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

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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  • Who next for the 'Impossible Job' as England coach?

    Wanted: Someone to turn around the fortunes of soccer's most consistently underperforming international team. England was beginning its search for a new coach Tuesday after Roy Hodgson's departure following the team's latest embarrassing exit from a major tournament, this time at the hands of tiny…

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  • Ronaldo aims for Euro record but faces tough Polish defense

    If Cristiano Ronaldo is to send Portugal to the semifinals and match Michel Platini's all-time European Championship scoring record, he'll have to find a way through a Poland defense that's among the toughest of the tournament. Ronaldo has scored eight goals from four championships, one shy of…

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  • Time to rebuild for Spain after another early elimination

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- At least Spain leaves the European Championship knowing exactly what it needs to do. After two consecutive European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012 and an intervening World Cup, Spain was dumped out of Euro 2016 at the round of 16-stage by a resilient and…

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  • Hodgson leaves job on humiliating night for English soccer

    It was utter humiliation for England. First-time finalist Iceland embarrassed the inept stars of the Premier League on Monday, dumping them out of the European Championship in the round of 16. Roy Hodgson had little choice.

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  • England hammered after Icelandic collapse

    By Ossian Shine LONDON (Reuters) - Former England players and the country's media lined up to savage the national soccer team on Monday night after one of its most embarrassing defeats, a 2-1 loss to tiny Iceland which sent them spinning out of the European Championship. The Daily Express needed…

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  • Some fans, Argentina president want Messi to reconsider

    Some fans, players, and even Argentina's president want Lionel Messi to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that he's quitting the national team. Messi shocked his native country with his abrupt resignation from international soccer after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on…

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  • Spain coach Del Bosque insists dominating era is not over

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Dethroned at the World Cup and now at the European Championship, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes his team can soon reign again. The evidence of Spain's 2-0 loss on Monday to slick, hard-working Italy in the round of 16 told a different story. ''No, I don't…

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  • Column: Spain comes full circle in Euro 2016 loss to Italy

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Italy killed the Spanish football beast it helped create. When Italy lost to Spain in the European Championship quarterfinals in 2008, the victory helped turn a golden generation of Spanish players into world beaters. It was the first victory for Spain over Italy in a…

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  • Sunday schedule gives France a chance at Euro 2016

    On any given Sunday, a rested France team will play at the European Championship. In tournament soccer where a team's matches typically come every four days, France's schedule is more like a club team. On Sunday, June 19, France drew 0-0 with Switzerland to ensure first place in its group.

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  • The Latest: Buffon plans to keep playing for Italy

    PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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  • Spain renews its rivalry with Italy at Euro 2016

    SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- A lot has changed for Spain since it routed Italy in the European Championship final four years ago. While Italy remains the same hard-working team with solid defense and efficient offense, Spain is no longer the dominant force it once was, having lost some…

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  • O'Neill criticizes Ireland's ticket allocation for France

    Coach Martin O'Neill has questioned Ireland's ''unfair'' ticket allocation for Sunday's match against host France in the last 16 of the European Championship. ''The ticket allocation is something that I do have a gripe about. It's totally disproportionate for a stadium of this size,'' O'Neill…

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  • Calm and discreet Lloris to break France captaincy record

    It is hard to notice that Hugo Lloris is captain of France, such is his calm, soft-spoken attitude. ''It's pleasing, but I'm focusing on the competition and going as far as possible,'' Lloris said of the record on Saturday. While Deschamps led France to success at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000…

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  • Extra rest could help France play with more pace vs. Ireland

    With the benefit of three days' extra rest, France is hoping to set a punishing pace that will wear Ireland out when they meet on Sunday in the last 16 of the European Championship. France settled for a draw against Switzerland last Sunday, while Ireland beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday in Lille and…

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  • O'Neill: Ireland does not need France revenge for motivation

    Forget revenge, Ireland's game against France on Sunday is all about a chance to reach the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Back in November, 2009, Ireland lost a World Cup playoff to France following a blatant handball from forward Thierry Henry in the return leg at Stade de France. …

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  • Euro 2016 so far: Minnows impress, goals dearth, fans' shame

    With the European Championship group stage over, UEFA proudly flagged up a statistic on Thursday: no team won all three games. The lack of walkovers and dead-rubber group games provides some vindication for UEFA after eight teams were added to make its showpiece a 24-team event. Part of the joy…

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  • Qatar uses 3D printers to make World Cup stadiums 'desert-proof'

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the Gulf state's punishing desert climate. Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the…

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  • Germany waiting on Boateng's fitness ahead of Slovakia game

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- With fitness worries over central defender Jerome Boateng, Germany coach Joachim Loew gave his players the day off Thursday. It starts with the round of 16 game against Slovakia in Lille on Sunday. ''The medical team and Jerome are working hard on it.

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  • Ronaldo, Ireland, Iceland fuel European Championship drama

    Cristiano Ronaldo dragged Portugal back from the brink of elimination twice, and Ireland found a late goal to stun Italy and stay in the European Championship on Wednesday. Iceland's winning goal in stoppage-time against Austria wrote another chapter of the tournament's feel-good story and set up…

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  • Spain counts cost of several wrong steps

    Spain has not made many missteps over the past eight years. Spain's traditional give-and-go approach malfunctioned against the gritty Croats. It had never lost after taking the lead in the European Championship since the tournament age began in 1980.

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