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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0-1 Club America

Okay. We’re trying a slightly different approach this evening. It’s so cold out here that I think I’m going to need to keep my fingers working to ward off frostbite. So, I’m going to report this match as it happens. 7.15: I’m still wondering where all these photographers and hacks have suddenly appeared from. There…

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December 11, 2006
Ian

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Good evening, everyone (I’m nine hours ahead of you, remember?). I was considering writing a full preview of today’s match between Club America and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, but then it occurred to me that it will be kicking off by the time I’ve finished writing it, so I’ve take an executive decision to jettison that…

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December 11, 2006
Ian

Ahly SC 2-0 Auckland City

Well, we’re one step closer to knowing who are going to be the World Club Champions. Or, rather, we aren’t. To be precise, we’re one step closer to knowing who aren’t going to be the World Club Champions. It isn’t going to be Auckland City, though this isn’t an enormous surprise – the amateurs made…

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December 10, 2006
Ian

My Other Car’s A Toyota

To my considerable surprise, this post is coming to you from the media centre, deep in the bowels of the Toyota Stadium, in Toyota City. Sponsorship taken to its logical conclusion, I’m sure you’ll agree. I’ve got my press pass, I’ve got my match ticket, and I’m ready to cheer on Auckland City against Ahly…

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December 10, 2006
Ian

Those Magnificent Men…

Part One: The wonder that is modern technology means that I can begin my first blog of this World Club Championship from considerably higher up in the air than I have ever been before. Some of you may recall that, earlier in the week, I may have made a flippant comment about being “not very…

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December 9, 2006
Ian

As Bad As It Got: Manchester United

Last night, Manchester United squeezed into the last sixteen of the Champions League. In this day and age, failure to do so (as they did – with hilarious consequences – last season) is treated as a disaster. The tabloid newspapers instruct us that this is some sort of massive disaster that we should care about…

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December 7, 2006
Ian

The Global Village

Well, my plane reservation has been booked, my hotel reservation has been made, and (I get the feeling that some of you may chortle at this) my FIFA accreditation has arrived. I have no idea whether I’ll get the time to post anything on here tomorrow, and I know that I won’t on Friday, because…

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December 6, 2006
Ian
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