Soccer News Roundup

Soccer News: Fulham taps Brian McBride to help choose a manager

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Fulham chairman Shahid Khan picked Brian McBride as part of a committee to find the club's next manager in Tuesday's soccer news. Read More

Soccer News: The FIFA presidential election cycle

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In Friday's soccer news FIFA announces the start of the 2015 presidential election cycle with a call for candidates. Read More

Soccer News: Borussia Dortmund need to defend

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Borussia Dortmund worry about how to defend after a disappointing draw and it's FIFA politics as usual in Thursday's soccer news roundup. Read More

World Cup

German Agency Declares Vanishing Spray a Health Hazard

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A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern saying, "In its present form, the product is not usable in Germany and the European Union.

Gulati pressuring FIFA to release ethics report regarding 2018, 2022 World Cup

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FIFAhas rarely been known for its transparency, which is something U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is hoping to change.

Gulati revealed Wednesdayin an interview with the New York Times that he plans to address the ethicsreport regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups during Thursday's FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer's World Cup, FIFA are finally taking actionregarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization's Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to theFIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

Deal Alert: USA 2014/15 Nike Home Kit for $29.99 + More

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World Soccer Shop has a totally down low deal on the USA 2014/15 Nike home [...]

Monday Evening Ticker: Qatar official responds to critics; Debuchy out three months; and more

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Despite recent comments from a FIFA official to the contrary, Qatari officials remain firm when it comes to their World Cup preparations.

FIFA executiveTheo Zwanziger voiced his belief that the 2022 World Cup should be held elsewhere due to climate concerns, butQatar 2022 communications director Nasser Al Khater insists that the tournamentwill go on as planned on Qatari soil.

FIFA Official Theo Zwanziger Claims Qatar Will Not Host The 2022 World Cup On ‘Life-Threatening’ Medical Grounds

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By Chris Wright

A member of FIFA's executive committee (ExCo) has gone on record as saying he doesn't believe the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar as scheduled.

German ExCo representativeTheo Zwanziger has stuck his head above the parapet and told Sport Bild that he believes that Qatar's fearsome 40°c summer temperatures will see the tournament nixed and shifted elsewhere on medical grounds.

The Greatest FIFA Quote of All Time

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My apologies for blogging about FIFA twice in the same month and, uggh, consecutively. However, Michel Platini just released a gem of a quote. First, let me fill you in on the background.

During the World Cup in Brazil, the Brazilian Football Federation gifted several valuable watches to important FIFA people.

Fifa World Rankings September 2014

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

New world champions Germany remain at the top of the Fifa pile followed by Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, and France and Switzerland

England remain in a lowly 18th place up slightly after beating Switzerland away in Euro 2016 qualification.


Report: NASL Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra to be called to the U.S. Men’s National team

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Report: NASL Minnesota United's Miguel Ibarra to be called to the U.S. Men's National team - originally posted on

Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra could be the first North American Soccer League player to suit up for the Stars and Stripes since 2005. Photo provided by MNUnited.

FIFA add U.S. based Copa América Centenario to international calendar

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FIFA add U.S. based Copa América Centenario to international calendar - originally posted on

The 2016 CopaAmérica Centenario is considered a legit tournament in the eyes of FIFA.

On Friday the FIFA Executive Committee approved the addition of the 2016 Copa América Centenario to the international calendar, so now all the stars of every nation competing in the tournament will be playing in the states two summers from now.

Major League Soccer teams enjoying a successful CONCACAF Champions League, thus far

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Major League Soccer teams enjoying a successful CONCACAF Champions League, thus far - originally posted on

The Portland Timbers could be the first Major League Soccer team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final since 2009, and they could be the first MLS team to win the CCL, if they stay healthy.

The new Major League Soccer Logo

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On Thursday Major League Soccer announced, that their clubs will all be able to take part with the new logo, as the symbol colors will adjust to the teams colors. Photo provided by Major League Soccer and USA Today.

On Thursday Major League Soccer announced, that their clubs will all be able to take part with the new logo, as the symbol colors will adjust to the teams colors.

Portland Timbers post dramatic 4 to 2 win over CD Olimpia in Champions League home opener

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The Portland Timbers were hosting their first ever CONCACAF Champions League fixture when CD Olimpia from Honduras visited Providence Park for a group stage match. Olimpia currently lead the group after two wins over Alpha United, but the visitors fell behind early via goals from Maximiliano Urruti and Will Johnson.

