Highest Win Over Reigning Champion In FIFA World Cup

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Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 to win the FIFA Club World Cup in extra-time after the Japanese Champions played the game of the lives to leave Zinedine Zidane's team hanging on at the end of 90 minutes.

A glance at the history books will suggest Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick, was the hero but it was Karim Benzema who was head and shoulders man of the match.

It was the Frenchman's pass in the first half of extra-time that Ronaldo took into his stride and converted to put Real Madrid 3-2 up. He also got the first before Gaku Shibasaki scored twice.

Kashima never gave up and even after Ronaldo's second goal Yuma Suzuki crashed a header against the bar. Ronaldo finished it by lashing in the fourth from the edge of the six-yard box after Toni Kroos' mis-hit his shot.

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Real Madrid will aim to win yet another piece of silverware when they take on Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the...

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Cristiano Ronaldo signed off his stellar 2016 in style on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick to lift Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory and underline his status as the world’s best player.

Ronaldo, crowned the Ballon d’Or winner for a fourth time last week, helped Real win the Champions League before leading Portugal to European Championship triumph.

“The statistics don’t lie,” Ronaldo told Real’s website. “I’ve had a great season personally and as part of a team. It was a perfect year.

“I have kept my level of performance as high as possible over the last 10 years. I want to keep working and enjoy my football, that is what I love the most.”

The Portuguese forward is savouring everything that has happened since he converted the winning spot-kick in a penalty shootout against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in May.

Ronaldo did endure a run of four matches without a goal in La Liga in October – his joint-worst run since he joined Real in...

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Sure, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil next month, and there’s an actual FIFA 14 interactive world cup, but that’s just for single players. What about the teams? Which nation produces the best players? With the IRL version taking place this summer, which team of eSports pros would scoop the digital Jules Rimet? We give our take on the top eight nations for EA's game and their line ups. Who would win? We’ve picked our eight seed countries – let’s hear your thoughts.

France

Star Players: Bruce Grannec, Julien Dassonville
Odds: 3/1

French gamers have taken the FIFA world by storm, so there’s no question that France would be one of the most dominant forces in the tournament. For starters, one of the, if not, the most successful FIFA gamer of all time, and current FIWC champion, Bruce 'Spank' Grannec is wearing the French team livery, and he’ll make sure the ball hits the back of the digital net each and every time. Joined by him is pro FIFA player Julien...

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The FIFA Club World Cup, formerly known as the FIFA Club World Championship, is an international men's association football competition organised by the...

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Updated: 04/1/16

The football world glitters with an enormous variety of prizes in different tournaments all over the world. Apart from the huge popularity of domestic leagues, there are some best football tournaments taking place, each of them has a unique claim to fame. Domestic cup tournaments always engage in an invisible competition with International football tournaments for superiority worldwide. All these tournaments, domestic or International, always draw a huge people of different countries. After all it’s all about football. People go crazy to find their teams, to find their heroes at the top.

We have enlisted the top 10 best football tournaments of the world. Many can differ with the list. The list of best football tournaments was made on the basis of their global reputation and sporting challenge.

10 Best Football Tournaments of the World:

10. Copa del Rey

Copa del Rey is also known as “King’s Cup”. It is one of the most...

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FIFA Women's World Cup: Historical Rundown to Canada 2015

Last summer we saw the men's game produce one of the most memorable FIFA World Cup's in history in Brazil, with Germany proving victorious in a tight final against the Argentineans at the Maracana. Twelve months later it is the turn of the women to replicate the excitement of a year ago, in which could be the most significant tournament in the female game to date.
Canada will host the seventh Women's FIFA World Cup with Japan looking to defend their title after lifting gold in Germany in 2011. Both the United States and Germany lead the way with both sides searching for a third crown which will see them become the most successful women's national side in history. However, breathing down their necks in search for a second title are the talented Norwegians and the exciting Japanese. Unlike in the men's game, the Spanish and the Brazilians have struggled to reach their full potential on the biggest stage, with...
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After a steadily diminishing goals-per-game ratio at recent World Cups, the 2014 tournament has bucked the trend in spectacular fashion.

A week into the competition, the average number of goals scored per game is just under 2.9, leaving the tournament on course to become the most high-scoring World Cup since the 1958 event in Sweden (3.6).

Here, AFP Sports identifies six factors behind the unexpected goal explosion:

1. The legacy of 'tiki-taka'

- Spain's tournament may have been ended by Chile on Wednesday, but the defending champions' six-year reign as the world's pre-eminent national team has had a profound impact on the way that teams play. The 'tiki-taka' passing style pioneered by Spain and Barcelona has been copied around the world, with proactive, attacking football and aggressive pressing now widespread. The example set by players such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta means that players have become accustomed to taking more risks in possession, which...

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The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 to 29 June. The tournament was won by Brazil, who beat Sweden 5–2 in the final for their first title. The tournament is also notable for marking the debut on the world stage of a then largely unknown 17-year-old...

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