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Two goals from Messi and one each by Xavi and Fabregas helped the Spanish and European Champions of last season to become the World Champions second time in three years.
Also, the star for Barcelona in this match, Lionel Messi claims his personnel award beating Neymar (Santos) and Xavi (Barcelona) to become Club World Cup player of the tournament.
Barcelona, who were favorites in this match dominated their opponents throughout the match. Exerting pressure resulting in goals from Adriano, Maxwell and Kieta. Although, celebrations were muted by a serious injury sustained by David Villa who could be out for a long period.
Barcelona now face the Brazilian side Santos to win the Club World Cup second time. First Club World Cup victory came in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
Pakistan and Bangladesh while fight it out in the cricket field , sadly for both the nations , their football teams have been eliminated in the 2011 Saff Championship being held in New Delhi.Pakistan clinched their third draw in a row against Nepal when a win was desperately needed !
Pakistan who faced a do or die dilemna settled in early into their long ball strategy quite early into the match but this turned out to be once again fruitless.While Nepal with their crisp , short passing and building from the back were more of a threat on the oppositions goal. A 36th minute volley from the 21 year-old Bharat khawas while the Pakistani's were caught ball watching took Nepal into the lead.Right at the start of the 2nd half, Pakistan had earned a penalty which was converted comprehensively by Samar Ishaq. Pakistan had already been denied a clear penalty in the 17th minute.
Both teams fought hard which also resulted in two players of either side being strechered off into an ambulance. The match comtinued with both teams having the opportunities to win it - Nepal hitting the post from a set piece and Pakistan's Atif bashir who plays in the Welsh league shooting wide of the goal in the dieing minutes . And that was all , much to the delight of the Nepalese fans who had come in numbers to support their side.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Xavi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo have been nominated as the finalist for the Ballon d' Or Award 2011. Lionel Messi was crowned with this award in 2010 as well as in 2009. Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2008, is also still in the race to win the trophy for a second time. The third remaining candidate is Spain international and Barcelona midfielder Xavi, who finished third in both 2009 and 2010. Messi is also one of the three remaining candidates to win the Puskas award for his goal in the Champions League against Arsenal, while Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (winning goal against Manchester City) and Santos forward Neymar (strike versus Flamengo) have also made the final three.
The three candidates for the title of Coach of the Season were also announced at the gathering at France Football's headquarters, with Barcelona's Pep Guardiola, Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho. Jose Mourinho recieved the title last year.
Socrates was rushed to hospital on the night of 1st December 2011 for a possible case of food poisoning but was later transferred in ICU as the problem was recognized as a Septic Shock, in which bacteria from an infection seeps into the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body.
It was the third time in four months that he was been treated in ICU since alcohol abuse which caused his stomach to hemorrhage in August. The disease finally became life threatening as he died on Sunday 4th December 2011.
Socrates played for and Captained Brazil in the 1982 World Cup but couldn’t guide his team to victory despite of his marvelous show in the world cup. Socrates was capped 60 times for Brazil between May 1979 and June 1986 and scored 22 goals for his national side.
Nicolas Sebastien Anelka (Abdul Salam Bilal), French national who plays for english Premier League team Chelsea. His pictures of visiting a Mosque in Manchester are available on internet and can be seen easily.
Anelka's words about the effect of Islam in his Life "Being a Muslim makes me have a calmer and philosophical outlook to life. I think carefully about everything i do, and daily prayers keep me focused."
2. Zinedine Yazid Zidane:
Former French and Real Madrid great is widely know as Zezu and famous for his headers which gave the Frenchmen the only worldcup star on their shirts.
Three time FIFA World Player of the Year is also famous for his headbut on Italy Mid-fielder "Matrazi" in the 2006 FIFA world cup final which caused Zezu a Red card and caused Fracne their second World title.]]>
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has directed an expletive-ridden outburst at Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and the Barcelona Boss in his autobiography (JAG AR ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC).
Staying on the true side and accepting his bad-boy image in the book, Ibrahimovic also describes a series of controversies with other players and coaches during his career.]]>
Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England captain for Saturday's friendly international with Spain at Wembley.
The Chelsea midfielder will lead out England for the second time as the official captain, John Terry, is not starting against the World Champions.
Fabio Capello however did, confirm that Terry will captain England against Sweden on Tuesday and reiterated that he is 'innocent until proven guilty' in the ongoing race row.]]>