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Chile tops Argentina in PKs again to win second straight Copa America crown

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. For the second straight year, Chile and Argentina could not be separated through 120 minutes and, for the second straight year, Lionel Messi and co. saw their trophy hopes dashed in a penalty shootout.

Chile defeated Argentina, 4-2, in penalty kicks after a scoreless 120 minutesin Sunday's Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

Major Link Soccer: USMNT miss the Copa Final

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The Argentina Juggernaut proved too dominant for a shorthanded United State's squad.

Copa America:

In a long-awaited matchup, Argentina romped over a wholly unprepared and unfortunately injured United States team, with Leo Messi leaving USMNT players in his wake, including Steve Birnbaum. You can rate how each US player held up against the Argentine Juggernaut at Stars and Stripes FC.

USA vs. Argentina, Leo Messi, and Steve Birnbaum: Freedom Kicks for 22 June 2016

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Soccer, go!

Now begins the process of coming down from the Copa America, a process which includes the third place game. We're here for you and we'll get through it together. To the links:

USA vs. Argentina, Copa America 2016: Final score 0-4, USMNT outclassed in semifinals - Stars and Stripes FC: Well, this is about what we all expected.

Christian Pulisic replaces Chris Wondolowski to start second half

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With the United States already trailing 2-0 and looking completely ineffective on the offensive end, manager Jurgen Klinsmann has made his first bold decision: Inserting 17-year-old Christian Pulisic to start the second half against Argentina.

Pulisic replaces Chris Wondolowski, who committed more fouls (three) than he had completed passes (two) in the first half.

USA off to nightmare start, Argentina scores in 3rd minute

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It's hard to envision a scenario any worse than the one that greeted the United States to start their Copa America semifinal against Argentina. Less than three minutes into the match, Argentina grabbed a 1-0 lead when Leo Messi fed Ezequiel Lavezzi with a beautiful lob pass. Lavezzi was inexplicably unmarked and Brad Guzan got stuck in no-man's land.

Messi’s Magic Spurs Argentina to Semis

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Via Prost Amerika

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Lionel Messi led Argentina to a 4-1 win over Venezuela in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal Saturday. The Argentine scored one goal and assisted two, which tied him with Gabriel Batistuta at 54 goals as Argentina's all-time top scorer.

PHOTOS: Messi Touches Down in Beantown

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NESoccerToday photographer Kari Heistad (capturedimages.biz) brings you the scenes from Argentina's training session at Harvard on Thursday.

La Albiceleste will play Venezuela in the Copa America quarterfinals on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

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Argentina y el show de Messi rumbo a Seattle pero posiblemente sin Di María

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Argentina se encamina a Seattle para su último partido de grupo del cual se clasificó a cuartos de final tras aplastar a Panamá 5 0 con un hat trick de Leo MESSI, quién hizo su debut en Copa América Centenario al minuto 61 al reemplazar a Augusto FERNÁNDEZ. Siete minutos después, con el marcador 1 -0 a favor y con un hombre de mas, .

Argentina v Belgium World Cup Betting

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Mercurial Messi 20/1 To Better Maradona's Belgium Brace

A Maradona brace helped Argentina overcome Belgium the last time the two sides met back in 1986 and bet365 are 20/1 about their modern day equivalent, Lionel Messi, going one better with a hat-trick in the quarter final clash.

Messi with four goals to his name already at the 2014 World Cup is also 10/3 to outscore Belgium on his own on Saturday.

Porto Alegre

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I had felt something on the sole of my right foot over the last few days, at first it felt like a heat spot, itchy. Now on the bus I decided to have a closer look ... it looks like I have a couple of blisters forming. (You may have noticed I don't do photos of myself so I'll spare you from the evidence at this stage!

CONMEBOL Rewind: Uruguay ousts Argentina, Chile edges Ecuador and more

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To no one's surprise, Luis Suarez was back at the center of some controversy on Tuesday.

Suarez helped Uruguay defeat Argentina, 3-2, in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo on Tuesday night, but he did so by diving to draw a penalty kick that he converted in the first half.

FC Barcelona

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The games might already be underway, but Saturday still has an action-packed schedule to offer.

One of the day's most interesting matches will take place in Spain, as Barcelona visits Valencia. New Valencia head coach Gary Neville will not be officially on the sidelines for the match, but will be watching from the stands as his struggling club tries to slow down Leo Messi, Neymar, and the rest of Barcelona's star-studded lineup.

Real Madrid v Barcelona: Goals, Highlights & Twitter Reaction

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Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona

Barcelona took eternal rivals Real Madrid apart at the Bernabeu as a brace from Luis Suarez and one goal apiece from Neymar and Andres Iniesta sealed what was a commanding performance.

Champions League Final 2015: Barcelona v Juventus Preview

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The 2014/15 domestic season is drawing to a close across Europe, withfootball fans everywhere facing three barren months of summer before the action comes around again. There is, however, one small matter to attend to before the long drought.

