• 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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  • 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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  • Brazil's questionable World Cup legacy

    Officials in Brazil claim the Rio Olympics will bring lasting benefits, but did the country's hosting of the World Cup two years ago manage to help local people? "I don't think so," Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said in June, expressing an opinion shared by many Brazilians who lament…

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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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  • World Cup ticket prices break $1,000 barrier for 1st time

    MOSCOW (AP) -- World Cup ticket prices have broken the $1,000 barrier for the first time.

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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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Spain aim to maintain reversal of fortunes with Italy at Euro 2016

    Seeking to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship, Vicente del Bosque's Spain will once again have to see off old foes Italy to retain their crown. Before winning back-to-back Euros and a maiden World Cup in 2010, Spain suffered an inferiority complex with Italy having never…

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  • Spain renews its rivalry with Italy at Euro 2016

    SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- A lot has changed for Spain since it routed Italy in the European Championship final four years ago. While Italy remains the same hard-working team with solid defense and efficient offense, Spain is no longer the dominant force it once was, having lost some…

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  • US soccer chief brushes off Klinsmann Saints link

    Klinsmann has emerged as the strong favorite to take over at St Mary's following the departure of Ronald Koeman to Everton, with his odds tumbling from 40-1 earlier this week to 1-3 with one British bookmaker. "Other than to say that someone on the Southampton board has already said it's not under…

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  • Italy ready for Spain challenge, says Chiellini

    Key defender Giorgio Chiellini insists Italy's confidence remains intact as the beaten 2012 finalists prepare to beat their "bogey team" Spain to a Euro 2016 quarter-final spot on Monday. "It's a shame we're meeting each other so early in the tournament," Chiellini told journalists on Friday. …

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  • Italy defender Chiellini ready to face nemesis Spain

    Giorgio Chiellini will be facing a familiar foe when his Italy side lines up against Spain in the last 16 of the European Championship on Monday. Italy was humiliated 4-0 by Spain in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, Ukraine, having lost on penalties to La Roja in the quarterfinals four years…

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  • Houston, we have a problem: Klinsmann mulls Copa mauling

    United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes his team need more regular fixtures against top-class competition if they are to stand any chance of joining world football's elite. Klinsmann's men bowed out of the Copa America Centenario on Tuesday after being outclassed 4-0 by a Lionel…

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  • The lofty place where Jurgen Klinsmann wants to take U.S. men's national team

    A Copa America semifinal against Argentina presents Jurgen Klinsmann the chance to take the U.S. to the next level.

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