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Xavi's Al Sadd beat part-timers Hienghene in Club World Cup opener

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Pedro Miguel, Al-Sadd
Pedro Miguel celebrates after scoring a third for Al Sadd.

Qatari champions Al Sadd converted a free kick naively given away with a back pass to the goalkeeper to set up a 3-1 extra-time win over New Caledonian part-timers Hienghene Sport in the opening Club World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Oceania champions were under no pressure when Cedric Sansot rolled the ball to his goalkeeper Rocky Nyikeine who picked it up and conceded an indirect free kick in the 10th minute of extra time.

Abdelkarim Hassan blasted his shot past the wall and Pedro Miguel added...

Can Flamengo end 2019 as world champions and will Jorge Jesus stay in Brazil?

Jorge Jesus led Flamengo to a Brazilian title, but the FIFA Club World Cup could be his swansong.

Given the size of the country and the number of established teams, the Brazilian league is often considered one of the most competitive in the world. But that does not apply this year after Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro turned the 2019 Championship into a cakewalk, a glorious victory procession.

They made sure of the title with several rounds to spare and finished with a 16-point advantage over second-placed Santos, who beat them 4-0 on the final day to inflict the champions' first league defeat in...

Liverpool face Club World Cup stadium change

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Qatar's Education City Stadium will not host matches during the FIFA Club World Cup this month after the official opening of the venue was postponed until early 2020, soccer's world governing body said on Saturday.

The change means Liverpool's two fixtures in the competition will take place at the Khalifa International stadium instead.

FIFA said the construction of the Education City Stadium was complete and the venue was operational, but the necessary certification processes took longer than expected...

Report: Real Madrid president broaches idea of rival global club competition

Paul Mariner sifts through Jurgen Klopp's comments that Liverpool may forfeit the Carabao Cup.

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has been approached by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to create an annual worldwide club competition, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, in addition to holding talks with FIFA about acquiring the commercial rights to the revamped Club World Cup.

CVC is in discussions with FIFA over funding the event in a deal that would include gaining television rights to matches it would then sell to broadcasters worldwide, the report said.

The Club...

Liverpool set to field inexperienced Carabao Cup team, youngsters included in Club World Cup squad

Ale Moreno praises Sadio Mane for stepping up and showing he's a "world-class player of the highest level."
Mark Ogden doesn't believe Jadon Sancho will be best suited to join Liverpool in January.

Liverpool are set to field a youthful team in their Carabao Cup quarterfinal against Aston Villa after they named the squad to travel to the FIFA Club World Cup tournament.

The club announced they will use two different squads with the Villa tie on Dec. 17 and the semifinal in Qatar the following day.

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Liverpool named a strong 23-man squad for the tournament which includes youngsters Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones who...