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On This Day in Football: Uruguay destroy Brazil, Liverpool return to Europe

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On this day in 1920, Uruguay smashed Brazil 6-0 in a Copa America match. The drubbing still remains the biggest defeat in Brazil’s history along with the 7-1 loss inflicted by Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay were two-time winners of the tournament which began in 1916.

Retro Football: Ronaldinho Scores First Ever Goal For Brazil (Assisted By Cafu) Against Venezuela, 1999 (Video)

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Ronaldinho is turning 37 years young today, so we thought we'd offer a simple tribute by traipsing right back to the far end of the Brazilian virtuoso's career.

The year was 1999, and theSelecao were playing Venezuela in their opening matchof the Copa America.

With Brazil already 4-0 up, a scrawny young bag of bones entered the fray in the 70th minute and promptly opened his international goal-scoring account just four minutes later.

Why Football Needs Video Replays

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Football has definitely had its advances, from uniforms to training facilities, team tactics to new cleat and ball designs. One piece of technology that the highest levels of professional football have incorporated into the game is goal line technology. Installing advanced cameras in the frame of the goal notifies the center referee when the ball has crossed the line via his watch.

Can Neymar lead Brazil to Olympic gold against Germany?

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After a very shaky start to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the host nation of Brazil have made their way into the final where they will play Germany in a chance at redemption. After Brazil’s embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup on home soil, Brazil finally have another chance to give their fans reason to cheer again.

Soccer on TV

Review of FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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Coming just a year after an underwhelming spectacle in the Copa America, the worst was expected from some critics regarding FOX’s coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. But surprisingly for some, FOX Sports has come through with solid coverage.

As we have now finished the group stage of the competition and enter the knockout phase, the time is right to give a full accounting of FOX’s coverage and how it impacts next summer’s World Cup.

Review of FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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Coming just a year after an underwhelming spectacle in the Copa America, the worst was expected from some critics regarding FOX’s coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. But surprisingly for some, FOX Sports has come through with solid coverage.

As we have now finished the group stage of the competition and enter the knockout phase, the time is right to give a full accounting of FOX’s coverage and how it impacts next summer’s World Cup.

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Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederation Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Uruguayan defender Caceres signs for Southampton

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Experienced Uruguayan international defender Martin Caceres signed for English Premier League side Southampton until the end of the season on Thursday.

The 29-year-old - capped 68 times and a member of the team that won the 2011 Copa America and reached the 2010 World Cup semi-finals - has been a free agent since leaving Italian champions Juventus at the end of last term.

Argentina, France take FIFA ranking honours

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Zurich (AFP) Lionel Messi's beaten Copa America finalists Argentina end the year top of FIFA's world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, were named "mover of the year".

Argentina finish 2016 out in front of arch rivals Brazil to inherit the 'team of the year' title from Belgium, displaced from the FIFA summit by the Edgardo Bauza-coached Albiceleste in April.

Chile crash again in Ecuador drubbing

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Quito (AFP) South American champions Chile suffered another jolt to their 2018 World Cup qualification hopes on Wednesday, crashing to a 3-0 defeat against Ecuador to remain outside the qualification places.

Chile, the region's dominant side over the past two years with back-to-back Copa America wins, were torn apart as Ecuador produced a rampant display at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa.

CONCACAF

CONCACAF president Montagliani: Joint Copa America talks 'beyond preliminary'

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The Copa America Centenario was a financial success, and it appears CONCACAF and CONMEBOL could be on their way to another tournament.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says talks for another joint Copa America are "beyond preliminary" with the earliest potential joint tournament coming in 2020.

Report: Executives discussing permanent Pan-American tournament

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The Copa America Centenario in the U.S. was billed as a one-time event to celebrate 100 years of CONMEBOL. It looks like bosses from the South American confederation and CONCACAF want it to continue.

According to a Bloomberg report, the executives are pushing for a permanent tournament of the Americas, which could begin as early as 2020.

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A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV

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As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision's reach and the USMNT's run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country.

A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV

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As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision's reach and the USMNT's run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country.

