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

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

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

  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. Mourinho on the ‘tired team’ that lost the World Cup
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    Mourinho on the ‘tired team’ that lost the World Cup

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

  • Germans set 10-year plan, want Euro 2024

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- At a reception shortly before Christmas, German football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach said his plan for the holidays was to sit back on a sofa, shut off the radio and television and think about the wonderful year behind him.

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil draws with US to win home tournament

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's women's soccer team held on for a 0-0 draw with the United States to win the International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday.

    The Associated Press
  • Falling ruble hits World Cup final stadium

    MOSCOW (AP) -- The falling ruble has caused a 16 percent rise in the cost of rebuilding Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, which will host the final of the 2018 World Cup.

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums

    SAO PAULO (AP) -- It's white elephant time for World Cup stadiums - again.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA sets dates for 2018 World Cup in Russia

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- FIFA says the 2018 World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 15.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA to settle 2022 dates in March

    By Brian Homewood MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - The long-running saga over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be settled in March, FIFA's executive committee decided on Friday. January/February, May and November/December have been put forward as alternatives for the traditional…

    Reuters
  • Fighting Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

    By Brian Homewood MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - Sepp Blatter declared FIFA's crisis to be over on Friday and said he would not abandon soccer's governing body. "We have been in a crisis (but) with the decision of the executive committee today, the crisis has stopped," the 78-year-old Swiss told…

    Reuters
  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA promises $300K bonuses from World Cup income

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- FIFA plans to give a further $300,000 bonus to each of its 209 member federations from 2014 World Cup revenues.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA VP Jim Boyce says World Cup investigation report to be published; No date set

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- FIFA VP Jim Boyce says World Cup investigation report to be published; No date set.

    The Associated Press
  • US women rout Argentina 7-0 in Brasilia Tournament

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Christen Press scored four goals and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick as the United States women's soccer team routed Argentina 7-0 in the Brasilia Tournament on Thursday, securing its place in the final of the four-team competition.

    The Associated Press
  • US rises 1 spot to 27th in FIFA rankings

    The United States rose one spot to 27th in the December FIFA rankings despite losses the previous month to Colombia and Ireland.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

    By Brian Homewood MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - FIFA's executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security on Thursday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia's report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.…

    Reuters
  • Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

    The Associated Press
  • Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

    The Associated Press
  • Rain postpones women's soccer tournament in Brazil

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Both women's games scheduled for Wednesday in the International Tournament of Brasilia have been postponed because of heavy rain in the Brazilian capital.

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest

    By Brian Homewood and Mark Hosenball MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into allegations of corruption in awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar was handled by the soccer…

    Reuters