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Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Xavi’s Al Sadd win Qatar’s Emir Cup

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Doha (AFP) – A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.

The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed.

Midfield Masterclass: 10 Heavenly Minutes Of Xavi Moving The Ball Around Effortlessly For Al-Sadd (Video)

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While he may not be competing at Barcelona-esque levels these days, Xavi has proved that he's not simply fobbing it off as he tops up his pension pot out in Qatar.

Now aged 36 and almost two years removed from his spiritual home at the Camp Nou, the diminutive maestrolooksas nimble and fluid as ever, as this wonderful highlight reel of his 2015/16 season with Al-Sadd duly attests.

La Liga 2012-13: Villa, Valencia, Vallecano….opening day talking points

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Well, it's back and like a toddler with a bowl of cereal, things got a little bit Messi. At least for Real Sociedad.

What more can be said about Lionel?

World Club Rankings - Top 25 Clubs in the World - 2011

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Welcome to the fifty-second annual WCR Top 25 rankings. For years, we have been describing how this list is compiled. In brief, the rankings are based on (a) the domestic results for each club's most recent completed season (either 2011 or 2010-11) and (b) performances in the continental championship tournaments through the use of bonus points.

Villa-Villa-Villa, Villa Maravilla! Road to recovery begins for Spain’s kid

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David Villa is not the most controversial of footballers. If you're the type of fan that likes his players a little rough around the edges, or the type for whom players only register when they do something out of the ordinary the Barcelona striker may rarely even register.

Barca Win 2011 Club World Cup

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Barca duly wrapped up the 2011 Club World Cup in Yokohama on Sunday with a one-sided 4-0 win over South American champions Santos in front of a full house of 68,166 fans.

The team from Sao Paulo in Brazil had looked likely to provide stiffer opposition than they eventually offered after their impressive 3-1 win over J-League champions Kashiwa Reysol in the semi-final on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium.

FIFA: Barça outclass Santos to win world title; Al Sadd come third

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It may not have been the most difficult challenge that FC Barcelona would have to face in their quest to become FIFA Club World Cup winners. That, however, did not dampen the celebrations as the Spanish and European champions strolled their way past a poor Santos FC team courtesy of a 4-0 victory.

A – Partial – Defence Of The Club World Cup

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On Sunday morning if you happen to be in Western Europe the champions of world club football will be crowned, as the final of the 2011 Club World Cup is played at the International Stadium in Yokohama between Barcelona, the current champions of Europe, and Santos of Brazil, the current champions of South America.

Villa Breaks Leg in Barca Rout

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Barcelona will be without striker David Villa for at least 6 moinths after the striker broke his leg in Barcelona's 4-0 rout over Al-Sadd in the World Club Cup semi-finals today. There was no dirt in the tackle which seen Villa unleash a shot under pressure from a defender before both took a tumble and Villa immediately signalled to the bench he was injured, eventually being stretchered off with his side leading 1-0 thanks to a major blooper from the opposing keeper let in adriano for his first of two goals.

Barcelona 4-0 Al Sadd: Club World Cup Video Highlights

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Barcelona eased pass Qatari side Al Sadd and into the World Club Cup final but the 4-0 win was marred by a serious injury to striker David Villa. Pep Guardiola's men booked their place in Sunday's Club World Cup final against Brazilian outfit Santos thanks to an easy 4-0 win over Al Sadd. Goals by [.

Video: FC Barcelona 4 – Al-Sadd 0 (FIFA World Club Cup 2011 Highlights)

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European champions FC Barcelona will meet Copa Libertadoes winners Santos FC in Sunday's final of the FIFA World Club Cup after powering past Qatar's Al-Sadd 4-0 on Thursday in the semi final round of the competition. Adriano put Barca up 2-0 by halftime while Seydou Keita and Maxwell completed the rout in the 64th and [.

Blow for Barca as Villa breaks leg

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It is a tournament that receives much criticism given its awkward timing and relative unimportance, but I guess the World Club Championship has lost a whole heap more supporters following Barcelona's game with Al-Sadd.

Not that is was anything to do with Barca's Qatari opponents, who worked diligently to try and contain the European Champions.

Barcelona Sets Up Dream Final Against Santos

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Barcelona have set up a dream FIFA Club World Cup final against Santos by defeating Al-Sadd 4-0 today. The Barca victory though was dampered by the broken leg to striker David Villa, that will keep the Barca striker out of action for around six months.

The Villa's injury aside, this was more like a training exercise for Barcelona as Al-Sadd is not in the same class.

