The calendar year is inexorably drawing to a close, and while many people are beginning to wind down and think of the holiday season, that is definitely not the case for football fans around the world. The focus for the sport’s global family is firmly fixed on Japan this week, and the start of the FIFA Club World Cup 2011. The eighth edition of the intercontinental showdown boasts yet another exceptional array of teams.
Favourites for the trophy are Spanish giants FC Barcelona and their household-name squad. The UEFA Champions League holders claimed the world club crown in the United Arab Emirates two years ago, and now set off for the Far East determined to repeat the 2009 triumph. “We’re under an obligation to win,” declared superstar Lionel Messi in a FIFA.com interview. “The Club World Cup is a highly prestigious tournament, and we want to win it.”
by The Punjapit Alliance