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  1. 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

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

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

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

  5. 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

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

  • FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

    Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general. Valcke was found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal…

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  • Meal vouchers and water feed FIFA jamboree as austerity bites

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - As the princes, sheikhs and diplomats who would rule world soccer filed into a Miami airport hotel it struck an incongruous tone, a world away from the opulent jamborees of popular myth. Instead, a small group of around 50 men – the men who will help elect the…

    Reuters
  • FIFA ethics committee bans Valcke for 12 years

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke became the latest high-profile soccer official to be kicked out of the sport when he was banned for 12 years on Friday after causing "considerable financial damage" to its scandal-plagued governing body. Valcke was…

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  • FIFA election heats up as rivals slam Infantino World Cup plan

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino's plan for an expanded 40-team World Cup came under fire from two of his rivals as the campaign to secure the top job at the corruption-hit organization heated up on Thursday. Four of the five candidates to replace Sepp…

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  • Prince Ali says FIFA politics affected international fixtures

    By Brian Homewood GENEVA (Reuters) - Some national teams have been given unfavorable fixtures for failing to toe the political line inside soccer's world governing body, the Jordanian candidate to become its next president said on Thursday. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, one of five men competing to…

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  • Mexico beats Senegal 2-0 in exhibition in Miami

    Jesus Duenas and Rodolfo Pizarro scored second-half goals to help Mexico beat Senegal 2-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Playing before a pro-Mexico crowd of 15,588 at Marlins Park, Mexico finally broke through in the 73rd minute on Duenas' strike. Candido Ramirez, who entered the match a…

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  • Ex-FIFA official pleads for release on bond pending possible trial

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former official of soccer's world governing body FIFA pleaded with a U.S. judge on Wednesday to allow his release on bond after having spent nine months in Swiss and U.S. jails. Eduardo Li, who was a member-elect of FIFA's executive committee when he was…

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  • DFB takes legal action against Beckenbauer, FIFA, others

    The German football federation opened legal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, former members, and FIFA in a bid to limit potential damages arising from the 2006 World Cup corruption affair. The DFB told The Associated Press in a statement on Friday that it has ''taken the necessary measures…

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  • Africa vote could hold key to FIFA presidential election

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - African soccer officials will decide on Friday which of FIFA's presidential candidates they will back as the campaign to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of the sport's troubled ruling body reaches the home straight. With 54 voting nations, Africa's choice at a…

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  • Uruguay has 'no qualms" playing at center of Zika outbreak

    Uruguay will go ahead with a World Cup qualifier scheduled next month in Recife, the Brazilian city at the center of an outbreak of the Zika virus. ''For the moment we have no qualms about the location,'' Eduardo Belza, the national team's sports director, told The Associated Press. Belza said…

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  • Prince Ali slams FIFA cash move against Americas confederations

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has criticized the global body's decision to cut off funding to corruption hit Americas confederations, calling it "collective punishment". In a statement on Wednesday, Prince Ali questioned Monday's…

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  • Gao Hongbo returns as China national football team coach

    Gao Hongbo returned Wednesday as interim coach of the Chinese men's national football team following the departure of Frenchman Alain Perrin last month. Gao will take the helm for China's next two World Cup qualifiers while the search for a permanent coach continues, the official Chinese Football…

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  • Former German soccer president wins preliminary court ruling

    The former president of the German soccer federation can continue to refer to Qatar as a ''cancerous growth of world football'' - at least until a final ruling by a German court. A Duesseldorf court ruled Tuesday that Theo Zwanziger was within his right to free speech. The Qatar Football…

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  • FIFA wants two-year ban for South Korean who failed doping test

    FIFA has appealed for a ban on South Korean player, Kang Soo-il, to be increased to two years, the second increase after he was banned for 15 games then six months for failing a doping test last year. Kang apologized to fans and blamed a moustache-growing cream after he failed a test for the…

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  • FIFA cuts off funding to scandal-hit Americas confederations

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA has cut off funding to the corruption-hit confederations for soccer in the Americas, the global football body said on Monday, in a move which could cause future cash flow problems for the two organizations. The two bodies, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, have been at…

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  • Birnbaum's 90th-minute header puts US men past Iceland, 3-2

    Steve Birnbaum and the U.S. men's national team both need some time to shake off an up-and-down 2015 season. Birnbaum headed home the tiebreaking goal on Michael Bradley's corner kick in the 90th minute, and the U.S. men's opened 2016 with a 3-2 exhibition victory over Iceland on Sunday. Birnbaum…

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  • Chelsea signs defender Miazga from New York Red Bulls

    LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea says it has signed U.S. international defender Matt Miazga from the New York Red Bulls on a four-and-a-half year contract.

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  • Blatter expects to be at FIFA election even if still banned

    Sepp Blatter expects to attend the FIFA election on Feb. 26 even though his appeal against an eight-year ban is unlikely to be resolved by then. Blatter and his lawyers believe FIFA rules mean only a meeting of the 209 member federations who elect a president can formally remove one. ''Only the…

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  • Report on 2006 World Cup bribery allegations due March 4

    The findings of an investigation commissioned by the German football federation (DFB) into bribery allegations concerning the awarding of the 2006 World Cup will be published on March 4. The DFB said in a statement Thursday that law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which it tasked with a…

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