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Oceania: Cook Islands through to Under-17 tournament proper

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It's been a pretty intense few days in the preliminary round of Oceania's Under-17 Football Championship and there has been no shortage of goals in what's been a very open tournament. Emerging victorious are the Cook Islands whose 2-1 win over host nation Samoa in the last round of matches played today in the Samoan capital city of Apia has won them through to the next stage.

Oceania: Tahiti win maiden OFC Nations Cup title

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Tahiti are the champions of the OFC Nations Cup for the very first time following an exciting final against New Caledonia. Tahiti, whose previous tournament best had been three second placings in 1973, 1980 and 1996, finally scribed their name on the trophy following Sunday's 1-0 triumph and claimed a place in next year's FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Oceania: Semi-Final line-up complete as Nations Cup hots up

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The semi-final line-up of the 2012 OFC Nations Cup is now known following the completion of the tournament's group stages yesterday.

Defending champions New Zealand have made through to the last four having topped Group B on goal difference over fellow semi-finalists Solomon Islands. Both nations had a record of two wins and a draw from three games but New Zealand's goal record in their wins over group opponents Fiji and Papua New Guinea allowed them to pip the Solomon Islands, with whom they shared a 1-1 draw yesterday, to the top of the standings.

Oceania: New Zealand looking for back-to-back Nations Cup titles

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The 2012 OFC Nations Cup will be the most important football tournament to be held in the Oceania region for many years. As well as playing for continental glory, the competition also doubles as the second round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The top four teams will go on further in the World Cup qualifying process whilst a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup will also await the team who triumphs in the Nations Cup final on Sunday, June 10th.

Oceania: American Samoa fall at final hurdle (+video)

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Silao Malo scored the only goal of the game as Samoa defeated their neighbours American Samoa by one goal to nil in the final round of first stage FIFA World Cup qualification matches in the Oceania region.

American Samoa, a team who have become famous for suffering heavy defeats and propping up the FIFA World Rankings in recent years, had captured the hearts and minds of many football fans with their exploits this week.

Oceania: American Samoa just one step away from second stage (+video)

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Having been the laughing stock of world football for many years, the tiny Pacific nation of American Samoa is just one step away from progressing beyond the first stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying following a good start to their campaign.

Rock bottom of the FIFA World Rankings over the last few years and having failed to win a single competitive match for 17 years, American Samoa began their first stage campaign on Tuesday by defeating Tonga by two goals to one with Ramin Ott and Shalom Luani getting on the score sheet.

O-League: 2010-11 Season Preview

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Hekari United are the defending champions

This weekend sees the beginning of a new campaign in Oceania's elite football competition, the O-League. Having established itself as a regular feature of the football calendar since it was rebranded with a new format in 2007, the anticipation ahead of this tournament is growing mainly because of last season's shock victory of Papua New Guinea's PKR Hekari United FC.

New Zealand: Excitement ahead of rebranded ASB Premiership

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Waitakere United are the defending champions in New Zealand

Having signed a new five-year deal with ASB Bank, the former New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC) has been rebranded into the ASB Premiership starting from the 2010-11 season and it hails a new enthusiasm for the game in this part of the world which saw its national team, the All Whites, enjoy unprecedented success in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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FIFA: Messi seals yet another Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi, seen here with the 2010 award, has won FIFA's Ballon d'Or for 2012

The 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony has been held in Zurich with the undoubted star of the show once again being FC Barcelona and Argentina sensation Lionel Messi. He has picked up FIFA's top award for individual footballers for the third consecutive year since FIFA's World Player of the year and France Football's Ballon d'Or awards merged in 2010, and his fourth overall.

FIFA: Double strike helps Kashiwa defeat Auckland

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The FIFA Club World Cup officially got under way today with two goals just before half-time giving Kashiwa Reysol a 2-0 win over Auckland City in the qualifying play-off to send the Japanese club through to the quarter-finals.

Kashiwa, who clinched the 2011 J-League title last weekend, had Junya Tanaka and Masato Kudo to thank as the pair struck in the 37th and 40th minutes respectively to send the host nation's representatives into the next round.

