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  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. 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

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

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

  • Brazilian senators to head to U.S., Switzerland, in soccer probe

    A Brazilian Senate committee investigating corruption in soccer will send three of its members to Switzerland and Miami to interview key players charged in a massive bribery scandal. Senators including World Cup winner Romario approved plans for the trips in their first working meeting on Tuesday.…

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  • AP Interview: Qatar's FM promises best World Cup ever

    Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday promised that his country would host a successful World Cup in 2022 and suggested that criticism of its successful bid was partly based on racism. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah reiterated Qatar's stance…

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  • Sheikh Ahmad coy about who should succeed Blatter

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - As the candidates hoping to succeed FIFA's outgoing president Sepp Blatter continue to lobby for support, the political kingmaker who could have a big influence on who gets the job says world soccer has more to worry about than picking its next boss. …

    Reuters
  • Paraguay backs Platini for FIFA president

    Paraguay has offered to be one of the official backers of Michel Platini's bid for the FIFA presidency, the country's soccer association said in a letter sent to FIFA. Candidates for the FIFA presidency have to present the written support of five national soccer associations by Oct. 26, four…

    Reuters
  • Argentine exec in FIFA case pleads not guilty to U.S. charges

    The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business, one of 14 people indicted in a corruption case that has roiled the soccer world's governing body FIFA, pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court on Friday. Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentine businessman who was the former general manager…

    Reuters
  • Italian federation backs Platini for FIFA president

    Italy's soccer federation (FIGC) will support Michel Platini's bid to take over at FIFA, president Carlo Tavecchio said on Thursday. “He is an experienced and knowledgeable executive, and the right person to implement the necessary reforms at FIFA," said Tavecchio in a statement published by the…

    Reuters
  • Factbox on potential FIFA presidential candidates

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Factbox on potential FIFA presidential candidates following Chung Mong-Joon's announcement on Thursday that he plans to stand. The election to replace outgoing Sepp Blatter will take place at an extraordinary congress on Feb. 26 in Zurich. Candidates must formally declare their…

    Reuters
  • IOC president reminds members about responsibilities

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - With world soccer's governing body FIFA embroiled in a corruption scandal, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a sobering reminder to global sports leaders on Thursday about their responsibilities. In a clear reference to the FIFA…

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  • Deep pockets and diplomacy, Korean Chung set for FIFA race

    By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - A towering figure in Asian football and smooth operator in diplomatic circles, South Korea's Chung Mong-joon will need to sharpen his political elbows if he is to survive the vicious twists and turns of the upcoming FIFA presidential race. The sixth son of…

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  • Maradona says he wants to fight FIFA 'mafia'

    Argentine football great Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he wants to fight the "mafia" responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global soccer's governing body. "I have to fight the mafia that still remains…

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  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

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  • 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
  • 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