Viewing audiences for ESPN’s Euro 2016 end in a dead heat against FOX’s Copa America

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Despite having a less than favorable time window that featured most games during office hours, as well as zero games featuring the US Men's National Team and a competition that ran 19games longer than Copa America Centenario, ESPN's live coverage of Euro 2016 averaged 997,392 viewers compared to FOX Sports' average of 1,002,226for the 2016 Copa America.

Viewing audiences for ESPN’s Euro 2016 end in a dead heat against FOX’s Copa America

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Despite having a less than favorable time window that featured most games during office hours, as well as zero games featuring the US Men's National Team and a competition that ran 19games longer than Copa America Centenario, ESPN's live coverage of Euro 2016 averaged 997,392 viewers compared to FOX Sports' average of 1,002,226for the 2016 Copa America.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario teams on US TV

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For some, the country that has been the most-watched Copa America Centenario team on US television may be a surprise. It's not, as you would expect, the United States as the host country.

Others won't be surprised that it's the Mexico national team that was the most popular Copa America Centenario team on US shores.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario teams on US TV

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For some, the country that has been the most-watched Copa America Centenario team on US television may be a surprise. It's not, as you would expect, the United States as the host country.

Others won't be surprised that it's the Mexico national team that was the most popular Copa America Centenario team on US shores.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on US TV

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FOX Sports and Univision's coverage of the 2016 Copa America averaged more than 4 million viewers per game, but which games were the most-watched during the entire 32 game tournament?

Based on our research plus the help of Sports TV Ratings, we've compiled the list of the top 32 most-watched games on US television.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on US TV

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FOX Sports and Univision's coverage of the 2016 Copa America averaged more than 4 million viewers per game, but which games were the most-watched during the entire 32 game tournament?

Based on our research plus the help of Sports TV Ratings, we've compiled the list of the top 32 most-watched games on US television.

FOX and Univision’s Copa America games averaged over 4 million viewers per game

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Across the 32 games played during Copa America Centenario, FOX Sports and Univision collectively averaged over 4 million viewers per game.

The combined viewing average was 4,041,969 viewers. Univision's average was 3,099,625 per game, while FOX Sports averaged 1,009,839 per game.

From a TV ratings perspective, Copa America Centenario was a huge hit for Univision, delivering viewing numbers that were greater than World Cup 2014.

FOX and Univision’s Copa America games averaged over 4 million viewers per game

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Across the 32 games played during Copa America Centenario, FOX Sports and Univision collectively averaged over 4 million viewers per game.

The combined viewing average was 4,041,969 viewers. Univision's average was 3,099,625 per game, while FOX Sports averaged 1,009,839 per game.

From a TV ratings perspective, Copa America Centenario was a huge hit for Univision, delivering viewing numbers that were greater than World Cup 2014.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on FOX Sports

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Now that we've been able to collect all of the TV ratings data for Copa America Centenario, we can now reveal the most-watched Copa America Centenario games that were televised on FOX Sports.

Not surprisingly, the USA-Argentina semi-final was the most-watched game. Also, other than the Copa America Centenario final, the US Men's National Team ruled the roost in terms of the most-watched TV viewing audiences.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on FOX Sports

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Now that we've been able to collect all of the TV ratings data for Copa America Centenario, we can now reveal the most-watched Copa America Centenario games that were televised on FOX Sports.

Not surprisingly, the USA-Argentina semi-final was the most-watched game. Also, other than the Copa America Centenario final, the US Men's National Team ruled the roost in terms of the most-watched TV viewing audiences.

FOX Sports averages 997k viewers for Copa America Centenario TV coverage

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Buoyed by the successful run that the United States made to the semi-finals of the competition, FOX Sports' coverage of Copa America Centenario averaged XXX,XXX viewers per game.

The most-watched game of Copa America Centenario for FOX Sports was the 3.29 million people who tuned in to see the United States play Argentina on Tuesday, June 21 from 9-11pm ET.

FOX Sports averages 997k viewers for Copa America Centenario TV coverage

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Buoyed by the successful run that the United States made to the semi-finals of the competition, FOX Sports' coverage of Copa America Centenario averaged XXX,XXX viewers per game.

