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Fifa risks row with Europe’s elite by approving new 24-team Club World Cup

• New tournament set to take place every four years from 2021• European Club Association unhappy with lack of consultationFifa has ignored European opposition to its plan to revamp the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starti…

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Re-elected Ceferin stresses Uefa opposition to European Super League

• Uefa congress confirms president’s unopposed election• Only five managers attended VAR briefing, claims CeferinAleksander Ceferin has emphasised his firm opposition to a breakaway club “super league”, and to Fifa’s currently shelved proposals for a r…

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Luka Modric sparks Real Madrid rout of Al Ain in Club World Cup final

• Real Madrid 4-1 Al Ain• Midfielder hits opener; Llorente, Ramos and own goal seal winReal Madrid lifted the Fifa Club World Cup for a record fourth time on Saturday after thrashing local side Al Ain 4-1 in the final in Abu Dhabi thanks to impressive …

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Real Madrid v Al Ain: Club World Cup final – live!

Fifa Club World Cup final update, kick-off 4.30pm GMTThe 100 best male footballers in the world 2018Feel free to email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin your thoughts 3.49pm GMT Luka Modric is starting for Real Madrid today and it was announced this week that …

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Gareth Bale targets Club World Cup final glory after 11-minute hat-trick in semi – video

Gareth Bale scored a sensational hat-trick as Real Madrid began their quest for a third successive Club World Cup by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1. Real struggled to create in the first half against Kashima until Bale broke the deadlock a minut…

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Gareth Bale’s 11-minute hat-trick fires Real Madrid into Club World Cup final

• Kashima Antlers 1-3 Real Madrid • European champions will face Al-Ain of UAE in Saturday’s finalGareth Bale scored a sensational 11-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid began their quest for a third successive Club World Cup by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1…

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River Plate stunned by Al Ain in Club World Cup shootout

• South American champions beaten on penalties by UAE side• Real Madrid face Kashima Antlers on WednesdayThe South American champions, River Plate, were upset by Al Ain in the Club World Cup on Tuesday, losing in a penalty shootout after the semi-final…

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Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli: ‘My project to reshape European football’

European Club Association chairman hits out at Gianni Infantino’s Club World Cup plan and wants a guarantee of more Champions League games for the elite teams and fewer domestic matchesEuropean football’s gilded elite assembling for Saturday’s Champion…

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Uefa members rail against Gianni Infantino’s plan for new Club World Cup

• Proposal for revamped calendar meets ‘serious reservations’• ‘Global Nations League’ also mooted in $25bn schemeA proposal by the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, to expand the Club World Cup dramatically and to start a league for national teams, fo…

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Fifa chief to hold meeting over plan to create 24-team Club World Cup

• Gianni Infantino to meet heads of six continental confederations• Fifa offered $25bn by Japanese-led consortium to revamp cupFifa will hold a special meeting next month over a $25bn offer to revitalise the Club World Cup and also create a global nati…

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Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick fires Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory

• Real Madrid 1-0 Grêmio• Joint-record third title takes La Liga champions level with BarcelonaCristiano Ronaldo’s superb free-kick gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Grêmio as the Spanish champions retained their Fifa Club World Cup title in Abu Dhabi.Ro…

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Real Madrid v Grêmio: Club World Cup 2017 final – live updates!

Club World Cup final updates from the 5pm GMT game in Abu DhabiOn the road with Grêmio and Lanús fansAnd you can email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 4.43pm GMT Do not forget that you can email or tweet me (the details are above), which means we can have lo…

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Gareth Bale’s winner ensures Real Madrid reach Club World Cup final

• European champions survive scare against UAE’s Al Jazira• Late goal from Bale sets up final against Brazilian side GrêmioGareth Bale came off the bench to score the winning goal as Real Madrid survived a scare to reach the final of the Club World Cup…

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Real Madrid win Club World Cup thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick – video highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick to secure Real Madrid a second Club World Cup title in the last three years, as the Spanish side beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time on Saturday. The Uefa Champions League holders are given an almighty scare i…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick wins Club World Cup for Real Madrid after scare

• Real Madrid 4-2 Kashima Antlers (aet)
• Two goals by Gaku Shibasaki had J League side ahead

Real Madrid suffered an almighty fright before a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick hauled them back from 2-1 down and gave them a 4-2 win over Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.

