Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes his side`s chances of winning an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship have been hampered by the decision to delay the end of the Spanish league season by a week.
Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week. An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club`s history.
India has not yet given up on its plans to host a Club World Cup in the near future, according to AIFF president Praful Patel, who asserted that the country's football scene would soon develop "qualitatively and quantitatively".
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez is available for Saturday`s Club World Cup final against San Lorenzo but centre back Sergio Ramos needs a late fitness test, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with "a knife between our teeth" when they face the European champions in Saturday`s Club World Cup final.
Western Sydney Wanderers were just a minute from a glamour Club World Cup clash against Real Madrid before they slumped to a 3-1 extra-time defeat to Cruz Azul, finishing their quarter-final with nine men.