Today’s World Club Cup fixture saw South American representatives, Santos of Brazil, show their class to edge past a spirited Kashiwa Reysol side, a result which takes them through to the final of the competition. They will meet the winners of tomorrow’s game between Al Sadd and Barcelona. Many pundits are predicting big things from Santos forward Neymar in the build up to the 2014 World Cup, by which time he will be aged 21 and carrying the hopes of the home nation on his shoulders. Until then he’ll just have to make do with Pele describing him as better than Messi – “I think Neymar is much better, more complete” – and a whole Read more..
AFC Champions League holders Al Sadd of Quatar secured themselves a dream tie against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, after defeating the current CAF Champions League holders AS Tunis by two goals to one. Al Sadd can boast a few relatively familiar names in their line-up – including players such as Nadir Belhadj, Abdul Kader Keita, and Mamadou Niang – all of whom may be familiar to followers of European football. The game will take place at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama this Thursday, the 15th of December, and could draw a large crowd in host nation Japan’s second largest city. The first semi-final will take place the day before, Read more..
Around 18,000 fans turned up to this FIFA Club World Cup opener between Kashiwa Reysol of Japan, and Auckland City of New Zealand, as Kashiwa booked their place in the quarter finals stage of the competition, setting up a tie against C.F. Monterrey of Mexico. This sounds like an impressive attendance for what has been described as a curtain raiser, but problem was that Japan’s Toyota Stadium which hosted the game, has a capacity approaching 40,000, so the fans were rather sparsely scattered and the stadium not half full. The host nation club would perhaps have liked to win by a clearer margin against the New Zealand amateur side, but the Auckland City players gave Read more..