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

  • Mangala replaces Mathieu in France squad

    PARIS (AP) -- Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has been removed from the France squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers for an unspecified reason.

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  • Ilkay Gundogan returns to Germany squad for qualifiers

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Ilkay Gundogan will return for Germany after nearly a year out with various injuries for World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland.

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  • Iniesta returns as Spain seeks to avenge loss to Italy

    MADRID (AP) -- Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.

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  • Canada stage late comeback to win World Cup

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada scored two late goals to claim a nervy 2-1 win over Team Europe and complete a series sweep of the World Cup of Hockey final on Thursday, confirming their status as the sport's undisputed superpower. With the game heading towards overtime, Brad Marchand…

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  • Fcatbox: List of World Cup of Hockey most valuable players

    (Reuters) - List of most valuable play winners of the World Cup of Hockey, which was the successor to the previous Canada Cup. 2016 (World Cup) – Sidney Crosby, Canada 2004 (World Cup) – Vincent Lecavalier, Canada 1996 (World Cup) – Mike Richter, United States 1991 (Canada Cup) – Wayne Gretzky,…

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  • Team Europe earn respect with unlikely World Cup run

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Team Europe were dismissed as a gimmick when the World Cup of Hockey began 12 days ago but earned plenty of respect with a magical run to the final that ended on Thursday with a loss to powerhouse Canada. With the flags of their home countries stitched on their…

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  • Ronaldo and Sanches back for Portugal World Cup qualifiers

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches were recalled to the Portugal squad after injury on Thursday as coach Fernando Santos urged the European champions to switch out of party mode. Santos, naming his players for next month's World Cup qualifiers at home to Andorra and away to the Faroe Islands,…

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  • Canada beat Team Europe in World Cup final opener

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada drew first blood in the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey final on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory that brought Team Europe's Cinderella run a step closer to striking midnight. Team Europe, a medley of players from eight countries that were widely picked to…

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  • Qatar to set up desert tent camp to house World Cup fans

    The committee organizing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar plans to try out a ''fan village'' that could house up to 2,000 soccer spectators in Arabian desert tents. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said Tuesday it is seeking bids to develop a pilot project near the Sealine Beach resort…

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  • Asian leaders rebel, postpone election for FIFA Council

    The Asian Football Confederation said the congress lasted only 27 minutes after member countries voted 42-1 against the agenda. The decision comes two days after FIFA barred a Qatari candidate from running for a spot on the council. The congress in Goa had been called to elect three officials to…

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  • Totti still the King of Rome on his 40th birthday

    Totti celebrates his 40th birthday on Tuesday but the Champions League's oldest scorer is showing no signs of slowing down and indeed seems to have found a new lease of life. There was speculation last season that maybe the time had come for Il Capitano to hang up his boots and move into the…

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  • China aiming for increased influence on FIFA

    The influence of China in world soccer could increase on Tuesday if high-ranking Chinese official Zhang Jian is elected onto the FIFA Council in elections to be held in Goa, India. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is holding an Extraordinary Congress to elect three representatives to FIFA's…

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  • FIFA ending racism task force denounced as shameful betrayal

    FIFA's abolition of its anti-racism task force was denounced as a shameful betrayal on Monday as the governing body went on the defensive to reaffirm its commitment to fighting discrimination. The Associated Press revealed Sunday that the anti-racism group was being dismantled after FIFA decided…

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  • APNewsBreak: FIFA disbands racism task force, says job done

    FIFA has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior at matches in 2018 World Cup host Russia. ''I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,'' task force member Osasu Obayiuwana told…

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  • FIFA disbands racism task force ahead of World Cup in Russia

    FIFA has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behavior in 2018 World Cup host Russia. ''I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not,'' task force member Osasu Obayiuwana told The…

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  • Qatar names Fossati to coach national soccer team

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar has named former manager Jorge Fossati to coach its national soccer team after back-to-back losses in 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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  • Argentina apologizes for coach Bauza's comment on Messi

    Barcelona says the Argentine Football Association has apologized for comments made by its national team coach Edgardo Bauza about Lionel Messi's injury. Bauza said this week that Barcelona doesn't take good care of its star player, who is missing upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of a muscle…

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