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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. 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

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

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

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

  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

  • Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

    Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday that he will stand in the election and counts on their support. The FIFA election is on Feb. 26. ''There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,'' wrote…

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  • Prince Ali says Platini candidacy is 'not good for FIFA'

    Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan has described Michel Platini's decision to stand for the post in February's election as "not good for FIFA." UEFA president Platini announced earlier on Wednesday that he intended to stand in the election to choose a…

    Reuters
  • AP Sources: Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

    Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week. Two officials familiar with Platini's plans have told The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity…

    The Associated Press
  • Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Vladimir Putin says

    The Russian president, speaking with Swiss TV on Monday, said the embattled head of FIFA deserves a Nobel Prize for his work. ''Thank you, President Putin, you make us happy and comfortable,'' said Blatter, who was making his first trip outside his native Switzerland since American and Swiss…

    The Associated Press
  • UEFA head Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

    By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - Michel Platini, the head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday. The 60-year-old Platini, a former…

    Reuters
  • US plays Aruba or St Vincent in World Cup qualifying opener

    The United States will host Aruba or St. Vincent and the Grenadines at St. Louis on Nov. 13 in the Americans' opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Seeking their eighth straight World Cup appearance, the Americans are at Trinidad and Tobago on Nov. 17, then play at the Guatemala-Antigua and…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA reform plans in doubt as Scala backs away from task force

    By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - Reform plans by scandal-plagued FIFA were thrown into doubt on Monday when its choice to head a task force, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, said he would not take on the job unless he was guaranteed full independence. Scala had been asked by at least half of…

    Reuters
  • US soccer team to open World Cup qualifying in St. Louis

    The U.S. soccer team will play its first qualifier for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Nov. 13, and the playoff for the 2017 Confederations Cup will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. As the 2013 Gold Cup champs, the Americans will face 2015 winner Mexico on Oct.…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA hopeful Chung meets potential rival Platini in U.S.

    South Korea's Chung Mong-joon, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the FIFA presidency next month, met potential rival Michel Platini in the United States on Sunday and called for a 'fair competition' should he enter the race. Former FIFA Vice President Chung said last week he was still…

    Reuters
  • Romanov palace imperial setting for imperious FIFA

    Sepp the Great came to an old Romanov chateau for what he promises will be his final World Cup draw as FIFA president. The Konstantin Palace, a summer home built at the direction of Peter the Great, was the site of Saturday night's 2018 qualifying procedure, where Russian President Vladimir Putin…

    The Associated Press
  • Russia getting on with World Cup job as FIFA fights scandal

    As he shared the stage with FIFA's departing president Sepp Blatter, Russian President Vladimir Putin's message was simple. FIFA may be in chaos, but Russia is getting on with the job. ''I'd like to emphasize again that all the plans to prepare for the World Cup will be fulfilled,'' Putin said,…

    The Associated Press
  • US opens World Cup qualifying in group with Trinidad

    The United States' road to the 2018 World Cup opens in November with a four-nation group that includes Trinidad and Tobago. Given a bye in the first three rounds along with the other powers of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the 34th-ranked United States was drawn into Group C…

    The Associated Press
  • Ex-World Cup winners Spain, Italy to play in 2018 qualifying

    While World Cup-holder Germany received a relatively kind qualifying draw on Saturday, reaching the 2018 finals in Russia will be no easy task for some of Europe's traditional powers. Italy, the 2006 world champion, paid the price for recent poor results by being drawn once again in qualifying…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business at Putin home

    FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin at a Russian state residence on Saturday. With the focus once more on football, the embattled FIFA leadership and much-criticized host nation…

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  • FIFA as opulent as ever at World Cup draw

    By Brian Homewood ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - When it boils down to it, making a draw for a major soccer tournament involves little more than pulling balls out of plastic pots. Saturday's draw in St Petersburg, two hours long and featuring various musical interludes, was typical of the opulence…

    Reuters
  • Factbox: Reaction to European qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup

    GROUP A Netherlands France Sweden Bulgaria Belarus Luxembourg FRANCE     "It is a balanced group, very strong," said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet. "I think that the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Bulgaria, without ignoring the others (Belarus and Luxembourg). The…

    Reuters
  • South America the toughest group, says Pekerman

    By Brian Homewood ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - South America is still the most difficult continent to qualify for the World Cup from, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said after draw on Saturday. Teams face long journeys and must play in heat, cold and high altitude during the marathon 18-match,…

    Reuters
  • The Latest: Conte says facing Spain 'very stimulating'

    Spain routed the Azzurri 4-0 in the 2012 European Championship final, but both were eliminated in the first round of last year's World Cup. Speaking through a translator, Conte says, ''Spain is a very strong team. FIFA made a political decision after the draw to ensure Russia will not play…

    The Associated Press
  • Spain and Italy paired in 2018 World Cup draw

    By Mike Collett ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Spain and Italy were placed in the same qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as were the Netherlands and France, but holders Germany were handed a kinder campaign with the Czech Republic their chief rivals in the draw made on…

    Reuters