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

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

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

  6. 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

  • US plays Aruba or St Vincent in World Cup qualifying opener

    The United States will host Aruba or St. Vincent and the Grenadines at St. Louis on Nov. 13 in the Americans' opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Seeking their eighth straight World Cup appearance, the Americans are at Trinidad and Tobago on Nov. 17, then play at the Guatemala-Antigua and…

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  • FIFA reform plans in doubt as Scala backs away from task force

    By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - Reform plans by scandal-plagued FIFA were thrown into doubt on Monday when its choice to head a task force, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, said he would not take on the job unless he was guaranteed full independence. Scala had been asked by at least half of…

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  • US soccer team to open World Cup qualifying in St. Louis

    The U.S. soccer team will play its first qualifier for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Nov. 13, and the playoff for the 2017 Confederations Cup will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. As the 2013 Gold Cup champs, the Americans will face 2015 winner Mexico on Oct.…

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  • FIFA hopeful Chung meets potential rival Platini in U.S.

    South Korea's Chung Mong-joon, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the FIFA presidency next month, met potential rival Michel Platini in the United States on Sunday and called for a 'fair competition' should he enter the race. Former FIFA Vice President Chung said last week he was still…

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  • Romanov palace imperial setting for imperious FIFA

    Sepp the Great came to an old Romanov chateau for what he promises will be his final World Cup draw as FIFA president. The Konstantin Palace, a summer home built at the direction of Peter the Great, was the site of Saturday night's 2018 qualifying procedure, where Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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  • Russia getting on with World Cup job as FIFA fights scandal

    As he shared the stage with FIFA's departing president Sepp Blatter, Russian President Vladimir Putin's message was simple. FIFA may be in chaos, but Russia is getting on with the job. ''I'd like to emphasize again that all the plans to prepare for the World Cup will be fulfilled,'' Putin said,…

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  • Germany opens World Cup title defense against Norway

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Holder Germany will open its World Cup title defense against Norway.

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  • Ex-World Cup winners Spain, Italy to play in 2018 qualifying

    While World Cup-holder Germany received a relatively kind qualifying draw on Saturday, reaching the 2018 finals in Russia will be no easy task for some of Europe's traditional powers. Italy, the 2006 world champion, paid the price for recent poor results by being drawn once again in qualifying…

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  • FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business at Putin home

    FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin at a Russian state residence on Saturday. With the focus once more on football, the embattled FIFA leadership and much-criticized host nation…

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  • FIFA as opulent as ever at World Cup draw

    By Brian Homewood ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - When it boils down to it, making a draw for a major soccer tournament involves little more than pulling balls out of plastic pots. Saturday's draw in St Petersburg, two hours long and featuring various musical interludes, was typical of the opulence…

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  • Factbox: Reaction to European qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup

    GROUP A Netherlands France Sweden Bulgaria Belarus Luxembourg FRANCE     "It is a balanced group, very strong," said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet. "I think that the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Bulgaria, without ignoring the others (Belarus and Luxembourg). The…

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  • South America the toughest group, says Pekerman

    By Brian Homewood ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - South America is still the most difficult continent to qualify for the World Cup from, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said after draw on Saturday. Teams face long journeys and must play in heat, cold and high altitude during the marathon 18-match,…

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  • The Latest: Conte says facing Spain 'very stimulating'

    Spain routed the Azzurri 4-0 in the 2012 European Championship final, but both were eliminated in the first round of last year's World Cup. Speaking through a translator, Conte says, ''Spain is a very strong team. FIFA made a political decision after the draw to ensure Russia will not play…

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  • Spain and Italy paired in 2018 World Cup draw

    By Mike Collett ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made on…

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  • World Cup Qualifying Draw List

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Qualifying draw Saturday for the 2018 World Cup, to be played in Russia from June 14-July 15:

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  • The Latest: US opens WCup qualifying in group with Trinidad

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):

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  • The Latest: Angola drawn to play South Africa

    Among the interesting pairings in Africa's second round were Angola vs. South Africa, the Chad-Sierra Leone winner vs. Egypt, the Comoros-Lesotho winner vs. Ghana, the Djibouti-Swaziland winner vs. Nigeria, the Liberia-Guinea-Bissau winner vs. Ivory Coast, the Somalia-Niger winner vs. Cameroon, and…

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  • The Latest: 1st part of FIFA draw over

    The first part of the draw is over, and the pairings have been set for the two intercontinental playoffs: North and Central America and the Caribbean will play Asia, and Oceania will face South America. In the playoffs for the 2013 tournament, CONCACAF's Mexico beat Oceania's New Zealand on 9-3…

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