David Villa Breaks Leg At FIFA Club World Cup

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David Villa fractured his left tibia shortly before half-time in the Fifa Club World Cup semi-final against Al Sadd in Yokohama, Japan today.

Villa, who had been linked with a move to away from the Nou Camp in January, was carried off on a stretcher after appearing to land awkwardly 39 minutes into a game Barcelona were winning 1-0.

David Villa breaks tibia in Club World Cup and could be lost for 4-6 months

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Villa removed from pitch following leg injury (Photo: AP Photo)

Horrible news out of Japan this morning where FC Barcelona defeated Al-Sadd 0-4 in the Club World Cup semi-final and will move on to play Santos in the final.

In the 36th minute of the first half David Villa was injured running down a through ball and when he tried to control the pass twisted is left leg and fell to the ground.

Club World Cup 2011: Barca overcomes Al Sadd, 4-0

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Barcelona eases past Saudi Arabian club Al Sadd as Adriano scores a brace in the first half taking advantage of some shoddy defending. Seydou Keita and Maxwell rounded off the tally in the second half.

Barca's entry into the finals was not without a price as David Villa broke his leg and could face up to six months off the field making him a serious doubt for the Euro campaign.

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Air-conditioned Qatar World Cup stadium ready

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Doha (AFP) – With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.

The Khalifa International Stadium - complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup - will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

Air-conditioned Qatar World Cup stadium ready

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Doha (AFP) – With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.

The Khalifa International Stadium - complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup - will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

Motors prepare to take on Al Ain in AFC Champions League final

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Seoul (AFP) A painful defeat on penalties is driving Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as they prepare to take on Al Ain in the AFC Champions League final, their coach said.

The K-League outfit beat domestic rivals FC Seoul 5-3 on aggregate late Wednesday to go into next month's two-legged title match against the Emirati giants.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid vs Al-Sadd 5-0 Friendly Highlights 2013 Santiago Bernabeu Trophy Raul Isco Benzema Jese Goals Video

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Raul scoring for Real Madrid in the Trofeo Bernabeu is pure joy

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It's been three years since Raul left Real Madrid as the club's all-time leader in appearances and goals scored. Since then he's played two seasons for Schalke (who retired his No. 7 when he left) and joined Qatari club Al Sadd, where he's still playing at 36 years old. To honor Raul, Real Madrid invited Al Sadd to play in the annual Trofeo Bernabeu match with the striker playing a half for each side.

Real Madrid’s official online shop prematurely names Gareth Bale on squad list

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At this point, it's almost a foregone conclusion that Tottenham will sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a record-breaking amount of money. But with Real honoring club legend Raul with Thursday's Trofeo Bernabeu match against Al Sadd, the climax of the Bale circus was briefly put on hold so the spotlight could be placed on Raul.

Spurs star Gareth Bale is too expensive, says Real Madrid legend Raul

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Legendary Real Madrid striker Raul has indicated that he believes his former club is being asked to pay over the odds for Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer, but Raul has expressed his concern about the transfer fees being quotes. He told the official website [.

RAUL GONZALEZ | KEEPS WINNING TITLES ( AL SADD )

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10 Mooted Transfers We Demand To See This Summer

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By Chris Wright

Excuse us while Pies go all 'Veruca Salt' for a while, but here are ten of the rumoured transfers that have been doing the rounds for the last few weeks that we demand to see materialise during the coming summer...

1. Alessandro Del Piero Juventus to Arsenal/Tottenham: Done and dusted at Juventus after 19 years of unwavering idolisation, Del Piero has probably already received his fair share of tempting offers to go and wind-down to retirement in an affluent footballing backwater somewhere in exchange for £500,000 a week though the man himself has openly flirted with the idea of one last hurrah in Europe.

Monday Kickoff: Raul signs in Qatar, Balotelli makes Italy cut and more

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Feel free to cross Raul off the last of potential summer MLS arrivals.

The Spanish striker signed a one-year deal with Al Sadd in Qatar, signalling the next move in his legendary career. Raul, who turns 35 next month, played two seasons with German club Schalke, with his final match with the team coming at PPL Park in a friendly against the Philadelphia Union last week.

WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World - Felicitaciones a La "U" Edición

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This is our final "weekly" ranking of the year here on World Club Rankings. In place of next week's edition, we will be presenting the Annual Top 25 Clubs in the World for 2011. Make sure to vote on the left for which club you think should be selected as the Number One Club of 2011.

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UEFA’s Best Player in Europe nominees

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Mario Balotelli, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo are in the running to win UEFA's Best Player in Europe award.

A 32-man long-list has been drawn up by selected journalists across each UEFA member country and Italy's three Euro 2012 stars were included.

