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FIFA Club World Cup final set: Chelsea vs. Corinthians

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Chelsea FC’s Frank Lampard attempts a shot by CF Monterrey players during the semifinal of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament at International Stadium Yokohama, in Yokohama, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Chelsea won the match, 3-1. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)


It really is no wonder that the FIFA Club World Cup comes and goes every year with barely a world-wide whisper.

What seems on its face like it should be a big deal – this is a FIFA tournament to crown ostensibly the world’s best club, after all – is mostly dismissed or ignored by fans. Why is that? Because most of the event is a pretense to arrive where we all knew it would arrive anyway.

Chelsea will meet South American champion Corinthians (from Brazil) in Sunday’s final in Japan.

Chelsea made quick work of Mexico’s Monterrey in Thursday’s semifinal. The match was over by the fourth minute, as Chelsea took a 2-0 lead – underscoring the vast gulf between the champions of Europe and the kings of our region, North and Central American and the Caribbean.

Yes, upsets can and have happened, although not often. This even has been held regularly since 2005. In that time, 6 of the 7 finals have featured the South American champion against the European champion. Congolese club Mazembe did advance into the 2010 championship contest, only to fall 3-0 to Italy’s Inter Milan.