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Heartbroken Italians demand answers after World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Heartbroken Italians demand answers after World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

FIFA eyes India ‘revolution’ from U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – A top FIFA official believes hosting the Under-17 World Cup has the potential to spark a football revolution in India - and lead to lasting change in the global game.

The run-up to October’s tournament will see a programme called Mission XI Million aim to involve millions of children across the world’s second-most populous nation in trying out the “beautiful game”.

FIFA eyes India ‘revolution’ from U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – A top FIFA official believes hosting the Under-17 World Cup has the potential to spark a football revolution in India - and lead to lasting change in the global game.

The run-up to October’s tournament will see a programme called Mission XI Million aim to involve millions of children across the world’s second-most populous nation in trying out the “beautiful game”.

Announcing XI Quarterly, a North American Soccer Magazine

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It's been a while since I last posted. A long while. I originally started this website shortly after the 2006 World Cup when blogs were relatively new things and soccer coverage, particularly from North America, was just beginning to explode. I kept Culture of Soccer going for close to 2 years continually and loved every minute of it.

Occupy FIFA: It needs to be done

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How is it that the global game, the people's game followed by billions is ruled by a fraction of a fraction of an elite that plays by its own rules? The plutocracy have no need to be beholden. They enjoy no term limits, need no financial disclosures, and bilk billions of tax free dollars without qualm.

Kickette Interview: Brandi Chastain On Winning The World Cup, Posing Nude & That Goal Celebration

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Offer us a male footballer to interview and we're firing off facetious questions like shots at a free bar. Confront us with a world cup winning, gold medal wearing female football icon though, and the Kickette office is suddenly filled with muttering and the soft pops of hip flask lids being opened.

Klinsmann looks to mirror 2006 World Cup success with US

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A new era of US Soccer will start tomorrow, when Jurgen Klinsmann is formally introduced to the media as the new national team coach.

Rob Hughes of the NY Times writes of the potential influence that Klinsmann will have on his adopted nation.

When Jürgen Klinsmann took over as the German national team trainer before the 2006 World Cup, he opened the eyes of his birth nation.

All things Jürgen Klinsmann, with lots of juicy links

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No matter how you feel about Bob Bradley, about Jürgen Klinsmann, about Sunil Gulati – and opinions certainly are robust on everyone involved in the previous, fast-moving 48 hours of U.S. Soccer news – there most certainly will be fascinating times ahead. Oh, and lots of umlauts ... but that's a different story.

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FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

FIFA

FIFA is all about ‘cash for votes’; Here’s how it could be ended; By Simon Evans

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In two weeks time, Sepp Blatter will almost certainly win a fifth term as president of FIFA and we can expect another round of the ritual despairing comment from the British press and the other pockets of resistance to the way the global game is run. But nothing will change.

The three candidates who have stood against Blatter in this election may pick up a little more support than skeptics would expect.

FIFA is all about ‘cash for votes’; Here’s how it could be ended; By Simon Evans

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In two weeks time, Sepp Blatter will almost certainly win a fifth term as president of FIFA and we can expect another round of the ritual despairing comment from the British press and the other pockets of resistance to the way the global game is run. But nothing will change.

The three candidates who have stood against Blatter in this election may pick up a little more support than skeptics would expect.

Hype and the birth of the monster that is modern football

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By Darshan Joshi

Hype is like a phoenix. It is afforded life, it blossoms, it blooms. It peaks. It dies down; it turns to dust; yet it remains deathless. It is as immortal as it is intangible. Its hyperphysical presence experiences a ceaseless resurrection; it evades an escape from memory.

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AFR Voice - Episode 3 The last two weeks have once again...

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AFR Voice - Episode 3

The last two weeks have once again conjured up yet another feast of football and you know what that means - AFR Voice is back to take all the good bits from the global game, lay them all out in what is a truly delicious spread, and then get tucked right in.

With the force of more than 50,000 fans, allow us to introduce...

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With the force of more than 50,000 fans, allow us to introduce AFR Voice.

