Barcelona booked their place in the FIFA World Club Cup final with an easy 4-0 win over Asian champions, Al-Sadd of Qatar
but the win was dampened as David Villa broke his leg, ruling the Spanish striker out for up an expected six months.
Barcelona will meet Santos in the final to determine the best club side in the world with the Catalans tiki-taka favourite to defeat the Brazilian's samba style.
As the NBA descends into chaos once again, a big price on the LA Clippers to make an impact in the West this season should fill us all with some Christmas cheer.
Neymar scored a brilliant left-footed curling shot from range to set Santos on their way to a 3-1 win over Japanese Kashiwa
The prospect of a Barcelona-Santos final draws ever nearer with the Spaniards in action tomorrow.
First Mourinho, now the world!
In the wake of their triumph over Madrid at the weekend Barcelona are aiming to clinch the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan this week. The Catalan club won the trophy in 2009 and will look to overcome Al Sadd of Qatar in the semi-finals before facing either Santos or Japanese champions, Kashiwa Reysol in the final on Sunday.
As English sides struggle against Europe's elite, there is good news for the national team as Wayne Rooney's international
suspension is reduced, making him available for the final Euro 2012 group game against Ukraine.
Will Rooney manage to top England's goalscoring tally, or can someone else step up and propel the nation to glory?