Women's World Cup final:
  1. The most unbelievable goals in the history of soccer
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    The most unbelievable goals in the history of soccer

  2. Alex Morgan plays her first full game of World Cup
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    Alex Morgan plays her first full game of World Cup

  3. 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

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

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

  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

  • French, German presidents tried to influence World Cup votes: Blatter in paper

    The embattled president of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, told a German newspaper the presidents of France and Germany tried to exert political pressure before the World Cup was awarded to Russia and Qatar. Sepp Blatter has become entangled in a corruption investigation of the sport's…

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  • Messi fails again with Argentina's national team

    Lionel Messi has come up short again in his attempt to succeed with Argentina's national team. Messi looked nothing like the star that he is with Barcelona on Saturday, and Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile 4-1 on penalties, extending its 22-year title drought. Saturday's…

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  • FIFA's Webb charged in Cayman Island's corruption case: media

    (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, already facing charges in soccer's global bribery scandal, has now been charged in a healthcare fraud case in his native Cayman Islands, local media reported on Friday. Cayman authorities have issued an arrest warrant…

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  • No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organizers

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women's World Cup final, organizers said on Friday. With world soccer's governing body embroiled in corruption investigations,…

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  • Key players to watch for in the Women's World Cup final

    Four key players to watch for in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday. Carli Lloyd (United States, midfielder) The New Jersey-born midfielder has emerged as the most effective player on the American team scoring three goals, as well as anchoring the defensive midfield duties in some of the…

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  • Analysis: World Cup final represents classic clash of styles

    By Simon Evans VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States and Japan may be familiar foes but that doesn't make Sunday's Women's World Cup final any less of a tactical conundrum for both teams with the game a classic clash of styles. Japan's style has clearly been influenced by the successful…

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  • Americans flock to Vancouver to amp up World Cup fever

    By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A sea of red, white and blue is expected to flood Vancouver in the coming days as thousands of Americans flock to the city to cheer on their squad against defending champions Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final. The Americans have enjoyed a home-crowd…

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  • Japan and U.S. set for spicy World Cup final rematch

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States arrive at the Women's World Cup final battle-hardened and seeking revenge, while Japan enter Sunday's match determined to retain the trophy they denied the Americans four years ago. Downtown Vancouver was awash in red, white and blue on…

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  • Factbox: Women's World Cup qualifiers United States

    (Reuters) - The United States will play defending champions Japan in the final of the Women's World Cup on Sunday in Vancouver. Women's World Cup record: Previous appearances in finals: (6) 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 Best performance: Winners (1991, 1999) Drawn in Group D with Australia,…

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  • Factbox: Women's World Cup qualifiers Japan

    (Reuters) - Defending champions Japan will play the United States in the final of the Women's World Cup in Vancouver on Sunday. World Cup record: Previous appearances in finals: (6) 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 Best performance: Winners 2011 Drawn in Group C with Switzerland, Cameroon,…

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  • Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of World Cup final

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A run of controversial calls has raised worries that officiating has not kept pace with the quality of play at the Women's World Cup, putting an unwanted spotlight on referees ahead of Sunday's final. Both the United States and Japan reached the championship…

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  • Germany's Sasic, Angerer up for World Cup golden honors

    Germany's Celia Sasic, who missed a penalty in their semi-final loss to the United States, and goalkeeper Nadine Angerer were among the finalists for the Women's World Cup awards announced on Thursday. Angerer, FIFA's women’s player of the year in 2013, has been nominated for Golden Glove honors…

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  • US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

    The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice said Thursday that the requests were received from the U.S.…

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  • Japan celebrates return to Women's World Cup final

    Japanese football fans screamed with joy on Thursday after "divine winds" blew their women's national team into the World Cup final following a heart-stopping 2-1 win over England. The team, known as 'Nadeshiko' in Japan, will play the United States for the title in Vancouver on Sunday, a rematch…

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  • Heart-breaking England exits at major tournaments

    (Reuters) - An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett handed Japan a 2-1 win in their Women's World Cup semi-final in Edmonton on Wednesday as the nation credited with founding the game suffered yet more soccer heartache. The tough losses have not only been restricted to…

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  • Sampson draws strength from defeat, expects strong growth

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - England coach Mark Sampson says his team's march to the last four of the Women's World Cup, which ended with a heartbreaking loss to Japan in Wednesday's semi-final, should be the catalyst for major improvements in the game back home. Laura Bassett's 92nd…

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  • Own goal win over England was no fluke, says Japan

    Japan believe their women's World Cup semi-final win over England on Wednesday was just reward for their determination and not a fluke after a stoppage time own goal sent the defending champions through to a title showdown against the United States. Japan beat the Americans on penalties to win the…

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  • FIFA chief Blatter says not corrupt, expects to 'go to heaven one day'

    Sepp Blatter, president of the world soccer governing body FIFA that is embroiled in corruption investigations, has told a German magazine he has a clean conscience and believes he will "go to heaven one day". U.S. prosecutors have not accused Blatter, 79, of any wrongdoing, but his stewardship of…

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  • Messi & Argentina shining together, closer to elusive title

    Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina. The Barcelona star heads into the Copa America final with a chance to end his nation's 22-year title drought, and prove that he can replicate his club-level success with the national team. Messi thrived in leading Argentina…

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  • Upstart England try to end Japan's title defense

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - Defending champions Japan are one win away from a return trip to the Women's World Cup final, and standing in their way is an upbeat England team that beat hosts Canada to reach Wednesday's semi-final. While it is no shock to see Japan, who have won their last…

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