FIFA: Draw made for 2011 Club World Cup

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FC Barcelona, FIFA Club World Cup champions in 2009, will face either African champions Esperance Tunis or Asian champions Al-Sadd in the semi-finals of the 2011 edition.

The tournament, which returns to Japan this time following a two year stint in the United Arab Emirates, will open up on December 8th with the Japanese national champions, as yet undecided, facing off against Oceania champions Auckland City with both clubs hoping for a quarter-final meeting with North and Central American winners Monterrey CF three days later.

Australia: Brisbane enjoy 1st leg win; Adelaide and Gold Coast progress (+video)

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The post-season Play-Offs have got under way in Australia and for Minor Premiers Brisbane Roar the Grand Final is just 90 minutes away after enjoying a first leg win over Central Coast Mariners. In the straight knock-out phase, played between teams finishing from third to sixth in the regular season standings, Adelaide United and Gold Coast United saw off the challenges of Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory respectively.

Australia: Brisbane Roar their way to Minor Premiership

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Brisbane Roar are Hyundai A-League premiers

The Hyundai A-League, Australia's top flight football league, has concluded its regular season this weekend. The destiny of the Minor Premiership has been in the hands of Brisbane Roar for a few weeks already as they walked away with the regular season title by eight points from Central Coast Mariners.

Australia: Brisbane roar their way to top of the league

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Brisbane Roar are top of the Hyundai A-League at the moment

Australia's Hyundai A-League has been unusually competitive this season, mainly due to the ineptitude of the reigning champions coupled with the inconsistency of the A-League's most successful team since records began. Brisbane Roar, rather than Sydney FC or Melbourne Victory, are in pole position after the Christmas schedule and with the Play-Offs soon to come Stoppage Time International Football Blog reviews the situation with just weeks of the regular season remaining.

FIFA: Internazionale are world champions

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UEFA Champions League holders Internazionale FC of Milan are the new FIFA Club World Cup winners having defeated surprise package TP Mazembe of Africa by a 3-0 scoreline in Abu Dhabi this evening. Goals from Goran Pandev, Samuel Eto'o and late substitute Jonathan Biabiany sealed the deal for the Nerazzurri and gifted coach Rafael Benítez with his second trophy as coach of the Milanese giants having won the Italian Super Cup at the start of the season.

Club World Cup: A History

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FC Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009

The FIFA Club World Cup final on Sunday sees European champions Internazionale of Milan face up to their history-making African counterparts TP Mazembe from the Congolese second city of Lubumbashi. Since coming under outright official FIFA control in 2005, the Club World Cup includes all of the seven continental champions fighting it out to become officially the world's best club side.

FIFA: Al-Wahda further local interest with victory over Hekari United

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The FIFA Club World Cup began in Abu Dhabi today with host club Al-Wahda securing their berth in the quarter-finals of the competition following a 3-0 win over underdogs Hekari United.

The tournament is being held for the second year running in the United Arab Emirates. Following the disappointment of national representatives Al-Ahli in last year's competition, in which they lost 2-0 to Oceania champions Auckland City, Al-Wahda were determined not to suffer the ignominy of going out in the preliminary round and further local interest in this year's tournament.

FIFA: Club World Cup 2010 Preview

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For the second year running the FIFA Club World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates and it looks like being yet another thrilling competition. Last year saw 2008-09 UEFA Champions League holders FC Barcelona narrowly edge out 2009 Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes de La Plata with the Catalans needing extra-time to defeat their illustrious Argentinian opponents.

Australia: New boys show Heart and gain Victory (+video)

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The Hyundai A-League saw its first major derby match between the two clubs in the second city of Melbourne today. Melbourne Victory may have been one of the big boys since the A-League's inception in 2005 but they haven't shown any of their usual dominance in the current season. Their opponents Melbourne Heart are the league's newest expansion team and have shown signs that they could be a play-off team in their inaugural season.

A-League: Champions still without a win Down Under (+video)

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Problems are mounting for the defending Australian champions Sydney FC having played six games in the 2010-11 season thus far. The club has failed to win a single game in that time and for coach Vítězslav Lavička the current run of bad form is a growing concern especially as his team had high expectations to retain the title they won in dramatic fashion in 2009-10.

