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

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

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

  5. Carlos Bocanegra on U.S. players to watch in 2018
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    Carlos Bocanegra on U.S. players to watch in 2018

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

  7. 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

  • Worker dies after falling ill at World Cup stadium site

    World Cup organizers say a worker has died after falling ill on the site of one of the stadiums being constructed for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The statement says that Prasad, who was a steel worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project, ''received first aid treatment until paramedics…

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  • Top sports tribunal to decide Platini's fate within 10 days

    By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini said he was more optimistic of having his six-year ban from soccer overturned after his appeal hearing at sport's highest tribunal on Friday, with a decision due within 10 days. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who…

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  • Dortmund captain and defender Hummels wants Bayern move

    Borussia Dortmund captain and central defender Mats Hummels has asked to be released from his contract so that he can move to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich next season. The club added that Bayern had not made an offer yet. Hummels still has one year on his contract and no opt-out clause.

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  • Last year's triumphalism long gone, UEFA faces subdued Congress

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - After last year's UEFA Congress, president Michel Platini declared, "We're transparent, we're democratic and we're the best." That triumphant air will be gone from this year's event after a spate of scandals that led to Platini's banishment from soccer. …

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  • Infantino brings vision of new FIFA to Asia

    By Do-gyun Kim and Juarawee Kittisilpa SEOUL/BANGKOK (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino dangled the carrot of more World Cup spots for Asia during a visit to Seoul and Bangkok, pressing his case for an enlarged 40-team tournament. Infantino, who met with sponsors Hyundai Motor Group in…

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  • FIFA cuts ban for 2018-2022 World Cup bid inspector

    A seven-year FIFA ban imposed on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector has been cut by four years on appeal. The original ban imposed on Harold Mayne-Nicholls last year by the FIFA ethics committee was ''not proportionate,'' the soccer body's appeal panel ruled Friday. Mayne-Nicholls was a…

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  • FIFA sets up worker welfare body for Qatar World Cup

    The head of soccer's world governing body FIFA urged Qatar to hasten improvements in safety and labor conditions for builders working on sites for the 2022 World Cup and declared: "we will not just sit and wait". Gianni Infantino, on a two-day visit to Qatar, announced plans for a special working…

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  • FIFA to stage video replay trial workshop next month

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says it has invited leagues and federations interested in running video replay trials to inspect the technology next month.

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  • FIFA panel to monitor labor conditions at Qatar stadiums

    Qatar is often criticized by rights groups and trade unions for alleged abuses and deaths on a range of construction projects linked to the 2022 World Cup since it won hosting rights in 2010. Last week, a FIFA-appointed human rights expert from Harvard University advised that tournaments should be…

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  • New FIFA head tries out his Russian in meeting with Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who tried out a few phrases he has learned to say in Russian during his visit to check on preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Infantino told Putin during their meeting Wednesday in the Kremlin that ''I love…

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  • FIFA's Infantino: Russia says economic crisis won't affect World Cup

    By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday he had received assurances from the Russian government that the economic crisis convulsing Russia would not affect preparations for the 2018 soccer World Cup. Russia, which faces a second straight year of recession…

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  • FIFA's Infantino wants video assistance at 2018 World Cup

    Video replays could be used at the 2018 World Cup, new FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Tuesday. The International Football Association Board, which sets soccer's rules, approved trials of video assistance last month. Calling the technology ''something that everyone was waiting for,''…

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  • Defiant Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA

    By John Miller BASEL (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organization but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organizations. Blatter spoke to more than 400 people at the…

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  • German federation chooses new president in wake of scandal

    Reinhard Grindel was elected president of the German football federation on Friday, tasked with restoring credibility in the wake of a scandal resulting from dubious payments before the 2006 World Cup. Niersbach attended the assembly and was greeted by a long round of applause. Grindel, a…

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  • FIFA President Infantino to visit World Cup host Russia, Qatar

    Newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit the next two hosts of the World Cup, Russia and Qatar, next week, the global soccer body said on Friday. "The FIFA President will begin his two-day stay in Russia on 19 April with a visit to Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, venue of the opening…

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  • FIFA adviser: Strip nations of World Cups over rights abuses

    World Cups should be removed from countries failing to eradicate human rights abuses, a report commissioned by FIFA in response to concerns about the mistreatment of workers in Qatar said Thursday. John Ruggie, a Harvard professor who formulated business and human rights principles for the United…

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  • Karim Benzema ruled out of Euro 2016 because of ongoing case

    Karim Benzema will not play for France at this year's European Championship after his national federation ruled against his return due to an ongoing legal case, clearly fearing that his inclusion would disrupt harmony within the host nation's squad. The Real Madrid striker is facing preliminary…

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  • Russia sees 'individual' amnesty decisions on its meldonium-positive sportspeople: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - International organizations will decide "on an individual basis" on whether to amnesty Russian sportspeople who tested positive for the banned meldonium substance, RIA news agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Wednesday. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova…

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  • Australia, Japan in Group B for Asian World Cup qualifying

    Asian Cup champion Australia and Japan have been grouped together in the last round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Socceroos and Japan were drawn into Group B at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday and will be joined by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and…

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