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FC Porto became two times World club champion 13 years ago

On December 12, 2004, the Dragons beat Once Caldas in penalty shootout

There is only one club in Portugal that can be proud of having the Intercontinental Cup in its museum: FC Porto. And the Dragons can be happy two times for it, as they won the trophy in twice, first in 1987 and then in 2004. This Tuesday, December 12, signals the 13th anniversary since FC two times world club champion.

And yes, FC Porto is a two times world club champion, as, in October this year, FIFA officially recognized all the winners of the Intercontinental Cup as world club champions. On December 12, 2004, as European title-holders, FC Porto faced the Colombian team Once Caldas at the Yokohama International Stadium in Japan.

After a nerve wreaking 0-0 in the full 90 minutes and extra time, despite the many opportunities the Dragons had to score, the winner was decided in penalty shootout. Obviously, people look at penalties as a lottery, but it also requires competence: FC Porto was the happy winner, with an 8-7 sealed by Pedro Emanuel, shortly after that gaze that no fan will ever forget.

This was the FC Porto team: Vítor Baía (Nuno Espírito Santo, 102m); Seitaridis, Jorge Costa, Pedro Emanuel, and Ricardo Costa; Costinha, Maniche, and Diego; Derlei (Carlos Alberto, 70m), McCarthy, and Luís Fabiano (Quaresma, 78m).

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