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Brazilian club team Timao has reported on their website a finalized deal to set the Corinthians against Real Madrid in a friendly that would pit Christiano Ronaldo and Kaka against Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima from Brazil and newly signed Roberto Carlos.

Although no date is official, the Timao site is reporting an August date.  The difficulty lies in the fact that it is a World Cup year and the annual South American club competition, The Copa Libertadores being held in August of which the Timao are sure to capture.  The date for that cup’s finals has been set for August 18th.

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Pedro saves Barcelona

Soccer and snow – not so good together. So I’m stuck indoors today, watching a brilliant display by Barcelona as it comes from behind to defeat Estudiantes de la Plata in the FIFA Club World Cup.

It was one thing to see Pedro score the equalizer in the 89th minute on a header that just barely floated over the head of goalkeeper Damian Albil, who had some great saves in the game but couldn’t stop that one.

But then Lionel Messi sneaks into the box to score the game-winner with his chest? Are you kidding me? Just a brilliant goal to cap a historic 2009 for his squad.

The shame is you wonder how many people actually followed the match in what’s often an overlooked tourney. (Even I briefly forgot about the one match I knew I wanted to see today, but that’s because I was I gleefully watching Fulham pummel Manchester United.)

As good as the UEFA Champions League is, it’s just that – a club title for Europe.

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