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Dec 14, 2013

Soccer-Too many games for Guangzhou, not enough for Ahli

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Guangzhou Evergrande were feeling the effects of too much soccer and Al Ahli suffered from not playing enough, their respective coaches said after their Club World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Guangzhou coach Marcello Lippi, whose side won 2-0 to earn a semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, said his Asian champions were on their last legs after an exhausting season which began in early January.

Dec 14, 2013

Lippi’s Guangzhou overcome Al Ahli to earn Bayern clash

AGADIR, Morocco (Reuters) – Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat African counterparts Al Ahli 2-0 with South American goals at the Club World Cup on Saturday to earn a glamorous semi-final with Bayern Munich

Brazilian forward Elkeson and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca struck in the second half for the Chinese side coached by Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

Dec 14, 2013

Soccer-Lippi’s Guangzhou overcome Al Ahli to earn Bayern clash

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande beat African counterparts Al Ahli 2-0 with South American goals at the Club World Cup on Saturday to earn a glamorous semi-final with Bayern Munich

Brazilian forward Elkeson and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca struck in the second half for the Chinese side coached by Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

Dec 13, 2013

Soccer-Club Cup offers chance for Egyptian redemption

AGADIR, Morocco, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Mohamed Aboutrika and Wael Gomaa will go down as two of Egypt’s greatest players and while both have missed their last chance of playing at a World Cup they hope to draw some consolation from the club equivalent before retiring.

The pair, with a combined age of 73, are key members of African champions Al Ahli, who face their Asian counterparts Guangzhou Evergrade on Saturday in the Club World Cup, with a semi-final match against Bayern Munich at stake.

Dec 12, 2013

Milan muddle through again with ‘anti-football’

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – AC Milan have made a habit of muddling through under coach Massimiliano Allegri and they did it again on Wednesday by scraping into the Champions League knockout stage with a performance which left opponents Ajax Amsterdam fuming.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer accused Milan of playing “anti-football” after the Serie A team shut up shop against his side following midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s first-half sending-off.

Dec 12, 2013

Soccer-Milan muddle through again with “anti-football”

Dec 12 (Reuters) – AC Milan have made a habit of muddling through under coach Massimiliano Allegri and they did it again on Wednesday by scraping into the Champions League knockout stage with a performance which left opponents Ajax Amsterdam fuming.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer accused Milan of playing “anti-football” after the Serie A team shut up shop against his side following midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s first-half sending-off.

Dec 10, 2013

Club Cup puts Morocco on world stage at last

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – After four failed bids to host the World Cup, Morocco finally gets to stage a world football championship over the next 10 days although this one is little more than a consolation prize.

The North African country will stage the Club World Cup, the quirky and, in Europe at least, rather unloved tournament featuring the club champions of each continent, whose participants this year range from part-timers Auckland City to all-conquering Bayern Munich.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Club Cup puts Morocco on world stage at last

Dec 10 (Reuters) – After four failed bids to host the World Cup, Morocco finally gets to stage a world soccer championship over the next 10 days although this one is little more than a consolation prize.

The North African country will stage the Club World Cup, the quirky and, in Europe at least, rather unloved tournament featuring the club champions of each continent, whose participants this year range from part-timers Auckland City to all-conquering Bayern Munich.

Dec 9, 2013

Paying players can reduce match-fixing threat

BERNE (Reuters) – The match-fixing threat to football could be greatly reduced by the surprisingly simple expedient of making sure that players are paid on time, experts on the subject say.

Although footballers are generally assumed to be fabulously rich, that is only the case for a select few. The vast majority are ordinary salary earners with only a short career in which to build their financial future.

Dec 9, 2013

Analysis – Paying players can reduce match-fixing threat

BERNE (Reuters) – The match-fixing threat to football could be greatly reduced by the surprisingly simple expedient of making sure that players are paid on time, experts on the subject say.

Although footballers are generally assumed to be fabulously rich, that is only the case for a select few. The vast majority are ordinary salary earners with only a short career in which to build their financial future.