Australia: A-League 2010-11 Preview

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Sydney FC won the Double in 2009-10

After nearly five months off the Hyundai A-League competition for 2010-11 is ready to begin this Thursday with the league's new boys Melbourne Heart kicking off the action with a home tie against Central Coast Mariners. Stoppage Time International Football Blog looks forward to the action Down Under:

Australia's equivalent of the Old Firm, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, are the favourites to win the honours at the start of a much-anticipated new season.

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Oceania: Auckland City successfully defend O-League crown

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Auckland City are Oceania football champions for the fourth time following a single goal second leg victory over Tahitian side Tefana FC today which sealed a 3-1 aggregate win.

The New Zealand side were already defending the O-League trophy which they won last year and were made to work hard over the two legs by a Tefana team who were largely unfancied at the start of the tournament, especially after they lost their first Group A match 10-0 at the hands of Auckland's compatriots Waitakere United.

FIFA: Club World Cup Team Guide – Auckland City

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Auckland City are beginning to make a habit out of playing in the FIFA Club World Cup. This year will see the New Zealanders make their third appearance in the competition since 2006 following another O-League success in 2010-11. They will face the Japanese champions in a qualifying play-off and, if successful, will go on to play CONCACAF Champions League holders Monterrey CF in the quarter-finals.

Oceania: Kiwi top two set standard in O-League

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Whilst the UEFA Champions League continues to take centre stage in Europe as the competition nears the end of its group phase, the equivalent tournament in the Oceania region is two rounds into the 2011-12 O-League and, as usual, the two New Zealand representatives are setting the pace for all of the others to follow.

Oceania: Lautoka go top in goalless draw against champions

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Fijian champions Lautoka FC have gone top of Group A in the O-League, the elite club competition for clubs in the Oceania region, with a goalless draw against defending champions Hekari United.

This game had initially been postponed due to Hekari United's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

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Oceania: AS Tefana shock Kiwis; Champions League Review

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The Oceania Champions League has resumed action with three matches taking place this weekend, one less than scheduled due to the postponement of the game featuring AS Magenta and Auckland City due to the former's stadium being deemed unsuitable to play the game. Despite this there was still plenty of action and goals on Matchday 4 of Oceania's elite football competition.

O-League: Both groups remain tight in Oceania’s top tournament

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With defending champions Hekari United missing from action this weekend due to their commitments in the FIFA Club World Cup next week, the Oceania Champions League matchday 3 was otherwise played out by six other teams. Stoppage Time International Football Blog looks at the latest developments as the group phase reaches its halfway point.

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Oceania: New Zealand defeat Tahiti to claim FIFA place

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The OFC Under-17 Championship final has been won by tournament hosts New Zealand for the fourth time in the nation's history following their 2-0 win against Tahiti. A 2-0 scoreline was also sufficient for the Solomon Islands to claim third place in their play-off against Vanuatu.

Both of the goals came in the first half for New Zealand who have won the last three tournaments all at the expense of today's opponents Tahiti.

OFC: New Zealand and Tahiti to contest third consecutive final

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The final of the 2011 OFC Under-17 Championship will be played out for the third consecutive competition between New Zealand and Tahiti. Both teams qualified with a 100% record from their groups whilst Vanuatu and Solomon Islands will fight it out for pride in the 3rd/4th play-off which, like the final, takes place on Wednesday.

Oceania: Under-17 Championship gets under way

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Hosts New Zealand are the current champions

In much the same way as the CAF African U-17 Championship is taking place at the moment in Rwanda, the Oceania version of the event also began this weekend in New Zealand. Fiji were the big winners putting nine goals past a hapless American Samoa.

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New Zealand: Waitakere running away with it at the halfway stage

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Waitakere United are dominating the ASB Premiership this season

The ASB Premiership, New Zealand's flagship football competition, is at the halfway point in the 2010-11 season and for defending champions Waitakere United the signs are currently good. Seven games into the season and Waitakere have an eight point lead over nearest challengers Team Wellington as they have shown the rest of the league that they are far and away the best team in the competition at the moment.