Your eyes, they've been doing too much work lately. Whether you want to give your ears some exercise or stand up and make your voice heard, we're here to finally bring back an essential element to AFR. After stints with podcasts in the past, we're back with something new, something that we think will prove to be a consistently fantastic addition to the AFR Team.

Famous Sportsmen and women, and the football teams they support

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Famous Sportsmen and women, and the football teams they support - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football truly is a global game, and the biggest teams have millions of fans throughout the globe. However the draw of the Premier League does not end with Joe Public, as numerous famous sportspeople from other disciplines follow the beautiful game.

A City Juxtaposed: The Foreign Landscape of Football

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By Kyle Morse, writing from Washington DC

The terraces are packed, and the chants are reaching a crescendo as the sides reach the pitch. The passion and fervor is eminent in the air, so thick you could cut through it. The banners unfurled and flares sparked.

England

United’s ‘Brand’ New Crest

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During a time when the media ponder England Glory, we here at RedRants focus on a real United Icon.....The Manchester United Crest The Manchester United Crest has become one of the most instantly recognisable ‘Sports Brand' Icons of the modern global game. It's become synonymous with success on and off the field.

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson set to become new England manager

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Roy Hodgson is on the verge of becoming England's new manager. His current employers, West Brom, have given the FA permission to make an official approach, with private talks between Hodgson and the FA having already taken place behind the scenes. In other words, he definitely wants it, the FA definitely want him and West [.

English Premier League

An interview with Steve McMahon

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So, after we had all played alongside Steve McMahon and won the game thanks to our glorious teamwork Steve's solo goal, we moved on to do the one thing we could match him at yap about football. So over a few refreshing beverages (if you are thinking Lime Mint Cooler, no. Fruit Shop is apparently not where you go after playing with an ex-England international), we threw out a bunch of topics for Steve to display his punditry on.

OTP Podcast – Episode 32: Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Ep.32 Fight! Fight! Fight! by Off The Post on Mixcloud The Premier League offered up its very own Wrestlemania at the weekend with three delightfully theatrical bouts. The Pod review and commend the undercard (Odemwingie v Foster, Balotelli vs sanity) and the big bucks main event, Roger ‘Beer Breath' Johnson v Wayne ‘Blonde Bombshell' Hennessey.

OTP Podcast – Episode 31: Anfield Crap

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Ep.31 Anfield Crap by Off The Post on Mixcloud It was all about the weather at the weekend as the summer sun came early to light up a bevy of eventful Premier League match-ups. We take a peek at the North London clubs, where Arsenal bask in a seven-game winning streak and Spurs continued to [...]


The Global Game: Watching The Premier League In Pakistan

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The Global Game: Watching The Premier League In Pakistan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this week I came across the 'Global Game' initiative launched by Nick Harris (Mail on Sunday, Sporting Intelligence). It's a great idea, hopefully it catches on and more and more people from different parts of the world who follow football (and especially the English Premier League) can contribute to it.

The Global Game: The A-Z Of How The World Watches English Premier League

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The Global Game: The A-Z Of How The World Watches English Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The English Premier League is easily the most watched football league in the world. Although overshadowed by some of their Spanish counterparts on the pitch they still have a much bigger share of international viewership.

American soccer

XI: A New North American Soccer Magazine

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1,774 posts have been published to this blog, Pitch Invasion, since its founding in 2007. In late 2011, I decided to collect the very best of those posts in book form, in the unimaginatively titled The Very Best of Pitch Invasion. 39 essays were selected for it, and 39 very good ones they were, by two dozen writers exploring soccer culture around the world in long-form.

Making The Case - We Call It Soccer

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Preview: For those reading this (and that'd be you right now), this post is about more than semantics in calling our sport "soccer" instead of "football". It is about defining our own history with the sport and our own identity within the global game.


In the last few weeks we've been reading David Wangerin's (author of "Soccer in a Football World") "Distant Corners" which chronicles the emergence of soccer in the United States.

Brews and Views Series: "Why American Soccer?"

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We continue our new series on the Free Beer Movement. It's called "Brews and Views" and we pose a question or topic to various prominent soccer persons and, well, they give us their view on it.

