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  1. 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

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

  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. 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

  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

  • 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…

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  • 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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  • Calm and discreet Lloris to break France captaincy record

    It is hard to notice that Hugo Lloris is captain of France, such is his calm, soft-spoken attitude. ''It's pleasing, but I'm focusing on the competition and going as far as possible,'' Lloris said of the record on Saturday. While Deschamps led France to success at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000…

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  • Extra rest could help France play with more pace vs. Ireland

    With the benefit of three days' extra rest, France is hoping to set a punishing pace that will wear Ireland out when they meet on Sunday in the last 16 of the European Championship. France settled for a draw against Switzerland last Sunday, while Ireland beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday in Lille and…

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  • O'Neill: Ireland does not need France revenge for motivation

    Forget revenge, Ireland's game against France on Sunday is all about a chance to reach the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Back in November, 2009, Ireland lost a World Cup playoff to France following a blatant handball from forward Thierry Henry in the return leg at Stade de France. …

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  • Euro 2016 so far: Minnows impress, goals dearth, fans' shame

    With the European Championship group stage over, UEFA proudly flagged up a statistic on Thursday: no team won all three games. The lack of walkovers and dead-rubber group games provides some vindication for UEFA after eight teams were added to make its showpiece a 24-team event. Part of the joy…

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  • Qatar uses 3D printers to make World Cup stadiums 'desert-proof'

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the Gulf state's punishing desert climate. Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the…

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  • Germany waiting on Boateng's fitness ahead of Slovakia game

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- With fitness worries over central defender Jerome Boateng, Germany coach Joachim Loew gave his players the day off Thursday. It starts with the round of 16 game against Slovakia in Lille on Sunday. ''The medical team and Jerome are working hard on it.

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  • Ronaldo, Ireland, Iceland fuel European Championship drama

    Cristiano Ronaldo dragged Portugal back from the brink of elimination twice, and Ireland found a late goal to stun Italy and stay in the European Championship on Wednesday. Iceland's winning goal in stoppage-time against Austria wrote another chapter of the tournament's feel-good story and set up…

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  • Spain counts cost of several wrong steps

    Spain has not made many missteps over the past eight years. Spain's traditional give-and-go approach malfunctioned against the gritty Croats. It had never lost after taking the lead in the European Championship since the tournament age began in 1980.

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  • McGovern set to cash in on his European Championship heroics

    PARIS (AP) -- Michael McGovern gave all he had in the game of his life at the European Championship, and got plenty in return.

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  • The Latest: France expels Russian fan group leader Shprygin

    France says it has expelled Russian fan group leader Alexander Shprygin, again. Arrested in Toulouse, having returned to the European Championship, Shprygin was put on a plane that left Paris for Moscow just past midnight on Wednesday morning, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told…

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  • The Latest: Riot police ready for Croatia fans at stadium

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  • Euro exit shows Russia's soccer crisis ahead of World Cup

    Going out in the group stage to a 3-0 defeat to Wales capped a disastrous European Championship for 2018 World Cup host Russia, which has been better known in France for its hooligans than its footballers. When it won the right to host the World Cup in December 2010, Russia seemed to be a rising…

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  • Russia lacks talent and desire, minister says

    The head of Russia's football federation has blasted the country's players for a lack of talent and desire as they exited the European Championship in the group stage. Vitaly Mutko, who is also Russia's Sports Minister, says fourth place in Group B with defeats to Wales and Slovakia ''shows the…

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  • Wales tops group ahead of England as Russia goes home

    Wales qualified for the knockout stages of the European Championship as a group winner after it overwhelmed Russia 3-0 on Monday and England could only grind out a 0-0 draw with Slovakia. In its first international tournament since the 1958 World Cup, Wales ended Group B with six points, one ahead…

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  • Brazil's new coach sees risk of not qualifying for World Cup

    On his first day in the job, new Brazil coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi was already expressing concern about the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Bacchi, better known as Tite, on Monday said the five-time World Cup champions run the risk of failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia. …

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