Created on 10-11-2013 at 15:55 PM
Bayern’s route to the trophy at the FIFA Club World Cup 2013 in Morocco from 11 to 21 December could yet be barred by an old foe. Leading Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, coached by Italian World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi, claimed the Asian Champions League for the first time on Saturday thanks to a 1-1 draw at home to FC Seoul in the second leg of the final. The first meeting in Korea Republic ended in a 2-2 draw. Guangzhou, Chinese champions for the last three seasons, will now meet the African Champions League winners, Orlando Pirates or Al Ahly Cairo, on 14 December in Morocco. Bayern meet the winners of this clash in the semi-finals.
Subotic out of Dortmund versus Bayern
Borussia Dortmund are likely to be without regular centre-back Neven Subotic for the rest of the season after the Serbian defender ruptured a posterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away to Wolfsburg. Subotic was unable to continue after falling badly in a challenge with Ivica Olic and left the field on a stretcher. Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp will now definitely be without Subotic for the top of the table clash with Bayern in two weeks time.
Shortlist of five for Ballon d’Or gala
For the first time, the ceremony to crown the 2013 World Player of the Year in Zurich next January will feature five finalists, FIFA President Joseph Blatter has announced. Previous Ballon d’Or galas have featured a shortlist of three. The names of the five candidates will be unveiled on 9 December. The long list of 23 features six Bayern players: Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
CSKA make up ground
Russian champions CSKA Moscow, Bayern’s next Champions League opponents on 27 November, have cut the gap to the leading group in the Russian Premier Liga thanks to a clear-cut 4-1 victory over Terek Grosny. Doumbia (9, 38), Tosic (20) and Ignashevich (24) scored the goals for CSKA, who are up to fourth and lie only three points off second spot, the position needed for a shot at qualifying for the Champions League. Last season’s league and cup winners benefited from defeats for leaders Zenit St. Petersburg (4-2 against Spartak Moscow) and second-placed Locomotive Moscow (2-0 away to Tomsk).