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

  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. 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

  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

  • Del Bosque leaving Spain job after 8 years in charge

    MADRID (AP) -- Vicente Del Bosque says he is standing down after eight years in charge of Spain, having guided the team to World Cup and European titles.

    The Associated Press
  • US men to play exhibition game in Cuba on Oct. 7

    The United States will play Cuba in a friendly for the first time since 1947 on Oct. 7 in Havana. It will be just the second visit to Cuba in the last 69 years for the American men, who won 1-0 on Sept. 6, 2008 in a World Cup qualifying match. The exhibition game comes a month after the United…

    The Associated Press
  • Germany vs Italy: Heavyweights collide at Euro 2016

    Except one of them won't even get past the quarterfinal stage at Euro 2016. The continental heavyweights - owners of eight World Cups and four European Championships between them - collide in Bordeaux on Saturday in a match that stands out for many reasons. Germany and Italy have played each…

    The Associated Press
  • Italy's midfield worries piling up ahead of Germany clash

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has some fresh worries over his team's midfield ahead of its European Championship quarterfinal clash against Germany on Saturday. Daniele De Rossi, a veteran of the triumphant 2006 World Cup side, is a doubt after picking up a thigh injury in Italy's 2-0 round of 16 win…

    The Associated Press
  • Belgium won't be lacking for support for Wales match

    Belgium won't be lacking for support when it takes on Wales in the quarterfinals of the European Championship as it tries to make the final four in a major competition for the first time since the 1986 World Cup. For two of the Belgium's players, Eden Hazard and Divock Origi, it will be homecoming…

    The Associated Press
  • The Latest: Hodgson accepts there will be 'fierce criticism'

    Roy Hodgson says he understands that there will be ''fierce criticism'' of England after its surprising 2-1 loss to Iceland in the round of 16. ''They've got a major bridge to repair,'' said Hodgson at a news conference called by England's Football Association. ''England seem brittle and we need…

    The Associated Press
  • Iceland headlines European Championship last-8 lineup

    Somehow, a classic encounter between Germany and Italy is not the main attraction of the quarterfinal-stage at the European Championship. Iceland's next act in what is already one of the most surprising stories in European Championship history is the match that's drawing most attention. Can the…

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  • England's woes stretch into more years of hurt

    For England, the 2016 European Championship will be a tournament few will ever forget - for all the wrong reasons. The 2-1 loss to tiny Iceland in the round of 16 on Monday in Nice has prompted the usual questions back home. Are England's footballers overly pampered-millionaires who lack…

    The Associated Press
  • Ronaldo aims for Euro record but faces tough Polish defense

    If Cristiano Ronaldo is to send Portugal to the semifinals and match Michel Platini's all-time European Championship scoring record, he'll have to find a way through a Poland defense that's among the toughest of the tournament. Ronaldo has scored eight goals from four championships, one shy of…

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  • Time to rebuild for Spain after another early elimination

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- At least Spain leaves the European Championship knowing exactly what it needs to do. After two consecutive European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012 and an intervening World Cup, Spain was dumped out of Euro 2016 at the round of 16-stage by a resilient and…

    The Associated Press
  • Hodgson leaves job on humiliating night for English soccer

    It was utter humiliation for England. First-time finalist Iceland embarrassed the inept stars of the Premier League on Monday, dumping them out of the European Championship in the round of 16. Roy Hodgson had little choice.

    The Associated Press
  • England hammered after Icelandic collapse

    By Ossian Shine LONDON (Reuters) - Former England players and the country's media lined up to savage the national soccer team on Monday night after one of its most embarrassing defeats, a 2-1 loss to tiny Iceland which sent them spinning out of the European Championship. The Daily Express needed…

    Reuters
  • Some fans, Argentina president want Messi to reconsider

    Some fans, players, and even Argentina's president want Lionel Messi to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that he's quitting the national team. Messi shocked his native country with his abrupt resignation from international soccer after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on…

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  • Spain coach Del Bosque insists dominating era is not over

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Dethroned at the World Cup and now at the European Championship, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes his team can soon reign again. The evidence of Spain's 2-0 loss on Monday to slick, hard-working Italy in the round of 16 told a different story. ''No, I don't…

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  • Column: Spain comes full circle in Euro 2016 loss to Italy

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Italy killed the Spanish football beast it helped create. When Italy lost to Spain in the European Championship quarterfinals in 2008, the victory helped turn a golden generation of Spanish players into world beaters. It was the first victory for Spain over Italy in a…

    The Associated Press
  • Sunday schedule gives France a chance at Euro 2016

    On any given Sunday, a rested France team will play at the European Championship. In tournament soccer where a team's matches typically come every four days, France's schedule is more like a club team. On Sunday, June 19, France drew 0-0 with Switzerland to ensure first place in its group.

    The Associated Press
  • The Latest: Buffon plans to keep playing for Italy

    PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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  • Spain renews its rivalry with Italy at Euro 2016

    SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- A lot has changed for Spain since it routed Italy in the European Championship final four years ago. While Italy remains the same hard-working team with solid defense and efficient offense, Spain is no longer the dominant force it once was, having lost some…

    The Associated Press
  • O'Neill criticizes Ireland's ticket allocation for France

    Coach Martin O'Neill has questioned Ireland's ''unfair'' ticket allocation for Sunday's match against host France in the last 16 of the European Championship. ''The ticket allocation is something that I do have a gripe about. It's totally disproportionate for a stadium of this size,'' O'Neill…

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