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

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

  • Former Germany coach Berti Vogts joins Klinsmann's US staff

    Berti Vogts has been pals with Jurgen Klinsmann for a long time, and now the German national team coach will work alongside his former player in a long-term role. Vogts was hired as technical adviser to the U.S. national team Thursday after serving as a special adviser before and during last…

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  • FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches. He said FIFA was “irresponsible” to decide the allocation…

    Reuters
  • Ukraine official doesn't rule out boycott of 2018 World Cup

    Ukraine's top football official isn't ruling out a boycott by his country of the 2018 World Cup in Russia - but believes such action won't be needed. ''It's probably the easiest thing to say I favor boycotts,'' federation president Hrigory Surkis told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''Especially…

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  • Construction giant accused of 'modern slavery' in Qatar

    Accusing it of practicing ''modern slavery,'' a French campaign group has filed a legal complaint against construction giant Vinci for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup. Vinci responded that it ''totally refutes'' the charges and will file a…

    The Associated Press
  • FIFA candidate Van Praag questions 'strange' Fox TV deal

    VIENNA (AP) -- FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag says extending Fox's World Cup broadcast rights to 2026 was ''very strange.''

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  • UEFA sets 2018 World Cup qualifying format, eyes 14th entry

    Europe's World Cup qualifying process is being based on 13 available places for the 2018 tournament, even though UEFA thinks it deserves a 14th. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said Monday that Europe will retain the same format of nine qualifying groups. The nine group winners will…

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  • Sepp Blatter faces tough crowd at UEFA meeting

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces his toughest audience this week in his campaign to be re-elected. Blatter arrives Monday for the annual congress of UEFA, whose leaders are supporting all three of his election opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag. The 79-year-old…

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  • Prince Ali: Blatter playing politics with FIFA WCup slots

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein claims incumbent Sepp Blatter is playing politics with a key World Cup decision. FIFA's executive committee will give each continent its 2018 World Cup qualifying slots at a special session on May 30 - the day after the election where Blatter…

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  • Sepp Blatter says World Cup can help situation in Ukraine

    Forbidden from using his office to solicit votes for his re-election, FIFA President Sepp Blatter instead took time Friday to use his position to help solve the crisis in Ukraine. ''The World Cup in Russia will be able to stabilize all this situation that is in this region of Europe,'' said…

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  • FIFA kicks off 2026 World Cup bidding; 2022 start left open

    Before even agreeing on a kickoff date for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA has begun the search for a host in 2026. FIFA put expected bidders Canada, Mexico and the United States on notice Friday by setting May 2017 as a target to elect the host of a tournament which follows 32 years after the…

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  • Column: After Qatar's heat, an even bigger test for 2022 cup

    It certainly took a while, longer than it should, for the penny to drop at FIFA that deserts get hot in summer. Having belatedly adjusted for that fact, moving the 2022 World Cup to cooler months, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and the entire sport he oversees must now shift gears and fully focus on the…

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  • FIFA to choose 2026 World Cup host in 2017

    ZURICH (AP) -- The United States should find out in May 2017 if it will host the 2026 World Cup.

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  • FIFA to pay clubs $209 million for World Cup 'collaboration'

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA has announced a threefold increase in the amount of money it pays as part of a collaboration agreement with clubs who release players for the World Cup and the ruling body will hand out $209 million (141.75 million pounds) in both 2018 and 2022. Clubs…

    Reuters
  • FIFA banks $2B in 2014; World Cup turns $337M total profit

    The World Cup's commercial power led to record revenue of $2 billion for FIFA last year, with $337 million in profits coming from the four-year cycle leading up to the 2014 soccer tournament in Brazil. FIFA, which pocketed $140.7 million in profit in 2014 alone, added $91 million to its reserves,…

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  • FIFA to pay clubs $209M for releasing players to World Cup

    FIFA has agreed to pay clubs worldwide $209 million for releasing players to the World Cup in 2018 and in 2022. The deal with the 214-member European Club Association announced on Friday almost triples the $70 million FIFA shared among clubs from 2014 World Cup revenues. It also settles the issue…

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  • Rugby: High profile referee Walsh hangs up his whistle

    New Zealand referee Steve Walsh, one of the best-known match officials in world rugby, has decided to call time on his career just a few months before the World Cup, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday. Walsh, who officiated at four World Cups and oversaw 60 tests making him one of the…

    Reuters
  • Soccer: 2022 World Cup final to be played on December 18

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that it would be played in November and December with the final on Dec. 18. Spokesman Walter De Gregorio said the winter tournament would…

    Reuters
  • FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be on Dec. 18

    The final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday. FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio confirmed the date Thursday, but did not say when the tournament would start. The governing body's executive committee prefers a 28-day tournament - starting…

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  • FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18.

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  • Bhutan celebrates after shocking win in World Cup qualifiers

    Soccer fans in tiny Bhutan celebrated Wednesday after the country's national team - ranked last in the world - pulled off an unlikely win over Sri Lanka to advance to the next round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alongside Asian giants like Japan and South Korea. Bhutan, ranked 209th by…

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