By defeating Kashima Antlers in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016, Real Madrid have earned the honour of being able to wear the official FIFA World Champions Badge on their competition jerseys for the duration of 2017.
Real Madrid were presented with their badges during the official awards ceremony after the match against Kashima Antlers in front of a sold-out crowd on a chilly Sunday evening in Yokohama. Real Madrid claim the badge from Spanish giants Barcelona who were presented with their third FIFA World Champions Badge after winning the 2015 edition of the tournament, also held in Japan.
Real Madrid’s victory marks the fifth time that a Spanish team has claimed the FIFA World Champions Badge. It is only the second time that Madrid will wear the coveted gold badge. Madrid won their first badge in 2014, before handing it over to Barcelona in 2015. They now reclaim it from their rivals and will wear it proudly over the next year in football.
The FIFA World Champions Badge
The FIFA World Champions Badge is awarded to each winning team at a major FIFA event. The design of the badge includes the respective tournament trophy along with the tournament edition. The first team to ever receive the FIFA World Champions Badge was the Italy men’s national team for their victory at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. More recently, the USA women’s national team claimed their badge after winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ in Canada. Earlier this year, Argentina’s national Futsal team - having been present at every Futsal World Cup to date - finally earned their first ever champions badge after winning the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016.