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MADRID --- Led by its decorated
coach Pep Guardiola, Bayern
Munich heads to Morocco looking
to cap a historic season with one
last trophy at the Club World Cup.
Ronaldinho, the player Guardiola
cast out while in charge at Barcelona,
and his Atletico Mineiro team could
yet play the spoiler, however.
Champions League winner Bayern
must first get past Asian champion
Guangzhou Evergrande in tomor-
row s semifinal to set up a final with
Copa Libertadores winner Atletico
Mineiro, which faces local favourite
Raja Casablanca a day later.
One of Guardiola s first decisions
after taking over Barcelona in 2008-
09 was to sell Ronaldinho. The
Catalan coach s decision proved wise
with a record-setting six major tro-
phies won over his first season in
That sixth triumph was the Club
World Cup, and now Guardiola has
a chance to close Bayern s own
record-breaking campaign with its
fifth trophy to add to the Champions
League, Bundesliga, German Cup,
and UEFA Super Cup titles.
"We were rewarded in 2013. But
we re not yet at the end," Bayern
captain Philipp Lahm said. "We ll
give our best at the Club World Cup."
Since 2000, only European and
South American teams have reached
the final with the Europeans holding
a 5-4 edge at an event that was not
played between 2001 to 04.
Barcelona also won the title under
Guardiola in 2011.
Bayern s first test at the Agadir
Stadium is against the Chinese
champions, Guangzhou Evergrande,
led by former Italy coach Marcelo
Lippi, after they beat African cham-
pion Al Ahly 2-0 on Saturday.
Lippi, who led Italy to its World
Cup victory in 2006, said the club
competition poses a different set of
"The World Cup is a competition
that is another level, so I cannot
compare these two events," Lippi
said through a translator.
"We all know that Bayern Munich
is probably the best team in the
world. You can play them 100 times
and lose 99 times, but there is that
one match you can win so you never
Bundesliga leader Bayern has won
14 of 16 league games this season
and is on a record 41-game unbeaten
streak in the league. Franck Ribery
will lead the attack with fellow for-
ward Arjen Robben out of the tour-
nament because of a right-knee
Ronaldinho returns to the com-
petition for the first time since 2006
when the Barcelona side he led to
a Champions League title was upset
by Internacional in the final. It
marked the start of the Brazilian
player s slide with Barcelona.
Ronaldinho s form has flourished
since he joined Atletico Mineiro,
leading the club to its first South
With striker Diego Tardelli avail-
able, coach Cuca has to prepare for
an unexpected semifinal against Raja
after it eliminated Mexico s Mon-
terrey 2-0 on Saturday.
"It was a surprise to everybody,
we expected Monterrey to advance,
because of its tradition," Cuca said.
"We didn t stop observing Raja, but
it s a team with a different style com-
pared to the Mexicans.
"Now we will have to play against
the home team, but in the Copa Lib-
ertadores we also played under pres-
sure against opposing fans. Our play-
ers are used to that."
The semifinal winners play Sat-
urday in Marrakech. The tourna-
ment, which features all six conti-
nental champions plus one local host
team, will also be played in Morocco
SAO PAULO --- Public prosecu-
tors want to halt construction at
the World Cup stadium where a
man fell 115 feet (35 metres) to his
death while working on a roofing
structure in the jungle city of Man-
Prosecutors want the "immedi-
ate" interruption of work in all areas
where labourers need to be high
above the ground. They said work
should only restart after constructors
show that all safety measures are
in place at the Arena da Amazonia,
the stadium hosting four World Cup
matches next June, including Eng-
land vs Italy and United States vs
It isn t clear when the request
will be considered by a labour judge.
Work at the venue was interrupt-
ed after Saturday s death but was
expected to resume yesterday. It was
the second death at Manaus Arena
da Amazonia this year and the third
at a World Cup venue in less than
A few hours after Saturday s
death, another worker died of a
heart attack while paving an area
outside the venue in Manaus. Later
in the day, a local union threatened
to start a strike there today to com-
plain about inadequate conditions
offered to labourers.
Two workers were killed when a
crane collapsed on November 27 as
it was hoisting a 500-ton piece of
roofing at the Sao Paulo stadium
that will host the World Cup opener.
Last year, a worker died at the con-
struction site of the stadium in the
nation s capital, Brasilia.
The first death at the Arena da
Amazonia happened in March.
Another worker died in April at the
new Palmeiras stadium, which may
be used for teams training in Sao
The Arena da Amazonia is among
the six World Cup stadiums that
will not be delivered by the end of
the year as wanted by FIFA because
of construction delays.
Prosecutors said workers
shouldn t be allowed back onto the
construction site until it s deemed
"There is a need for a detailed
report attesting that the minimum
safety requirements for labourers
working in heights are in place,"
they said in a statement.
Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22,
died Saturday while helping to
installing diamond shaped panels
to the latticework of steel girders
that form part of the stadium roof.
Dozens of labourers were balanced
on the girders as they worked. When
complete, the panels on the roof are
meant to resemble snake scales.
Constructor Andrade Gutierrez
said the causes of the accident would
be investigated but reiterated its
commitment to worker safety.
FIFA and local World Cup organ-
isers expressed condolences for the
death on Saturday and said worker
safety was always a priority at all
12 host cities.
Manaus officials want to hold the
first test event at the stadium on
January 15, with around 10,000
workers who participated in the sta-
dium s construction serving as spec-
Bayern's Franck Ribery of France, right, and Hamburg's Hernandez
Rincon challenge for the ball during the German first division
Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Hamburger
SV in Munich, Germany, Saturday. AP PHOTO
Prosecutors seek to stop work at World Cup stadium
Bayern, Atletico Mineiro
prep for Club World Cup
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