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Union passes on Re-entry draft, Preseason in Clearwater announced, Garcia report to be released, more

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The Union passed on making a selection in Thursday's Re-entry Draft. Preseason Union schedule in Clearwater released. FIFA votes to release Garcia investigation report. More.

FIFA once again says the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes stand

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In a Friday press conference, FIFA president Sepp Blatter once again confirmed that the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes stand. Read More

Re-entry Draft phase 2 today, Clearwater spring training deal expected today, DC stadium deal approved, Garcia resigns, more

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Re-entry draft concludes today. Union expected to sign Clearwater spring training deal today. DC stadium deal gets final approval. FIFA investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest. More.

What a Monday, league news, US Soccer’s new youth development initiative, more

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A roundup of Monday's trade and protected lists news from the Union and around the league. US Soccer announces new development initiative. More.

Commodore Barry Bridge to get a facelift, Mbolhi in Group of Death, league news, more

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PPL Park's majestic backdrop, the Commodore Barry Bridge, to get a facelift. Rais Mbolhi's Algeria drawn in Africa Cup of Nations Group of Death. More news.

Valdes says Millonarios move “a very remote possibility,” report says “major changes” coming to Union-HCI, LA-NE MLS final, more

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Valdes on transfer rumors. Are changes coming to Union-Harrisburg partnership? LA to host NE in MLS Cup final. Report says MLS playoff field to increase in 2015. More.

First preseason game announced, on the Academy, Valdes, Sony to end FIFA sponsorship, more

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Union announce preseason game in Jacksonville. On the Union Academy. Millonarios boss acknowledges interest in Valdes and others. More.

Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report

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Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sepp Blatter has been urged to publish the full Michael Garcia report

The British government has asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to publicly reveal the details of Michael Garcia's report, that led to the controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cup bidding process.

Dispersal, Curtin says Edu “willing to play center back,” Blake wins Golden Glove, US embarrassed, more

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Dispersal Draft today. Union to host combine. Curtin says Edu willing to play D. Blake wins Golden Glove as Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup. US embarrassed in Ireland. Further FIFA fun.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT 27th in FIFA World Rankings

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The USMNT move up a spot to 27th in the December 2014 FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday. Germany is in 1st-place. Read More

Linc to host Gold Cup knockout round game, more league, US, and international news

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Linc to host Gold Cup knockout round games in July. DC stadium funding vote today. Latest MLS personnel moves. More.

Williams acknowledges pressure, league news ahead of Cup final, US-Netherlands friendly, more

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Entering final contract year, Sheanon Williams acknowledges pressure. MLS news ahead of Sunday's championship final. US to face Netherlands in June. More.

Is it time to change the substitutes rule for friendlies?

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann gives his take on the substitutions allowed in friendlies and trying to balance winning with opportunity. Read More

Michael Garcia

FIFA levels up the ridiculousness

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FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia has left the role after seeing his attempt to release more of the ethics report blocked. Read More

Investigator Michael Garcia Resigns Citing FIFA’s Lack Of Leadership

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US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from his position with FIFA, 24hours after the governing body dismissed his complaintregarding the handling of his investigation into World Cup corruption.

Garcia's findings which he detailed in a 430-page investigation were released as a 42-page summary by FIFA-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in mid-November.

Investigator Michael Garcia Resigns Citing FIFA’s Lack Of Leadership

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US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from his position with FIFA, 24hours after the governing body dismissed his complaintregarding the handling of his investigation into World Cup corruption.

Garcia's findings which he detailed in a 430-page investigation were released as a 42-page summary by FIFA-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in mid-November.

What FIFA finds inadmissible

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FIFA decides that Michael Garcia's appeal of the summary version of his report is inadmissible in Tuesday's soccer news roundup. Read More

junho de 2014

Jogo 357/2014 - Copa do Mundo - Suiça 3x0 Honduras

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Mais um jogo da Copa do Mundo de 2014, foi realizado no dia 25/06/2014, na cidade de Manaus-BRA, onde jogaram as seleções da Suiça (6° no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção de Honduras (33° no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Copa do Mundo
2010 Mangaung/Bloemfontein 25/06/2010 SUI 0:0 HON First stage

Officials
  • Referee: Nestor PITANA ARG
  • Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG)
  • Fourth official: Milorad MAZIC (SRB)

Switzerland 3 - 0 Honduras Arena Amazônia 1 - 0 Xherdan Shaqiri (6) 2 - 0 Xherdan Shaqiri (31) 3 - 0 Xherdan Shaqiri (71)



Jogo 356/2014 - Copa do Mundo de 2014 - Bósnia-Herzegovina 3x1 Irã

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Mais um jogo da Copa do Mundo de 2014, foi realizado no dia 25/06/2014, na cidade de Salvador-BRA, onde jogaram as seleções da Bósnia-Herzegovina (21° no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção do Irã (43° no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
1872 Sarajevo 12/08/2009 BIH 2:3 (0:0) IRN
1872 Tehran 31/05/2006 IRN 5:2 (3:2) BIH
1872 Tehran 02/02/2005 IRN 2:1 (1:1) BIH
1872 Tehran 10/08/2001 IRN 4:0 (1:0) BIH
1872 Bihac 22/07/2001 BIH 2:2 (2:1) IRN

Officials
  • Referee: Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO ESP
  • Assistant Referee 1: Roberto ALONSO FERNANDEZ (ESP)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Juan YUSTE (ESP)
  • Fourth official: Enrique OSSES (CHI)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 - 1 Iran Arena Fonte Nova 1 - 0 Edin Džeko (23) 2 - 0 Miralem Pjanić (59) 2 - 1 Reza Ghoochannejhad (82) 3 - 1 Avdija Vršajević (83)

World Cup

FIFA starts a fight with itself over a winter World Cup

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FIFA revives the 2022 World Cup discussion by creating a potential issue between the president and the executive committee. Read More

More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship

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More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA has been dealt another blow to its image with the news that Sony is set to end its partnership with world football's governing body.

