Weekly sports agenda: Sun, sea and sand in Europe and the Middle East

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Highlighted sporting events from the four week period of Saturday 21 November - Friday 18 December: two FIFA soccer tournaments in the United Arab Emirates, tennis' ATP World Tour Finals in London. and the end of season ASP World Tour surfing competition, the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.

Sailing: Louis Vuitton Trophy
November 7-22
Nice, France

Louis Vuitton and the newly formed World Sailing Teams Association combined forces to present the first stage in this new Trophy (previously called the World Series), following the success of the LV Pacific Series and continuing uncertainty over the 2010 Americas Cup.
http://www.louisvuittontrophy.com

Soccer: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
November 16-22
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 2009 Beach Soccer World Cup kicked off on November 16 at the Jumeirah open beach in Dubai. Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast joined 12-times winners Brazil for the tournament. Matches are streamed live on the FIFA website: the semi finals take place at 15:30 and 17:00 GMT on November 21, with the third place playoff and grand final on November 22, at 15:30 and 17:00 GMT respectively.
http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup

Golf: Dubai World Championship
November 19-22
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This four day golfing event at the brand new Jumeirah Golf Estates is the last stage of the PGA European Tour with a hefty $1.5m of the $7.5m prize fund going to the Championship winner, and bonus $1.5m from a similarly sized fund going to the end-of-season Tour leader.
http://www.dubaiworldchampionship.com

Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals
November 22-29
O2 Arena
London, England

The O2 Arena in London hosts the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time, as the 8 best singles players and 8 best doubles teams in men's tennis enter round-robin tournaments in this close season decider. Roger Federer is on course for a world record equalling 5th win, should he emerge victorious by the week end.
http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com

Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
December 3-6
Tokyo, Japan

The International Skating Union's 2009-10 Grand Prix tour started with the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris, France on October 15 and will have taken in competitive events in Russia, China, Japan, the USA and Canada before returning to Japan for the finals.
http://www.icenetwork.com

Equestrian: Salon du Cheval
December 5-13
Paris, France

The internationally respected annual Salon du Cheval incorporates the International Vaulting Masters on December 4 and 5, horse and cart racing in The Paris'Cup Driving Competition on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6, the GUCCI Masters and the Rolex IJRC Top 10 showjumping championships December 10-13, and of course the multi-disciplinary Grand Prix Magazine Track throughout the duration of the Salon.
http://salon-cheval.com

Soccer: FIFA Club World Cup
December 9-19
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Six continental champions join the UAE's league champion in competing for a chunk of the $16.5million (€11.1m) prize fund. European champions FC Barcelona benefit from a seeded place in one semi final, as do the Argentinian team Estudiantes: Al-Ahli of the UAE, New Zealand's Auckland City FC, Tout Puissant Mazembe of the DR Congo and the Pohang Steelers from South Korea are the tournament's aspiring giant killers.
http://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup

Surfing: Billabong Pipeline Masters
December 8-20
Banzai Beach, Hawaii

The last competitive event in the 2009 ASP World Tour is also the decider in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, three concurrent surfing Hawaiian tournaments. Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson battle for wave riding legend Kelly Slater's World Tour title, while 21-year old Australian Stephanie 'Happy' Gilmore is the current women's champ.
http://www.triplecrownofsurfing.com/vtcs

Powerboating: Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, Dubai
December 10-12
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The sixth and final event in the Word Powerboat Championship series that started in April concludes by roaring across Dubai's tranquil coastline. Prior to the series' penultimate race in Abu Dhabi, November 19-21, nearly all of the racing teams have an opportunity to storm up the rankings, so Dubai will be of critical importance.
http://www.class-1.com

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