UCL Rewind: Atletico eliminate Barcelona, Bayern rally to knock off Man Utd

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It took five games, but at long last there has been a victor between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

After playing to a 1-1 draw on four separate occasions earlier this season, Atletico Madrid eliminated Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League and advanced to the semifinals of the competition for the first time on Thursday with a 1-0 win that gave them a 2-1 advantage on aggregate.

WATCH Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona, el Clasico Goal Highlights In HD [VIDEO]

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Today's el Clasico had everything —7 goals, 3 penalties, 1 red card, 1 hat-trick and 1 Leo Messi, with Barcelona shocking many by securing a 4-3 win at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Spain's capital.

Ronaldo, in his post-match interview, inferred there was a conspiracy:

"There were many [refereeing] mistakes.

Freaky FIFA 14 TV Ad Turns Video Gamer Into Leo Messi [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has released a brand-new TV commercial today for its Next-Gen version of FIFA 14, which is now available for PS4 and Xbox One.

In the video (see below), it turns the video gamer into a Leo Messi avatar. You can meet Avatar Leo at lifesizemessi.com

If you haven't done so already, be sure to read our review of FIFA 14 Next-Gen.

Leo Messi Ruled Out for 6-8 Weeks With Injury, Says Barcelona

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Leo Messi has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with the injury he picked up yesterday against Real Betis, according to the official Barcelona website.

"The Club's medical services confirmed after tests this Monday morning that Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Osasuna vs Barcelona, Leo Messi Makes His Return From Injury; Live on beIN SPORT: Open Thread

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Leo Messi is expected to make his return for Barcelona today after recovering from injury, where he and his teammates are set to play against Osasuna.

Today's La Liga match kicks off at 2pm ET on beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT Espanol. If you don't have beIN SPORT, you can subscribe to DishWorld for just $10/month.

Barcelona’s Leo Messi Out for 2-3 Weeks With Hamstring Injury

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Barcelona's Leo Messi will be out of action for two to three weeks after injuring his hamstring yesterday against Almeria.

The hamstring injury will force Messi to miss Barcelona's next two games — against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, and in La Liga next weekend against Valladolid.

Barcelona’s Carles Puyol heads a flower pot in brilliant new Qatar Airways commercial

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This week, Barcelona announced a €100m extension to their lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which will see the Arabic flag carrier advertised outside the Nou Camp, on the seats and within the club museum.

To coincide with the announcement, the airline released a new commercial that features a plane landing in "The Land of FC Barcelona.

Neymar Makes His Barcelona Debut

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Neymar made his long awaited debut for Barcelona tonight in a friendly against Lechia Gdansk.

The Brazilian superstar came on in the 78th minute, replacing Alexis Sanchez. In his 15 minutes, Neymar completed five passes, lost possession twice and drew four free kicks, one of which saw Oualembo get booked.

Brazilian 12-year-old compared to Leo Messi turns down Barcelona offer

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Being offered the chance to enter Barcelona's mythical youth academy, La Masia, is like being handed a golden ticket by Willy Wonka himself to a young footballer. The press — even in the U.S. — lavish praise on the system that has had so many success stories and the relatively few kids who are deemed worthy of La Masia usually jump at opportunity (if their parents don't throw them first) to join.

Video: Neymar unveiled at Barcelona

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New Barcelona signing Neymar has been officially unveiled at Camp Nou. The Brazil star followed his appearance in the game against England on Sunday evening by hopping straight on a plane to Spain. He went through the tried and tested Barca marquee signing course of airport mobbing, undergoing a medical, posing with the short and, [.

Real Madrid

Torres the most overrated player in Spanish football?

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Want to sell a football 'autobiography'? Then provocation and controversy are your best friends. That's certainly the attitude of the people behind Jerzy Dudek's offering; according to Dudek, during his time as Real Madrid's no.

Pelé vs Ronaldo at 30,000 Feet

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We all love to argue who is the best player ever to have played the game, with the likes of Diego Maradona, Leo Messi, and Eusebio hot on everyone's lips. But luxury airline Emirates have taken things a step further, asking: Who is ruler of the skies?

Having started an official partnership with the FIFA World Cup back in 2006, Emirates have recently added Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to their list of global ambassadors, of which Brazilian legend Pelé, one of the All Time Greats, has been since January 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2013 Ballon d’Or Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the recipient of the 2013 Ballon d'Or Award, beating fellow world superstars Leo Messi and Franck Ribery to win the prestigious award.

For the past three years, Messi has won the Ballon d'Or while Ronaldo has been runner-up. But in a 2013 year where Messi's season was disrupted by injury, Ronaldo was able to continue playing at the top of his game and climbing to new heights to finish off the year in style, which culminated in Ronaldo helping Portugal reach the 2014 World Cup.

The Rest

Atlanta United expectations at a fever pitch for second season in MLS

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As a huge fan of European soccer, I usually stray away from watching the MLS because the difference in quality is so noticeably vast. However, this year I’ll be making an exception by trying to tune in to watch as many Atlanta United games as I possibly can.

