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Summer is the best/worst for soccer friendlies

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The European clubs on tour make their way to the United States and other parts of the world playing games that don't count for crowds that do.

This is why RSL vs the media is a bad idea

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Real Salt Lake decides to ban a journalist and Russia is the subject of a WADA report that accuses them of doping their Olympic program.

Playing in Liga MX

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Liga MX is changing and that might mean good news for viewers but bad news for dual nationality players in Friday's soccer news update.

MLS on the defensive over something it could’ve ignored

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MLS commissioner Don Garber chooses to respond to a NY Times' opinion piece questioning the league's fan culture.

Soccer News: Mourinho gets started at Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho's official tenure at Manchester United starts as expected with plenty of opinions and FIFA's leadership issue.

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New FIFA number two Samoura starts work

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's new general secretary Fatma Samoura officially started work Tuesday, becoming the first woman and non-European to hold the powerful post at the scandal-tainted organisation.

Samoura was named to the job in May, in a surprise move by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who has sought to repair the reputation of world football's governing body since over taking over from the disgraced Sepp Blatter.

New FIFA number two Samoura starts work

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's new general secretary Fatma Samoura officially started work Tuesday, becoming the first woman and non-European to hold the powerful post at the scandal-tainted organisation.

Samoura was named to the job in May, in a surprise move by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who has sought to repair the reputation of world football's governing body since over taking over from the disgraced Sepp Blatter.

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

Maradona vows to help FIFA resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of football in Argentina.

Speaking upon his arrival in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, the Argentine legend said: "I'm not going to be a FIFA observer, I'm coming to collaborate directly with Gianni Infantino.

Maradona vows to help FIFA resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of football in Argentina.

Speaking upon his arrival in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, the Argentine legend said: "I'm not going to be a FIFA observer, I'm coming to collaborate directly with Gianni Infantino.

Maradona to help FIFA chief Infantino resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of the game in Argentina, world football's governing body said on Tuesday.

Elected in February to succeed Sepp Blatter, Infantino "had a very positive and constructive meeting" with Argentine football legend Maradona in Paris on June 10, a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.

Blatter says European draws have been fixed

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he had witnessed rigged draws for European football competitions using "hot and cold balls," in an interview with an Argentine newspaper published Monday.

Blatter said no draw for a FIFA event had been fixed during his 18 years at the helm of world football's governing body, but said he had seen it done for European competitions.

Blatter says European draws have been fixed

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he had witnessed rigged draws for European football competitions using "hot and cold balls," in an interview with an Argentine newspaper published Monday.

Blatter said no draw for a FIFA event had been fixed during his 18 years at the helm of world football's governing body, but said he had seen it done for European competitions.

Auditors KPMG terminate FIFA contract

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Zurich (AFP) Accounting and auditing giants KPMG confirmed on Monday they have ended their decade-long association with scandal-hit world football governing body FIFA.

The Swiss branch of KPMG confirmed "the end of this partnership with immediate effect" in a statement to AFP.

"In accordance with Swiss law, by letter dated June 9, we informed the FIFA president about our decision to end this association and the reasons leading KPMG to take this decision," the audit firm said without revealing details.

Auditors KPMG terminate FIFA contract

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Zurich (AFP) Accounting and auditing giants KPMG confirmed on Monday they have ended their decade-long association with scandal-hit world football governing body FIFA.

The Swiss branch of KPMG confirmed "the end of this partnership with immediate effect" in a statement to AFP.

"In accordance with Swiss law, by letter dated June 9, we informed the FIFA president about our decision to end this association and the reasons leading KPMG to take this decision," the audit firm said without revealing details.

Kosovo, Gibraltar to play 2018 World Cup qualifiers – FIFA

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Zurich (AFP) Kosovo and Gibraltar are to play 2018 World Cup qualifiers after being admitted as new members of FIFA, world football governing body confirmed on Thursday.

"UEFA's Emergency Panel has today decided that Kosovo will join Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey and Finland in Group I, and Gibraltar will join Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia and Cyprus in Group H," FIFA said in a statement.