Manchester United

FIFA Votes to Ban Third-Party Player Ownership

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FIFA has recently announced that it will soon ban third-party player ownerships. While the association made the sensible decision to bar the sketchy involvement of third parties, the ban will not be effective immediately. Following a meeting on the issue, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated, "We took a firm decision that TPO (third-party ownership) should be banned but it cannot be banned immediately there will be a transitional period.

Monday Kickoff: Rooney accepts ban; FIFA execs dispute Blatter; and more

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While manyplayers would take the option of appealing such a ban, Wayne Rooney has accepted his punishment.

The Manchester United captain has accepted his three-match ban for a red card issued to the forward in Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Ham.

Jorge Mendes, agent to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Man Utd’s Angel Di Maria and many other, in ‘apparent breach of FIFA regulations’

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Football agent Jorge Mendes, arguably one of the most powerful men in football, is operating in apparent breach of FIFA regulations, according to...

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United States Men's National Team

2016 Centennial Copa America is official

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The 2016 Centennial Copa America is now official and an international release date after a vote by the FIFA Executive Committee. Read More

Me likes.

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No, I'm not on about yet another one of my stat nerd cavortings (cavortions? cavortations? cavortum?). I'm talking about this. G'on 'head, Sunil! - Greg Seltzer

FIFA World Rankings: USMNT 17th

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The USMNT move up to 17th in the September 2014 FIFA World Rankings, ahead of 18th-place England and third in CONCACAF. Read More

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FIFA keeps secret

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With no official request from the Executive Committee, FIFA didn't have to officially choose to keep an ethics report secret. Read More

FIFA proposes new concussion protocol

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FIFA wil submit a new concussion protocol to the Executive Committee recommending a three-minute stoppage in play to diagnose a player. Read More

Sepp Blatter

Readying for DC, Hburg in Sacramento for USL PRO final, Copa America, more

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White hopes to face former club on Saturday. Harrisburg faces Sacramento in USL PRO championship final on Saturday. US-hosted 2016 Copa America added to FIFA calendar. More.

Friday Kickoff: Blatter calls FIFA ethics ‘exemplary'; Maradona regrets drug use; and more

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Despite all of thecontroversy in recent years, Sepp Blatter feels that FIFAhave a pretty good grasp on ethics.

The FIFA president spoke in Zurich Friday at the World Summit for Ethics in Sports, and the 78-year-old revealed that he believes that FIFA have "exemplary ethics" due to the two-part independent ethics committee the governing body instituted in 2011.

EA Sports

FIFA 15 Is Ridiculously Realistic: Luis Suarez Starts The Game Suspended Until October! (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

We've already seen that EA Sports have gone above and beyond in their quest for authenticity in FIFA 15 with the inclusion of the Catalan "Independencia" chants17 minutes and 14 seconds into every Barcelona home game at the Camp Nou.

With the game officially rolling out across North America last night, several players have noted another impressive token bit of realism included in the game the fact that Barca striker Luis Suarez starts off still serving his suspension for biting Giorgio Chiellini.

EA Sports’ FIFA 15 hits stores in North America

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Christmas has once again come early. At least, for soccer gamers it has.

EA Sports released its much-anticipated FIFA 15 video game on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles in North America on Tuesday, giving fansthe chance to get their hands on the latest installment of the popular franchise.

Major League Soccer

SBI Monday Rewind: FIFA exec claims Qatar won’t host World Cup; D.C. United re-signs Olsen; and more

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It may be one person's opinion, but it's from someone sitting on FIFA's executive committee. Former German FA presidentTheo Zwanziger said Monday he thinks Qatar will ultimately be deemed unable to host the 2022 World Cup because of the climate. Those comments,of course, are contrary to FIFA's stance that Qatar was not in jeopardy of losing the rights to host the tournament.

SBI Friday Rewind: Las Vegas stadium deal likely kaput; FIFA decision coming on Qatar; and more

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It's a fierce fightfor the remaining expansion slot up for grabs in Major League Soccer, and it looks like Las Vegas may have to bow out. Reports out of Sin City indicate a plan to build an MLS stadium there will not get approval from the city council. If it is rejected when it comes up for a vote next month, that will likely mean a knockout for the Las Vegasbid for an MLS team.

