Real Madrid and Liverpool are held back by the fact that they have never won the Cup Winners Cup, which, although now discontinued, was most certainly revered as a major honour in its day. With the win Chelsea continues the dominance of European teams in the Club World Cup and becomes the fifth club in history to win every trophy there is to win in European club football. won their first Club World Cup against Brazils Palmeiras 2-1 this past Saturday at the 2022 Final. Chelsea fans like to sing "We've won it all" and now the terrace chant is 100 per cent true. Raphael Veiga would score and equalize the game 1-1, dragging the game into extra time. . The latest was Corinthians, a Brazilian team that won nine years ago in 2012 against the same team playing in the 2022 final, Chelsea, attempting to win the only trophy they have not managed to win. It is uncertain when this iteration of the tournament, taking place in China, will occur as it was postponed to either 2022 or 2023 due to COVID-19. But they are not among this select group of clubs to have won everything as they never lifted the Cup Winners Cup. The Club World Cup was the only piece of silverware Chelsea had not previously won. Going into the match, Chelsea was undeniably a fan-favorite, but the Palmeiras couldnt be counted off. Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access, Enjoy your first month for just 1 / $1 / 1, *Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription. Naturally, the definition of a major title is ultimately a subjective one, but casting the widest possible net within reason ultimately ensures that the entry requirements are as satisfactorily stringent as possible. All Rights Reserved. Richard Martin is an experienced football writer, editor and social media producer. The 2022 final was Chelseas second attempt to win every trophy possible in European soccer. published 12 February 22. The 2022 tournament marks the end of an era as future FIFA Club World Cup contests will be played under a new and expanded format featuring 24 teams instead of the seven champions from the six soccer confederation and the host country league champion. Nominated for AIPS Awards, Football Content Awards and Lincolnshire 30 Under 30. Visit our corporate site (opens in new tab). The world's ninth-fastest journalist. The game was fast paced from the start on both sides, but staunching defenses from the two teams led to only two shots on target for the first half, one for each team. The win also demonstrates the level of Premier League teams, arguably taking over Spains La Liga dominance in international tournaments as English teams have excelled in international tournaments in recent years. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Before the whistle to start the final, the scenes suggest a turning point in the tournaments history. The 2-1 win over the Copa Libertadores champions in Abu Dhabi eased the pain of Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Corinthians in the competition a decade ago. Real Madrid have won the Champions League/European Cup a record 13 times and the LaLiga title an unbeatable 34 times. NY 10036. Get the best features, fun and footballing frolics straight to your inbox every week. And they have no chance of joining the club either as the competition was discontinued in 1999, with Lazio the last team to win it. Before returning to London, he spent 10 years in Spain as a football correspondent and has attended over 600 games across 16 countries, his favourite being Argentina. After all, not only were the west London club out to right the wrongs of their final defeat in 2012, but they were also looking to make history by winning the one major title that had eluded them. The Blues have now won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Community Shield if you include that too. There was a problem. Heres why you can trust us. Please refresh the page and try again. The same is true for Barcelona, although the Catalans could join the select group of clubs this season as they dropped into the Europa League after failing to get out of their Champions League group for the first time since 2001. In fact, according to Miguel Delaney, victory for Chelsea meant that they became only the fifth European club in the history of the mens game to have won every major honour that has been available to them. But most importantly, they have won nine separate competitions, completing a clean sweep of every piece of silverware there is to win. South America will have the second highest number of participating teams with six. It really is the cherry on the cake for Kante in what has already been a thoroughly-decorated career with only the League Cup, which he can win in just a few weeks time, noticeably missing from his roster. FourFourTwo is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. The first goal came at the 54th minute after a fierce header from Romelu Lukaku that sent the ball to the back of the net. They join other historic teams such as Ajax, Juventus, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. The only other clubs to feature in this remarkable ensemble of footballing institutions are Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Ajax. While the Club World Cup certainly doesnt carry the gravity and reverence of most other major club competitions, you could nevertheless sense the sheer joy from Chelsea at finally getting their hands on it. Kai