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

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

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

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

  • Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

    Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win. I've made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process,'' wrote Blatter, who is headed to the Asian Cup final in Sydney on Saturday. A majority of…

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  • Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Sports Minister says the government will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms.

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  • Fight to unseat Blatter as FIFA chief heats up in Europe

    The fight to remove Sepp Blatter from the most powerful job in world soccer intensified in Europe on Wednesday. In a surprise entry to the FIFA presidential contest, Portuguese great Luis Figo - the 2001 world player of the year - claimed the required support of five national federations by the…

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  • Figo latest to enter FIFA presidential race

    LONDON (Reuters) - Former Portugal international Luis Figo said on Wednesday he wanted to stand for the FIFA presidency revealing his plans one day before nominations close to enter the race. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward announced his intention to run against incumbent Sepp Blatter…

  • Van Praag could split vote as Africa backs Blatter

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Dutchman Michael Van Praag could split the anti-Sepp Blatter vote in this year's FIFA presidential election with Africa set to back the incumbent Swiss all the way to a fifth term of office. Two days before the deadline for nominations closes on Thursday, Prince…

  • 3 FIFA sponsors won't renew for 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Three second-tier World Cup sponsors opting not to renew for the 2018 tournament in Russia was normal in sports business, FIFA insisted on Friday. Castrol, Continental and Johnson & Johnson all let their World Cup commercial deals expire in December amid widespread allegations of corruption…

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  • New sponsors ready to replace old say beleaguered FIFA

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA have rejected suggestions that major sponsors were cutting their ties with the organization because it was a "toxic brand", saying on Friday that they were in advanced negotiations with new sponsors eager to replace the old. Britain's Daily Telegraph…

  • Brazilian World Cup stadium closed for urgent repairs

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - One of Brazil's sparkling new World Cup stadiums has been shut down by authorities for urgent repairs less than a year after it opened, government officials told Reuters on Thursday. The Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba will be closed for "emergency repairs to…

  • U.S. women's keeper Solo suspended by federation

    (Reuters) - United States women's team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for 30 days by U.S Soccer following an incident during a training camp. Solo's husband, former Seattle Seahawks NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles in the…

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  • Favorite Algeria to open campaign against South Africa

    Tournament favorite Algeria faces a tricky challenge at the start of its African Cup of Nations campaign against an up-and-coming South Africa in the heat and humidity of the jungle in eastern Equatorial Guinea on Monday. The Algerians are tipped by many as the team with the best chance of winning…

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  • Putin reassures Blatter that Russia can host 2018 World Cup

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday he has received personal assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the country's economic problems will not affect its ability to host the 2018 World Cup. Blatter said he was ''vigilant'' about Russia's economic situation after the ruble lost…

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  • David Ginola paid $380k by bookmaker to seek FIFA presidency

    It took a $380,000 payment from a stunt-prone bookmaker to persuade former France international David Ginola to launch an improbable bid to unseat FIFA President Sepp Blatter. With the fee secured, Ginola started his campaign on Friday by decrying the credibility of Blatter's FIFA before admitting…

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  • Bahamas-Bermuda in March as 2018 World Cup qualifying starts

    MIAMI (AP) -- Just eight months after the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, the Bahamas will play Bermuda in March in one of seven pairings as qualifying starts for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

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  • Part of original World Cup trophy found in FIFA basement

    ZURICH (Reuters) - A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA's headquarters. Part of the base of the Jules Rimet trophy, it is engraved with the names of the first four World Cup winners who were Uruguay in…

  • Germans disappointed after Neuer misses out on Ballon D'Or

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans, who had hoped for a clean sweep at the FIFA Ballon D'Or, expressed disappointment on Tuesday after their World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came third in the vote for the 2014 world player of the year. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo won the award…

  • FIFA finds stone base of original World Cup trophy

    ZURICH (AP) -- A piece of the original World Cup trophy has been found and will be displayed in the new FIFA museum.

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  • CONCACAF hexagonal to start in November 2016

    MIAMI (AP) -- The start of the final round of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean will be moved up by three months to November 2016.

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