Club World Cup

AFP

FIFA plans to revamp Club World Cup, scrap Confederations Cup

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Lisbon (AFP) – FIFA has laid out plans to replace the Confederations Cup with an expanded Club World Cup that will only be held every four years from 2021, a source told AFP on Wednesday.

According to a letter Gianni Infantino, the president of world football’s governing body, sent to the heads of the continental confederations, and seen by AFP, the Confederations Cup will cease while the club tournament will no longer be played annually in December.

FIFA plans to revamp Club World Cup, scrap Confederations Cup

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Lisbon (AFP) – FIFA has laid out plans to replace the Confederations Cup with an expanded Club World Cup that will only be held every four years from 2021, a source told AFP on Wednesday.

According to a letter Gianni Infantino, the president of world football’s governing body, sent to the heads of the continental confederations, and seen by AFP, the Confederations Cup will cease while the club tournament will no longer be played annually in December.

Manchester City sign second FIFA eSports player

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London (AFP) – Manchester City on Friday announced the signing of FIFA eSports player Marcus “ExpectSporting” Jorgensen, who will represent the club around the world on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.

Jorgensen, 18, becomes the Premier League leaders’ second eSports signing, following Xbox player Kieran “Kez” Brown, who joined the club in 2016.

Manchester City sign second FIFA eSports player

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London (AFP) – Manchester City on Friday announced the signing of FIFA eSports player Marcus “ExpectSporting” Jorgensen, who will represent the club around the world on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.

Jorgensen, 18, becomes the Premier League leaders’ second eSports signing, following Xbox player Kieran “Kez” Brown, who joined the club in 2016.

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.

A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.

A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.

Real to play Al Jazira in Club World Cup semis

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Al Jazira set up a Club World Cup semi-final against Real Madrid after an Ali Mabkhout goal saw the Emiratis past Japan’s Urawa Reds 1-0 on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will take on the local side on Wednesday.

The other semi-final, on Tuesday, will pitch Pachuca from Mexico against Copa Libertadores winners Gremio of Brazil.

Bale and Varane to travel to Club World Cup

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale and France international Raphael Varane will travel with the Real Madrid squad to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.

Zidane made the announcement after injury-plagued Bale returned to training on Friday morning, but despite being available for the Club World Cup, which started on Wednesday with host club Al Jazira’s 1-0 win over New Zealanders Aukland City, both the Wales winger and Varane will miss Saturday’s visit of Sevilla in La Liga.

UAE’s Al Jazira win in Club World Cup opener

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Romarinho’s goal allowed Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates to beat Auckland City 1-0 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Wednesday, keeping them on course to meet Real Madrid.

Al Jazira were making their debut at the tournament as champions of the host nation, and the Brazilian’s rasping drive from 25 yards in the first half was enough to take them through to the second round.

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

The Club World Cup repeats the obvious

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The soccer news starts with Real Madrid lifting the Club World Cup for the second year running. Surprising no one. Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference, scoring in the 53rd minute in the 1-0 shutout of Gremio. In the 3rd-place game, Pachuca had no problem beating Al Jazira 4-1.

ESPN FC's Tim Vickery makes a point about what the Club World Cup really says about the state of soccer.

Ronaldo propels Real Madrid to third FIFA Club World Cup title

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2017 has been a magical year for Real Madrid, winning of four trophies in the span of four different competitions.

Saturday saw Los Blancos add to their trophy-case as they defeated Brazilian outfit Gremio 1-0 in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. Cristiano Ronaldo propelled Zinedine Zidane's to their fifth trophy in the year, scoring from a wonderful free-kick.

LAFC Expansion Draft, Real Madrid in Club World Cup, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 13, 2017

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A busy day for MLS.

Welcome to Wednesday folks. The MLS waiver draft is today, but don't expect much action there. All eyes mostly point toward Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft that will take place Friday. Ok, let's get to the news:

LAFC select Tico striker, young prospects in 2017 MLS Expansion Draft | MLS
Tyler Miller, Latif Blessing, Marco Urena, Jukka Raitala, and Raheem Edwards were the Los Angeles Football Club Expansion Draft picks.

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.

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.

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.

The Rest

Gonzalez, Pachuca fall to Gremio in Club World Cup semifinal

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Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca kept Gremio off the board for over 90 minutes on Tuesday, but it was what came after that doomed the Liga MX club to defeat in the Club World Cup semifinal clash.

Pachuca fell, 1-0, to the Copa Libertadores champions in Tuesday's semifinal matchup thanks to a 95th-minute goal fromforward Everton.

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.

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.