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  1. 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

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

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

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

  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

  • FIFA ethics investigator recommends life ban for ex-VP Webb

    FIFA's chief ethics investigator has recommended a life ban for Jeffrey Webb, a former vice-president of the global soccer body who has pleaded guilty in the United States to offences linked to racketeering, fraud and money laundering. Webb, one of seven people arrested in Zurich last year before…

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  • World Cup winner Luca Toni announces retirement

    VERONA, Italy (AP) -- World Cup winner Luca Toni says he will retire after Sunday's match against Serie A champion Juventus.

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  • Kosovo elected as UEFA member in 28-24 vote

    Kosovo was given UEFA membership Tuesday, and could now be fast-tracked into FIFA and the 2018 World Cup qualifying program. UEFA's member federations voted 28-24 to accept the former province of Serbia, which led the opposition. The UEFA congress also elected Florence Hardouin, the French soccer…

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  • Sports court orders FIFA to admit Gibraltar as member

    FIFA has been ordered by sport's highest court to accept Gibraltar as a member, opening the national team's path to play in the 2018 World Cup qualifying program. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday it upheld the Gibraltar soccer federation's appeal against FIFA blocking entry in 2014,…

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  • Qatar investigates death at World Cup site as labor rights under scrutiny

    The organizers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup said on Sunday they were investigating the death of an Indian laborer at one of its sites but denied it was caused by working conditions which the wealthy Gulf country is under pressure to improve. Along with accusations of corruption during its World Cup…

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  • Worker dies after falling ill at World Cup stadium site

    World Cup organizers say a worker has died after falling ill on the site of one of the stadiums being constructed for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The statement says that Prasad, who was a steel worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project, ''received first aid treatment until paramedics…

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  • Top sports tribunal to decide Platini's fate within 10 days

    By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini said he was more optimistic of having his six-year ban from soccer overturned after his appeal hearing at sport's highest tribunal on Friday, with a decision due within 10 days. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who…

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  • Dortmund captain and defender Hummels wants Bayern move

    Borussia Dortmund captain and central defender Mats Hummels has asked to be released from his contract so that he can move to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich next season. The club added that Bayern had not made an offer yet. Hummels still has one year on his contract and no opt-out clause.

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  • Last year's triumphalism long gone, UEFA faces subdued Congress

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - After last year's UEFA Congress, president Michel Platini declared, "We're transparent, we're democratic and we're the best." That triumphant air will be gone from this year's event after a spate of scandals that led to Platini's banishment from soccer. …

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  • Infantino brings vision of new FIFA to Asia

    By Do-gyun Kim and Juarawee Kittisilpa SEOUL/BANGKOK (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino dangled the carrot of more World Cup spots for Asia during a visit to Seoul and Bangkok, pressing his case for an enlarged 40-team tournament. Infantino, who met with sponsors Hyundai Motor Group in…

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  • America wins back to back CONCACAF titles, beating Tigres

    Osvaldo Martinez broke a tie on a penalty kick in the 86th minute and America beat Tigres 2-1 on Wednesday night for its second straight CONCACAF Champions League title and record seventh overall. Michael Arroyo came off the bench in the 65th and tied it for America in the 68th. French striker…

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  • FIFA cuts ban for 2018-2022 World Cup bid inspector

    A seven-year FIFA ban imposed on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector has been cut by four years on appeal. The original ban imposed on Harold Mayne-Nicholls last year by the FIFA ethics committee was ''not proportionate,'' the soccer body's appeal panel ruled Friday. Mayne-Nicholls was a…

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  • FIFA sets up worker welfare body for Qatar World Cup

    The head of soccer's world governing body FIFA urged Qatar to hasten improvements in safety and labor conditions for builders working on sites for the 2022 World Cup and declared: "we will not just sit and wait". Gianni Infantino, on a two-day visit to Qatar, announced plans for a special working…

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  • FIFA to stage video replay trial workshop next month

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says it has invited leagues and federations interested in running video replay trials to inspect the technology next month.

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  • FIFA panel to monitor labor conditions at Qatar stadiums

    Qatar is often criticized by rights groups and trade unions for alleged abuses and deaths on a range of construction projects linked to the 2022 World Cup since it won hosting rights in 2010. Last week, a FIFA-appointed human rights expert from Harvard University advised that tournaments should be…

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  • New FIFA head tries out his Russian in meeting with Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who tried out a few phrases he has learned to say in Russian during his visit to check on preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Infantino told Putin during their meeting Wednesday in the Kremlin that ''I love…

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  • FIFA's Infantino: Russia says economic crisis won't affect World Cup

    By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday he had received assurances from the Russian government that the economic crisis convulsing Russia would not affect preparations for the 2018 soccer World Cup. Russia, which faces a second straight year of recession…

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  • Defiant Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA

    By John Miller BASEL (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organization but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organizations. Blatter spoke to more than 400 people at the…

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  • German federation chooses new president in wake of scandal

    Reinhard Grindel was elected president of the German football federation on Friday, tasked with restoring credibility in the wake of a scandal resulting from dubious payments before the 2006 World Cup. Niersbach attended the assembly and was greeted by a long round of applause. Grindel, a…

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