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US soccer elects vice-president Cordeiro as new chief

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Orlando (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation vice-president Carlos Cordeiro was elected chief of the governing body on Saturday, replacing outgoing president Sunil Gulati who stepped down after the country’s 2018 World Cup flop.

Cordeiro, a Harvard-educated former investment banker, came through a crowded field of eight contenders to win on a third ballot at the USSF’s annual meeting at the Seaworld resort in Orlando.

US soccer elects vice-president Cordeiro as new chief

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Orlando (AFP) – United States Soccer Federation vice-president Carlos Cordeiro was elected chief of the governing body on Saturday, replacing outgoing president Sunil Gulati who stepped down after the country’s 2018 World Cup flop.

Cordeiro, a Harvard-educated former investment banker, came through a crowded field of eight contenders to win on a third ballot at the USSF’s annual meeting at the Seaworld resort in Orlando.

Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez set for Inter move – reports

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Milan (AFP) – Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez, touted as a potential newcomer in Jorge Sampaoli’s 2018 World Cup squad, is set to sign a deal worth over 25 million euros ($30 million) with Inter Milan, the Italian press reported Friday.

The 20-year-old striker, who plays for Racing Club and the Argentina under-20 side, has opted for Inter ahead of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia and will join the northern Italian outfit this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez set for Inter move – reports

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Milan (AFP) – Rising Argentine star Lautaro Martinez, touted as a potential newcomer in Jorge Sampaoli’s 2018 World Cup squad, is set to sign a deal worth over 25 million euros ($30 million) with Inter Milan, the Italian press reported Friday.

The 20-year-old striker, who plays for Racing Club and the Argentina under-20 side, has opted for Inter ahead of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia and will join the northern Italian outfit this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Arena says US ‘bad eggs’ cracked under pressure

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena says he accepted blame for American’s World Cup failure by resigning quickly, but added there were also had a “few bad eggs” on the roster who helped spoil the team chemistry.

Three months after the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the former head coach opened up about the team’s shortcomings Friday at a soccer coaches forum Friday in Philadelphia.

Arena says US ‘bad eggs’ cracked under pressure

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bruce Arena says he accepted blame for American’s World Cup failure by resigning quickly, but added there were also had a “few bad eggs” on the roster who helped spoil the team chemistry.

Three months after the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the former head coach opened up about the team’s shortcomings Friday at a soccer coaches forum Friday in Philadelphia.

Northern Ireland boss O’Neill set for Scotland talks

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London (AFP) – Michael O’Neill’s impressive spell as Northern Ireland coach could be about to end as he is to hold talks over the vacancy as Scottish boss the BBC reported.

The 48-year-old Northern Irishman - who guided Northern Ireland to the second round of Euro 2016 and to a controversial play-off defeat to Switzerland in the 2018 World Cup play-offs - is due meet with the Scottish Football Association next week.

Northern Ireland boss O’Neill set for Scotland talks

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London (AFP) – Michael O’Neill’s impressive spell as Northern Ireland coach could be about to end as he is to hold talks over the vacancy as Scottish boss the BBC reported.

The 48-year-old Northern Irishman - who guided Northern Ireland to the second round of Euro 2016 and to a controversial play-off defeat to Switzerland in the 2018 World Cup play-offs - is due meet with the Scottish Football Association next week.

Mutko steps down as 2018 World Cup organising committee chief

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympic Games this month over doping, said on Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee.

“(Organising committee director Alexei) Sorokin will be the chairman,” Mutko was quoted by Russian agencies as saying, two days after suspending his role as president of the Russian Football Union.

Mutko steps down as 2018 World Cup organising committee chief

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympic Games this month over doping, said on Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee.

“(Organising committee director Alexei) Sorokin will be the chairman,” Mutko was quoted by Russian agencies as saying, two days after suspending his role as president of the Russian Football Union.

Russia in a rush to change World Cup pitch

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – The troublesome pitch at the 2018 World Cup venue in Saint Petersburg will be relaid for a third time, officials said on Monday.