Buffon and Pirlo were two of Serie A's three representatives after their fine form for Juventus over the last 12 months.

The UEFA Player Of The Year Shortlist

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One of these things is not like the others see if you can spot it.

Agüero (Man City), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Balotelli (Man City), Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Buffon (Juventus), Casillas (Real Madrid), Cech (Chelsea), Coentrão (Real Madrid), Davies (Bangor), Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Fábregas (Barcelona), Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Hart (Man City), Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Iniesta (Barcelona), Kagawa (Man Utd), Kompany (Man City), Lampard (Chelsea), Messi (Barcelona), Modric (Tottenham), Ozil (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real), Pirlo (Juventus), Ramos (Real Madrid), Raúl (al-Sadd Sports Club), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Rooney (Man Utd), Silva (Man City), Torres (Chelsea), Y Touré (Man City), Van Persie (Arsenal), Xavi (Barcelona).

Bangor City’s Les Davies battles Messi and Ronaldo to become the best player in Europe

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Bangor City winger Les Davies is on a 32-strong list of players vying to be named as Uefa's best player in Europe. The 27-year-old is one of the most unlikely names on the list. He goes head-to-head with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. His unexpected inclusion is believed to be a quirk [.

Club World Cup

Ailments, Strains & Sexy Stitches: Injured Player Prescriptions

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There's a bevy of beautiful 'ballers across multiple domestic leagues who desperately need medical assistance.

We've already written our recommended rehab prescriptions, and now all we ask is for some expert(s) in the field who can responsibly oversee their care and return them to fighting fit form.

Magical Messi Leads Barcelona to Club World Cup Championship

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FC Barcelona World Champions (Photo: Getty Images)

Another scintillating performance by Leo Messi saw Barcelona dismantle Brazil's Santos 4-0 to claim the FIFA Club World Cup Championship.

Barca enter the record books as the only club to ever win the tournament twice, giving Pep Guardiola his 13th trophy since taking over at the helm in 2008.

Match Review: David Villa Breaks Leg in Club World Cup Victory

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Villa lost for season during Club World Cup victory of Al-Saad (Photo: AP Photo)

When is a victory considered a loss?

Barcelona's 4-0 demolition of Qatar's Al-Sadd Sports Club advanced Barcelona to the Club World Cup Championship against Santos, but the victory came at one hell of a price.

Midweek Results, Pt II: Troubles & Transparency Issues

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Two nearly naked footballers in one day? Our beakers runneth over! Thanks Stefan Nikolic of Steaua Bucharest. Image: REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel.

We realise we made a huge deal about not covering the Europa League last season. But obviously, recent events from in the Champions League have forced our hand and we thought we should show willing before the big boys come.

Barcelona Advance To World Cub Final

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Barcelona have set up a dream FIFA Club World Cup final against Santos by defeating Al-Sadd 4-0 today. The Barca victory though was dampered by the broken leg to striker David Villa, that will keep the Barca striker out of action for around six months.

The Villa's injury aside, this was more like a training exercise for Barcelona as Al-Sadd is not in the same class.

Thursday Kickoff: Villa injured as Barca wins, Universidad takes title and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A day after Pep Guardiola said he had no plans of selling him, David Villa was lost to injury.

Villa will be sidelined for approximately the next six months after fracturing his tibia in Barcelona's 4-0 Club World Cup win over Al Sadd on Thursday.

The Rest

Singapore - Retirement Home For Aging Pros

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I caught up with the Andy Penders show yesterday on Red Card Connect and what a show it was. With an all star cast featuring Dez Corkhill, Sasikumar and contributions from Shahril Jantan and John Wilkinson the topic was nothing less than Is It Time To End The SLeague?

Among some of the points raised on the show, including LionsXII joining the A League (!

80mila persone per il “Gracias Raùl”. Il campione omaggiato alla Veltins Arena per l’addio allo Schalke

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Il bomber spagnolo classe 1977, Raul Gonzales Blanco, campionissimo madrileno e primo uomo-simbolo del Real (oltre 200 reti in gare ufficiali con i blancos, 44 in 102 presenze con le Furie Rosse), ha dato l'addio al club tedesco dello Schalke, dove ne era diventato idolo in pochissimi mesi, davanti ad uno stadio gremito (laVeltins Arena, [.

Have we seen the last of Arshavin at Arsenal?

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Adios Arshavin? By AH Andrei Arshavin now has two known offers from clubs that are willing to sign him permanently. Qatari side Al-Sadd and Zenit St Petersburg are both attempting to secure the signature of Arshavin. Al-Saad is seeking a second big-name signing following the capture of Spanish legend Raul, and the ambitious club are [.