World Club Cup

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A competition so pointless, Iran were very nearly the hosts

Who do you think are the best club side in the world right now? Is it Bayern Munich, led by the greatest manager of the modern era in Pep Guardiola, with Ballon D’or candidate Franck Ribery in their ranks, as well as the world’s best defender in Philipp Lahm, the most reliable keeper in Manuel Neuer and the world’s best midfield duo of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez, the team who are setting records for the longest unbeaten run in the most competitive league in the world, who just broke the Champions League record for most consecutive wins, and who just the other day hammered a close rival 7-0 away from home? Or is it Auckland City, narrowly victors over Waitakere United (greatest ever player Neil Emblen Wolves fans) in the final of the 2013 OFC Champions League? If you’re thinking the latter, you’re probably Sepp Blatter’s kind of fella.

The World Club Cup started life as a holiday for Manchester United, which enabled them to stroll to the 2000 Premier League title. It was a disaster. So as with all bad ideas from FIFA, it came back five years later and now occurs far too often, every bloody year.

Only once in its history has the final not featured the European vs South American final, when despite having 23 shots on goal, Internacional lost to TP Mazembe of the Congo in the freak 2010 semi.

No such fun & games expected this year – for some free money, back Bayern and Atletico to meet in the final.

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