Reuters reports that the company – a FIFA sponsor for the past eight years, with a $280 million contract – will not renew its World Cup sponsorship.

Hazard

FIFA 15 - Christmas Commercial - Messi vs Hazard

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‘Tis the season to play FIFA! Watch the FIFA 15 Christmas Commercial with Messi vs Hazard.
Enjoy the holidays with FIFA15: http://bit.ly/12Is21V

EDEN HAZARD SCORES AGAINST CHELSEA FANS!

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Eden Hazard surprised some Chelsea fans yesterday at Stamford Bridge by playing against them at FIFA 15. The Chelsea fans were competition winners and were invited to play the game sitting in Jose Mourino's dugout.

As you can see, Hazard seems to be just as good at the game as he is playing for real!

ballon d'or

Nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 awards revealed – FIFA.com

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The contenders for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the best player of 2014 and for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2014 award were announced today on FIFA.com, francefootball.fr and YouTube. In alphabetical order, the FIFA Ballon d'Or nominees are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Manuel Neuer (Germany), while Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil) and Abby Wambach (USA) will contest the women's award.

FIFA releases Three-Man shortlist for Ballon d’Or 2014 award

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FIFA releases Three-Man shortlist for Ballon d'Or 2014 award - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The football's governing body, FIFA has released the final three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or on Monday.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, his Barcelona counter-part Lionel Messi and Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neur are the three players shortlisted for this year's award.

Watch Announcement of 3 Ballon d’Or Finalists at 11am ET/8am PT [LIVE STREAM]

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The three finalists for the 2014 Ballon d'Or will be announced at 11am ET/8am PT today via a special live stream made available by FIFA, France Football and YouTube.

Watch the live presentation via the video below.

In addition to the finalists for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, there'll be an announcement regarding the nominees for other awards such as Women's World Player of the Year, World Coach of the Year for Women's Football, World Coach of the Year for Men's Football, FIFPro World XI and the Puskás Award.

Watch Announcement of 3 Ballon d’Or Finalists at 11am ET/8am PT [LIVE STREAM]

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The three finalists for the 2014 Ballon d'Or will be announced at 11am ET/8am PT today via a special live stream made available by FIFA, France Football and YouTube.

Watch the live presentation via the video below.

In addition to the finalists for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, there'll be an announcement regarding the nominees for other awards such as Women's World Player of the Year, World Coach of the Year for Women's Football, World Coach of the Year for Men's Football, FIFPro World XI and the Puskás Award.

Major League Soccer

Donovan, Galaxy top Sounders

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Donovan, Galaxy top Sounders - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This was the dream conference final for MLS. Its two biggest teams going head to head with the winner going on to host MLS Cup. MLS poster boy Landon Donovan was also facing potentially the final game of his stellar career. It was a perfect storm for the league.

Research Shows EA’s FIFA Soccer Video Game Has Huge Impact in US [INFOGRAPHIC]

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New research shows that EA's FIFA soccer game is a "gateway drug" to attract new soccer fans in the United States according to data released by EA Sports.

Not only is the video game loved and played by soccer fans both young and old, but it proves to be an ideal way to introduce sports fans to the passion of the beautiful game, so they can see on television how these footballers play in real life (as well as hopefully encouraging fans to go see these players in person).

Research Shows EA’s FIFA Soccer Video Game Has Huge Impact in US [INFOGRAPHIC]

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New research shows that EA's FIFA soccer game is a "gateway drug" to attract new soccer fans in the United States according to data released by EA Sports.

Not only is the video game loved and played by soccer fans both young and old, but it proves to be an ideal way to introduce sports fans to the passion of the beautiful game, so they can see on television how these footballers play in real life (as well as hopefully encouraging fans to go see these players in person).

MLS respects a strange FIFA calendar

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The new FIFA calendar does MLS no favors, with the 13-day release window interrupting the MLS playoffs. Read More

Copa America

Uruguay Football Association Wants Luis Suarez International Ban Reduced Before Copa America

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The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) is planning to talk with FIFA in order to have Luis Suarez's international ban reduced. Although the Barcelona striker can now play for his club, Suarez still has eight matches remaining on hisinternational ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Uruguay Football Association Wants Luis Suarez International Ban Reduced Before Copa America

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The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) is planning to talk with FIFA in order to have Luis Suarez's international ban reduced. Although the Barcelona striker can now play for his club, Suarez still has eight matches remaining on hisinternational ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

The Rest

Fifa World Cup Rankings December 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for December 2014 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

2014 world cup champions Germany remain at the top of the Fifa rankings followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain and Uruguay.

Did Cruz Azul embarrass CONCACAF at the FIFA Club World Cup?

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Cruz Azul crashed out of the FIFA Club World Cup in a lopsided loss to Real Madrid, but does this mean anything for CONCACAF? Read More

What do we need to know about the Club World Cup

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The 2014 Club World Cup kicks off to the same general lack of interest while FIFA tries to build the idea of a world champion. Read More

Marimachos*: On Women’s Football in Latin America

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Note: this post first appeared on The Football Scholars Forum. The Forum is hosting a discussion on women's soccer on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2 pm. For more information on how to participate via Skype, contact Alex Galaraza at galaraza.alex@gmail.com

By Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel

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The Christmas Truce

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The story of the Christmas Truce is one that resonates with everyone because it reminds us all that even in the face of unimaginable atrocities we are still human.

When Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand dead in June of 1914 igniting World War I, the English Football Association had been around for a mere 51 years.