Kosovo, Gibraltar to play 2018 World Cup qualifiers – FIFA

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Zurich (AFP) Kosovo and Gibraltar are to play 2018 World Cup qualifiers after being admitted as new members of FIFA, world football governing body confirmed on Thursday.

"UEFA's Emergency Panel has today decided that Kosovo will join Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey and Finland in Group I, and Gibraltar will join Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia and Cyprus in Group H," FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA chief slams ‘enemies’ painting him as ‘greedy’

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Geneva (AFP) FIFA's new chief Gianni Infantino accused "enemies" Sunday of trying to paint him as greedy, and voiced surprise at revelations that his disgraced predecessor and his deputies awarded themselves millions in dubious bonuses.

"My enemies want to make me out to be greedy. That is stupid," Infantino told the Le Matin Dimanche weekly, referring to reports that he has clinched an annual salary of two million Swiss francs ($2 million, 1.

FIFA chief slams ‘enemies’ painting him as ‘greedy’

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Geneva (AFP) FIFA's new chief Gianni Infantino accused "enemies" Sunday of trying to paint him as greedy, and voiced surprise at revelations that his disgraced predecessor and his deputies awarded themselves millions in dubious bonuses.

"My enemies want to make me out to be greedy. That is stupid," Infantino told the Le Matin Dimanche weekly, referring to reports that he has clinched an annual salary of two million Swiss francs ($2 million, 1.

Raid on FIFA amid new revelations on Blatter payments

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Zurich (AFP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two of his deputies awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments over the past five years, FIFA said Friday, after Swiss investigators raided the headquarters of football's governing body.

On a day that FIFA also had to deny media reports that new president Gianni Infantino was under investigation, it said Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner made a coordinated effort to "enrich themselves" and that Swiss and US authorities were being informed.

Raid on FIFA amid new revelations on Blatter payments

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Zurich (AFP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two of his deputies awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments over the past five years, FIFA said Friday, after Swiss investigators raided the headquarters of football's governing body.

On a day that FIFA also had to deny media reports that new president Gianni Infantino was under investigation, it said Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner made a coordinated effort to "enrich themselves" and that Swiss and US authorities were being informed.

‘Ominous’ signs in FIFA’s leaders’ pay deals

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Zurich (AFP) Sitting on the top of a mountain of football cash, Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner unilaterally awarded themselves bonuses and contracts worth millions of dollars.

Details of a FIFA investigation revealed on Friday that the trio, who formed the pinnacle of the FIFA power pyramid, plotted "to enrich themselves" and ensure a comfortable future in case they lost their jobs.

‘Ominous’ signs in FIFA’s leaders’ pay deals

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Zurich (AFP) Sitting on the top of a mountain of football cash, Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner unilaterally awarded themselves bonuses and contracts worth millions of dollars.

Details of a FIFA investigation revealed on Friday that the trio, who formed the pinnacle of the FIFA power pyramid, plotted "to enrich themselves" and ensure a comfortable future in case they lost their jobs.

EA Sports

FIFA 17 will debut Story Mode, managers and other new features

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This week, EA Sports held a conference atthe annual E3 to announce what gamers can expect this fall inFIFA 17.

Let's take a look at what was announced and how it may stack up against previous versions.

FIFA 17 will be running under the Frostbite engine

EA's proprietary graphics engine, which powers many games including Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefield 1 will now power the FIFA series.

FIFA 17 will debut Story Mode, managers and other new features

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This week, EA Sports held a conference atthe annual E3 to announce what gamers can expect this fall inFIFA 17.

Let's take a look at what was announced and how it may stack up against previous versions.

FIFA 17 will be running under the Frostbite engine

EA's proprietary graphics engine, which powers many games including Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefield 1 will now power the FIFA series.

EA Sports releases first trailer for FIFA 17

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The first trailer for FIFA 17 has been released, and it looks impressive.

EA Sports has released the first trailer for FIFA 17, giving fans a glimpse of this 2017 iteration of the annual soccer video game franchise. While much of the trailer appears to be live action shots of players, the most exciting announcement was the inclusion of EA's Frostbite gaming engine.

FIFA 17 teaser shows off some sexy new graphics

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While there's not much to be gleaned in terms of gameplay, players promise to look more realistic than ever.

