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December 21, 2014

Prince Ali
15:29 GMT

The resignation of World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia hopefully has inflicted a damaging blow to the re-election prospects of Fifa president Sepp Blatter. For it is believed to have finally convinced Prince Ali of Jordan, potentially his most credible rival, to challenge him next year.

Nicolas Gaitan
14:11 GMT

English soccer giant Manchester United are reportedly confident of sealing three successful deal in the transfer window in January for a staggering amount worth 80 million pounds.

Louis van Gaal
09:15 GMT

Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal believes losing points against teams like Aston Villa could hamper their hopes of claiming the Premier League title.

December 20, 2014

Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo: Ramos and Bale seal world title in Morocco
21:51 GMT

A header from the defender was followed up by a second-half strike from the Wales star as Carlo Ancelotti's men finished 2014 in style

Club World Cup: Cruz Azul 1-1 Auckland City (pens 2-4): Kiwis claim third place
20:06 GMT

Ryan De Vries put the New Zealanders ahead and although their Mexican opponents levelled through Joao Rojas, Ramon Tribulietx's men prevailed in the shootout

2022 Qatar World Cup logo
17:31 GMT

Despite FIFA executives unanimously agreeing to publish a legally appropriate version of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption, the world football's governing body insisted that Russia and Qatar would stay as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.

Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United: Falcao on target but Red Devils held by 10 men (picture courtesy of goal.com)
17:16 GMT

The loanee scored his second goal on his second start, but Christian Benteke's earlier opener saw the resurgent club fail to record a seventh consecutive Premier League win

Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace: Silva & Toure see off stubborn Eagles
16:44 GMT

The Spaniard was the difference with a second-half salvo, although the dogged visitors saw James McArthur's header incorrectly ruled out before the Ivorian settled the game

December 19, 2014

Fifa logo
02:51 GMT

The Fifa Executive Committee has assembled for its two-day meeting in Marrakech with the notorious Garcia report at the heart of its agenda

December 18, 2014

Gareth Bale
16:29 GMT

Manchester United planning £90 million (€114m) move for Gareth Bale.

San Lorenzo 2-1 Auckland City AET: Matos breaks New Zealand hearts to book Real Madrid clash
02:54 GMT

Angel Berlanga's goal threatened another major upset at the Club World Cup but the Argentines did enough to scrape into the final

December 17, 2014

ES Setif 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers (5-4 on pens): Algerians seal Club World Cup fifth spot
20:28 GMT

An 88th-minute equaliser from Vitor Saba took the encounter to spot-kicks but Toufik Zerara held his nerve to seal the victory

Michael Garcia
17:50 GMT

The former United States attorney led the investigation by Fifa's Ethics Committee into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments

Taarabt escalates pressure on Balotelli terming him 'no world class player'
08:48 GMT

Moroccan international Adel Taarabt has confessed that Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli never struck him as a world-class player, thus escalating pressure on him on the account of a poor run at Liverpool.

December 16, 2014

Cruz Azul 0-4 Real Madrid: European champions smash Mexicans to reach Club World Cup final
22:07 GMT

Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema's goals in the first half left the Concacaf club - who had a penalty saved - trailing before Gareth Bale and Isco cleaned up in the latter 45 minutes