester United 1-1 Estudiantes (Estudiantes win 2-1 on aggregate)
1980 Nacional 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Tokyo)
1981 Flamengo 3-1 Liverpool (Tokyo)
1982 Penarol 2-0 Aston Villa
1984 Independiente 1-0 Liverpool
1999 Manchester United 1-0 Palmeiras