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

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

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

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

  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

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Messi & Argentina shining together, closer to elusive title

    Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina. The Barcelona star heads into the Copa America final with a chance to end his nation's 22-year title drought, and prove that he can replicate his club-level success with the national team. Messi thrived in leading Argentina…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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. …

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  • Exclusive: Scotiabank warns soccer’s CONCACAF to clean up its act or funds will be withheld

    By Euan Rocha and John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia has warned regional soccer body CONCACAF, which is deeply enmeshed in the FIFA bribery scandal, that it will withhold funds from a major sponsorship deal unless the confederation cleans up its act, according to a source familiar…

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  • FIFA President Blatter says has not resigned: paper

    Sepp Blatter has added to speculation he may try to stay on as head of world soccer's governing body but a source told Reuters on Friday the 79-year old still intends to stand down as FIFA president. Blatter's comments to Swiss newspaper Blick -- in which he said he had not resigned -- seemed to…

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  • FIFA official has bail request turned down: Swiss court

    By Michael Shields ZURICH (Reuters) - One of seven soccer officials arrested in Zurich last month on suspicion of racketeering following a U.S. extradition request has had a request for bail rejected, with a Swiss court saying on Friday he posed a "risk of flight". The officials were detained in…

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  • Australia face tough, but familiar, foe in Japan

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - After some tough physical battles en route to the last eight of the Women's World Cup, Australia will face a very different challenge against defending champions Japan in Saturday’s quarter-final. The two teams compete in the same regional competitions and met…

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  • Opposition: SAfrican soccer officials shielded from scrutiny

    South African soccer officials are being deliberately shielded from scrutiny over FIFA-related bribery allegations surrounding the country's successful 2010 World Cup bid, an opposition politician said Wednesday. The Democratic Alliance opposition party also said sports minister Fikile Mbalula…

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