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

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

  5. 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

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

  • Germany picks Liverpool's Emre Can for Euro qualifiers

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Germany coach Joachim Loew called up Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on Friday for the upcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Scotland.

    The Associated Press
  • Football must not be overlooked in FIFA race: Platini

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Michael Platini will publish his manifesto in the next six to eight weeks and wants to bring football back into the spotlight during the campaign, a source close to the Frenchman said on Wednesday. Although Platini, the UEFA…

    Reuters
  • Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk hired by Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Bert van Marwijk, who coached the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, has been hired by Saudi Arabia.

    The Associated Press
  • I will be appreciated when I've gone, says Blatter

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes his critics will realize they have been wrong and will recognize his achievements once he has left soccer's world governing body. In an interview with the BBC, the 79-year-old Swiss defended his record at the head…

    Reuters
  • Russia adds to World Cup budget after recent cuts

    The Russian government proposed a 2-percent increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year. A document written by the Sports Ministry and published on a Russian government database Monday envisages an increase of 12.5 billion rubles ($175…

    The Associated Press
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  • FIFA's reform committee head says Blatter unfairly treated: paper

    Outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been unfairly treated over the corruption scandal surrounding world soccer's governing body, the head of its reform committee told a Swiss newspaper. U.S. prosecutors in May indicted nine soccer officials, most of whom had FIFA positions, and five marketing…

    Reuters
  • Iran coach says Guam visa hassles nothing to do with soccer

    Iran coach Carlos Queiroz says the frustrations faced by the tiny Pacific island of Guam in obtaining visas to travel to Tehran for a World Cup qualifier next month give just a glimpse of the problems long faced by his team in negotiating international soccer. Iran, Asia's top-ranked soccer team,…

    The Associated Press
  • Chung says report of FIFA investigation proof of Blatter sabotage

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon said on Saturday that a report he was being investigated by the soccer body's ethics committee was proof that outgoing president Sepp Blatter was trying to interfere in his campaign and should step down. German newspaper…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: FIFA team targets match-fixing, 'many' cases of corruption

    By Simon Evans and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's independent ethics committee is probing "many" cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter. Investigators are probing…

    Reuters
  • FIFA, WCup sponsors talk in secret over corruption crisis

    FIFA has met with some World Cup sponsors in a meeting they demanded after a corruption crisis rocked football's governing body. Little detail was revealed after the closed-door session Thursday, shrouded in secrecy at FIFA headquarters and attended by Adidas, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and…

    The Associated Press
  • World Cup experience made Miami goalie Catalina Perez better

    Miami goalkeeper Catalina Perez held her ground against the best women's soccer team in the world this summer. Perez was one of the goalies for Colombia in the Women's World Cup, and the United States - the eventual champions - sent three shots at her but couldn't score against the Miami redshirt…

    The Associated Press
  • U.S. demanded anti-money laundering group delete soccer warning: sources

    By Mark Hosenball and Brett Wolf LONDON/ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The United States and several other countries forced an international anti-money-laundering organization to withdraw a public warning it issued in June to financial institutions about corruption in soccer, according to two people…

    Reuters
  • Nicaragua charges ex-FIFA official Rocha, seeks extradition

    Nicaragua has charged former FIFA Development Officer Julio Rocha with money laundering and embezzlement, the country's attorney general, Julia Guido, said on Monday, and is seeking his extradition. Rocha was arrested in Zurich in May after being indicted by the United States along with 13 other…

    Reuters
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  • Platini too close to FIFA's Blatter for top job, rival Chung says

    By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - South Korea's Chung Mong-joon said on Monday that his French rival for the presidency of FIFA, Michel Platini, was too close to outgoing chief Sepp Blatter to be right for the job as head of soccer's scandal-hit governing body. Launching his bid for the role in…

    Reuters
  • Ex-FIFA official Rocha agrees to extradition to Nicaragua

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA development officer Julio Rocha, among seven officials arrested in Zurich in May in a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer's governing body, has agreed to be extradited to his native Nicaragua, Swiss authorities said. The United States,…

    Reuters
  • Platini gets major FIFA boost with Sheikh Salman backing

    FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini has won the key backing of the head of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain. Sheikh Salman said in a statement backing the UEFA president on Friday that the world governing body would "need a leadership with…

    Reuters
  • Brazil police raid World Cup arena, Odebrecht offices in fraud probe

    Police raided a stadium in the northeastern city of Recife and other offices around Brazil on Friday as part of an investigation into fraud in contracting for the arena, which was built for the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. In a statement, federal police said contracts for the Arena…

    Reuters
  • Korea's Chung to formally launch FIFA bid in Paris

    By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Chung Mong-joon will formally launch his bid to become president of world soccer's scandal-hit governing body FIFA on Aug. 17 in France, the home of rival Michel Platini. Chung, a former FIFA vice president and fierce critic of outgoing…

    Reuters
  • U.S. prosecutor warns FIFA against 'superficial' reforms

    (Reuters) - World soccer's scandal-plagued governing body FIFA has been warned by the U.S. prosecutor at the center of the investigation into its affairs that its reform plans should not be "superficial". Kelly T. Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, whose office…

    Reuters
  • FIFA picks Olympic veteran Carrard to lead reform task force

    FIFA has turned to Francois Carrard, who helped oversee cleaning up the IOC after the Salt Lake City bidding scandal, to chair a group leading reforms of football's corruption-hit governing body. Carrard, former director general of the International Olympic Committee, was chosen Tuesday to lead a…

    The Associated Press