EA sports released the teaser of FIFA 17 on Monday, with the most notable update coming in the form of the Frostbite engine and the graphical upgrade to follow. The teaser even takes the time to recall many of the past iterations of FIFA, showing how the series has evolved.

EA Sports launches FIFA 17 trailer, promising big changes

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EA Sports has announced that FIFA 17, the latest video game in its ever-popular sports franchise, will feature a brand-new engine that will be powered by FrostBite. The FrostBite engine is described as delivering "authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

EA Sports launches FIFA 17 trailer, promising big changes

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EA Sports has announced that FIFA 17, the latest video game in its ever-popular sports franchise, will feature a brand-new engine that will be powered by FrostBite. The FrostBite engine is described as delivering "authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion.

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Maradona to help FIFA chief Infantino resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of the game in Argentina, world football's governing body said on Tuesday.

Elected in February to succeed Sepp Blatter, Infantino "had a very positive and constructive meeting" with Argentine football legend Maradona in Paris on June 10, a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.

Tuesday Kickoff: Blatter, Russia, Pjanic and more

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While Euro 2016 has gotten off to a fast start, one team could be on the verge of disqualification after recent fan violence in France. Meanwhile, FIFA's former president has come out with more harsh accusations directed at European competitions.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims that he has witnessed various European competitions that were fixed.

Sepp Blatter claims European draws were fixed by using hot and cold balls

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 80, has remarkably claimed that he has witnessed fixing of a draw for a European football competition but stated that no draw at world level was rigged..

In an interview with La Nacion, an Argentine newspaper, Blatter said: “I never touched the balls, something that others did.

Sepp Blatter Claims To Have Witnessed Draws Being Rigged With ‘Hot And Cold Balls’

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Sepp Blatter has made some pretty explosive comments about his balls, specifically the ambient temperature thereof and how he's fairly certain they've been used to rig football draws in the past.

The heating and cooling of specific draw balls has been mooted as a potential method of fudgingdraws in plain sight, and the deposed ex-FIFA president claimsit's very much been implemented at a fairly high level of the game.

Swiss prosecutors say probing Blatter, Valcke and Kattner contracts

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Zurich (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Friday they were probing the contracts of former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter and two deputies after the organisation revealed they had awarded themselves more than $80 million in often suspicious payments.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland(OAG) said it was investigating the contracts of Blatter, former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner, following a search of FIFA's headquarters Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Chelsea and Manchester United stars feature in FIFA 17 Official Game Play Trailer

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The first official trailer for FIFA 17 by EA Sports has been released today in a EA play news conferences in Los Angeles and London.

This year, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi was chosen as the poster boy for the most popular game in the world. Instead, they have picked four new players to act as spokesmen that include Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

Rodriguez, Reus, Manchester United forward and Chelsea winger feature in FIFA 17 cover image

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FIFA 17 release date has been revealed. Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will feature on cover images of the brand new FIFA 17 game.

FIFA 17 Release Date

FIFA 17 developed by EA Sports will be available in the US from September 27, 2016, and for the rest of the world from September 29, 2016.

The Rest

FIFA Proudly Announce The Cheapest Ticket For 2018 World Cup Will Cost A Mere £80

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As part oftheir ongoing commitment to keepfootball accessible to all, FIFA have proudly announced that the cheapest match ticket at the 2018 World Cup in Russia will cost a mere $105 (roughly £80).

FIFA have rolled out their pricing structure for the 2018 tournament today, with the following ticket prices applying to overseas fans.

NWSL shifts transfer window; here come the internationals

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FIFA has allowed the league to move the transfer window up a few weeks, expediting the Thorns' new French look.

This week the NWSL announced that it has asked FIFA for — and been granted — an adjustment of its upcoming international transfer window, which had previously been scheduled for July 4th to August 3rd, but has been moved forward to June 15th (which is today) to July 14th.

Let's Watch the Copa America: Day 2

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Well, the United States Men's National Team is not playing today, but after Friday night's unfortunate opener, that is probably a good thing. Still, there is plenty of soccer going on with three Copa America matches to be played, including the second match of the US's group.

Costa Rica vs. Paraguay

Group A

Watch it on: FOX

Kickoff: 2:00 p.