The most-watched game of Copa America Centenario for FOX Sports was the 3.29 million people who tuned in to see the United States play Argentina on Tuesday, June 21 from 9-11pm ET.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on Univision

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Out of the top 5 most-watched Copa America Centenario games on Univision this June, four of them featured Mexico. But the game that was the most-viewed was the final between Argentina and Chile, which was watched by 6.8 million people.

Meanwhile, the United States did well in the TV viewing numbers, averaging 3.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on Univision

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Out of the top 5 most-watched Copa America Centenario games on Univision this June, four of them featured Mexico. But the game that was the most-viewed was the final between Argentina and Chile, which was watched by 6.8 million people.

Meanwhile, the United States did well in the TV viewing numbers, averaging 3.

Univision’s Copa America coverage averaged 3.1 million viewers per game

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For Copa America Centenario, Univision averaged 3,099,625 viewers per game over the 32-game tournament.

The impressive numbers illustrate how perfect of a competition this was for Univision. Not only did it feature the popular Mexico and USA teams in North America, but the tournament was filled with some of the brightest teams as well as heavily supported Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and other South American nations in addition to teams from Central America and the Caribbean.

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Portugal’s Euro victory adds another page in Ronaldo-Messi rivalry

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The common topic of conversation after Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 trophy has been how Ronaldo has surpassed his arch rival after adding an international piece of silverware to his cabinet.

Both their summers on the pitch ended in tears. Lionel Messi was seen devastated after losing to Chile in the Copa America Centenario, which was his third straight loss in an international final.

‘It Hurts To See Lionel In Tears’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Has Sympathetic Response To Messi’s Argentina Predicament

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Despite the pair being sworn mortal enemies, Cristiano Ronaldo has offered a sympathetic take on Lionel Messi's current international predicament.

Indeed, Ronaldo has admitted that it pained him to see Messi in tears after Argentina successfully upheld their 23-year trophy-less streak by losing out to Chile in the Copa America.

Copa America Champions Chile Could Face Euro 2016 Winner

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Copa America 2016 Champions Chile could face a one-off match with the Euro 2016 winner in the coming months. Although nothing has been decided yet, but chances are high that a one-off game will take place.

At first, hardly anyone took it seriously when CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez proposed the option for a match to be played between the Copa America champions and the Euro 2016 winners, but now it seems efforts are bring made to put the plans into action.

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A look at the USMNT centerback options in wake of Brooks injury

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John Brooks certainly made a leap at the Copa America. He was previously viewed as an up-and-comer, one that was still forging his game with both the U.S. Men's National Team and Hertha Berlin. The tournament was a coming out party but, in the months that followed, Brooks' time on the field has been anything but consistent.

How To Watch United States-Mexico: Preview, Lineups, Game Thread

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The Hex begins again, from the fortress known as Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The United States Men's National Team has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance after an up-and-down/borderline disappointing Copa America campaign this summer.

Sacha Kljestan has become the new defacto playmaker in the midfield for the USMNT, Christian Pulisic has seemingly entrenched himself in the starting lineup as a teenager and other young players like DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Bobby Wood have all had solid performances for club and country.

Arsenal Debate: Will Alexis injury derail our title chances?

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Last season Arsenal started in brilliant fashion with Alexis Sanchez playing out of his skin after his win in the Copa America, but it must be said, most Gooners knew that he was being overplayed and it was only a matter of time before his body reached the burn out stage. But Alexis himself hates [..

Americans Abroad: Bobby Wood scores his second Bundesliga goal

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Bobby Wood is on a roll, having carried over his excellent Copa America form into continued stellar play for club and country. Fresh off solid showings in World Cup qualifying, Wood returned to German side Hamburg and continued his goal-scoring ways.

Wood scored his second goal in as many matches for the German club, beating Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno to a ball before slotting into an open net.

MLS storylines to watch in the aftermath of the Copa America

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With the Copa America concluded, the focus once again turns towards league play. However, in the aftermath of this summer's major tournament, MLS is set to continuewith a very different landscape.

Familiar faces like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones return to their respective clubs, while a newcomer, Tim Howard, is set to join a Colorado Rapids team pursuing elite status in the Western Conference.