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

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

  6. 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

  • Jozy Altidore scores on late header, US beats Canada 1-0

    With only minutes to spare, Jozy Altidore made sure the United States left its year-opening training camp with an encouraging result. Altidore scored on a header in the 89th minute, and the Americans beat Canada 1-0 in an exhibition on Friday night. Altidore converted a long crossing pass from…

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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…

    Reuters
  • 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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  • Champagne backs United States for 2022 if Qatar is stripped

    The United States should directly get to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of the tournament, according to FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne. The 2018 and 2022 bidding contests are under scrutiny by Switzerland's attorney general who is investigating suspected money…

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  • Sexwale asked to explain lackluster FIFA campaign

    FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale has been called to appear before the South African Football Association (SAFA) to answer questions about a lackluster election campaign, SAFA said on Monday. Plans for him to meet the association’s leadership on Monday were canceled, however, because…

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  • Report: FBI investigating payment made before 2006 World Cup

    BERLIN (AP) -- German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports the FBI has opened a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

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  • Prince Ali confident he can win FIFA presidential election

    Prince Ali of Jordan is confident he can win the FIFA presidential election and turn around what he says is a critical situation facing football's governing body. Prince Ali, who is one of five candidates for the presidency vacated by Sepp Blatter, told reporters in New Zealand on Friday he…

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  • FIFA candidate Infantino addresses UEFA members

    UEFA gave strong but not total support on Friday for its general secretary Gianni Infantino's bid to become FIFA president, and delayed its own expected leadership election. Amid months of uncertainty for European soccer, leaders of the 54 member federations were summoned to UEFA for the first…

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  • China signs 4 players from Brazilian champions Corinthians

    It has taken just a few months for Chinese clubs to feast on Brazilian football champions Corinthians. The latest to go was defender Gil, who signed this week with Shandong Luneng. Corinthians club President Roberto de Andrade has lamented that Chinese ''clubs don't even know my name'' as they've…

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