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December 23, 2014

Lionel Messi
16:45 GMT

The Blaugrana wished their fans a happy Christmas in this amusing festive message

Arsenal squad
16:42 GMT

Arsenal became the third most followed team on the social network after becoming the first Premier League club to reach five million followers on Twitter.

Mario Balotelli
16:37 GMT

The striker was handed a one-match suspension, and fined £25,000, after posting a controversial image on Instagram, but his "naivety and apology" reduced the punishment

December 22, 2014

Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea: Terry & Fabregas keep Mourinho's men three points clear
22:17 GMT

The Blues went ahead inside two minutes thanks to their skipper, before the Spanish playmaker wrapped up the three points late on to keep second-placed Manchester City at bay

Juventus 2-2 Napoli AET (5-6 on pens): Benitez's men seal Supercoppa after epic shootout
20:55 GMT

Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain scored two apiece to take the clash to spot-kicks, where Simone Padoin missed the crucial effort to hand the trophy to the Partenopei

2014 Brazil World Cup had its fair share of surprises
17:07 GMT

The Sochi Olympics and Brazil World Cup dominate sport in 2014 but also make headlines away from the playing field in 2014.

England's David Beckham (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) pose during a photocall to launch The England 2018 / 2022 World Cup bid back in 2009
16:00 GMT

A FIFA official has revealed that despite England's failed bid to host the World Cup in 2018, the nation had been by far the strongest contender, questioning that how could they have got only two votes.

December 21, 2014

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal: Skrtel rescues a point for 10-man Reds (picture courtesy of goal.com)
18:27 GMT

The Gunners made the most of their only two shots on target all game but the hosts, who dominated proceedings for the majority, equalised in the 97th minute with a powerful header

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