1999 FIFA Confederations Cup

1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
Copa Confederaciones México '99
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Mexico
Dates 24 July – 4 August
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Mexico (1st title)
Runners-up  Brazil
Third place  United States
Fourth place  Saudi Arabia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 55 (3.44 per match)
Attendance 970,000 (60,625 per match)
Top scorer(s) Marzouq Al-Otaibi
Cuauhtémoc Blanco
(6 goals each)
Best player Ronaldinho
Fair play award  Brazil
 New Zealand

The 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup was the fourth FIFA Confederations Cup, and the second organised by FIFA. The tournament was hosted by Mexico between 24 July and 4 August 1999.

It was won by Mexico, who beat Brazil 4–3 in the final. Mexico became the first host nation to win the FIFA Confederations Cup. The competition was to originally be held in three stadiums, in three cities in the country. However, since the stadiums in Monterrey were sponsored by a competing beer company other than the official advertiser, the city was left out of the tournament altogether.

The tournament was organized in two groups of four teams, in which two teams from both groups advanced to the semi-finals.

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
 Mexico CONCACAF Hosts and 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners n/a 3rd
 Brazil CONMEBOL 1998 FIFA World Cup runners-up1 12 July 1998 2nd
 Germany UEFA UEFA Euro 1996 winners 30 June 1996 1st
 Saudi Arabia AFC 1996 AFC Asian Cup winners 21 December 1996 4th
 Bolivia CONMEBOL 1997 Copa América runners-up2 23 October 1998 1st
 Egypt CAF 1998 African Cup of Nations winners 28 February 1998 1st
 United States CONCACAF 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up3 15 February 1998 2nd
 New Zealand OFC 1998 OFC Nations Cup winners 4 October 1998 1st

1France, the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, declined to take part.[1]

2Bolivia was awarded a spot in the competition because Brazil had won the 1997 Copa América and qualified through the World Cup berth.

3United States was awarded a spot in the competition because the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico qualified as hosts.


The matches were played in:

Mexico City Guadalajara
Estadio Azteca Estadio Jalisco
Capacity: 115,000 Capacity: 66,700

Match referees


Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 321083+57
 Saudi Arabia 31116604
 Bolivia 302123−12
 Egypt 302159−42
Bolivia  2–2  Egypt
Gutiérrez  21'
Ribera  40'
Report Sabry  8'
Radwan  63'
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Mexico  5–1  Saudi Arabia
Blanco  12', 19', 68', 77'
Abundis  21'
Report Al-Temyat  62' (pen.)
Attendance: 85,000

Saudi Arabia  0–0  Bolivia
Attendance: 65,000

Mexico  2–2  Egypt
Pardo  15'
Abundis  26'
Report A. Hassan  79'
S. Ibrahim  85'

Egypt  1–5  Saudi Arabia
S. Ibrahim  70' (pen.) Report Al-Otaibi  8', 34', 78', 85'
Al-Shahrani  64'
Attendance: 15,000

Mexico  1–0  Bolivia
Palencia  52' Report
Attendance: 55,000

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 330070+79
 United States 320142+26
 Germany 310226−43
 New Zealand 300316−50
Brazil  4–0  Germany
Zé Roberto  62'
Ronaldinho  72'
Alex  86', 87'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Gilberto Alcalá (Mexico)

New Zealand  1–2  United States
Zoricich  90+3' Report McBride  25'
Kirovski  58'
Attendance: 60,000

Germany  2–0  New Zealand
Preetz  6'
Matthäus  33'
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Brazil  1–0  United States
Ronaldinho  13' Report
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

United States  2–0  Germany
Olsen  23'
Moore  50'
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Gilberto Alcalá (Mexico)

New Zealand  0–2  Brazil
Report Marcos Paulo  45+2'
Ronaldinho  88'

Knockout stage

1 August - Mexico City
 Mexico (a.e.t.)1
4 August - Mexico City
 United States0
1 August - Guadalajara
 Saudi Arabia2
Third place
3 August - Guadalajara
 United States2
 Saudi Arabia0


Mexico  1–0
 United States
Blanco  97' Report

Brazil  8–2  Saudi Arabia
João Carlos  8'
Ronaldinho  11', 65', 90+2'
Zé Roberto  33'
Alex  36', 86'
Rôni  62'
Report Al-Otaibi  22', 31'
Attendance: 48,000

Third place play-off

United States  2–0  Saudi Arabia
Bravo  27'
McBride  78'
Attendance: 38,000


Mexico  4–3  Brazil
Zepeda  13', 51'
Abundis  28'
Blanco  62'
Report Serginho  43' (pen.)
Rôni  47'
Zé Roberto  63'
Attendance: 110,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)


Golden Ball Winner Golden Shoe Winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
Ronaldinho Ronaldinho  Brazil

Silver Ball Winner Silver Shoe Winner
Cuauhtémoc Blanco Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Bronze Ball Winner Bronze Shoe Winner
Marzouq Al-Otaibi Marzouq Al-Otaibi

Source: FIFA[2]


Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Marzouq Al-Otaibi and Ronaldinho are the top scorers in the tournament with six goals each. Ronaldinho won the Golden Shoe award by having more assists than Blanco and Al-Otaibi. In total, 55 goals were scored by 29 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


  1. "FIFA CONSIDERING CONFEDERATIONS' CUP RESCHEDULING". Sport Business. 28 September 2001. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012.
  2. "FIFA Confederations Cup Mexico 1999 | Awards". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 20 October 2017.
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