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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

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

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

  • Wax figure of Neymar unveiled by Madame Tussauds

    Neymar chose the figure's pose to reflect his celebration of a goal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which he called ''the most important moment'' of his career. The waxwork, wearing a Brazil national team kit that was donated by Neymar, was unveiled at a private event at Barcelona's training…

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  • FIFA fires finance director Kattner over bonus payments

    FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner's exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile role at the…

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  • Dutch want video officials at next season's domestic cup

    Three decades after Diego Maradona scored the infamous ''Hand of God'' goal against England at the World Cup, the Dutch soccer association said Friday it is ready to be among the first to use video technology. Soccer officials gathered in Amsterdam this week to focus on progress in tests of the…

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  • FIFA judges want 2-year ban for Niersbach in 2006 bid case

    Just 10 days after the rebranded FIFA Council met for the first time, one of its members faces being banned from soccer in fallout from World Cup corruption allegations. FIFA ethics prosecutors on Friday asked for a two-year ban for FIFA Council member Wolfgang Niersbach in an investigation of…

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  • FIFA ethics panel requests 2-year ban for FIFA Council member Wolfgang Niersbach in 2006 World Cup bid case

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA ethics panel requests 2-year ban for FIFA Council member Wolfgang Niersbach in 2006 World Cup bid case.

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  • Qatar World Cup head: Blatter US support should be looked at

    Sepp Blatter's support for the American World Cup bid should face more scrutiny, the head of Qatar's 2022 organizing committee said on Thursday in his latest expression of frustration at the focus on the probity of their winning campaign. Qatar's FIFA backers have been criticized for seemingly…

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  • Nicaraguan ex-FIFA official pleads not guilty in U.S. bribery case

    By Nate Raymond and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) - A former FIFA official from Nicaragua who was responsible for overseeing the soccer governing body's development efforts in Central America pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to U.S. charges stemming from a wide-ranging bribery…

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  • Alibaba discussing FIFA sponsorship : Bloomberg

    (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is in discussions to become a top sponsor of FIFA, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. A sponsorship deal has not been finalized and further details are not known, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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  • Germany coach Loew keeps faith with Schweinsteiger, Podolski

    Germany coach Joachim Loew is giving captain Bastian Schweinsteiger every chance to prove his fitness for the European Championship despite the Manchester United midfielder's knee injury. The 31-year-old Schweinsteiger, who hasn't played since a partial ligament tear in national team training on…

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  • Spain without Diego Costa, Torres on early Euro 2016 list

    MADRID (AP) -- Spain coach Vicente del Bosque left strikers Diego Costa and Fernando Torres off his preliminary list for the European Championship on Tuesday.

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  • International players criticize labor conditions in Qatar

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- International players from Denmark and Norway have criticized conditions in Qatar for migrant workers building projects linked to the 2022 World Cup.

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  • Altidore figures to miss Copa America with hamstring injury

    CHICAGO (AP) -- American forward Jozy Altidore appears certain to miss the Copa America following yet another hamstring injury.

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  • Time for FIFA to talk about the players, says union

    By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Soccer's world governing body FIFA needs to start thinking about professional footballers and address their problems, according to the general secretary of the World Players' Union FIFPro. FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen said on Saturday he was…

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  • Infantino says 'crisis is over' as FIFA gets 1st female No 2

    FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by President Gianni Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing its first female and first non-European secretary general. Senegalese United Nations official Fatma Samoura has no experience working in…

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  • Kosovo, Gibraltar join FIFA before 2018 World Cup qualifying

    Gibraltar and Kosovo became FIFA members on Friday and will be fast-tracked into 2018 World Cup qualifying, which kicks off in Europe in September. The vote at the FIFA Congress in Mexico City increased the global governing body's membership to 211. Kosovo's entry could lead to a wave of transfer…

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  • FIFA names Samoura as first female secretary general

    By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - FIFA named an African woman with no experience in soccer administration as its second most powerful official on Friday, part of changes made by the sport's ruling body to move on from a major corruption scandal. The Congress also voted to accept Kosovo…

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  • France to face Italy in friendly match next September

    PARIS (AP) -- France will warm up for its World Cup qualifying campaign with a friendly match against Italy next September.

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  • Canada's Montagliani elected CONCACAF president

    By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Canadian businessman Victor Montagliani was elected president of CONCACAF on Thursday and said that cleaning up the embattled governing body for soccer in North, Central America and the Caribbean "would not be done in a day." After a secret ballot which…

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  • SA Rugby still to engage government on 2023 bid ban

    By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African Rugby remains hopeful of bidding for the 2023 World Cup but the government says it will not relent from a ban that prohibits the union from launching bids in the next 12 months for major international events. General Manager for Corporate Affairs…

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  • Russia 2018 CEO disputes WADA, says no state-backed doping

    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia says there hasn't been state-sponsored doping in the country, disputing a key finding of a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

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