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  • San Lorenzo to play Real Madrid for Club World Cup

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Real Madrid's opponent in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a surprise tournament run by amateur team Auckland City with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest

    By Brian Homewood and Mark Hosenball MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into allegations of corruption in awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar was handled by the soccer…

    Reuters
  • British, German soldiers play Christmas truce football match

    Aldershot (United Kingdom) (AFP) - There were no trenches and the only poppies were plastic stadium decorations. But the spirit of a World War I Christmas truce lived on as the British and German armies played a 100th anniversary football match on Wednesday.

    AFP
  • Xavi would relish chance to copy Guardiola and coach Barca

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he would relish the chance to follow the example of Pep Guardiola and coach the club one day. Xavi replaced Guardiola on the pitch as the midfield playmaker having been promoted to the first team by then coach Louis van Gaal and now…

    Reuters
  • Soccer-Capital One Cup semi-final draw

    LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The draw was made on Wednesday for the semi-finals of England's Capital One (League) Cup. Liverpool v Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United Two-legged ties to be played w/c Jan. 19 and 26 (Editing by Ed Osmond)

    Reuters
  • In Qatar, migrant workers paid to be sports 'fans'

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The men grappled with each other to board the quickly filling bus. Others wriggled in through the windows, scaling the outside, using the large wheels as footholds and leaving scuff-marks on the white exterior with their shoes.

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Sitting at the top table with Argentine Speroni

    By Rex Gowar LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - From regular Premier League football to being turned away from his own restaurant which is doing so well at weekends there are no free tables, life is good for Julian Speroni. There are regrets for the Crystal Palace goalkeeper like being overlooked by…

    Reuters
  • Chelsea, 3rd-tier Sheff United in League Cup semis

    Chelsea swept into the semifinals of the English League Cup on Tuesday, joining third-tier Sheffield United in the last four after its shock win over Premier League side Southampton.

    Associated Press
  • DC Council gives final OK to soccer stadium deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Council has given final approval to using public funds to help build a stadium for Major League Soccer's D.C. United.

    The Associated Press
  • Abidal to retire confirms Olympiakos coach

    Former France international defender Eric Abidal who returned to playing football after undergoing a liver transplant bowed out on a winning note on Wednesday as Greek champions Olympiakos beat Panionios 2-0 in their league match. Olympiakos coach Michel confirmed after the game that Abidal had…

    AFP
  • Bayern's talented Gaudino signs contract until 2018

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich's talented midfielder Gianluca Gaudino signed his first professional contract on Wednesday, binding him to the Bavarians until 2018. The 18-year-old, who has made three appearances in the Bundesliga this season plus one each in the German Cup and the Champions…

    Reuters
  • Third-tier Yeovil earn Man United FA Cup tie

    Third-division Yeovil Town earned a dream FA Cup third-round tie at home to giants Manchester United after beating fourth-tier Accrington Stanley 2-0 in a second-round replay on Tuesday. The game at Yeovil's Huish Park ground, played in front of 6,373 fans, looked to be heading to extra time until…

    AFP
  • Cameroonian footballer Ebosse 'killed by beating, not projectile'

    The death of Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebosse in Algeria in August was caused by a brutal post-match beating, not an object thrown by angry fans as initially claimed, a new autopsy has found. Refuting official Algerian findings that the striker was killed by a sharp projectile thrown from the…

    AFP
  • Alexi Lalas following World Cup from ESPN to Fox

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Alexi Lalas is following the World Cup from ESPN to Fox.

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Late Naldo equaliser earns Wolfsburg draw at Dortmund

    * Dortmund's Immobile on target * Frankfurt battle back to draw 4-4 v Hertha (Adds quotes, details) BERLIN, Dec 17 (Reuters) - An 85th-minute equaliser by Naldo gave VfL Wolfsburg a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, maintaining their hold on second place and leaving the hosts in the…

    Reuters
  • McCoist to remain as Rangers boss

    Ally McCoist will remain as Rangers manager for the immediate future following his first meeting with the Scottish Championship club's directors since he handed in his resignation. McCoist held talks with directors in Glasgow on Wednesday and the club say he will continue preparing as normal for…

    AFP
  • Real Madrid coasts into Club World Cup final

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scored to help Real Madrid coast past Mexico's Cruz Azul 4-0 Tuesday night for a place in this weekend's Club World Cup final against Argentina's San Lorenzo or New Zealand's Auckland City.

    The Associated Press
  • Soccer-Spanish King's Cup last 32 results

    Dec 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Spanish King's Cup Last 32 second leg matches on Wednesday Last 32Wednesday, December 17, second legCordoba - Granada CF 1-1 (halftime: 1-0) First leg: Granada CF - Cordoba 1-0. Granada CF win 2-1 on aggregate.Real Sociedad - Real Oviedo (III) 2-0…

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