The state of the art 68,000-capacity stadium hosted this year’s Confederations Cup final, but the pitch was so cut up it was changed ahead of the tournament.

Russia in a rush to change World Cup pitch

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – The troublesome pitch at the 2018 World Cup venue in Saint Petersburg will be relaid for a third time, officials said on Monday.

The state of the art 68,000-capacity stadium hosted this year’s Confederations Cup final, but the pitch was so cut up it was changed ahead of the tournament.

World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds.

World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Southgate ‘won’t write off’ World Cup foes

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Moscow (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate refused to get carried away with what appeared to be a hugely favourable draw on Friday for his team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The draw in Moscow saw England given games against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

It meant England, who have not won a major men’s international trophy since lifting the 1966 World Cup on home soil, avoided global giants Argentina, Brazil and Germany after Argentina great Diego Maradona picked them out of Pot 2 at the Kremlin’s State Palace.

Southgate ‘won’t write off’ World Cup foes

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Moscow (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate refused to get carried away with what appeared to be a hugely favourable draw on Friday for his team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The draw in Moscow saw England given games against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

It meant England, who have not won a major men’s international trophy since lifting the 1966 World Cup on home soil, avoided global giants Argentina, Brazil and Germany after Argentina great Diego Maradona picked them out of Pot 2 at the Kremlin’s State Palace.

Russia ready for World Cup draw with Spain the team to avoid

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Moscow (AFP) – The real countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins on Friday as the draw for the tournament is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Russian winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.

Russia ready for World Cup draw with Spain the team to avoid

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Moscow (AFP) – The real countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins on Friday as the draw for the tournament is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Russian winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.

Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Football fans visiting Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals for the 2018 World Cup are going to find out first hand what it feels to be on the outside looking.

Because the area was originally too small to fit FIFA rules, officials built two temporary stands on empty plots of land nextdoor.

Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Football fans visiting Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals for the 2018 World Cup are going to find out first hand what it feels to be on the outside looking.

Because the area was originally too small to fit FIFA rules, officials built two temporary stands on empty plots of land nextdoor.

FIFA boss vows racism crackdown at Russia’s World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed on Monday to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.

“This is a very high priority and we will make sure no incidents will happen,” Infantino said in a video statement.

“It is absolutely not tolerable and we will be very, very firm on that, so we can expect fair play in Russia.

FIFA boss vows racism crackdown at Russia’s World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed on Monday to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next year.

“This is a very high priority and we will make sure no incidents will happen,” Infantino said in a video statement.

“It is absolutely not tolerable and we will be very, very firm on that, so we can expect fair play in Russia.

World Cup stadium rises from ashes of Battle of Stalingrad

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Volgograd (Russia) (AFP) – First they dug up the bones and defused the bombs.

Then Russia erected a light-as-air stadium for the 2018 World Cup that rises from the ground around which two million people died over 200 days in the Battle of Stalingrad - the tragic turning point of World War II.

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2018 World Cup shirts on sale for all 32 teams

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The 2018 World Cup shirts for the countries participating in this summer’s biggest soccer tournament are slowly being unveiled. Many of the countries have released the jerseys they’ll be wearing with pride in Russia 2018, but there are still many more that will be announced soon.

No matter what country you’ll be cheering for this summer, the colors and designs of the official 2018 World Cup shirts are quite varied.

2018 World Cup shirts on sale for all 32 teams

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The 2018 World Cup shirts for the countries participating in this summer’s biggest soccer tournament are slowly being unveiled. Many of the countries have released the jerseys they’ll be wearing with pride in Russia 2018, but there are still many more that will be announced soon.

No matter what country you’ll be cheering for this summer, the colors and designs of the official 2018 World Cup shirts are quite varied.

Boring, Boring, Boring: England’s Utterly Uninspiring Nike 2018 World Cup Home Shirt Leaked (Photos)

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The kit that England will be purportedly wearing at the 2018 World Cup this summer has been leaked and, guess what, it's another utterly uninspired offering from Nike.

