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Buffon to retire unless Juve win Champions League

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, unless Juventus win the Champions League.

The 39-year-old plans to bring the curtain down on his career after the 2018 World Cup, but if Juventus triumph in Europe he could continue on to try to add the Club World Cup to his collection.

Buffon to retire unless Juve win Champions League

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, unless Juventus win the Champions League.

The 39-year-old plans to bring the curtain down on his career after the 2018 World Cup, but if Juventus triumph in Europe he could continue on to try to add the Club World Cup to his collection.

Season comes full circle as Barca, Sevilla seek doubles

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Madrid (AFP) Newly-crowned Spanish champions Barcelona face Sevilla, fresh from winning their third consecutive Europa League, as both seek more glory in the Spanish Cup final on Sunday.

Another successful campaign for both sides will end as it began after Barca edged Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time in a thrilling season-opening European Super Cup final.

Season comes full circle as Barca, Sevilla seek doubles

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Madrid (AFP) Newly-crowned Spanish champions Barcelona face Sevilla, fresh from winning their third consecutive Europa League, as both seek more glory in the Spanish Cup final on Sunday.

Another successful campaign for both sides will end as it began after Barca edged Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time in a thrilling season-opening European Super Cup final.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid dominance proves Zidane is the man

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After retiring from an illustrious playing career, one which is still overshadowed by his ‘head over heart’ moment in the World Cup, Zinedine Zidane completed his coaching badges in France and went to visit coaches such as Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola. These visits reinforced his desire to step into the coaching side of things.

Ronaldo Sets Another Record In Club World Cup Win

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Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick led Real Madrid to the FIFA Club World Cup title on Sunday, closing out a truly incredible season for the Portuguese. With the trophy, he became the first player to ever win the Champions League, European Championship, Club World Cup and Ballon d'Or in a calendar year.

Club World Cup 2016 Semi Finals

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A rare occurrence for me - two days off! As I hadn't been to Osaka before I thought I would stay locally. The weather wasn't great, cloudy about 8 degrees with a cold wind. So I set off by foot for Osaka Castle.



As I wandered through the streets I noted the shape of the vehicles on the roads, they are increasingly becoming box like.

POTD : Ronaldo Reveals Statue In Madeira As Real Madrid Cap Year Off With Fourth Trophy

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Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled a new statue of himself in his hometown of Funchal, Madeira, yesterday, which of course goes to tell us that Narcissism is not dead. Just kidding... Parabens, Cristiano!

Meanwhile, Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup in Morocco and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.

Iker Casillas Makes History After Club World Cup Triumph

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When Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday to become Club World Cup champions, skipper Iker Casillas made history as he became the first captain to win eight major trophies, the Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Champions League, World Cup and the European Championships.

Cristiano Ronaldo Awarded With His Homeland’s Highest Honor And A Statue

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Less than twenty-four after his side won its fourth trophy of 2014, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his place of birth in the region ofMadeira an archipelago which is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal to be presented with the "Cordão Autonomy" and a statue in his likeness by the Legislative Assembly.

Cristiano Ronaldo Awarded With His Homeland’s Highest Honor And A Statue

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Less than twenty-four after his side won its fourth trophy of 2014, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his place of birth in the region ofMadeira an archipelago which is one of two autonomous regions of Portugal to be presented with the "Cordão Autonomy" and a statue in his likeness by the Legislative Assembly.

Snapshot: Real Madrid Add Club World Cup To 2014 Trophy Collection..

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By Alan Duffy

Champions of Europe Real Madrid became champions of the world on Saturday night after the Spanish giants defeatedArgentina's South American champions San Lorenzo courtesy of a 2-0 scoreline in the Club World Cup final in Morocco.

The goals came from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale as Madrid bagged their fourth trophy of 2014, coming after the La Liga title, the Copa Del Rey and the European Super Cup.

Real Madri win the Club World Cup

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Real Madri win the Club World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid won 2014′s FIFA Club World Cup tournament with a tougher-than-expected 2-0 defeat of San Lorenzo. The Argentinian team played a very rough and physical game through out with the intention of stalling the game and stopping Real's flow.

2014 Club World Cup Final: Statistical Preview

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2014 Club World Cup Final: Statistical Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2 days from now, the reigning European champions go one-on-one with the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, Real Madrid face San Lorenzo in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup final. A final between 2 teams that won their confederation's highest honor (Champions League and Copa Libertadores) might seem like a fair and even match-up, however when you look at form, squad, circumstances, and resources, you know that Ancelotti's men are the overwhelming favourites.

