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

  • Rowing federation: six Russian rowers meet conditions for Rio games, 17 do not

    The World Rowing Federation said on Tuesday that six Russian rowers met conditions to take part in the Rio Olympics but that 17 entered rowers and two of the cox did not. The rowing organization had said on Monday three other Russian rowers that did not meet conditions to compete in Rio. It said…

  • FIFA bans council member Niersbach in World Cup bids probe

    FIFA council member Wolfgang Niersbach, a member of FIFA's ruling council, was banned from soccer for one year on Monday in the first sanction from the investigation into Germany's 2006 World Cup bid. FIFA's ethics committee found Niersbach guilty of failing to report findings about possible…

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  • FIFA Council member Wolfgang Niersbach receives 1-year ban in 2006 World Cup investigation

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA Council member Wolfgang Niersbach receives 1-year ban in 2006 World Cup investigation.

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  • Allardyce will take time to decide if Rooney remains captain

    BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) -- Although new England manager Sam Allardyce will take his time before deciding if Wayne Rooney continues as captain, he already has a clearer idea of how he wants the national team to play. Rooney, England's all-time leading scorer, led England at the recent…

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  • Allardyce hired to manage England, wants to restore pride

    Sam Allardyce pledged to make England proud of its perennially-underperforming national team after being hired as its manager on Friday, following an embarrassing European Championship showing under Roy Hodgson. In a break from previous lengthy deals for managers, the English Football Association…

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  • Borussia Dortmund signs Andre Schuerrle from Wolfsburg

    DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- Borussia Dortmund says it has signed attacking midfielder Andre Schuerrle from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg.

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  • IOC edict sharpens scrutiny on Russia as 2018 World Cup host

    Russia's hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA's leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation. The IOC's move followed this week's second damning World Anti-Doping Agency report,…

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  • Sam Allardyce on verge of being hired to coach England

    England is on the verge of hiring Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce to take charge of the national team as Roy Hodgson's successor. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the English Football Association is close to finalizing Allardyce's appointment. …

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  • Pak marks 50 years since North Korea's World Cup shock

    It has been five decades since Pak Du Ik scored the winning goal in North Korea's shocking upset of Italy to reach the quarterfinals at the 1966 World Cup, a match that remains the country's most memorable in football folklore. ''Now, 50 years later, if I think of that time, I was really young ...…

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  • Putin orders officials to speed up WCup stadium construction

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium which is scheduled to host 2018 World Cup games, including a semifinal. In a decree published Monday on the Kremlin's website, Putin said the stadium - provisionally…

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  • Russia's Alfa-Bank signs with FIFA as 2018 World Cup sponsor

    FIFA has filled the first of 20 sponsor slots for the 2018 World Cup in a new program that stalled during its corruption crisis. FIFA says Russian bank Alfa-Bank has bought one of four European slots in a 'Regional Supporter' category. The deal announced Monday continues a trend of new FIFA…

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  • FIFA says Russia's Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

    FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as the first of up to 20 regional World Cup sponsors on Monday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would "activate sponsorship initiatives" around the 2018 World…

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  • World Cup host city fires contractor for major stadium

    The Russian city of St. Petersburg said Friday it has fired the general contractor building a trouble-plagued stadium which is to host World Cup matches in 2018. The stadium, provisionally called Zenit Arena, has taken almost a decade to build, prompting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to publicly…

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  • China gets its richest man to back 'best football competition in Asia'

    By Sue-Lin Wong BEIJING (Reuters) - China, backed by its richest man, has struck a deal with FIFA to host the first China Cup from next year, a competition that will pit its national side against three international "first-class" teams - and hopefully pave the way to soccer glory. Chinese…

  • Dili delights at Portugal's Euro 2016 success

    Hundreds of people took to the streets in East Timor on Monday as the former Portuguese colony celebrated Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France. Sitting on trucks and motorcycles, ecstatic fans waved Portuguese flags, honked car horns and held up pictures of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo on…

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  • Column: Euro 2016 final again proves football's cruelty

    Cruel because Cristiano Ronaldo had to watch the victory of his life - at least one of them - from the sidelines. Portugal's name, for the first time, is now engraved on a major trophy. Truth is, Portugal played better without him.

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  • The Latest: Clouds of moths flying round Stade de France

    Clouds of moths in the Stade de France are bugging players and officials ahead of the final. Referee Mark Clattenburg of England was seen swiping at the moths as he tested the goal-line technology equipment at each end of the pitch before the France vs. Portugal game. Members of UEFA's executive…

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  • France seeks healing final victory vs underachiever Portugal

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- France puts its formidable record in finals on the line when the European Championship hosts try to deny Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal a first major football title on Sunday. French law enforcement authorities pledged ''extremely high'' security in Paris for Sunday's…

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