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

  3. 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

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

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

  • Japan FIFA official calls for 'pus' to be squeezed out

    World soccer's scandal-hit governing body FIFA needs to have the 'pus' squeezed out of it but president Sepp Blatter will not be asked to resign by its executive committee, new Japanese committee member Kozo Tashima has told local media. Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives have been…

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  • Ex-South American soccer chief in FIFA scandal under house arrest

    The former head of South America's soccer federation was under house arrest on Monday evening, a senior police official said, five days after he was accused by the United States of involvement in a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer. Earlier in the day a judge ordered the detention of…

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  • FIFA scandal deepens as Blatter aide linked to payments

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world soccer body, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Jerome Valcke, FIFA's…

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  • Top FIFA aide linked to money transfer key to indictment: source

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world soccer body, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Jerome Valcke, FIFA's…

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  • Top FIFA aide linked to money transfer key to indictment: NYT

    (Reuters) - U.S. authorities believe FIFA President Sepp Blatter's top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world soccer body, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing unnamed law-enforcement officials. The newspaper said FIFA…

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  • Former FIFA exec's son agreed to cooperate with U.S. in 2013: records

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A son of former FIFA executive secretly agreed in 2013 to cooperate with U.S. authorities and admit to participating in a World Cup ticket-reselling scheme, according to a court transcript released on Monday. The transcript confirmed that Daryan Warner, like…

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  • CONCACAF general secretary Sanz suspended by FIFA

    CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz and two soccer officials from Africa were provisionally banned by FIFA's ethics committee on Monday as the fallout continued from last week's arrests before the governing body's annual Congress and presidential election. Sanz was suspended following…

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  • Swedes have not ruled out World Cup boycott, says FA chief

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's soccer authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a World Cup boycott in the wake of the controversy surrounding the re-election of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, Swedish FA chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson told Reuters on Monday. Nilsson said…

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  • Dempsey, Bedoya left off US roster for European exhibitions

    Team captain Clint Dempsey and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya were left off the U.S. team roster for exhibitions in Europe against world powers Netherlands and Germany. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Sunday that Dempsey will remain in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth child and that Bedoya is…

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  • Former SAfrican president issues denial in WCup bid scandal

    Former South African President Thabo Mbeki denied his government paid bribes to secure the 2010 World Cup as the bid scandal began to encroach on the very top of the country's leadership on Monday. ''I wish to state that the government that I had the privilege to lead would never have paid any…

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  • FIFA patronage endears Blatter to 196th-ranked Fiji

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The unflinching support of tiny, developing countries has long been a vital plank of Sepp Blatter's political base and those in any doubt of the impact of FIFA's patronage need look no further than the Pacific Island nation of Fiji. With a population of just…

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  • Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Blatter

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - There were a few fissures but no major cracks apparent in FIFA president Sepp Blatter's bedrock of Asia-Pacific support as officials began returning to the region from the annual congress of soccer's world governing body over the weekend. Asia's 47-nation…

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  • Accused ex-soccer official cites newspaper spoof in FIFA's defense

    A former FIFA executive accused of soliciting bribes in the corruption case brought by U.S. authorities against world soccer officials, wants to know why the United States is hosting this year's World Cup if it dislikes soccer's governing body so much. Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who…

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  • Ex-FIFA VP Warner hits out at US - based on satirical story

    Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner renewed his criticism of the United States, where he faces corruption charges, on Sunday by releasing a pair of videotaped comments - one of them based on a story by satirical website The Onion.

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  • Portugal shows class at Under-20 World Cup

    Portugal scored twice in the last two minutes on its way to a flattering 3-0 win over Senegal Sunday which lifted it atop Group C at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Late goals in Hamilton by Andre Silva and Nuno Santos gave Portugal the group lead on goal difference from Colombia which…

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  • Europe should weigh World Cup boycott to oust FIFA's Blatter, UK says

    By Andrew Osborn and Alice Baghdjian LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) - Britain said Europe should consider boycotting future World Cups if Sepp Blatter doesn't quit as head of soccer's governing body over a corruption scandal, while Swiss authorities denied they would soon question the newly re-elected…

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  • Qatar's long journey home begins with loss in NZ

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Joao Rodriguez's well-taken first half goal ensured Qatar's long build-up to a 2022 World Cup on home soil got off to a shaky start when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the under-20 equivalent tournament in New Zealand on Sunday. Rodriguez, who…

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  • Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won't lead to him

    ZURICH (AP) -- Having come through another FIFA election largely unscathed, Sepp Blatter was in a typically defiant mood Saturday when addressing the challenges that still lie ahead.

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  • FIFA's Blatter comes out fighting despite scandal and divisions

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer's governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid. The 79-year-old…

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