Last year, Atlanta United became the third-ever MLS expansion team to qualify for the playoffs in their inaugural season.

Nos Audietis, Episode 250: Talking about sample-sizes

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We're discussing the Sounders' destruction of the Galaxy and how much we should take away from it.

We here at Nos Audietis take a fair amount of pride in a measured, reasonable approach. We know that one game does not a season make and that one performance does not define a player or team. We're well aware of the importance of sample-size, which is a recurring talking point in this week's show.

DeAndre Yedlin outraced Leo Messi, the closest thing to a USA highlight

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There were precious few things for the United States to feel good about following their 4-0 loss to Argentina in the Copa America semifinals. They never threatened the goal and had just one shot, that was probably more of a pass and were outplayed from whistle to whistle.

But there was at least one moment that could fill USMNT fans with a little pride: DeAndre Yedlin outracing Leo Messi for a loose ball.

Watch Leo Messi convert a gorgeous free kick

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The one thing the United States knew above all other things was that they needed to stop Leo Messi. So far, that's been a complete disaster. Argentina now leads 2-0 after Messi scored on a beautiful free kick from about 25 yards out.

That happens, but it was preventable. The sequence started with an awful giveaway by Chris Wondolowski, who then compounded the mistake by chasing down everyone he could before finally fouling Messi in a dangerous spot.

Major Link Soccer: France kicks off Euros by Payet forward

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The Tournament got off to a solid start last night, with Dimitri Payet's heroics saving three points for the host nation.

Euro 2016:

The tournament kicked off yesterday with host nation France squaring off against Romania, pulling out the three points thanks to a late winner from Dimitri Payet.

‘Arsenal midfielder is one of the worst players I have ever seen’

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Here's what some of the regions top politicians said about Copa America Centenario

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The Copa America Centenario is a big deal. No, it's not as big as the World Cup and it won't draw the worldwide TV ratings of Euro 2016, but it's probably the biggest tournament to be played in North America since the 1994 World Cup. The tournament will feature not just the 10 CONMEBOL nations -- who include players like Leo Messi, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez -- but also the United States, Mexico and four other CONCACAF nations.

Jögi Löw hat Götze stark geredet

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Ich habe ihm vor seiner Einwechslung gesagt, dass er das wichtige Tor machen kann. Dass er besser als Leo Messi sein kann in diesem Finale.

Jögi Löw, Weltmeistertrainer, erzählt, wie er seinen Joker Mario Götze im Finale heiß gemacht hat.

Der Beitrag Jögi Löw hat Götze stark geredet erschien zuerst auf Fussballer reden viel.

Non-league side boasting Messi and Beckham couldn’t start season until they abandoned name-change stunt

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This summer, cash-strapped Farnborough FC were unsure if they would be able start their Conference South campaign. The sixth-tier Hampshire side were fresh out of administration and needed to post a £100,000 bond before the league would let them play.

At the eleventh hour, Paddy Power kindly stepped in and offered to pay the debt, but like a stereotypical mafia boss, the attention-seeking bookmaker wanted a favor in return: they assumed naming rights of the stadium and made all the players change their names to those of football legends.

Leo Messi accused of ‘attempt to defraud American citizens’ in LA charity match confusion

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While Lionel Messi played the second match of his international Messi and Friends Tour in Lima, Peru on Tuesday, a scathing press release was sent out announcing the cancelation of the next stop in Los Angeles scheduled for the following night. Yet hours earlier, the Twitter account for the July 3 match set to be held at the LA Memorial Coliseum and benefit the Lionel Messi Foundation repeatedly denied that it would be canceled.

Leo Messi uses Facebook to deny Spanish tax fraud allegations

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Spanish tax authorities have accused Lionel Messi and his father of tax fraud over a four-year period totaling €4 million. The fraud allegedly began when Messi, who is now one of the highest paid athletes in the world, was still underage and had his father in charge of his finances. But Messi took to his Facebook page, with its 46 million "likes," to deny any wrongdoing from either him or his father.

Norway U21 players try (and fail) to get business class upgrades by singing to cabin crew

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Business class on a Turkish Airlines flight is more fun than a day with David Luiz at the puppy, candy and firework factory: sometimes you might see Wayne Rooney kick footballs at Bobby Charlton's head while Paul Scholes disapprovingly reads a broadsheet newspaper, other times you might see Kobe Bryant needlessly compete with Leo Messi for the attention of a small child.

A View From the Fort: Will Home Cooking Allow for Gelling?

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Will Home Cooking Allow For Gelling?


A few days before New England's football team put paid to a hapless Toronto FC in conditions that might have made Andy Dorman pine for a January nighttime fixture at Inverness County during a North Sea howler, the smart money at a Dunkin Donuts chat session held that wunderkind Diego Fagundez might one day fetch a cool five million to eclipse Clint Dempsey for the highest transfer fee fetched by a Rev player.