Havertz's extra-time penalty sealed victory over Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final, delivering Chelsea the one trophy they had previously failed to win. However, thats not to say that victory in Abu Dhabi was an easy task as the game went all the way to extra time with Romelu Lukaku and Raphael Veiga having exchanged goals in the regulation 90 minutes. By On the other hand, it seems to favor European teams with the highest number of qualified teams, eight. Nevertheless, whichever way you look at it and however you classify a major honour, the moral of the story is that Chelsea and Kantes victory in Abu Dhabi was most certainly a historic one. The Palmeiras was not just the Copa Libertadores de Amrica champions, but back-to-back champions, an impressive feat in arguably the hardest tournament of the world where many of the greatest players such as Pele and Neymar got their start. The goal would come in the form of a penalty after a foul from Brazilian defender Luan Garcia, with Kai Havertz sealing Palmerias fate by sending it to the back at the net, securing the game 21 for Chelsea. For almost the past 10 years, the Champ of Champions was a European club. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. In the mag: Season Preview special! North America will only have three teams participating. They were also fresh off a good performance in the semifinal, compared to Chelsea struggling against Asian representative Al Hilal SFC, hinting at a possible upset. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. AC Milan are the second most successful team in European Cup history with seven triumphs but they too are not on the list as they have never won the UEFA Cup/Europa League. The FIFA Club World Cup is an annual tournament consisting of seven teams, the champions of their confederation and the league champion of the host country that play to be crowned the World Cup champion. Richard Martin But Palmerias had their chance to level the scoreboard in the form of a penalty due to an accidental hand from Thiago Silva in the 64th minute. The English Premier League club Chelsea F.C. Future US, Inc. Full 7th Floor, 130 West 42nd Street, Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. On one hand, the tournament to decide the greatest club in the world will feature more top teams from around the world, not just the champions of each confederation. But even if you want to be cynical about what may or may not qualify as a major honour, we can surely be in agreement about NGolo Kantes achievement of having joined an exclusive club of players. And hes the only player to do so without ever having played for Barcelona with Gerard Pique, Pedro and Thierry Henry rounding off one of the most exclusive batch of players in the beautiful game. FourFourTwo is supported by its audience. The Blues exorcised the demons of their infamous 2012 defeat to Corinthians by ensuring that they didnt let a second chance to become mens club world champions pass them by. But alas, Chelsea didnt need a penalty shootout to secure silverware as they did in the UEFA Super Cup with Kai Havertz holding his nerve to score a deciding spot-kick after 117 minutes. Your email address will not be published. By doing so, they would become only the fifth team, joining an elite class of soccer teams. New York, The Dropout chronicles the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, Microsoft says goodbye to Internet Explorer, pushes out Microsoft Edge, Netflix lays off employees as company deals with significant losses, Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *. The Blues have now lifted a total of 31 trophies. 140 teams rated and slated in England and Scotland PLUS Joelinton, Champ Man, Nottingham Forest and more, Christian Eriksen signs three-year deal with special club Manchester United, Russia loses appeal against FIFA and UEFA decision to ban teams from competition, Danny Schofield determined to enjoy unexpected chance as Huddersfield boss, Fans return and new broadcast deals driving high levels of summer spending, Subscribe to the Worlds #1 football magazine, Try a single issue or save on a subscription, Issues delivered straight to your door or device. After all, according to Squawka, Kante is only the fourth player to have won the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and World Cup during their careers. 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Meanwhile, AC Milan and Barcelona dont quite make the cut having never won the Europa League or UEFA Cup under its previous guise despite having hoovered up all the other necessary honours. This should bring more attention to a tournament not considered that important to soccer clubs. There were 30 more minutes to play in an already dramatic final that many presumed the European team would win easily. You will receive a verification email shortly. It ultimately came for Chelsea in the 117th minute of extra time. Author of such literary classics as 'Ranking every Premier League manager by how good they'd be on a night out'. Once you have subscribed we will use the email you provided to send you the newsletter.
The new format has been met with both criticism and support. Chelsea are the fifth team to have won every trophy available. . Chelsea held their nerve to secure FIFA Club World Cup glory against Palmeiras on Saturday. He has also worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Times and AS.