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Liverpool petition to wear Club World Cup badge in EPL, Barcelona to renew Neymar pursuit, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Dutch Eredivisie”Fc Groningen v Fc Emmen”

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, fun, and food. Today’s a great day to break out the crest of one of the best-named clubs in all of soccer:

FC Santa Claus

They’re based in Finland if you’re trying to head to a match at the “North Pole.” Okay, some links:

Liverpool ask Premier League to reconsider ruling over Club World Cup gold bad - The Echo

Liverpool won the FIFA Club World Cup, but the Premier League won’t let them wear the champions badge on their jerseys during league matches. That’s dumb...they’re the champs, let them wear their badge.

Barcelona to make attempt to sign Neymar from PSG in summer - ESPNFC

Barcelona has decided it wants Neymar Jr. back, so they are going to try and sign him away from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. We’ll see if it happens.

On soccer, family, life and loss - Black & Red United

Our very own Ryan Keefer with a wonderful article about 2019 and how soccer, family, and loss has shaped him.

Four MLS-based coaches complete US Soccer Pro License, more en route for 2020 - MLS

D.C. United’s Nolan Sheldon is among 7 coaches that completed their U.S. Soccer Pro License coursework this year.

Developers buy land for Southeast Raleigh soccer stadium project - Raleigh News & Observer

North Carolina FC and the North Carolina Courage may be moving into a new home if they can get a new stadium plan approved. The land has been purchased for the project.

World Cup 2022: Club World Cup provides some clues about Qatar experience - BBC

Liverpool’s run to the Club World Cup title gave English press a chance to reveal what the 2022 World Cup may look like with regards to weather, logistics, and tourism.

Alan Pardew appointed manager of ADO Den Haag - NBC Sports

Alan Pardew will be headed to the Netherlands for his next coaching job, taking over at ADO Den Haag.

Detroit City FC first women’s coach Sam Piraine tasked with assembling roster - Detroit News

Detroit City FC has a new women’s team, and their coach heads into the new year trying to assemble a roster from scratch.

From all of us here at Black & Red United, may all of you out there have a Merry Christmas!