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Real Madrid begin Club World Cup defence against Chivas or ACL winners

Real Madrid made quick work of Leganes, getting two goals from Karim Benzema to secure the victory and stay perfect.

Real Madrid will begin the defence of their Club World Cup title in the United Arab Emirates against either Mexican side, Chivas, or the winners of the 2018 Asian Champions League.

The Champions League winners will play their opening game, the semifinal, on Dec. 19 in Abu Dhabi at Zayed Sports City Stadium. The final takes place on Dec. 22 at the same venue.

Madrid have won the last three Club World Cups with Zinedine Zidane as their manager but it will be Julen Lopetegui's first venture into the...

FIFA not transparent on 'surprise' competitions revamp - UEFA president

UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti about FIFA's recent proposal of a Global Nations League.
Exclusive: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin tells Gab Marcotti the governing body will do everything to ensure a fair financial playing field.

KIEV, Ukraine -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says FIFA would have created problems of "transparency" and "good governance" by accepting a $25 billion offer from a yet-to-be-identified consortium of investors to organise two new tournaments -- a revamped 24-team Club World Cup and a Global Nations League.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had championed the proposal at the FIFA Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, in March, but said he was not at liberty to disclose who was behind it, nor did...

 By PA Sport

UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin lashes out at FIFA's Club World Cup plans

Martin Ainstein undergoes an unforgettable experience in Moscow as he visits the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center during his tour of World Cup host cities.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has launched an astonishing attack on FIFA's plans to expand the Club World Cup and start a new biennial international tournament.

Football's richest confederation and the sport's global governing body have been at odds privately ever since FIFA president Gianni Infantino first floated his mysterious £18.7 billion ($25bn) plan, but that dispute has now erupted publicly.

Infantino had hoped to call an emergency meeting of the FIFA Council this month to force...

FIFA's Gianni Infantino won't fast-track Club World Cup, Nations League - source

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will no longer try to gain approval for a $25-billion overhaul of competitions including the Club World Cup before this summer's World Cup as talks persist to gather support, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Faced with a deadline from a consortium of global investors, Infantino wanted the go-ahead from his FIFA Council by now to push ahead with plans for an expanded Club World Cup and the Nations League, a mini-World Cup every...

 By AAP

Team Wellington defeats Lautoka to win OCL, book Club World Cup spot

Team Wellington will compete at the FIFA Club World Cup after dispatching Lautoka in the two-leg OFC Champions League final.

The Kiwi outfit won the second leg 4-3 in Fiji on Sunday, a week after all-but deciding the two-leg tie with a 6-0 victory in Wellington.

Croatian midfielder Mario Ilich scored twice in the first half at Churchill Park in Lautoka for Team Wellington to ensure there would be no surprises.

The game opened up after the break, with Lautoka adding some respectability to the scoreboard.

Team...