Two goals from Gaku Shibasaki stunned the European champions as the Japanese hosts took the lead early in the second half before a Ronaldo penalty brought Real level on the hour. The 11-time European champions then survived several more scares and a possible sending-off for captain Sergio Ramos before Ronaldo scored twice more in the first period of extra-time.

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Real Madrid v Kashima Antlers: Club World Cup final – live!

Updates from the match at the International Stadium YokohamaEmail lawrence.ostlere@theguardian.com. Tweet @LawrenceOstlere 10.28am GMT Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Vazquez, Ronaldo, Karim BenzemaKashim…

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Real Madrid beat Club América to reach Club World Cup final

• Ronaldo and Benzema on target against Mexican opponents
• Video review system questioned after second goal confusion

Real Madrid booked their place in the Club World Cup final by beating Club América 2-0 on Thursday, although Fifa’s new video technology was again the talking point after confusion reigned following Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury time strike.

Real will play Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in Sunday’s final in Yokohama, looking to become world champions for the second time in three years and earn a record 21st international title.

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The Agenda: Cristiano Ronaldo up for Ballon d’Or, darts comes to Ally Pally

Portuguese seeks to cap triumphant year; world champion Michael van Gerwen is back at the oche; and snooker heads to Glasgow

Football’s most prestigious prize for individual achievement, the Ballon d’Or, has been shared between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since Kaká’s win in 2007 and the idea of anyone else winning seems farfetched even by 2016’s high standards. The Portuguese is overwhelming favourite after a season that culminated in European triumph for club and country. Barcelona won La Liga but Messi’s missed penalty in the Copa América final and failure to deliver Argentina’s first trophy in 20 years will likely rule him out of a fifth award. Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez are outside bets while Jamie Vardy is the only Englishman nominated. (The last English winner was Michael Owen in 2001.) As of this year, the Ballon d’Or is no longer a Fifa-sanctioned gong since football’s world body has ended its six‑year bond with the event, which has been run by France Football since 1956. Those Zurich-based blazers will now relaunch their world player of the year prize under a new name, details of which remain sketchy. Perhaps they will broaden it out to 48 players.

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The Agenda: Cristiano Ronaldo up for Ballon d’Or, darts comes to Ally Pally

Portuguese seeks to cap triumphant year; world champion Michael van Gerwen is back at the oche; and snooker heads to Glasgow

Football’s most prestigious prize for individual achievement, the Ballon d’Or, has been shared between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since Kaká’s win in 2007 and the idea of anyone else winning seems farfetched even by 2016’s high standards. The Portuguese is overwhelming favourite after a season that culminated in European triumph for club and country. Barcelona won La Liga but Messi’s missed penalty in the Copa América final and failure to deliver Argentina’s first trophy in 20 years will likely rule him out of a fifth award. Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez are outside bets while Jamie Vardy is the only Englishman nominated. (The last English winner was Michael Owen in 2001.) As of this year, the Ballon d’Or is no longer a Fifa-sanctioned gong since football’s world body has ended its six‑year bond with the event, which has been run by France Football since 1956. Those Zurich-based blazers will now relaunch their world player of the year prize under a new name, details of which remain sketchy. Perhaps they will broaden it out to 48 players.

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Auckland City lose narrowly to Japanese champions at Club World Cup

  • Kashima Antlers 2-1 Auckland City
  • J-League champions advance to knockout round with African champions

Auckland City have struggled against the aggression of Japanese champions Kashima Antlers in going down 2-1 in their Club World Cup match.

The Oceania champions were in front five minutes into the second half thanks to Dae Wook Kim, but Kashima’s Shuhei Akasaki levelled on 67 minutes and Mu Kanazaksi grabbed the winner two minutes from time in Yokohama.

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