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

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

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

  • FIFA rejects lawmakers' call to re-run Qatar World Cup vote

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has rejected a call by European lawmakers to re-run the vote which chose Qatar as 2022 World Cup host.

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  • Council of Europe to urge FIFA re-vote on World Cup in Qatar

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- European lawmakers are likely to urge FIFA to re-vote on awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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  • Sepp Blatter tells World Cup detractors to 'stay at home'

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter says politicians who are unhappy with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup should ''stay at home'' during the tournament. A group of U.S. senators have asked FIFA to move the tournament out of Russia to supplement international sanctions, while Ukrainian President Petro…

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  • Beckenbauer: Bayern 'far, far, far away' from Euro title

    Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer is sharply critical of the team's performance in this week's 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto. ''They are far away, far, far, far away to win the Champions League. He apologized for comments he made on Sky television, where he said defender…

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  • Morris scores in 1st US start in 2-0 win over Mexico

    Jordan Morris made a loud statement in his first start for the U.S. national team against his country's biggest and most bitter rival. A game pennant given to him by veteran Michael Bradley to hang in his room at college. The 20-year-old Stanford sophomore scored his first international goal…

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  • Russia modifies World Cup contracts to cut imports

    MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government hopes to save some money by cutting expensive imports from its World Cup construction plans.

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  • Russia's World Cup organizers face budget headaches

    Saransk's stadium for the 2018 World Cup is supposed to raise the profile of this little-known Russian city, but for now Alexei Merkushkin is just trying to keep costs down. As Minister of Special Programs for the region that includes this city of 300,000 people south-east of Moscow, Merkushkin's…

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  • Gulati: FIFA could benefit from US World Cup in 2026

    U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati believes his sport could receive a big domestic boost from hosting the World Cup in 2026. He also thinks scandal-plagued FIFA would benefit immensely from putting its biggest show back on steadier ground. ''It's probably now at least as important for…

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  • Pele, in Chile, says he has recovered after his health scare

    Brazilian soccer legend Pele said Thursday that he has ''happily recovered'' from a recent health scare. The 74-year-old spent time in intensive care late last year because of a urinary tract infection and had to undergo physiotherapy to recover some of the muscle mass that he lost during his…

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  • Belgium rises to No. 3 in FIFA rankings led by Germany

    ZURICH (AP) -- Belgium rose to its highest-ever spot at No. 3 in the latest FIFA monthly rankings, which are still led by World Cup winner Germany.

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  • Blatter says Russia must fight racism after latest incident

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday there is still a ''lot of work to be done'' to fight racism in 2018 World Cup host Russia after a Nazi symbol was displayed at a game. Reacting to Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow being handed its fourth racism-related punishment of the season…

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  • Russia trims World Cup budget by cutting hotels

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's sports minister says the budget for the 2018 World Cup is being cut by four percent by scrapping luxury hotels that might otherwise lie empty after the tournament.

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  • FIFA closes case into English chief after watch is returned

    The head of the English Football Association will face no disciplinary action from FIFA after returning a luxury watch given as a World Cup gift, the international governing body said Tuesday. FIFA's ethics investigators in September ordered football officials to return 25,000 Swiss franc…

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  • Prince Ali expects sponsors to snub FIFA if Blatter stays

    FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein believes the scandal-hit organization will struggle to replace sponsors and be damaged financially if Sepp Blatter remains in charge. Five of FIFA's top 14 sponsors decided in recent months not to extend their deals, leaving a void ahead of the…

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  • US Senators want FIFA to move 2018 World Cup out of Russia

    Thirteen U.S. Senators asked FIFA to consider taking the 2018 World Cup out of Russia because of what they call that country's ''ongoing violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.'' In a letter released Wednesday, a day after it was sent, lawmakers including Wisconsin Republican Ron…

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  • U.S. senators urge FIFA not to let Russia host World Cup 2018

    A group of U.S. senators has written to the international soccer association FIFA, urging it to consider removing Russia as host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup because of its role in the Ukraine crisis and occupation of Crimea. In a letter dated Tuesday and released on Wednesday, the 13 Democratic and…

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  • Russia Football Union appoints new anti-racism leader

    The Russian Football Union has appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official in an effort to crack down on discrimination ahead of the World Cup. RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh says Alexei Tolkachev has been named ''anti-racism inspector.'' It was not immediately clear what powers have been…

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  • 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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