FC Barcelona

Barcelona Win 2015 Club World Cup

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Barcelona beat River Plate 3-0 on Sunday to win the Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan. Goals from Leo Messi and a brace from Luis Suarez were enough to see off a brave but limited River Plate side in front of 66,853 supporters at Yokohama International Stadium, the venue for the 2002 World Cup final.

Lionel Messi responds with punch after River fans spits on him at Club World Cup

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi was spat at by a River Plate fan during an ugly airport altercation following his side's 3-0 victory in the Club World Cup final in Japan, Spanish media reported on Monday. Messi, who scored the opening goal in Sunday's final, reportedly retaliated with a punch after being subjected to a series of insults from fans of the Argentine club as he was preparing to board a flight home from Tokyo's Narita airport.

Lionel Messi responds with punch after River fans spits on him at Club World Cup

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi was spat at by a River Plate fan during an ugly airport altercation following his side's 3-0 victory in the Club World Cup final in Japan, Spanish media reported on Monday. Messi, who scored the opening goal in Sunday's final, reportedly retaliated with a punch after being subjected to a series of insults from fans of the Argentine club as he was preparing to board a flight home from Tokyo's Narita airport.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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A club will be named best in the world on Sunday, as Barcelona kicks off against River Plate in the Club World Cup final.

The reigning UEFA Champions League winner is the heavy favorite, especially since Leo Messi and Neymar both took part in training on Saturday. However, River Plate and striker Lucas Alario will give everything they've got at the International Yokohama Stadium.

Suarez hat trick vaults Messi, Neymar-less Barcelona into Club World Cup finals

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Luis Suarez fired a hat trick as Barcelona overcame the loss of Lionel Messi to kidney problems to beat China's Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 and reach the Club World Cup final on Thursday. The Spanish giants will face Argentina's River Plate in Yokohama on Sunday when they will be chasing a record third title.

Suarez hat trick vaults Messi, Neymar-less Barcelona into Club World Cup finals

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Luis Suarez fired a hat trick as Barcelona overcame the loss of Lionel Messi to kidney problems to beat China's Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 and reach the Club World Cup final on Thursday. The Spanish giants will face Argentina's River Plate in Yokohama on Sunday when they will be chasing a record third title.

Messi: Club World Cup gives Barcelona chance to prove they’re better than ever

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Lionel Messi believes the current Barcelona side has more weapons than Pep Guardiola's 2009 world-beaters and wants to prove it by winning a record third Club World Cup.

The Spanish giants, who have captured the Champions League, Spain's La Liga, the Copa del Rey and European Super Cup this year, take on China's Guangzhou Evergrande Thursday for a place in the tournament final in Yokohama on December 20.

Messi: Club World Cup gives Barcelona chance to prove they’re better than ever

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Lionel Messi believes the current Barcelona side has more weapons than Pep Guardiola's 2009 world-beaters and wants to prove it by winning a record third Club World Cup.

The Spanish giants, who have captured the Champions League, Spain's La Liga, the Copa del Rey and European Super Cup this year, take on China's Guangzhou Evergrande Thursday for a place in the tournament final in Yokohama on December 20.

Barcelona look to underscore their dominance with a world title in Japan

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Barcelona were mobbed by Japanese fans on Monday after holding their first training session at the FIFA Club World Cup. The European champions, bidding to become the first team to win the competition three times, had a gentle run-out in Yokohama after being greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan earlier in the day.

Barcelona look to underscore their dominance with a world title in Japan

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Barcelona were mobbed by Japanese fans on Monday after holding their first training session at the FIFA Club World Cup. The European champions, bidding to become the first team to win the competition three times, had a gentle run-out in Yokohama after being greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan earlier in the day.

Barcelona greeted like rock stars in Japan at Club World Cup

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European champions Barcelona were greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan on Monday to contest the Club World Cup, looking bleary-eyed after a long flight from Spain. Around 300 screaming fans greeted the Spanish giants trying to take pictures of superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as they swept through Narita airport at around 0800 local time dressed in blue team tracksuits.

Barcelona greeted like rock stars in Japan at Club World Cup

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European champions Barcelona were greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan on Monday to contest the Club World Cup, looking bleary-eyed after a long flight from Spain. Around 300 screaming fans greeted the Spanish giants trying to take pictures of superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as they swept through Narita airport at around 0800 local time dressed in blue team tracksuits.

English Premier League

Top 5 must-see soccer matches on TV this weekend

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The top section of the Premier League makes for pretty remarkable reading at this late point of the calendar year, with surprise leaders and sluggish champions.

This weekend, the last before the calendar becomes convoluted with festive fixtures, will tell us plenty about the credentials of this season's title challengers.

