Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 "the best year of my life" after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.
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.
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.
San Lorenzo, the Argentine club who can number Pope Francis among their loyal supporters, lifted the Libertadores Cup for the first time in their history on Wednesday when they beat Nacional Asuncion of Paraguay in the final.
Former Chile coach Claudio Borghi is returning to former South American champions Argentinos Juniors where he shone as a striker and whose team he steered to the club`s third Argentine league title in 2010.
Pope Francis warmly greeted players from his favourite football team San Lorenzo after a general audience in St Peter`s Square on Wednesday, following their victory in the national championship in Argentina.