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Socceroos coach Postecoglou quits ahead of football World Cup

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Sydney (AFP) – Coach Ange Postecoglou announced Wednesday that he will not take Australia to the World Cup next year, ending weeks of speculation about his future after a lengthy qualification campaign.

“After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroo coach,” an emotional Postecoglou told a press conference in Sydney.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting extremism, comments that threatened to engulf the sport in the diplomatic crisis that has riven the region since June.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting extremism, comments that threatened to engulf the sport in the diplomatic crisis that has riven the region since June.

‘There’s no impossible’ as war-torn Syria eye football World Cup

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – A qualifying campaign that has defied civil war and internal splits has brought Syria within sight of a miraculous World Cup berth - if they can overcome Asian champions Australia.

Syria were given little chance of making an impact in Asia’s qualifiers but after reaching the regional play-offs, they stand four games away from Russia 2018.

‘There’s no impossible’ as war-torn Syria eye football World Cup

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – A qualifying campaign that has defied civil war and internal splits has brought Syria within sight of a miraculous World Cup berth - if they can overcome Asian champions Australia.

Syria were given little chance of making an impact in Asia’s qualifiers but after reaching the regional play-offs, they stand four games away from Russia 2018.

Syrian joy as football World Cup dream lives on

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Syrian fans expressed joy as their fairytale World Cup campaign headed into an Asian play-off against Australia - whose coach found himself under rising pressure.

Saudi Arabia also celebrated booking their spot at Russia 2018, but South Korean supporters appeared unconvinced after a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan took their team to a ninth straight World Cup.

Syrian joy as football World Cup dream lives on

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Hong Kong (AFP) – Syrian fans expressed joy as their fairytale World Cup campaign headed into an Asian play-off against Australia - whose coach found himself under rising pressure.

Saudi Arabia also celebrated booking their spot at Russia 2018, but South Korean supporters appeared unconvinced after a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan took their team to a ninth straight World Cup.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

Football World Cup will attract 1.3 mn fans – Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Up to 1.3 million fans will visit Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, an official said Thursday, equivalent to half the Gulf country’s population.

Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure with the body organising Qatar’s World Cup, also said that for the first time in tournament history many of the fans would come from outside Europe and South America.

Future stars on show as wide-open U20 football World Cup kicks off

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Seoul (AFP) – The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday and looks wide open after the 2015 champions Serbia and beaten finalists Brazil both failed to qualify.

Some of the world’s top young footballing talent will be on display with more than 500 players in 24 teams taking part, but the bookmakers are split on who to make favourites.

Future stars on show as wide-open U20 football World Cup kicks off

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Seoul (AFP) – The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday and looks wide open after the 2015 champions Serbia and beaten finalists Brazil both failed to qualify.

Some of the world’s top young footballing talent will be on display with more than 500 players in 24 teams taking part, but the bookmakers are split on who to make favourites.

China’s Hisense to sponsor 2018 football World Cup

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Zurich (AFP) – Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era.

Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate Wanda in becoming a sponsor of football’s world governing body.

China’s Hisense to sponsor 2018 football World Cup

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Zurich (AFP) – Consumer electronics giant Hisense has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Cup, becoming the second Chinese company to join hands with FIFA as it looks for new sponsors after the scandals of the Sepp Blatter era.

Hisense, a television and white goods manufacturer, follows Chinese conglomerate Wanda in becoming a sponsor of football’s world governing body.

Smog may force U-17 football World Cup out of Delhi

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New Delhi (AFP) – FIFA could pull Under-17 World Cup matches out of New Delhi because of concerns over air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city, the tournament director said.

Javier Ceppi said that air quality in Delhi was a “serious concern”, particularly after the Diwali festival which this year falls in October - the month the tournament will be held.

Brazil firm reveals World Cup stadium cartel: officials

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Brasília (AFP) A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday.

State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians.

Brazil firm reveals World Cup stadium cartel: officials

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Brasília (AFP) A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday.

State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians.

World Cup

The 200% World Cup: Who Should Be In The World Cup?

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Keen-eyed readers of this site and observers of the world in general will probably have noticed that there's about to be a football World Cup to be held. It's certainly something which has piqued my interest. I've just wallpapered my house with St. George's flags and had mydaughterrenamed Rooney LinekerPlatt McManamanby Deed Poll.

Brazuca Match Ball 2014- Adidas unveil official match ball for 2014 World Cup

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Brazuca Match Ball 2014- Adidas unveil official match ball for 2014 World Cup is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Adidas have today unveiled the official match ball for next year's 2014 football World Cup.

Blog on: brazil vs USA penalties women’s fifa world cup 2011

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Sweden vs Australia 2011 Highlights-3-1- Women’s Football World Cup

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Sweden vs Australia 2011 Highlights-3-1- Women's Football World Cup is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Sweden vs Australia ( Matildas) 2011 Women's World Cup Quarterfinal- 10th July, 2011 Final score:- Sweden vs Matildas 3-1 ( Sjogran, Dahlkvist, Schelin/Perry) Sweden prove too strong for Australia at the 2011 Women's World Cup [.

Blog on: Pakistani football player Muhammad Ahmed (R) competes for the ball with Bangladesh player Mamun Miah

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Soccer24 Pakistani football player Muhammad Ahmed (R) competes for the ball with Bangladesh player Mamun Miah - http://www.fifa.com/worldcu... 4 minutes ago from FIFA.com - Latest Photos - Comment - Like Pakistani football player Muhammad Ahmed (R) competes for the ball with Bangladesh player Mamun Miah (L) during the second round 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Punjab football stadium in Lahore on July 3, 2011.

