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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.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Fighting Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (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.

Dec 19, 2014

Ethics committee has created problems, admits Blatter

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s reformed ethics committee has created problems as well as solving them and needs to speed up its work, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Blatter added that FIFA would investigate how the identity of three executive committee members, placed under investigation by the ethics committee, had been leaked to the media.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Ethics committee has created problems, admits Blatter

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – FIFA’s reformed ethics committee has created problems as well as solving them and needs to speed up its work, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Blatter added that FIFA would investigate how the identity of three executive committee members, placed under investigation by the ethics committee, had been leaked to the media.

Dec 19, 2014

FIFA says will publish Garcia report in appropriate form

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee has voted to allow publication of former ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups, president Sepp Blatter said in a statement on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body had been under increasing pressure to publish a redacted version of Garcia’s report to help shed light on what happened during the turbulent process for the tournaments awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-FIFA says will publish Garcia report in appropriate form

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee has voted to allow publication of former ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups, president Sepp Blatter said in a statement on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body had been under increasing pressure to publish a redacted version of Garcia’s report to help shed light on what happened during the turbulent process for the tournaments awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Dec 19, 2014

Preview: San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros ($3.68 million) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.

Dec 19, 2014

San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros (£2.35 million) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.