Football Champions

So France lost 1-0 to China today. Which sounds bad. And is bad. But take a look at the goal from Deng Zhuoxiang that won it:

Either Deng is better than Pirlo/Juninho/Beckham combined, or every bad thing we’ve heard about the adidas Jabulani World Cup ball is true.


Antoine Griezmann scored his first hat-trick for Atletico Madrid as the Spanish La Liga champions came from behind to win 4-1 at Athletic Bilbao as Villarreal won 3-0 and Malaga claimed a 2-1 comeback [read]

Marseille moved three points clear at the top of France's Ligue 1 thanks to a 2-1 win against Lille at the Stade Velodrome as Alexandre Lacazette scored in each half as Lyon moved up to second wi [read]

Felipe Anderson and Mateo Kovacic exchanged goals of real quality as Inter Milan fought back to rescue a 2-2 draw with Lazio at San Siro on Sunday night as Kamil Glik scored twice in the second half a [read] recaps the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014, where Real Madrid capped off a historic year with a 2-0 win over Cruz Azul in the final, Auckland City made history of their own and the supporter [read]

Ally McCoist's reign as Rangers manager ended on Sunday when he left the Glasgow club, the Scottish second-tier side announced, though the 52-year-old was already working a 12-month notice period [read]

Hoffenheim brought a spectacular end to their 2014 with a 5-0 German Bundesliga victory at Hertha Berlin on Sunday, moving them to within a point of the top six for the duration of the winter break an [read]

After suffering a bloody head injury in the second half, Martin Skrtel scored from a header in the seventh minute of stoppage time to give Liverpool a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, while Sunderland beat Newc [read]

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is hungry for more goals after filling a void, due in part to the absence of talisman Sergio Aguero, for the champions by striking twice against Crystal Palace. [read]

Juventus have just as much motivation as Monday's rivals Napoli to win the Italian Supercoppa final, according to Bianconeri coach Massimiliano Allegri. [read]