FIFA Confederations Cup

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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 13-19, 2017

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The FIFA Confederations Cup kicked off last Saturday with the opening four matches averaging 1.3 million viewers across the networks of Telemundo. The highest viewership for the first round of play was unsurprisingly found on the second day as nearly 2.9 million people tuned in to FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo for Mexico’s opening match of the tournament.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 13-19, 2017

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The FIFA Confederations Cup kicked off last Saturday with the opening four matches averaging 1.3 million viewers across the networks of Telemundo. The highest viewership for the first round of play was unsurprisingly found on the second day as nearly 2.9 million people tuned in to FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo for Mexico’s opening match of the tournament.

Soccer on TV

Footy on the Telly – June 23-30

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, Copa Sudamericana, Segunda Playoffs, and a lot of soccer history.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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While things have quieted down as we near the dog days of summer, they certainly haven't gone silent.

Leading off the weekend is the kicking off of the 2017 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The eight-team tournament gets underway on Saturday morning with a contest between Russia and New Zealand on Fox Sports 1.

Telemundo announces coverage plans for 2017 Confederations Cup

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Telemundo Deportes will be the official Spanish-language broadcaster of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be held in Russia this summer from June 17 to July 2.

According to Telemundo, the lineup will include close to 200 hours of programming on Telemundo and NBC Universo, complemented by extensive news and analysis on TelemundoDeportes.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The final places in the Euro 2012 semifinals will be booked this weekend, with four teams aiming to join Portugal and Germany as the final four left vying for the continent's crown and a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The most anticipated matches of the quarterfinal round take place Saturday and Sunday, when defending champion Spain looks to thwart France's tournament run and set a date with Cristiano Ronaldo & Co.

FIFA

Questioning instant replay

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the growing complaints about how instant replay is working at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The quick take is that it isn't, at least not enough to convince that it's worth the effort.

Instant replay, which of course FIFA would prefer the soccer world refers to as "video assistant referee", has been a long time coming.

An unnamed Tahiti player failed a doping test at the Confederations Cup

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As the smallest nation to ever compete in a FIFA senior tournament, Tahiti were the undisputed darlings of the Confederations Cup. A team almost entirely comprised of amateurs, they played for the fun of it and as a result, were held up as the embodiment of all that is good and pure in this gruff, bitter and money obsessed modern era.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-4 Cruzeiro: Friendly Overshadowed by Brazilian Protesters and Anti-FIFA Message

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A nice crowd at Lockhart Stadium in addition to a national television audience on Univision Deportes witnessed Cruzeiro's 4-0 friendly win over NASL outfit Fort Lauderdale Strikers. But the real story wasn't the match but the continued growth of the protest movement in Brazil and how ex-pats in the United States feel about it.

Football enters the space age

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FIFA have rubber-stamped agreements with GoalRef and HawkEye, ensuring goal-line technology is now officially a part of professional football.

Extensive official testing by IFAB concluded in July and the board unanimously approved the two systems for usage and the signing of contracts heralds their arrival in leagues worldwide.

Socceroos

Australia skipper Jedinak out of FIFA Confederations Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has withdrawn from Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil and this month’s Confederations Cup with a groin injury, Football Federation Australia said.

The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia’s 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia last week and coach Ange Postecoglou said with the Socceroos to play at least four games in 13 days an unfit Jedinak was too much of a risk.

Australia skipper Jedinak out of FIFA Confederations Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has withdrawn from Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil and this month’s Confederations Cup with a groin injury, Football Federation Australia said.

The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia’s 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia last week and coach Ange Postecoglou said with the Socceroos to play at least four games in 13 days an unfit Jedinak was too much of a risk.

2013

FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP "BEST XI TEAM" | THREE SPANIARDS

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BRAZIL DEFEAT SPAIN 3 - 0 IN FINAL FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

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ANDRES INIESTA - SERGIO RAMOS CANDIDATES FOR THE FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP MVP

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VIDEO | SPAIN - ITALY PENALTY SHOOT-OUT FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP 2013

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FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP SEMI FINAL | SPAIN WINS ITALY 7 - 6 IN PENALTY SHOOT OUT

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NIGERIA 0 SPAIN 2 | FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP B RESULT

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SPAIN 10 - TAHITI 0 | FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP B RESULT

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¿SHOULD CASILLAS HAVE PLAYED OVER VALDES? | SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM

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SPANISH FOOTBALL CLUBS EYE MEXICAN GIOVANI DOS SANTOS

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SPAIN 2 URUGUAY 1 | FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP GROUP B RESULT

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2013 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP DATES - MATCH SCHEDULE | SPAIN

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SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM SHIRT NUMBERS | FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

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FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP 2013 | SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM FINAL 23 PLAYERS LIST

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FIFA Confederations Cup News: Stadium Issues Persist, Italy Drop Osvaldo and more

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Confederations Cup Logo (Wikimedia Commons)

With the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup just a fortnight away, all eyes are on Brazil as the hosts prepare to host what is being billed by many as a dress rehearsal of sorts to next year's FIFA World Cup.

However, persistent issues concerning many stadiums that were built and renovated for this year's event in preparation for next year's extravaganza have left many wondering whether Brazil will be ready to host an event of such importance to thousands across the world.

SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM | PRE-LIST FOR THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP

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FIFA Confederations Cup: Indicator of Competitiveness at the World Cup?

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With less than a week to the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, many questions pertinent to the participants of the competition are being asked. Is Brazil going to be ready to host the FIFA World Cup next year, considering the persistent issues they've faced so far? Will Spain be the third country after Italy and Brazil to win back-to-back World Cup titles?

Mexico, USA to meet at Azteca in August

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The summer friendly that Jurgen Klinsmann has been hinting at for months is official.

The Mexican soccer federation announced that El Tri will host the U.S. men's national team at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15 in a friendly between the two CONCACAF powerhouses.

The meeting will be the second United States-Mexico match of the Klinsmann era, with last August's 1-1 draw in Philadelphia being his first match after replacing Bob Bradley as national team coach.

Oceania: Tahiti win maiden OFC Nations Cup title

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Tahiti are the champions of the OFC Nations Cup for the very first time following an exciting final against New Caledonia. Tahiti, whose previous tournament best had been three second placings in 1973, 1980 and 1996, finally scribed their name on the trophy following Sunday's 1-0 triumph and claimed a place in next year's FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Oceania: Semi-Final line-up complete as Nations Cup hots up

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The semi-final line-up of the 2012 OFC Nations Cup is now known following the completion of the tournament's group stages yesterday.

Defending champions New Zealand have made through to the last four having topped Group B on goal difference over fellow semi-finalists Solomon Islands. Both nations had a record of two wins and a draw from three games but New Zealand's goal record in their wins over group opponents Fiji and Papua New Guinea allowed them to pip the Solomon Islands, with whom they shared a 1-1 draw yesterday, to the top of the standings.

Oceania: New Zealand looking for back-to-back Nations Cup titles

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The 2012 OFC Nations Cup will be the most important football tournament to be held in the Oceania region for many years. As well as playing for continental glory, the competition also doubles as the second round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The top four teams will go on further in the World Cup qualifying process whilst a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup will also await the team who triumphs in the Nations Cup final on Sunday, June 10th.

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Red Bulls land Robles through allocation order

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Luis Robles is a member of the New York Red Bulls after all.

The Red Bulls used their place in the allocation order to select Robles, who signed with MLS Tuesday night. The club had initially tried to sign Robles during the winter, but when it became apparent that he could not sign directly with the club and would have been subjected to the allocation order, the deal came off the table.

MLS Talk Podcast : This Week in US Soccer, July 3, 2012

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On the latest edition, the Chris and Chris of US Soccer start off by paying tribute to Euro Champion Spain, by remembering the US's massive 2 – 0 win in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Semifinals. Where do Chris and ...

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POLONIA

Euro 2012, si parte l’8 Giugno con Polonia-Grecia. Italia in campo il 10 giugno contro la Spagna

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Tra due settimane, nelle nazioni di Polonia ed Ucraina prenderà il via la fase finali di Euro 2012, 14/a edizione del torneo calcistico continentali per nazionali (la squadra vincitrice potrà partecipare alla FIFA Confederations Cup del prossimo anno, in Brasile, ndr) e ultima a 16 squadre (saranno 24 in Francia tra 4 anni).

Euro 2012, si parte l’8 Giugno con Polonia-Grecia. Italia in campo il 10 giugno contro la Spagna

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Tra due settimane, nelle nazioni di Polonia ed Ucraina prenderà il via la fase finali di Euro 2012, 14/a edizione del torneo calcistico continentali per nazionali (la squadra vincitrice potrà partecipare alla FIFA Confederations Cup del prossimo anno, in Brasile, ndr) e ultima a 16 squadre (saranno 24 in Francia tra 4 anni).

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Confederations Cup Rewind: Mexico downs Russia, Portugal dominates New Zealand

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No one said you had to advance to the Confederations Cup semifinals in aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Like times before in the tournament, resilience was the remedy for Mexico to overcome a deficit. It was Hirving Lozano's heroic run and finish in the 52nd minute that earned Mexico a 2-1 victory against Russia on Saturday at Kazan Arena.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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A quiet Monday kicks off in Russia, before traversing West into Europe and finally across the Atlantic for some USL action in the U.S.

Australia and Germany headline a slow day with an 11 a.m. kickoff in Russia. The defending World Cup champions take on the Asian Football Confederation representative in the FIFA Confederations Cup on Fox Sports 1 as the lone match of the day.

Ronaldo CR7 Mercurial Campeões Nike Confederations Cup Boots

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Nike has unveiled a pair of limited edition boots that will be worn by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo looks as he captains the Portugal National Team in this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017. In celebration of Portugal's EURO 2016 championship, Ronaldo will take to the pitch in special boots designed just for him the [.

Three-Year Anniversary of USA's Historic Win Against Spain

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Today marks the three-year anniversary of one of the greatest games in U.S. Soccer history, the 2-0 win against Spain in the semifinal of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The USA's win against the No.1-ranked team and defending European champions earned the team a place in its first ever championship final of a major FIFA competition, and ended a 35-match unbeaten run for Spain that had lasted nearly three years.