57th Club World Cup final. Europe lead the historical stakes with 30 titles to South America’s 26. Saturday’s game will be the 14th final since the Club World Cup was inaugurated, with the previous 43 being played in the one-game Intercontinental Cup format. European sides have won nine of the last 10 finals.
Real’s 11 consecutive international titles. Madrid have not lost an international final since being beaten by Boca Juniors in the 2000 Intercontinental Cup. Since then they have won four Champions Leagues, four European Super Cups, the Intercontinental Cup once and the Club World Cup twice.
Consecutive titles. Boca were the last side to play two consecutive finals (2000 and 2001) while São Paulo were the last team to win the tournament twice in a row, in 1992 and 1993. Madrid are the first side to reach the Club World Cup final in consecutive years in its current format.
Real Madrid lead the way in international titles
Most international wins. Madrid could win their 26th international title in Abu Dhabi, after lifting the European Cup / Champions League 12 times in addition to two Uefa Cups, four European Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups, two Club World Cups and two Copas Latinas. Madrid are the most successful club globally, with 25 titles, three more than second-placed Barcelona.
Grêmio. This will be the Brazilian side’s first Club World Cup final after two appearances in the Intercontinental Cup in 1983 (a 2-1 victory over Hamburg) and 1995 (when they lost on penalties to Ajax). Grêmio will match Santos and São Paulo on Saturday as the Brazilian side with the most Intercontinental / Club World Cup finals with three appearances.
Extra time. Every game Grêmio have played in the Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup has gone to extra time.
Precedents. Grêmio and Madrid have met only once before, in a friendly on May 24, 1961 in Strasbourg, which Real won 4-1 with goals from Cardoso (24’), Puskas (36’ and 43’) and Mateos (85’) ruling out Del Sol’s first-minute opener.
Neymar's Santos the only Brazilian side to lose CWC final
Brazilian sides in the Club World Cup. Brazilian clubs have triumphed in four Club World Cup finals starting with Corinthians, who eliminated Real Madrid in the group stage, in 2000 before beating Vasco da Gama in the final. São Paulo beat Liverpool in 2005, Internacional defeated Barcelona in 2006 and Corinthians again lifted the title in 2012 at the expense of Chelsea. Only Santos, with Neymar in the team, have failed to win the Club World Cup, when they were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona in 2011.
Goal scorers. Nine players have scored in two or more Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup finals. On Saturday Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo can join the list.