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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. 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

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

  4. Alex Morgan plays her first full game of World Cup
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    Alex Morgan plays her first full game of World Cup

  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

  • US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

    The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice said Thursday that the requests were received from the U.S.…

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  • United States asks Swiss to extradite seven in FIFA probe

    The United States asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday. The officials, including two then members of FIFA's executive committee, have…

    Reuters
  • Japan celebrates return to Women's World Cup final

    Japanese football fans screamed with joy on Thursday after "divine winds" blew their women's national team into the World Cup final following a heart-stopping 2-1 win over England. The team, known as 'Nadeshiko' in Japan, will play the United States for the title in Vancouver on Sunday, a rematch…

    Reuters
  • Heart-breaking England exits at major tournaments

    (Reuters) - An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett handed Japan a 2-1 win in their Women's World Cup semi-final in Edmonton on Wednesday as the nation credited with founding the game suffered yet more soccer heartache. The tough losses have not only been restricted to…

    Reuters
  • Sampson draws strength from defeat, expects strong growth

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - England coach Mark Sampson says his team's march to the last four of the Women's World Cup, which ended with a heartbreaking loss to Japan in Wednesday's semi-final, should be the catalyst for major improvements in the game back home. Laura Bassett's 92nd…

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  • Own goal win over England was no fluke, says Japan

    Japan believe their women's World Cup semi-final win over England on Wednesday was just reward for their determination and not a fluke after a stoppage time own goal sent the defending champions through to a title showdown against the United States. Japan beat the Americans on penalties to win the…

    Reuters
  • FIFA chief Blatter says not corrupt, expects to 'go to heaven one day'

    Sepp Blatter, president of the world soccer governing body FIFA that is embroiled in corruption investigations, has told a German magazine he has a clean conscience and believes he will "go to heaven one day". U.S. prosecutors have not accused Blatter, 79, of any wrongdoing, but his stewardship of…

    Reuters
  • Upstart England try to end Japan's title defense

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - Defending champions Japan are one win away from a return trip to the Women's World Cup final, and standing in their way is an upbeat England team that beat hosts Canada to reach Wednesday's semi-final. While it is no shock to see Japan, who have won their last…

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  • Germany, U.S. set for 'very heated' World Cup semi-final

    The German juggernaut will run into the United States wall when the top-ranked nations clash on Tuesday at Montreal's Olympic Stadium with a spot in the Women's World Cup final on the line. Top-ranked Germany and the world number two U.S. team bring contrasting styles to a semi-final with all the…

    Reuters
  • FIFA scandal exacerbates Canadian banks' Caribbean troubles

    By Euan Rocha, John Tilak and Michael Erman TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - An eyebrow-raising disclosure in the U.S. indictment of FIFA officials is that a representative of a Caribbean bank made it easy for one allegedly illegal transaction to be done by flying to New York to personally collect a…

    Reuters
  • We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA

    By Brian Homewood PRAGUE (Reuters) - UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms aimed at cleaning up soccer's scandal-plagued world governing body FIFA. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said there were enough…

    Reuters
  • Retentive Japan not underestimating England

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women's World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren't under-estimating them. The Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday to reach the…

    Reuters
  • Czech football great Josef Masopust dies at 84

    Czech football great Josef Masopust, who led the national side to the final of the 1962 World Cup, has died aged 84. The Club of Josef Masopust's Friends, the organization that takes care of his legacy, said he died in his Prague home Monday morning. ''It's an irreplaceable loss,'' said Miroslav…

    The Associated Press
  • Argentina leads final 4 in Copa America semifinals

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Copa America semifinals are again missing a local favorite.

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  • Spanish league appeals FIFA switch of 2022 World Cup dates

    The Spanish football league is challenging FIFA's to switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November-December. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the Spanish league (LFP) has filed an appeal against the FIFA decision, which avoids the Qatari summer heat. A November-December tournament would…

    The Associated Press
  • Canadian dreams end in nightmare loss to England

    By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada captain Christine Sinclair apologized to her coach following their 2-1 quarter-final defeat to England at the Women's World Cup on Saturday but John Herdman said his skipper had nothing to be sorry about. After conceding just one goal in four matches,…

    Reuters
  • Paraguay again eliminates Brazil in Copa America quarters

    Paraguay beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Saturday night to advance to the semifinals of the Copa America, handing the five-time world champions yet another disappointment a year after the humiliating World Cup elimination at home. Midfielder Everton Ribeiro and striker…

    The Associated Press
  • Blatter: 'Liberating' to leave FIFA, expects 2016 election

    Sepp Blatter says his decision to leave FIFA was ''liberating'' and he expects the election to replace him will be in early 2016. In an interview published Saturday, Blatter explained why on June 2 he announced his planned FIFA exit amid American and Swiss investigations of corruption in world…

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  • Germany break French hearts in penalty shoot-out

    Germany beat France in a penalty shootout after their thrilling Women’s World Cup quarter-final ended 1-1 after extra-time on Friday. The Germans triumphed 5-4 in the shootout after Claire Levogez, chosen as the fifth kicker for France, saw her low shot saved by Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. …

    Reuters