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lvgAccording to a report in the Telegraph, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been assured that “substantial funds” are available for him to spend in the January transfer window.

Despite spending £150 million during the summer, van Gaal and United did not buy a world class center half, and now it looks like they will address their biggest need next month.

iker-casillasWhen Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday to become Club World Cup champions, skipper Iker Casillas made history as he became the first captain to win eight major trophies, the Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Champions League, World Cup and the European Championships.

The 33-year-old can now also claim to have won every competition he has ever played in after goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale secured victory in Marrakesh.

Real Madrid Are World Club Champions

real-world-championsReal Madrid are FIFA Club World Cup champions after easily beating San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final in Morocco.

The Champions League winners scored on either side of the half thanks to goals from defender Sergio Ramos and winger Gareth Bale. The two wins in Morocco, means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won their last 22 consecutive matches in all competitive matches. An incredible record.

This was no more than a practice game for Real as San Lorenzo rarely threatened Iker Casillas’s goal.

White Hart LanePremier League side Tottenham Hotspur could be the next club that is taken over by the deep pockets of the Qatari Government

Qatar sports minister Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali has told The Associated Press that the Gulf state is keen to purchase a Premier League club, although I am not sure how Uefa will handle that as they already own Paris Saint-Germain.

Al-Ali said the Qatari government has been approached about investment in the English top flight and added:

“Some of the opportunities are really good.”

Falcao: I really want to stay at Man United

Falcao-scoresRadamel Falcao says that he would love to stay at Manchester United, but admits that a permanent move to Old Trafford will depend on how much he plays from now until the end of the season.

United made a big splash by signing the Colombian striker from Monaco in deadline day, but Falcao was obviously not fully recovered from his knee surgery early in the year and as a result he has struggled to find form and has scored just once in 11 appearances.

capitalonecupPremier League leaders Chelsea have been drawn against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final, while Tottenham Hotspur will take on League One side Sheffield United.

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the quarter-finals while Chelsea beat Derby by the same scoreline. The first leg of the semi-final will be played at Anfield the week commencing January 19, with the second leg taking place the following week.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho won his first trophy in England by beating Liverpool to the League Cup in 2005, and his side will be away in the first leg.

13 Cities Announced For 2015 Gold Cup

The US national team will begin the defense of their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in July in Dallas, one of 13 North American host cities for the event unveiled by CONCACAF.

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Toronto’s BMO Field will also host a game for the first time in the tournament’s history, marking the mark the first time the Gold Cup has been played in Canada.

The other host cities announced on Tuesday are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The tournament runs July 7-26, and the host city for the championship game will be announced early next year.

US Soccer Heading To Gillette

US Fans BrazilThe seedings for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup have been announced and the The U.S. will play the tournament’s opening match on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, followed by a July 10 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three days later, the USA will complete the group phase at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

CONCACAF’s top-ranked teams, the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico, will headline the 12-nation tournament from July 7-26, along with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba. Honduras and French Guiana will meet in March with the playoff winner securing the final berth in the 2015 Gold Cup.

sevilla-europa-leagueLiverpool have been drawn against Turkish side Besiktas in the Europa League and will return to the stadium where they won the Champions League in 2005. Besiktas are playing their European matches at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium this season while their home ground is being renovated.

Everton will head to Bern in Switzerland to take on Young Boys while Tottenham face Fiorentina in the last 32.

In the historical glamor tie of the round, Celtic will play Inter Milan in a repeat of the 1967 European Cup final.

For the second consecutive year, Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16. The Spanish giants eliminated Manuel Pellegrini’s team at this stage last season, winning 4-1 on aggregate.

 

Manchester City director of football and former Barcelona player Txiki Begiristain told Sky Sports News:

“Every tie in that draw is the same. It’s fantastic, so we’re looking forward to it.
“We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for those games.
“We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front.”