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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

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

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

  • Antonio in, Barkley out as Allardyce names 1st England squad

    LONDON (AP) -- Sam Allardyce dropped midfielder Ross Barkley and called up uncapped winger Michail Antonio for his first England squad since taking charge after the team's disappointing European Championship campaign.

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  • FIFA ethics investigator seeks to ban, fine Qatar official

    A FIFA ethics investigator has recommended that a senior Qatari official should be banned from the game for at least two-and-a-half years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,676) over allegations he failed to cooperate with a inquiry. The recommendation, announced by the global soccer body's ethics…

    Reuters
  • Netherlands coach Danny Blind leaves Depay off squad

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Manchester United winger Memphis Depay was left out of the Netherlands squad on Friday for a friendly against Greece followed by its first World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

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  • Les Bleus to Red Devils: Henry named assistant Belgium coach

    Former France striker Thierry Henry was appointed as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez on Friday as the talent-packed team seeks to shake off its underachiever tag. Belgium went into the European Championship in France as a title favorite, but was shocked by Wales 3-1 in the…

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  • 3 Olympic silver medalists named in Germany squad

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Three of the Olympic silver-medal team were called up by Germany on Friday for the friendly against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Norway.

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  • Portugal starts World Cup qualifying without injured Ronaldo

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Portugal's first games since it won the European Championship as he continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in that tournament's final.

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  • Lopetegui drops record-holder Casillas from Spain's squad

    MADRID (AP) -- New Spain coach Julen Lopetegui dropped longtime captain Iker Casillas on Friday for the start of 2018 World Cup qualifying.

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  • Deschamps selects 3 new faces; but no Evra or Sagna in squad

    PARIS (AP) -- France coach Didier Deschamps selected three uncapped players on Wednesday for a friendly away to Italy and a World Cup qualifier in Belarus, while telling veteran left back Patrice Evra he needs to prove he can still keep performing at the highest level.

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  • Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

    By Cecile Mantovani LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer's global governing…

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  • FIFA prosecutors want 3 banned in South African fixing case

    FIFA ethics prosecutors want a six-year ban for a former South Africa Football Association president in a long-running case of fixed friendlies played ahead of the 2010 World Cup by the host nation. FIFA's ethics committee said Wednesday that investigators also asked for life bans to be imposed on…

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  • FIFA ethics panel seeks more South Africa match-fixing bans

    By Brian Homewood BERNE (Reuters) - A FIFA investigator has proposed at least a six-year ban and 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,393) fine for ex-South Africa football chief Kirsten Nematandani over alleged ethics violations connected to fixing international friendlies in 2010. "The investigations into…

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  • Former FIFA president Havelange dies, aged 100

    Joao Havelange, head of soccer's ruling body FIFA from 1974 to 1998 and a former member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), died in a Rio de Janeiro hospital on Tuesday at the age of 100. "During his 24 years as president ... football became truly global, reaching new territories and…

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  • Havelange reshaped FIFA but career ended in disgrace

    One of Joao Havelange's favorite utterances was that when he arrived at FIFA house to take over as president in 1974, he found $20 in the till and headquarters that were falling apart. When he left 24 years later, he said there was $4 billion in the coffers, $100 million worth of property and…

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  • China among 7 candidates for Asian seats on new FIFA Council

    China aims to build its growing influence at FIFA by fielding a candidate in Asian elections for new seats on the world soccer body's ruling council that were created during anti-corruption reforms. The Chinese soccer federation's general secretary, Zhang Jian, is competing against candidates from…

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  • Cherchesov to coach Russia for World Cup after Euro failure

    Stanislav Cherchesov is the new coach of Russia ahead of its home World Cup in 2018, after a disastrous performance in the European Championship ended predecessor Leonid Slutsky's tenure. The Russian Football Union announced the appointment Thursday. Board member Igor Lebedev told the state Tass…

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  • England-Spain friendly at Wembley in November

    LONDON (AP) -- Sam Allardyce will get a tough early test in his tenure as England manager when the national team takes on Spain in a friendly on Nov. 15.

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  • Llorente joins Swansea from Sevilla on 2-year deal

    LONDON (AP) -- Former Juventus striker Fernando Llorente joined Swansea on a two-year deal in a major coup for the Premier League team on Friday.

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  • FIFA president Infantino cleared of wrongdoing in ethics probe

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino, elected in February to lead the global soccer body into calmer waters after a series of corruption scandals, was himself cleared of possible ethics violations on Friday. FIFA's independent ethics committee said it had concluded…

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  • FIFA head Infantino pleased for getting cleared of unethical conduct

    ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he was pleased that the global soccer body's Ethics Committee has determined he had not violated the FIFA code of ethics. "The president would like to thank all those who cooperated with the ethics committee to ensure that the facts were heard…

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