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Barca Yawns as Internacional Crowned 'World's Best Club'
Associated Press, December 18th, 2006 4:25PM

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Internacional, the small club from the small Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, is the new king of club soccer, winning the Club World Cup final 1-0 against Barcelona of Spain. "Whatever," says the rest of the world. Even though Barcelona brought most of its first-teamers to its week-long effort in Yokohama, Japan, and even though Internacional was able to steal victory in the last 10 minutes, no one seriously believes Inter is the best team in the world-or that this competition really stands for much. This FIFA tournament is a joke, the Associated Press suggests, and while Barcelona used it as an opportunity to collect another ornament, it didn't do so at any great price. "The surprise would have been if Barcelona would have won," former Barcelona coach and Netherlands great Johan Cruyff said, suggesting that the Catalans cared more about not picking up any injuries than winning the tournament. After all, Barca has much bigger fish to fry, and already has its share of injury problems. Once there was a time when great South American players stayed in South America, but nowadays, they're bought at a young age by teams in Spain, Italy, Portugal and other European countries, so tournaments like this amount to little more than a showpiece for the likes of Pato Alexandre and Luiz Adriano, teenagers who could easily be on their way to Europe following fine displays in Japan. Read the original story...


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