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The locals got their wish. Their very own superstar delivered the goods with a goal from his heart to proclaim Barcelona as FIFA Club World Cup Champions of the World.

 

The truth of the matter was that he, proclaimed World footballer of the year the following day, and he alone (well maybe not…remember the title of this piece) was the catalyst for Barcelona winning the trophy. An uninspiring display against Atlante Bandarq Online was brought to life by his introduction and in the final he stood out for his intelligent use of the ball during the game and then elevated himself to immortal status. Normally you would describe this as head and shoulders better than the rest. Not Lionel Messi, he has to go one better. Head, shoulders and chest better than the rest.

 

Barcelona v Estudiantes Club World Cup Final

 

The day itself was firstly notable for the absence of the Congo fans, as for the first time since their introduction to the tournament I could hear myself think. Their non stop cacophony of noise and their lead dancer entertained us all, (but I do prefer it when the noise relates to the action on the pitch).

 

Estudiantes fans began the day in good voice and baited their opponents outside the ground as they had many more fans in evidence as they warmed up for the evening’s match. They could be heard throughout the 3rd place play off game, which Pohang Steelers won on penalties.

 

Barcelona v Estudiantes Club World Cup Final

 

We waited for Barcelona fans to make themselves heard during the final but it was evident that Estudiantes were the ones whose passionate fans had made the trip in more numbers.

 

It wasn’t till the end as Barcelona piled on the pressure that chants of Barza from the locals resounded around the stadium. Finally the Estudiantes fans were silenced as with just 1 minute and 45 seconds of normal time left Pedro equalised. From then on their chants got stronger as they knew what was going to happen. Chants of Messi were far louder than that of Barcelona as the locals’ dreams were brought to life.

 

Barcelona v Estudiantes Club World Cup Final

 

As I left the stadium a local banging a drum chanted Messi’s name……whilst wearing a Real Madrid shirt! I am sure the local will be back next year probably wearing a Messi shirt whilst watching Real Madrid.

 

New football book titles out this month include El Nino: My Story, the autobiography of Liverpool’s Fernando Torres, Glory Glory, Andy Mitten’s interviews with Manchester United stars of the 1990s and 39 Days of Gazza, the sad story of Paul Gascoigne’s ill-fated time in charge of non-League Kettering Town.

 

Other new books popular in December are the Manchester United and Liverpool 2010 annuals – the kids love ’em.

 

The top 3 selling football books in the UK at the end of the year are El Nino, The Goalie: My Story by ex-Rangers’ keeper Andy Goram and Jellyman’s Thrown A Wobbly by Jeff Stelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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