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

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

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

  • Soccer's Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say

    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Carli Lloyd has the personality and grit to become the next advertising sensation but the World Cup star should start aggressively hitting the market because of the limited interest in women's soccer in the United States, analysts said on Monday. Lloyd had…

    Reuters
  • FIFA bans former 2018-2022 WCup inspector for 7 years

    The official chosen by FIFA to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates was banned from soccer for seven years on Monday for breaking ethics rules. FIFA's ethics committee gave no reason for its decision to suspend Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former president of Chile's football federation…

    The Associated Press
  • Poll: Russians losing interest in soccer ahead of World Cup

    Even as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup, football's popularity there is plummeting to record levels. According to figures released Monday by state-run pollster VTsIOM, 73 percent of Russians say they are ''indifferent'' to soccer, the highest proportion the pollster has ever recorded. …

    The Associated Press
  • North, Central Americas soccer reforms follow FIFA scandal

    CONCACAF, the regional body controlling soccer in North and Central America, announced measures on Monday meant to curb corruption and improve transparency following its involvement in a scandal that has engulfed soccer's governing body, FIFA. CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, his aide Costas…

    Reuters
  • 'Pearl Harbor' trends on Twitter after U.S. soccer victory over Japan

    (Reuters) - The Twitterverse lit up with references to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor after the 5-2 U.S. victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup championship match but other Twitter users called those comments offensive. "Hey Japan, that one was for Pearl Harbor. U-S-A, U-S-A,…

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  • Women's World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful…

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  • Tears in Tokyo as Japan thumped in World Cup final

    Japanese soccer fans were left wiping away Monday morning tears in Tokyo sports bars as their beloved 'Nadeshiko' were smashed 5-2 by the United States in the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Supporters had gathered early for the 8 a.m. kick-off, hopeful of seeing Japan retain the title won…

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  • U.S. triumph caps truly global Women's World Cup

    By Simon Evans VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States returned to the pinnacle of women's soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory. The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women's soccer…

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  • U.S. usher in new era of dominance with World Cup win

    The United States ushered in a new era of dominance with their Women's World Cup triumph on Sunday, a victory that will do plenty to bring an already passionate American interest in the sport to unprecedented levels. By crushing Japan 5-2 on Sunday, the United States not only captured a title that…

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  • Lloyd hat-trick inspires U.S. World Cup victory

    By Simon Evans VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Carli Lloyd led from the front as the United States won the Women's World Cup for a third time with a crushing 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday, the striker scoring the tournament's fastest ever hat-trick, including a spectacular long-range goal. Japan,…

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  • Factbox: Women's World Cup award winners

    (Reuters) - FIFA awarded the following awards after the conclusion of the Women's World Cup on Sunday: Golden Ball (Best player) Carli Lloyd, United States - - Silver Ball Amandine Henry, France - - Bronze Ball Aya Miyama, Japan - - Golden Glove (Best goalkeeper) Hope Solo, United States - - Young…

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  • Factbox: Women's World Cup champions United States

    (Reuters) - Factbox on the United States, who won the women's World Cup for the third time on Sunday, beating Japan 5-2 in the final. Current FIFA world ranking: 2 Women's World Cup record: Finals appearances: (7) 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 Best performances: Champions (1991, 1999,…

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  • U.S. captain Lloyd named top player of Women's World Cup

    VANCOUVER (Reuters) - FIFA awarded United States captain Carli Lloyd the 'Golden Ball' as the top player of the Women's World Cup on Sunday after she led her side to the final where they beat Japan 5-2. Lloyd capped a remarkable six-goal tournament with a solid display against Japan as she scored a…

    Reuters
  • Factbox: Women's World Cup finals

    (Reuters) - The following is a list of FIFA Women's World Cup finals: 2015 World Cup Vancouver, Canada United States 5 Japan 2 - - 2011 World Cup Frankfurt, Germany Japan 2 United States 2 (Japan won 3-1 on penalties) - - 2007 World Cup Shanghai, China Germany 2 Brazil 0 - - 2003 World Cup Carson,…

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  • U.S. soccer fans issue warning to Japan: 'It's our time'

    By Robert Chiarito CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scores of soccer fans, waving the American flag and wearing red, white and blue normally worn during July 4 cookouts, attended viewing parties across the nation for the women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan on Sunday. The game in…

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  • FIFA corruption clouds lift for Women's World Cup final

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Women's World Cup that began under the cloud of a FIFA corruption scandal is set for a dazzling finish when holders Japan face the United States in an intriguing final on Sunday. The scandals that have rocked the soccer world for more than a month were far…

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  • French, German presidents tried to influence World Cup votes: Blatter in paper

    The embattled president of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, told a German newspaper the presidents of France and Germany tried to exert political pressure before the World Cup was awarded to Russia and Qatar. Sepp Blatter has become entangled in a corruption investigation of the sport's…

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  • Messi fails again with Argentina's national team

    Lionel Messi has come up short again in his attempt to succeed with Argentina's national team. Messi looked nothing like the star that he is with Barcelona on Saturday, and Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile 4-1 on penalties, extending its 22-year title drought. Saturday's…

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  • FIFA's Webb charged in Cayman Island's corruption case: media

    (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, already facing charges in soccer's global bribery scandal, has now been charged in a healthcare fraud case in his native Cayman Islands, local media reported on Friday. Cayman authorities have issued an arrest warrant…

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  • No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organizers

    By Steve Keating VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women's World Cup final, organizers said on Friday. With world soccer's governing body embroiled in corruption investigations,…

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