New logo for MLS is rather interesting

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I posted this over at, thought it was worth brining over here as well.

There had been whispers of a new MLS logo for some time. I believe I was told two years ago that the league was looking into a re-brand that would likely happen before too long. It turned out that the league wisely waited for a new logo to be reveal before their 20th season.

The Rest

Latvian Side FK Ventspils Pose For Mass ‘Team Photo’ Goal Celebration, Taken With Player’s Boot (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Taking a leaf out of Icelandic side FC Stjarnan's well-worn book, Latvian first divisiontable-toppers FK Ventspils decided to go all out in the "choreographed goal celebration" stakes by marking their solitary goalin Sunday's 1-1 draw againstLiepaja by posing for a team photo complete with a boot-wielding "cameraman".

Sp*rs preview: Just win

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German Shepherds are smart dogs but asking one, nay, imploring one, to get up and do 1000 words on the North London derby seems to be beyond them. Either that or he's too smart to indulge me. Anyway:

*boilk* (and I blame the Mugsmasher for giving me so much wine I could only play FIFA with one eye and thus lost both games).

Copa América Centenario 2016 :: Calendario oficial

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Vía Femexfut se anuncia como oficial la la calendarización por FIFA de la Copa América 2016 del 3 al 16 de Junio de 2016 en Estados Unidos. Aqui la nota:

La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (CONCACAF), la Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) y la FIFA anunciaron el día de hoy que la Copa América Centenario ha sido agregada al calendario oficial de torneos de la FIFA gracias a una votación favorable del Comité Ejecutivo de la FIFA.

Goodbye and Hello

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Long-term relationships are not my thing. Actually, I suck at them. There, I said it. Sure, I get attached at the start, but it's never long before I get bored and start searching for something more appealing. Something more exciting. Out with the old, in with the new.

On Tuesday, I'll yet again swap one plaything for another.

A closer look at FIFA 15 USMNT player ratings

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Less than twenty-four hours separates North American gamers from picking up a copy of EA Sports' FIFA 15, meaning the always-intense debate over player ratings will begin promptly.

FIFA 15 is set to hit stores on Tuesday, and one of the first things fans of the popular video game like to do aside from playing for hours on end is check out which of their favorite players received good and bad overallratings.

Monday Kickoff: FIFA exec believes Qatar will be stripped of WC; Mourinho, Pellegrini exchange insults; and more

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With all of the controversy surrounding the 2022 World Cup, even FIFA's executives have become disenchanted with the idea of a tournament in Qatar.

FIFA executive board member Theo Zwanziger has stated his belief that Qatar will be stripped of the 2022 World Cup, as the former German FA presidentcited climate issues as too difficult to overcome.

Here’s FIFA President Sepp Blatter With Your Ironic Moralising Tweet Of The Week…

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By Chris Wright

Coming in the wake of the news thatFIFA ethics judgeJoachim Eckert is hoping to deliver a verdict in the ongoingWorld Cup bidding corruption case by November, Our Dear Leader has assured everything that all is well and that the good fight is continuing to be fought on our behalves.

Ranking fifa septiembre 2014 :: México es 16 en ranking

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Pos. Equipo Pts. +/- Pos
1 Alemania 1765 0
2 Argentina 1631 0
3 Colombia 1488 1
4 Países Bajos 1456 -1
5 Bélgica 1444 0
6 Brasil 1291 1
7 Uruguay 1243 -1
8 España 1228 -1
9 Francia 1202 1
10 Suiza 1175 -1
11 Portugal 1150 0
12 Chile 1100 0
13 Italia 1068 1
14 Grecia 1052 -1
15 Costa Rica 988 0
16 México 963 1
17 EEUU 936 1
18 Inglaterra 935 2
19 Croacia 928 -3
20 Argelia 926 4
21 Ecuador 889 0
22 Costa de Marfil 879 3
23 Rusia 875 0
24 Ucrania 855 -2
25 Bosnia y Herzegovina 851 -6
26 Rumanía 837 1
27 Dinamarca 833 -1
28 República Checa 812 7
29 Escocia 714 -1
29 Gales 714 12

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