The heartbreaking way in which they lost last season's Champions League final has helped Bayern Munich steel themselves for this campaign, according to manager Jupp Heynckes.
Andre Villas-Boas has played down reports linking him with a bid for Leandro Damiao and insists it is "unlikely" the Brazil striker will move to Tottenham.
Monterrey boss Victor Manuel Vucetich said beating Chelsea at the Club World Cup would be the greatest moment in the history of Mexican club football.
Host Brazil will play Japan in next year's Confederations Cup opener, and world champion Spain will begin against Uruguay.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew received a two-match touchline ban Monday and was fined 20,000 pounds ($31,772) after accepting a Football Association charge of improper conduct.
Robin van Persie's transfer to Manchester United was confirmed Wednesday by Arsenal, which confirmed it has agreed to terms on the deal.