We've got loads of get people that have already responded to our call for essay submissions and each week we'll feature a unique perspective on the current topic/question at hand.

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FSOU – Outsource Factchecking and Journalistic Integrity

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Outsourcing. You can't escape it, especially in journalism. Soccer is the global game, and you must make use of global resources to cover it in style. When done intelligently, outsourcing will cover you from defamation liability, protect your journalistic credibility, and also reduce the costs of investigating facts.

FSOU – Outsource Factchecking and Journalistic Integrity

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Outsourcing. You can't escape it, especially in journalism. Soccer is the global game, and you must make use of global resources to cover it in style. When done intelligently, outsourcing will cover you from defamation liability, protect your journalistic credibility, and also reduce the costs of investigating facts.

FSOU – Outsource Factchecking and Journalistic Integrity

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Outsourcing. You can't escape it, especially in journalism. Soccer is the global game, and you must make use of global resources to cover it in style. When done intelligently, outsourcing will cover you from defamation liability, protect your journalistic credibility, and also reduce the costs of investigating facts.

Real Salt Lake

Musket Rounds: Revs over Red Bulls, Adrian Healey, Designated Players and More

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What a weekend! The New England Revolution improved their preseason record to 5-0-0 with their second conquest of MLS opposition, this time taking down the New York Red Bulls by a 2-0 scoreline. Kelyn Rowe had both the goals, continuing his blistering form and propelling the Revs to the top of the Desert Diamond Cup standings.

Are the Sounders Cheap?

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It's a common refrain from Seattle Sounders fans that the ownership of this team is profit-taking, or not adequately investing in player payroll. Whether these conversations occur here, on various message boards, over twitter or even through the most submitted question to not be answered at the End of Year Meeting it may be the most common negative thought surrounding the team.

The Rest

Video: Best of Soccer AM Showboat 2012

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There's been a feast ofsumptuousskills gracing the global game this year and happily Soccer Am have packaged a fantastic little video of some of the tastiest choice cuts. Like any good box of Christmas chocolates there's some of your classic treats to sample once more, including Phillipe Mexès melting a stunning bicycle kick and [.

How to beat Mexico

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- We can all recite the Mexican capital's challenges by rote: severe altitude, smog, highly skilled opponents, sprawling stands packed with home fans. Their combined effect poses as tough a challenge for visiting teams as any in the global game, and they're always turned up to maximum settings when the Yanquis arrive.

Away Days: Chelsea in SEA and NYC

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With a number of European clubs on American soil throughout the summer, FOX Soccer hit the road over the past month to catch-up with some of the biggest names in the global game. My travels took me up to Seattle to coordinate interviews with reigning European champion Chelsea FC before heading east to New York for the Blues' match with PSG on July 22.

The Very Best of Pitch Invasion Book – Available Now!

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The aim of the award-winning international soccer blog Pitch Invasion has been to publish thoughtful, long-form writing that digs well below the headlines, and explores the culture of sport, the engagement of fans with the spectacle of world soccer and the game's forgotten history.

What can we say? It's pretty simple.

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Okay, Cup Final. You're the manager. This is the biggest game of your career. You've been exchanging emails with Capello and reading Zonal Marking endlessly, searching for the answers that will bring home the silverware. You've made a list of things to tell you players. Then you made another list.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Within the past two free time days of ours, we had an epiphany. Vodka isn't an evil, horribly-tasting means to our stressful week ends. No, it's actually water packaged up in pretty (and chilled) glass bottles specifically made for fun people like ourselves.

We're so fun, in fact, that our gossip cheat sheet is insanely late and error-ridden due to our post-alcohol shakes.

Three heavyweight European movers and shakers

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As I sit here watching Sky Sports News tediously round up a number of what will probably end up being completely insignificant transfers, I can't help but think of the deals being rushed through on the continent which could have a far greater impact on the global game.

Looking beyond the narrow gaze of our national mainstream media, I have highlighted three continental transfers were noting and as intriguing as anything likely to happen involving any Premier League club tonight.