Associação Chapecoense De Futebol, the Brazilian soccer team devastated late last month when the majority of its players and coaching staff died in a plane crash, received a boost Thursday when Spanish giant Barcelona invited the club to play in its annual friendly tournament. “[W]ith the invitation to Chapecoense to the 2017 Joan Gamper Trophy, FC Barcelona would like to collaborate on the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the club, and help to recover the competitive level that it had,” Barcelona said in a statement posted to its website. Barcelona also said its invitation is a way “to pay tribute to the 71 people who died in the accident and their families.” This will be the 52nd
By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Barcelona's prolific striker Luis Suarez will be offered a new contract with the Spanish champions until 2022, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday. The 29-year-old Uruguayan collected the European Golden Shoe last season for the top scorer in domestic football in Europe with 40 league goals, helping Barca's famed 'MSN' trio also containing Messi and Brazilian forward Neymar score a record 131 goals in all competitions. "Suarez is going to get a renewed contract very soon, it's done, just a few small details need to be sorted and we'll announce it in the next few days or weeks," Bartomeu told Uruguayan radio station Cadena Celeste.
The 2016 FIFA Club World Cup is upon us. Seven clubs, representing all regions of the soccer world, descend on Japan where they’ll vie for worldwide supremacy over the next ten days. The club soccer showcase will be the last truly global event on the soccer calendar in 2016. Real Madrid is the overwhelming favorite to claim the title it last won in 2014 and wrest both the trophy and winners’ badge away from 2015 winner FC Barcelona. Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos can join an exclusive club with a triumph, becoming just the sixth and seventh three-time Club World Cup champion in the competition’s history. Yet, Colombia’s Atletico Nacional and Mexico’s Club America hope to upset