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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. 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

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

  • Italy's midfield worries piling up ahead of Germany clash

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has some fresh worries over his team's midfield ahead of its European Championship quarterfinal clash against Germany on Saturday. Daniele De Rossi, a veteran of the triumphant 2006 World Cup side, is a doubt after picking up a thigh injury in Italy's 2-0 round of 16 win…

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  • Belgium won't be lacking for support for Wales match

    Belgium won't be lacking for support when it takes on Wales in the quarterfinals of the European Championship as it tries to make the final four in a major competition for the first time since the 1986 World Cup. For two of the Belgium's players, Eden Hazard and Divock Origi, it will be homecoming…

    The Associated Press
  • Who next for the 'Impossible Job' as England coach?

    Wanted: Someone to turn around the fortunes of soccer's most consistently underperforming international team. England was beginning its search for a new coach Tuesday after Roy Hodgson's departure following the team's latest embarrassing exit from a major tournament, this time at the hands of tiny…

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  • The Latest: Hodgson accepts there will be 'fierce criticism'

    Roy Hodgson says he understands that there will be ''fierce criticism'' of England after its surprising 2-1 loss to Iceland in the round of 16. ''They've got a major bridge to repair,'' said Hodgson at a news conference called by England's Football Association. ''England seem brittle and we need…

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  • Iceland headlines European Championship last-8 lineup

    Somehow, a classic encounter between Germany and Italy is not the main attraction of the quarterfinal-stage at the European Championship. Iceland's next act in what is already one of the most surprising stories in European Championship history is the match that's drawing most attention. Can the…

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  • England's woes stretch into more years of hurt

    For England, the 2016 European Championship will be a tournament few will ever forget - for all the wrong reasons. The 2-1 loss to tiny Iceland in the round of 16 on Monday in Nice has prompted the usual questions back home. Are England's footballers overly pampered-millionaires who lack…

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  • Ronaldo aims for Euro record but faces tough Polish defense

    If Cristiano Ronaldo is to send Portugal to the semifinals and match Michel Platini's all-time European Championship scoring record, he'll have to find a way through a Poland defense that's among the toughest of the tournament. Ronaldo has scored eight goals from four championships, one shy of…

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  • Time to rebuild for Spain after another early elimination

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- At least Spain leaves the European Championship knowing exactly what it needs to do. After two consecutive European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012 and an intervening World Cup, Spain was dumped out of Euro 2016 at the round of 16-stage by a resilient and…

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  • Hodgson leaves job on humiliating night for English soccer

    It was utter humiliation for England. First-time finalist Iceland embarrassed the inept stars of the Premier League on Monday, dumping them out of the European Championship in the round of 16. Roy Hodgson had little choice.

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  • England hammered after Icelandic collapse

    By Ossian Shine LONDON (Reuters) - Former England players and the country's media lined up to savage the national soccer team on Monday night after one of its most embarrassing defeats, a 2-1 loss to tiny Iceland which sent them spinning out of the European Championship. The Daily Express needed…

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  • Some fans, Argentina president want Messi to reconsider

    Some fans, players, and even Argentina's president want Lionel Messi to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that he's quitting the national team. Messi shocked his native country with his abrupt resignation from international soccer after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on…

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  • Spain coach Del Bosque insists dominating era is not over

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Dethroned at the World Cup and now at the European Championship, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes his team can soon reign again. The evidence of Spain's 2-0 loss on Monday to slick, hard-working Italy in the round of 16 told a different story. ''No, I don't…

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  • Column: Spain comes full circle in Euro 2016 loss to Italy

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Italy killed the Spanish football beast it helped create. When Italy lost to Spain in the European Championship quarterfinals in 2008, the victory helped turn a golden generation of Spanish players into world beaters. It was the first victory for Spain over Italy in a…

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  • Sunday schedule gives France a chance at Euro 2016

    On any given Sunday, a rested France team will play at the European Championship. In tournament soccer where a team's matches typically come every four days, France's schedule is more like a club team. On Sunday, June 19, France drew 0-0 with Switzerland to ensure first place in its group.

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  • The Latest: Buffon plans to keep playing for Italy

    PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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  • Spain renews its rivalry with Italy at Euro 2016

    SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- A lot has changed for Spain since it routed Italy in the European Championship final four years ago. While Italy remains the same hard-working team with solid defense and efficient offense, Spain is no longer the dominant force it once was, having lost some…

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  • O'Neill criticizes Ireland's ticket allocation for France

    Coach Martin O'Neill has questioned Ireland's ''unfair'' ticket allocation for Sunday's match against host France in the last 16 of the European Championship. ''The ticket allocation is something that I do have a gripe about. It's totally disproportionate for a stadium of this size,'' O'Neill…

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  • Calm and discreet Lloris to break France captaincy record

    It is hard to notice that Hugo Lloris is captain of France, such is his calm, soft-spoken attitude. ''It's pleasing, but I'm focusing on the competition and going as far as possible,'' Lloris said of the record on Saturday. While Deschamps led France to success at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000…

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  • Extra rest could help France play with more pace vs. Ireland

    With the benefit of three days' extra rest, France is hoping to set a punishing pace that will wear Ireland out when they meet on Sunday in the last 16 of the European Championship. France settled for a draw against Switzerland last Sunday, while Ireland beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday in Lille and…

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  • O'Neill: Ireland does not need France revenge for motivation

    Forget revenge, Ireland's game against France on Sunday is all about a chance to reach the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Back in November, 2009, Ireland lost a World Cup playoff to France following a blatant handball from forward Thierry Henry in the return leg at Stade de France. …

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