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Dec 22, 2014

FIFA chief Blatter “invigorated” after Marrakech meeting

BERNE (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year’s FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.

“He was invigorated by the whole event and he is finishing the year on a high note,” said the source, adding that he had not heard any suggestion that Blatter would change his mind about standing. “That is not our information at all,” he said.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-FIFA chief Blatter “invigorated” after Marrakech meeting

BERNE, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year’s FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.

“He was invigorated by the whole event and he is finishing the year on a high note,” said the source, adding that he had not heard any suggestion that Blatter would change his mind about standing. “That is not our information at all,” he said.

Dec 21, 2014

Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week. An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico said before Saturday’s final against Real Madrid, won 2-0 by the European champions, that it would be “the most important game of my life” and coach Edgardo Bauza expressed similar sentiments.

Dec 21, 2014

Analysis – Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.

An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Dec 21, 2014

Soccer-Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.

An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Dec 21, 2014

A defeat is never dignified, says San Lorenzo coach

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza refused to accept his team’s 2-0 defeat had been dignified, even though they were up against the clearly superior Real Madrid in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The South American champions were eight minutes short of getting to halftime with their goal intact and had succeeded in antagonising Real before Sergio Ramos headed the European champions in front.

Dec 20, 2014

Soccer-A defeat is never dignified, says San Lorenzo coach

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 20 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza refused to accept his team’s 2-0 defeat had been dignified, even though they were up against the clearly superior Real Madrid in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The South American champions were eight minutes short of getting to halftime with their goal intact and had succeeded in antagonising Real before Sergio Ramos headed the European champions in front.

Dec 20, 2014

Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time when they beat South American champions San Lorenzo 2-0 thanks to Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale in a bad-tempered final on Saturday.

Real scored either side of halftime as the European champions, given by fanatical support by most of the crowd, also clocked up their 22nd successive win in all competitions.

Dec 20, 2014

Soccer-Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time when they beat South American champions San Lorenzo 2-0 thanks to Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale in a bad-tempered final on Saturday.

Real scored either side of halftime as the European champions, given by fanatical support by most of the crowd, also clocked up their 22nd successive win in all competitions.

Dec 19, 2014

Fighting Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter declared FIFA’s crisis to be over on Friday and said he would not abandon soccer’s governing body.

“We have been in a crisis (but) with the decision of the executive committee today, the crisis has stopped,” the 78-year-old Swiss told reporters.