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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. 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

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

  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

  • Russia cuts 2018 World Cup budget by more than $70 million

    The Russian government has cut its budget for the 2018 World Cup by more than $70 million. When Russia won the bid to host the event, its economy was booming. The government website says the budget will be cut by 3.6 billion rubles ($71 million) to 660.5 billion rubles ($13.2 billion).

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  • Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

    Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps to work at factories, with a…

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  • FIFA defers decision on continental rotation for WCup bids

    ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

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  • Capello set target of World Cup semifinal with Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.

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  • Blatter set to polarize opinion for 4 more years at FIFA

    Sepp Blatter divides opinion so much even his opponents are charmed by him. Two sides of the FIFA president's reputation were summed up by a former rival in the re-election campaign he seems sure to win next week. ''I like you very much,'' Michael van Praag told Blatter when European soccer…

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  • Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

    Not long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen as an indisputable hero in Brazil. Most agreed he was the perfect coach to lead the national team at the home World Cup. The experienced coach, one of the most successful ever in Brazil, left the club jeered by fans and criticized by commentators.

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  • Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

    In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter. Three men were vying to stop Blatter from winning a fifth term, but only one will now be on the ballot next Friday: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. Luis Figo had been the only former player in the contest, but the ex-Barcelona and…

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  • FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

    FIFA has been routinely called ''scandal-plagued'' for much of Sepp Blatter's 17-year presidential reign. Blatter has never been implicated in personal corruption, but FIFA has often seemed relaxed about wrongdoing linked to senior officials. Ahead of Blatter's bid for a fifth term on May 29,…

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  • Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race

    Calling FIFA a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter, presidential candidate Luis Figo dropped out of the election race on Thursday. The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that he refuses to go along with an election process that is…

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  • FIFA Presidential Election Candidates

    ZURICH (AP) -- A look at the candidates in the FIFA presidential election on May 29 in Zurich:

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  • Argentina to face Mexico in September friendly in Texas

    Mexico will face Argentina in a friendly match in the United States in September as a warm up ahead of their World Cup qualifiers later this year, the Mexican Football Federation announced on Thursday. "Mexico will face the two-time World Cup winners Argentina on September 8 at the AT&T stadium in…

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  • Poland soccer chief Boniek wants World Cup taken from Russia

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland football federation president Zbigniew Boniek says FIFA should be able to take the 2018 World Cup away from Russia because of conflict in Ukraine.

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  • Previous FIFA Presidential Elections

    ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter would certainly argue that being president of FIFA is the best job in sports. Becoming FIFA president is one of the hardest.

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  • Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

    For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying. Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. ''I am not campaigning,'' Blatter said in March at a FIFA news conference he…

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  • Rights group: Qatar making little progress on labor reforms

    Qatar is failing to deliver on reforms for its migrant workers a year after the wealthy Gulf nation announced plans to improve conditions for low-paid laborers building its highways, hotels, stadiums and skyscrapers, Amnesty International said Thursday. The report was released a day after three…

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  • FIFA central to soccer's success despite scandals

    One of FIFA president Sepp Blatter's favorite lines is that his organization boasts more members than the United Nations. The comparison may be slightly open to question as some of FIFA's 209 members are not fully independent nations and therefore not eligible to join the UN. No other sport has…

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  • FIFA sponsors Adidas, Coke, Visa express concern over Qatar

    FIFA came under pressure from sponsors Adidas, Coca-Cola and Visa on Wednesday to push Qatar to deliver reforms for migrant workers as the country rapidly expands to host the 2022 World Cup. The calls from high-profile commercial backers of soccer's flagship tournament came as Amnesty…

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  • FIFA sets date for 2026 World Cup hosting bid rules

    A 2026 World Cup hosting contest which could include the United States and exclude Europe will take shape next week when FIFA agrees on campaign rules. FIFA said Tuesday that its executive committee will approve bidding regulations at a two-day meeting starting Monday. The executive committee…

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  • JFK inspiring England's attempt to end soccer title drought

    English soccer leaders are drawing inspiration from former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's challenge to send a man to the moon as the country tries to end its World Cup title drought. Martin Glenn, a former food company executive, started work this week as chief executive of the Football…

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  • Workers' group to FIFA sponsors: Qatar a blot on your brand

    Advocates for workers' rights are urging FIFA sponsors to take more responsibility for the treatment of World Cup workers in Qatar, calling the ''horrific'' working conditions there a blot on any company's brand. At a press conference Monday, they singled out FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Visa,…

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