Club World Cup

Kashima Antlers meet their Galacticos-challenging destiny

And they’re gunning for Cristiano Ronaldo in particular (Kashima Antlers) When you’re currently 11th in the J-League and you’re representing a town of 70,000, it doesn’t seem like you’d be poised to make the FIFA Club World Cup, let alone make a run that puts you in the final. But that’s the happy position that …

Five Moments in the Rich History of the Club World Cup

The club world cup was born out of a fiercely contested transcontinental tournament that pitted Europe’s best against South America’s champions By Juan Figueira [E]arly Wednesday morning, Copa Libertadores champions River Plate defeated regional hosts and J1 League titleholders Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0. Barring a massive Guangzhou Evergrande upset over Barcelona, the aforementioned Argentines will face-off …

Morocco’s 11-year-old prince won the Club World Cup

Real Madrid technically beat San Lorenzo 2–0 in the FIFA Club World Cup final to claim the title for the first time (they previously won the Intercontinental Cup, which was the predecessor to this tournament, three times), but the real winner was 11-year-old Prince Moulay Hassan. Since his father, King Mohammed IV, did not attend, …