1. How fans in Buenos Aires prepared for the World Cup final
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    How fans in Buenos Aires prepared for the World Cup final

  2. A match that proved too big for the Spanish referee
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    A match that proved too big for the Spanish referee

  3. The most unbelievable goals in the history of soccer
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    The most unbelievable goals in the history of soccer

  4. Fans react to Germany's win in World Cup final
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    Fans react to Germany's win in World Cup final

  5. 2014 World Cup showed why this is truly the beautiful game
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    2014 World Cup showed why this is truly the beautiful game

  6. Wondolowski moving on from World Cup miss
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    Wondolowski moving on from World Cup miss

  • Russian minister holds on to football post as coaches revolt

    Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is staying in charge of football in the 2018 World Cup host nation. Mutko remained president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) after beating former national team coach Valery Gazzaev by 266 to 142 votes at the extraordinary conference. Mutko has run the RFU…

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  • Argentina apologizes for coach Bauza's comment on Messi

    Barcelona says the Argentine Football Association has apologized for comments made by its national team coach Edgardo Bauza about Lionel Messi's injury. Bauza said this week that Barcelona doesn't take good care of its star player, who is missing upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of a muscle…

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  • Russia blank Finland to set up Canada clash

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Russia claimed a do-or-die 3-0 victory over Finland on Thursday to advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup of Hockey and set up a mouth-watering showdown with arch-rivals Canada. Canada, who stormed through preliminary round play unbeaten to grab top spot…

    Reuters
  • Not to panic: Barcelona has coped well without Lionel Messi

    Looking desolate, Lionel Messi sat on the ground and slowly began rolling down his socks, knowing his night was over. Barcelona fans in the stands could not hide their apprehension, sensing the team's biggest star was in trouble. Messi had just pulled a muscle in Barcelona's 1-1 draw against…

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  • FIFA moves toward goal of video review at 2018 World Cup

    The goal of helping referees with video review to make decisions at the 2018 World Cup has been facing key tests at FIFA headquarters. Two systems among the 11 in talks to win the World Cup contract were undergoing trials this week during training sessions with Europe's candidates to referee in…

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  • Bojan Krkic not eligible to play for Serbia, FIFA says

    Bojan Krkic will not be allowed to play for Serbia because he has already represented Spain in a competitive match. Serbia wanted Bojan to represent the country because the Stoke forward's father is Serbian, but FIFA denied a request to change his international eligibility. Serbia made the…

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  • Lundqvist gets shutout as Sweden top rivals Finland

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Henrik Lundqvist returned to Sweden's lineup in spectacular fashion on Tuesday, stoning rivals Finland in his first game back from the flu as the Tre Kronor won 2-0 to take control of Group B at the World Cup of Hockey. Lundqvist stopped all 36 shots he faced…

    Reuters
  • Team Europe on top of World after win over Czechs

    Germany's Leon Draisaitl potted the overtime winner as Team Europe edged Czech Republic 3-2 on Monday to close in on a spot in the World Cup of Hockey semi-finals. Team Europe (2-0), cobbled together with players from eight smaller hockey playing nations and coached by Canada-born Ralph Krueger,…

    Reuters
  • Ice Hockey: Sweden top Russia, North America stun Finland

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Jacob Markstrom stepped in admirably for Henrik Lundqvist as Sweden held on to beat Russia while Team North America dazzled in their debut with a dominant win over Finland at the World Cup of Hockey on Sunday. Markstrom, who started in place of an ill…

    Reuters
  • AP Interview: Infantino fighting resistance to overhaul FIFA

    Sepp Blatter has been expelled from FIFA but not eradicated from its headquarters. A swift left turn after entering FIFA's slate-walled lobby in Zurich still takes visitors to the place where football's disgraced self-styled ''godfather'' is forever president. A plaque of infamy commemorates the…

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  • Brazil brings Oscar and Silva back for World Cup qualifiers

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Chelsea midfielder Oscar and Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva are back in Brazil's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers, after a long absence,

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  • FIFA to suspend Guatemalan national soccer federation-official

    (Corrects quote to clarify Fedefut suspension) GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - FIFA will suspend Guatemala's national soccer federation due to a dispute over a committee overseeing the body known as Fedefut, a senior FIFA official said on Wednesday. "At this moment FIFA and CONCACAF are talking and…

    Reuters
  • Profiles of teams competing in World Cup of Hockey

    (Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight teams competing in the Sept. 17-Oct. 1 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto: CANADA Head coach: Mike Babcock Captain: Sidney Crosby Anything less than winning this tournament would be considered a failure for a Canadian team who are playing on home soil, boast…

    Reuters
  • Factbox: World Cup of Hockey

    (Reuters) - Facts about the Sept. 17-Oct. 1 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto: * The tournament is a joint effort of the National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation. * The World Cup, which is the successor to the Canada Cup that…

    Reuters
  • Schedule for World Cup of Hockey

    (Reuters) - Schedule of games for the Sept. 17-Oct. 1 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto (all times GMT): Group A Sept. 17 (1930) - United States v Team Europe Sept. 17 (0000) - Czech Republic v Canada Sept. 19 (1900) - Team Europe v Czech Republic Sept. 20 (0000) - Canada v United States Sept. 21…

    Reuters
  • Brazil rises to 4th in FIFA rankings led by Argentina

    ZURICH (AP) -- Brazil's victories in World Cup qualifying this month lifted it from ninth to No. 4 in the FIFA rankings, which Argentina still lead.

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  • Germans seek Europe's trust for '24 bid amid World Cup probe

    Germany is pressing ahead with its bid to host the 2024 European Championship, insisting Wednesday that its soccer leadership should be trusted because it is not linked to mounting allegations of wrongdoing against the 2006 World Cup campaign. Swiss federal prosecutors have opened criminal…

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  • Beckenbauer paid 5.5 million euros for 2006 World Cup work

    The German football federation (DFB) says former soccer great Franz Beckenbauer received payments totaling 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) for his work leading the country's successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup. Beckenbauer was previously said to have worked in an honorary unpaid capacity…

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