Sunday sees the Club World Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan between River Plate of Argentina and Barcelona. Normally, the Catalans would be the favorites, but star forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar have been injured, and it's unclear if they'll play.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez power Barcelona to a third FIFA Club World Cup title. The Catalans beat River Plate. That means that Barcelona will end the 2015 calendar year with four trophies.
Spanish police have conducted raids on Catalan regional government offices and arrested at least 12 people. Madrid is cracking down on unauthorized Catalan plans to hold an independence referendum on October 1.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best men's player of 2017, beating Lionel Messi to the top spot. Other notable winners were Zinedine Zidane, as coach of the year, and Lieke Martens, winner of the top women's player.
The suspension by Spanish courts of a plenary session to consider a declaration of independence has been called a violation of freedom of speech by Catalan leaders. Two banks are considering a move away from the region.
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