• Feisty Brazil sets tone for World Cup

    The 2014 World Cup hosts are fighting for a bigger cause, in the streets and in the stadiums of Brazil.

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  • Neymar hands in the armband after captaining Brazil to Olympic gold

    Neymar of Brazil celebrates with his gold medal. Brazilian soccer’s conquering hero Neymar has announced that he will step down as captain of the national team after leading it to gold medal glory in the Rio Olympics. The Barcelona forward lived up to his billing as the team’s star player and…

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  • Brazil dismisses feeling of revenge in final vs Germany

    Brazilians know the 7-1 loss to Germany's senior team at the World Cup will never be forgotten. Two years after the humiliating home defeat, Brazil faces Germany's under-23 team on Saturday with a chance to win the soccer gold medal for the first time. Victory would give Brazil the only trophy it…

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  • Havelange, FIFA king who abdicated in corruption scandal, dead at 100

    Joao Havelange, who died Tuesday at 100, turned FIFA into a global business behemoth and helped bring the Olympics to Rio, only to resign in disgrace after a corruption scandal. The Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro confirmed that Havelange, who had been treated there in July for pneumonia,…

  • Brazil hopes to feed off famed Maracana in soccer semifinal

    Brazil will look for inspiration from playing at the historic Maracana Stadium when it faces Honduras in the semifinals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday. The decisive game will mark the debut of many of Brazil's youngsters at the famed venue, which is expected to be packed with…

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  • Nigeria sports minister apologizes for Olympics travel chaos

    Nigeria's sports minister apologized to the Olympic men's soccer team and took responsibility Monday for the travel chaos that resulted in players arriving on the same day as their first game in Rio de Janeiro. The team was delayed last week in Atlanta, with one official saying it was because they…

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  • Brazilian striker Pato joins Villarreal

    Sao Paulo (AFP) - Brazilian international striker Alexandre Pato has joined Spanish club Villarreal from Corinthians, the Sao Paulo outfit announced on Tuesday.

  • IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

    Russia's hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA's leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation. The IOC's move followed this week's second damning World Anti-Doping Agency report,…

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  • Putin orders officials to speed up WCup stadium construction

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal. In a decree published Monday on the Kremlin's website, Putin said the stadium - provisionally…

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  • World Cup host city fires contractor for major stadium

    The Russian city of St. Petersburg said Friday it has fired the general contractor building a trouble-plagued stadium which is to host World Cup matches in 2018. The stadium, provisionally called Zenit Arena, has taken almost a decade to build, prompting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to publicly…

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  • The Latest: Victorious Portugal set for Confederations Cup

    Crowned the European champion, Portugal will now go to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. Portugal will join 2014 World Cup winner Germany and the host nation in a three-strong European challenge at the World Cup warm-up event next June. In the absence of Michel Platini, the European…

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  • Fears over Russian hooligans at World Cup in racism report

    Russian hooligan groups are planning to cause ''significant fear'' at the 2018 World Cup following violent attacks and racist behavior at the European Championship, anti-discrimination organization the Fare Network has warned. In a report analyzing cases of racism and discrimination at Euro 2016,…

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  • Doctor who failed to revive Cameroon footballer faces homicide charge

    The Romanian public prosecutor on Thursday said a doctor had been charged with homicide for not attempting to resuscitate Cameroon international footballer Patrick Ekeng, who died of heart failure last month. Ekeng, 26, collapsed shortly after coming on as a substitute for Dinamo Bucharest in a…

  • Jurgen Klinsmann to England? How seriously should the rumor be taken?

    Klinsmann apparently has never had an agent, instead negotiating deals through a “business partner” – a quiet, friendly man named Warren Mersereau, who is a co-vice president in the Soccer Solutions consultancy they run – while remaining heavily involved. The fact that he’s under contract with the…

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  • How the greatest dynasty in international soccer came to an end

    Four players – a golden parallelogram, if you will – have allowed Spain to operate with unprecedented fluency and control, and two of them, Xavi and Xabi Alonso, retired from international competition in August 2014. The diminutive, dynamic Xavi could well be the greatest midfielder of all time,…

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  • Messi fails to match Maradona success in Argentina shirt

    They were two small Argentina players with the same enormous challenge -- to meet the expectations of a soccer-mad country. Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi have both proved themselves to be skilful giants on the world soccer stage despite their diminutive frames of 1.65 and 1.70 metres…

  • Spain aim to maintain reversal of fortunes with Italy

    Euro 2016's joint top scorer Alvaro Morata expects Spain to be taken to the limit by old foes Italy if they are to remain on course to win a third consecutive European Championship. Spain thrashed Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final four years ago and also ousted the Azzurri on penalties at the…