According to the images snaffled by Footy Headlines, the shirt will be of the humdrum 'plain white' variety, with a sliver of red trim around the back of neck.

2018 World Cup tickets on sale

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2018 World Cup tickets tickets are going fast for the tournament this summer that features many of the heavyweights from around the world including Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Colombia and England competing in the month-long tournament from June 14 to July 15.

And of course, there are a ton of other countries participating.

2018 World Cup tickets on sale

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2018 World Cup tickets tickets are going fast for the tournament this summer that features many of the heavyweights from around the world including Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Colombia and England competing in the month-long tournament from June 14 to July 15.

And of course, there are a ton of other countries participating.

FIFA Executive Confirms VAR Will ‘Definitely’ Be Used At 2018 World Cup In Russia

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As the grand VAR experiment continues, a FIFA executive has all but confirmed that video-assistant refereeing will be implemented at the World Cup.

FIFA chief commercial officier Philippe Le Floc'h has said that VAR will "definitely" be used at the tournament, which begins in July.

Rather Unflattering Cristiano Ronaldo Ice Sculpture Unveiled In Moscow Park Ahead Of Russia World Cup (Photos)

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To help promote the upcoming World Cup in Russia, an exhibition of ice sculptures has been placed in situ at the Park Pobedy in Moscow which features over 40 carvings, all said to be "symbols" of the various competing countries.

Of course, Portugal's entry is a large glacial rendering of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Football Art: New Official World Cup Poster For Russia 2018 Is Really Rather прекрасная (Photo)

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With just three days to go until the final group stage draw for the 2018 World Cup is made in Moscow, FIFA have unfurled the official poster that will accompany the tournament in Russia next year.

Produced by artist Igor Gurovich, the poster features legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin front and centre, clawing a giant football out of the sky in front of a delightfully geometric, Soviet-ish background.

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News roundup: Curtin a Hall of Famer, MLS trades, Carli Lloyd makes cut — THURSDAY

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Also: Union's Clearwater dates, more MLS transfers and rumors than you can shake a corner flag at, Grant Wahl article, and Ronaldo's endorsements.

The Fall of Rome 2017

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THE AZZURRI'S ABSENCE FROM RUSSIA IS A LOSS TO THE GAME

"Here sighs and lamentations and loud cries were echoing across the starless air...strange utterances, horrible pronouncements, accents of anger, words of suffering and voices shrill and faint, and beating hands." Canto III, The Inferno, Dante
Russia 2018 has already written itself into the history books.

Fears that Australia can be stripped of its place in 2018 World Cup

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FIFA is threatening to sack the current Football Federation Australia board and replace it with a committee to run the sport on an interim basis. The FFA board’s failure to appease A-League clubs and the nine-state associations could soon result in the extraordinary sacking of the board.

FIFA has the power to scrap the board under its statutes regarding member association.

Major League Soccer

News roundup: Crew loses Manneh, FC Dallas leaks list, Russian official steps down

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Plus: Temple's new head coach.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/7/17

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Interview with Ernie Stewart, MLS news, and more in the links.

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Earnie Stewart, One-on-One: On Escobar's death, USMNT's culture and the Union's ambitions
The Philadelphia sporting director and ex-USMNT international dishes on scoring that fateful goal in 1994, the USMNT missing the 2018 World Cup and more.

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Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspur in hunt for German playmaker

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Kathy Carter runs for U.S. Soccer president, DC United to play Malmo, and more: Freedom Kicks for December 6, 2017

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The U.S. Soccer presidential race is getting thick.

Happy Wednesday folks. I'm ready for December to get bone-chilling cold. Bring on the feet of snow, I say! Alright, there's Champions League on today, so let's get to the news:

Kathy Carter Joins a Crowded Race for U.S. Soccer President | NY Times

Kathy Carter, the president of Soccer United Marketing, has joined the race for U.