News: Pakistan out of Fifa World Cup 2014 qualifiers – The Express Tribune

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The Official Home of Asian Football Pakistan out of Fifa World Cup 2014 qualifiers The Express Tribune LAHORE: The football world cup qualifier match between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a draw on Sunday. Resultantly, the Pakistani team is out of the world cup qualifiers, and will not play the 2014 Fifa World Cup .

Paul the Octopus gets shrine in Germany

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OBERHAUSEN, Germany — Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during the football World Cup last year for his flawless record in predicting the outcome of games, will get a shrine to mark three months since he died, his aquarium said Monday The tentacled tipster will on Thursday be honoured with a "Paul Corner" at [.

RIP Francisco Varallo

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The football World Cup today lost one of its final links with its origins, when Francisco Varallo, the former Boca Juniors forward, died in the early hours in La Plata, aged 100 years and six months. He had been the ... Continue reading →

Sky-high marketing costs hit Bwin profits

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Austrian egaming company Bwin, that will merge with PartyGaming at the beginning of 2011 to form a US$3.3 billion business, posted a 27% drop in quarterly operating profit in the second quarter of this year, hit by marketing costs for the football World Cup and "intensive preparations and start-up costs" during its launch in France.

World Cup stars increase Liverpool’s Fifa payout

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English Premier League (EPL) soccer team Liverpool will receive a bumper World Cup payout following the exploits of star players Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt.

Factfile #4 – The World Cup

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Since it is off-season, I thought no one could make a bigger fool of themselves than me, but I was proved wrong! (Again!)

 - Carlton Palmer, Football Pundit Extraordinaire

What the heck is this 'Ajax' thing which keeps coming up when Suarez is mentioned?

World Cup 2010

The One Million Euro Sweater

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The blue article of clothing in question should look familiar, as it's the one Jogi Loew was sporting during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. An item so desirable a German football museum has paid one million euros for it, crusty remnants of sinus spelunking and all.

It looks authentic, if only because it looks like most well-worn sweaters like it's been crumpled at the bottom of a closet in the corner.

The challenge facing England's youngsters

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One of the major theories put forward by those trying to explain England's latest failure (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/matches/match_51/default.stm)at a major championships is...

The Rest

Who will join these first Arsenal stars to reach World Cup?

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When I say that some Arsenal stars have already booked their places in next summer's feast of international football that is the World Cup, I mean that their national teams England and Germany have, so the likes of Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi should be in Russia barring an injury or loss of [.

Blind urges fans to keep faith with LVG

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Daley Blind has urged United fans to keep the fans with Louis Van Gaal, insisting the Dutchman will get things right at the club and ensure United will challenge for trophies again.

The former Ajax man drew comparison with Holland's performance at the World Cup, where Van Gaal steered a largely unfancied team to the semifinal and, ultimately, to third place after defeating Brazil in the third spot playoff.

Nike unveil Brazil World Cup 2014 Uniform

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Nike unveil Brazil World Cup 2014 Uniform is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Nike yesterday ( November 24, 2013) unveiled the new Brazilian football kit for 2014, also the uniform to be worn by the Seleccao at next year's football World Cup.

A creepy fake Sepp Blatter dances to the tune of FIFA’s ‘exploitation’ of Brazil

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Swiss charitable organization Solidar Suisse has launched a campaign targeting FIFA's habit of holding World Cups that saddle a country with debt while they profit. The campaign includes the video above, which shows a nightmarish fake Sepp Blatter dancing to a parody of Michel Telo's "Ai Se Eu Te Pego.

London 2012: Should it be higher on a footballer’s priority list?

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With an exciting end to the Premier League campaign, the Champions League last four and the upcoming Euro 2012 championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer, football fans can be forgiven for forgetting about the Olympic Games and football's involvement at the London event.

Attitudes in football to the Olympics are in stark contrast to how modern sports in general perceive the Olympics.

Homeless World Cup: Scotland Get Ready

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Here's 16 names for you:

James Horsburgh
William McLean
William Lawrence
Barry Gannon
Robert Hare
Sean Lawrence
William Hamilton
Matthew Ramsay

Caroline Dunlop
Kerry Glencross
Katy Richmond
Catherine McAllister
Faye Logan
Melissa Noble
Rachel Mclean
Jade Morrison

You probably don't recognise them, most likely you've never heard of them.

All-Nippon glory in Germany

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FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL 2011
JAPAN 2:2 USA aet; 1-1 at 90mins, Japan won 3-1 on penalties.
Morgan 69', Miyama 81', Wambach 104', Sawa 117'
Frankfurt 48,817

Japan's first football World Cup.

An action-packed final and a great advert for the women's game.

Liga Primer Indonesia Latest

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With FIFA threatening fire, hail and brimstone if the PSSI can't take control of the rebel LPI, they're not worried about corruption and match fixing, just the thought that somebody is doing their job, the league itself carries on regardless though with the threat of Indonesia being suspended from international football, World Cup qualifiers begin later this year, it remains to be seen whether the LPI will allow things to get that far.

Pele warns of World Cup delays

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SAO PAULO, Brazil — Delays in getting Brazil ready to host the 2014 football World Cup could end up with the South American nation being "red-faced" when the time comes, retired soccer legend Pele said Friday. "We are really worried," he told a media conference in Sao Paulo, speaking for the Brazilian Football Confederation and [.

Football - a truly ugly game!

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Football - a truly ugly game!The angst in the English press and media this morning over the failed attempt to host the football world cup in 2018 is truly something to behold. .Football has become such a money besmirched horror story controlled by a discredited and corrupt FIFA. Panorama, The Sunday Times and Lord Triesmann have all been proved right, although the issue of their timing has