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Dec 22, 2013

Soccer-Club Cup a reminder of football’s great divide

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 22 (Reuters) – For the estimated 10,000 Atletico Mineiro fans who made the arduous journey from Belo Horizonte to Marrakech, the Club World Cup was the most important competition their team had ever played in.

Ever since winning the Libertadores Cup in July, the Brazilian club and its supporters have been dreaming obsessively of a chance to measure themselves against European champions Bayern Munich in the final.

Dec 22, 2013

Party-poopers Bayern triumph in Club World Cup

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich swatted aside Raja Casablanca 2-0 in a one-sided Club World Cup final on Saturday that did little to boost the credibility of a tournament which struggled to an anti-climax.

Morocco came to a standstill, an army of Raja fans travelled 250km to the game and King Mohamed was among the 37,000 crowd only for party-pooping Bayern to wrap it up under half an hour.

Dec 21, 2013

Soccer-Party-poopers Bayern triumph in Club World Cup

MARRAKECH, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich swatted aside Raja Casablanca 2-0 in a one-sided Club World Cup final on Saturday that did little to boost the credibility of a tournament which struggled to an anti-climax.

Morocco came to a standstill, an army of Raja fans travelled 250km to the game and King Mohamed was among the 37,000 crowd only for party-pooping Bayern to wrap it up under half an hour.

Dec 21, 2013

Bayern sweep Raja aside to win Club World Cup

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – European champions Bayern Munich added the Club World Cup to their collection of trophies when they comfortably outplayed Raja Casablanca to win 2-0 in the final on Saturday.

Defender Dante and Thiago Alcantara scored in the first 22 minutes as Bayern followed up the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble they won last season.

Dec 21, 2013

Soccer-Bayern sweep Raja aside to win Club World Cup

MARRAKECH, Dec 21 (Reuters) – European champions Bayern Munich added the Club World Cup to their collection of trophies when they comfortably outplayed Raja Casablanca to win 2-0 in the final on Saturday.

Defender Dante and Thiago Alcantara scored in the first 22 minutes as Bayern followed up the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble they won last season.

Dec 20, 2013

Bayern face mid-table Moroccans for world title

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich could hardly have expected that their opponents in the final of the Club World Cup would be a team of average league players languishing in ninth place in the Moroccan championship.

The quirks of the competition, however, mean that is exactly who the European and Bundesliga champions will face when they take on Raja Casablanca in Marrakech on Saturday.

Dec 20, 2013

Soccer-Bayern face mid-table Moroccans for world title

MARRAKECH, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich could hardly have expected that their opponents in the final of the Club World Cup would be a team of average league players languishing in ninth place in the Moroccan championship.

The quirks of the competition, however, mean that is exactly who the European and Bundesliga champions will face when they take on Raja Casablanca in Marrakech on Saturday.

Dec 19, 2013

Blatter disappointed with European indifference to Club Cup

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is disappointed with European indifference towards the Club World Cup, he said on Thursday.

The competition, featuring the club champions of each continent, arouses great interest in South America, Asia and Africa, but is barely noticed in Europe amid the torrent of pre-Christmas domestic football.

Dec 19, 2013

Soccer-Blatter disappointed with European indifference to Club Cup

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter is disappointed with European indifference towards the Club World Cup, he said on Thursday.

The competition, featuring the club champions of each continent, arouses great interest in South America, Asia and Africa, but is barely noticed in Europe amid the torrent of pre-Christmas domestic football.

Dec 19, 2013

Vanishing spray to be used at World Cup – Blatter

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Referees will use the recently-developed vanishing spray at the World Cup next year to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free kicks, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday.

Blatter said the spray, developed in Brazil and Argentina, had received a positive reception after being used at the Club World Cup in Morocco.