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By ESPN Staff
Dec 22, 2014

Club World Cup not a good measuring stick?

Our experts explain why the Club World Cup is not a well balance competitive tournament.

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 By Tim Vickery

CWC reminds us of gulf between South American clubs, national teams

The year of club football came to a close in South America with a "Super Sunday."

In Chile, Palestino qualified for the Copa Libertadores for the first time since the mid-1970s with a surprise 9-2 aggregate thumping of Santiago Wanderers. Bolivar made sure of the title in Bolivia with a last-day league win. In Colombia, Santa Fe overcame Medellin 3-2 in a two-legged final. In Peru, after nearly three games of deadlock, Sporting Cristal found an extra-time goal to beat Juan Aurich.

And there was...

Real Madrid enjoy their trophy despite the surrealism of the Club World Cup

Real Madrid players, Gareth Bale, Iker Casillas and Toni Kross discuss their success this year following a 2-nil win over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final.

Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup was a fitting end to what has been a superb 2014 for coach Carlo Ancelotti and his almost-all-conquering team. It's also a boon to club president Florentino Perez and the marketing team at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. While the tournament remains a bit of an artificial oddity in the football calendar, there was plenty for Blancos fans and pundits to revel in after goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale secured the trophy.

Eleven-year-old...

 By Sam Kelly

San Lorenzo have plenty to be proud of despite Real Madrid defeat

The suspicion that San Lorenzo's setup in their Club World Cup semifinal vs. New Zealand side Auckland City was practice for the final itself turned out, largely, to be correct.

Of course, the now traditional final mismatch meant that sitting back and playing for the counterattack was a more sensible way of going about the showpiece than it had been in the semi. While they never looked likely to cause an upset against Real Madrid, the champions of South America will at least return to Buenos Aires...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 21, 2014

Madrid players delighted by 'perfect' year

Real Madrid players, Gareth Bale, Iker Casillas and Toni Kross discuss their success this year following a 2-nil win over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final.

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