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

  3. Fans react to Germany's win in World Cup final
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    Fans react to Germany's win in 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. Wondolowski moving on from World Cup miss
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    Wondolowski moving on from World Cup miss

  • Beckenbauer: Bayern 'far, far, far away' from Euro title

    Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer is sharply critical of the team's performance in this week's 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto. ''They are far away, far, far, far away to win the Champions League. He apologized for comments he made on Sky television, where he said defender…

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  • Morris scores in 1st US start in 2-0 win over Mexico

    Jordan Morris made a loud statement in his first start for the U.S. national team against his country's biggest and most bitter rival. A game pennant given to him by veteran Michael Bradley to hang in his room at college. The 20-year-old Stanford sophomore scored his first international goal…

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  • Russia modifies World Cup contracts to cut imports

    MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government hopes to save some money by cutting expensive imports from its World Cup construction plans.

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  • Russia's World Cup organizers face budget headaches

    Saransk's stadium for the 2018 World Cup is supposed to raise the profile of this little-known Russian city, but for now Alexei Merkushkin is just trying to keep costs down. As Minister of Special Programs for the region that includes this city of 300,000 people south-east of Moscow, Merkushkin's…

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  • Chinese soccer on upswing with new talent and big investment

    For Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, the new season has brought new optimism. After several years of turmoil that saw the team stripped of its 2003 CSL title in a match-fixing investigation and foreign stars Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka depart midway through their contracts during a…

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  • Gulati: FIFA could benefit from US World Cup in 2026

    U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati believes his sport could receive a big domestic boost from hosting the World Cup in 2026. He also thinks scandal-plagued FIFA would benefit immensely from putting its biggest show back on steadier ground. ''It's probably now at least as important for…

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  • Pele, in Chile, says he has recovered after his health scare

    Brazilian soccer legend Pele said Thursday that he has ''happily recovered'' from a recent health scare. The 74-year-old spent time in intensive care late last year because of a urinary tract infection and had to undergo physiotherapy to recover some of the muscle mass that he lost during his…

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  • Belgium rises to No. 3 in FIFA rankings led by Germany

    ZURICH (AP) -- Belgium rose to its highest-ever spot at No. 3 in the latest FIFA monthly rankings, which are still led by World Cup winner Germany.

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  • Blatter says Russia must fight racism after latest incident

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday there is still a ''lot of work to be done'' to fight racism in 2018 World Cup host Russia after a Nazi symbol was displayed at a game. Reacting to Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow being handed its fourth racism-related punishment of the season…

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  • Russia trims World Cup budget by cutting hotels

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's sports minister says the budget for the 2018 World Cup is being cut by four percent by scrapping luxury hotels that might otherwise lie empty after the tournament.

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  • FIFA closes case into English chief after watch is returned

    The head of the English Football Association will face no disciplinary action from FIFA after returning a luxury watch given as a World Cup gift, the international governing body said Tuesday. FIFA's ethics investigators in September ordered football officials to return 25,000 Swiss franc…

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  • FIFA candidates to AP: Qatar labor rights on our agenda

    One suggests Sepp Blatter dropped the ball with Qatar. Another wants new World Cup rules to safeguard human rights. The third says FIFA must investigate labor abuses. The three candidates campaigning to dislodge Blatter as FIFA president have detailed to The Associated Press their positions on…

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  • US Senators want FIFA to move 2018 World Cup out of Russia

    Thirteen U.S. Senators asked FIFA to consider taking the 2018 World Cup out of Russia because of what they call that country's ''ongoing violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.'' In a letter released Wednesday, a day after it was sent, lawmakers including Wisconsin Republican Ron…

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  • U.S. senators urge FIFA not to let Russia host World Cup 2018

    A group of U.S. senators has written to the international soccer association FIFA, urging it to consider removing Russia as host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup because of its role in the Ukraine crisis and occupation of Crimea. In a letter dated Tuesday and released on Wednesday, the 13 Democratic and…

    Reuters
  • Russia Football Union appoints new anti-racism leader

    The Russian Football Union has appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official in an effort to crack down on discrimination ahead of the World Cup. RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh says Alexei Tolkachev has been named ''anti-racism inspector.'' It was not immediately clear what powers have been…

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  • Former Germany coach Berti Vogts joins Klinsmann's US staff

    Berti Vogts has been pals with Jurgen Klinsmann for a long time, and now the German national team coach will work alongside his former player in a long-term role. Vogts was hired as technical adviser to the U.S. national team Thursday after serving as a special adviser before and during last…

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  • FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches. He said FIFA was “irresponsible” to decide the allocation…

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  • Ukraine official doesn't rule out boycott of 2018 World Cup

    Ukraine's top football official isn't ruling out a boycott by his country of the 2018 World Cup in Russia - but believes such action won't be needed. ''It's probably the easiest thing to say I favor boycotts,'' federation president Hrigory Surkis told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''Especially…

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  • Construction giant accused of 'modern slavery' in Qatar

    Accusing it of practicing ''modern slavery,'' a French campaign group has filed a legal complaint against construction giant Vinci for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup. Vinci responded that it ''totally refutes'' the charges and will file a…

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