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African Cup of Nations, Barcelona Highlight the Week It Was in World Football

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IJanuary 23, 2012

African Cup of Nations, Barcelona Highlight the Week It Was in World Football

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    We have roughly another week in this January's transfer window, yet we once again had a fascinating week in world football.

    This past week saw a dirty El Clasico, the start of the African Cup of Nations and more news on the Carlos Tevez transfer saga.

    Also, the Bundesliga returned and we got to hear the end of the Gary Cahill saga.

    Here is a recap of this past week in world football.

    If these Carlos Tevez stories are making you forget what happened last week, please click here to find out what happened last week.

Jan 16: Gary Cahill Joins Chelsea

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    Gary Cahill has been one of the most tracked players in England during this transfer window, and the former Bolton Wanderers defender found himself on the move to Chelsea at the beginning of the week.

    Cahill's move ends a long transfer saga and will certainly boost his hopes of making England's squad for Euro 2012.

    Cahill did not feature against Norwich City over this past weekend.

Jan 18: Carlos Tevez May Yet Still Move to AC Milan

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    The most notable name on the transfer market, Carlos Tevez, may yet still move to AC Milan during this transfer window.

    Tevez was supposed to move to Milan until Pato rejected a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain last week, which caused Tevez's potential move to Milan to get called off.

    However, a source told ESPN said that Tevez coud still move to Milan, saying that Tevez was close to agreeing to personal terms with the club and will want to join the club.

    Despite this, it still appears that Inter Milan and PSG are the frontrunners for Tevez's services.

Jan 18: Barca Win First Leg of Ugly El Clasico

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    Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 2 - Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.

    Barcelona and Real Madrid have now faced each other nine times in the last nine months, and the Catalan club has continued to have success over their old nemeses. 

    Despite an early Cristiano Ronaldo goal, Barca were able to respond with tallies from Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal to win and take a lead on aggregate going into the second leg.

    This tie will mostly be remembered from the physical play that both sides played, especially by Real Madrid on Lionel Messi.

    The tapes of Pepe stomping on Messi's hand and Fabio Coentrao pushing Messi's head down will certainly will be shown plenty of times before these two sides face each other later on this week. 

Jan 19: David Beckham Officially Stays with LA Galaxy

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    News broke of David Beckham staying with the Los Angeles Galaxy weeks ago, yet the move became official with Beckham signing a two-year deal to stay in Southern California.

    In a press conference announcing the move, Beckham said that he was approached to move back to England by several clubs, but ended up staying in Los Angeles to further grow the American game and to allow his family to stay here.

Jan 20: David De Gea Eye Problem Might Get Corrected

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    David de Gea appears that he will be one of the world's best goalkeepers in the next several years. Yet de Gea has been plagued throughout this year with some poor play, despite playing brilliantly at times.

    However, it turns out that de Gea has a problem with his vision out of one of his eyes, which has impaired him throughout his life. 

    To correct this problem, the optometrist at Manchester United has recommended that de Gea should go in for laser eye surgery to correct this problem.

Jan 20: Bundesliga Returns with Bayern Defeat

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    Borussia Monchengladbach 3 Bayern Munich 1

    Bayern Munich got off to a historic start this season in the Bundesliga, yet they found themselves off to the wrong foot in 2012 with a loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.

    A brace from Patrick Herrmann was enough for Monghengladbach, who are just a point off the top of the Bundesliga table to Bayern.

Jan 21: Liverpool Get Stunned by Relegation-Threatened Bolton

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    Bolton 3 Liverpool 1

    Bolton have been a disappointing side throughout this season, yet they were able to pull out the shock of the weekend in the Premier League with stellar 3-1 win at the Reebok over Liverpool.

    Early first half strikes from Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker before Gretar Rafn Steinsson secured the win early in the second half following a calamitous corner.

    With the win, Bolton have escaped the drop zone for the first time in months while Liverpool now have as many loses as wins away from Anfield with five. 

Jan 21: Upsets Mark Start of African Cup of Nations

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    Equatorial Guinea 1 Libya 0

    Senegal 1 Zambia 2

    The Africa Cup of Nations is known for the entertaining play that it often supplies, yet very few people could have anticipated two upsets in the first day of the tournament.

    The opening game saw host-nation and African minnow Equatorial Guinea win their first ever match in the AFCON on a late winner from Javier Balboa over Libya.

    The second match of the day saw dark horse favorite Senegal fall to Zambia 2-1 thanks to two early first half strikes.

Jan 22: Manchester Clubs Twice Defeat London Clubs

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    Manchester City 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2

    Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

    With two fantastic Premier League matches, this Super Sunday truly lived up to its name with both Manchester clubs defeating their London rivals.

    The first match saw Man City overcome a resilient Tottenham side that was able to equalize the match at two after being down 2-0. City got a penalty in the dying moments of stoppage time and Mario Balotelli was able to convert it to give City the win.

    The other match of the day saw Man United defeat Arsenal at the Emirates thanks to a late winner from Danny Welbeck. The loss is Arsenal's third straight loss in the Premier League.

Jan 22: Didier Drogba Goal Highlights Day 2 of AFCON

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    Cote d'Ivorie 1 Sudan 0

    Burkina Faso 1 Angola 2

    After seeing two upsets in the first day of the African Cup of Nations, the Cote d'Ivorie became the first side in the tournament that was favored to win that fulfilled the expectations of the odds makers with a winner from Didier Drogba late in the second half.

    The other match of the day saw Burkina Faso and Angola face each other in a highly entertaining match. Angola were able to ride second half goals from Mateus and Manucho to secure the win.

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