Top 5 must-see soccer matches on TV this weekend

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The top section of the Premier League makes for pretty remarkable reading at this late point of the calendar year, with surprise leaders and sluggish champions.

This weekend, the last before the calendar becomes convoluted with festive fixtures, will tell us plenty about the credentials of this season's title challengers.

Sunday Ticker: Real Madrid falls to Villarreal; Arsenal tops EPL; and more

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An early finish from Roberto Soldado proved to be just enough for Villarreal to topple Real Madrid on Sunday afternoon.

Soldado's eighth-minute finish led the way for the Yellow Submarine, who held on for a 1-0 win that keeps the club in fifth on La Liga's table. Meanwhile, Real Madrid's loss sees the club remain third, five points behind Barcelona.

River Plate

Weekly opinion: River Plate’s Club World Cup semi-final win

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River Plate secured their place in the Club World Cup final about twelve hours ago, with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Osaka. It was nervy in spite of them largely having the better of play (but not the ... Continue reading →

Seattle should bid for the Club World Cup

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Every December three clubs you've heard of (this year it's Barcelona, River Plate and Club America), and four more you probably haven't, compete in the Club World Cup. It's a poorly designed competition that takes the winner of each Confederation's Champions League (or equivalent) and puts them into a mini-tournament.

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Major Link Soccer: Kennedy to Galaxy

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Also catch how Club America bowed out of the Club World Cup

MLS

If you're the LA Galaxy - presumably still a MLS Cup-caliber team with a revolving door at the goalkeeper position - what do you do to fix the problem? The Los Angeles Times reports the Galaxy's solution is trading for Dan Kennedy, the former Chivas USA all-star who missed time with FC Dallas last season with back injuries.

Club America vs Guangzhou Evergrande 1-2 Highlights 2015 Club World Cup Paulinho Peralta Goals Video

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Club America vs Guanzghou Evergrande 2015 (America-Guangzhou VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Club America vs Guangzhou Evergrande 1-2 (Peralta/Paulinho, Zheng Long) Club World Cup 2015- 13 December, 2015- 13/12/15 Luis Felipe Scolari coached Guangzhou advance to a showdown against Barcelona thanks to former Spurs medio Paulinho's late winner 5:28 duration, FB, condensed highlights America [.

Controversy with Club America’s semifinal loss overshadows doubts about their coach

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Club América is the champion of CONCACAF and just touched down in Japan to represent the region at the Club World Cup. Spirits have been higher, though. The club is coming off a controversial defeat in Liga MX's two-legged semifinal against inner-city rival Pumas.

América had hoped to force the league to reschedule the Apertura's final, with Mexican media outlets already talking about the novelty of playing the round's two legs around Christmas.

Controversy with Club America’s semifinal loss overshadows doubts about their coach

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Club América is the champion of CONCACAF and just touched down in Japan to represent the region at the Club World Cup. Spirits have been higher, though. The club is coming off a controversial defeat in Liga MX's two-legged semifinal against inner-city rival Pumas.

América had hoped to force the league to reschedule the Apertura's final, with Mexican media outlets already talking about the novelty of playing the round's two legs around Christmas.

USMNT U-20s

Vitoria introduced, Berry trialing with Cosmos, report says HCI considering relocating, more

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Notes from Vitoria's introduction to the media. Berry joins Cosmos for trial. Report says City Islanders considering relocating. MLS and national team news. More.

Curtin on Sapong, Mbolhi on his happiness in Philly, latest MLS signings, more

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Curtin on Sapong, says "playoffs" is the mantra. Mbolhi opens up. MLS news. USWNT draws in Brazil. Union Academy players scores in US U-18s loss to Germany. More.

The Rest

Club World Cup

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Off to Japan for my 5th Club World Cup and 4th visit to Japan, this time via China - must have been the cheapest flights on the dates I wanted.



So how did the teams get here. Well they won their respective Continental Premier Cup competition and the hosts provided their Championship winner.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The magical train that isLeicester City continues to chug along.

After defeating reigning English Premier League champion Chelsea on Monday — which led to the subsequentfiring of Jose Mourinho — the Foxes visit Everton this Saturday in the hopes of adding towards their lead in the table.

Thursday Kickoff: Suarez hat trick sends Barca to Club World Cup final, and more

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No matter where it goes, who it plays or what the competition is, Barcelona seems to make it look easy.

Thanks to a hat trick from Luis Suarez, the reigning UEFA Champions League winner eased into Sunday's Club World Cup final on Thursday. Barcelona defeated Guangzhou Evergrande, 3-0, at International Stadium Yokohama in Osaka, Japan, and will play Argentine club River Plate in the final.