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FIFA admits North Koreans helped build World Cup venue

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s world governing body FIFA said Friday it had evidence that North Korean workers had been employed on 2018 World Cup venue construction in Russia.

A FIFA inspection tour to Saint Petersburg in November uncovered information that workers from the Stalinist state were engaged on stadium construction, it said.

FIFA admits North Koreans helped build World Cup venue

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s world governing body FIFA said Friday it had evidence that North Korean workers had been employed on 2018 World Cup venue construction in Russia.

A FIFA inspection tour to Saint Petersburg in November uncovered information that workers from the Stalinist state were engaged on stadium construction, it said.

Shinkansen to Saitama

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All aboard! For Sarah Killion, Crystal Dunn, Chi Ubogagu and Kealia Ohai

The U.S. U-20 WNT left Sendai city this afternoon via the Shinkansen, the famed Japanese bullet train, and once again the local organizers made the trip as smooth as possible. Of course, the Shinkansen is about as smooth as it gets, gliding between cities at between 150-180 MPH, meaning the USA's train from Sendai took just over 90 minutes.

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FIFA U-17 WWC: North Korea Blows Up Gambia (on the Pitch! on the Pitch!), and North America Settles for Draws

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Now, Mexico, I'm sure, might have something to say about North America's settling when they face New Zealand tomorrow, and let's hope they do. However, both the U.S. and Canada decided to fight for a point in Azerbaijan today, and I guess that's better than the opposite if you're a supporter of either team.

FIFA U-20 WWC: Team USA Pulls It Off (Not Their Shirts)

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Team USA brings it to North Korea and everyone goes, "Really?"Surprising everyone on the planet, Team USA, with some confidence, but assloads of poorly served balls, came out on top of the North Koreans in their quarterfinal match. I did not expect this. I still think it was a boring game, but that's only because this team does little for me stylistically, and I really anticipated the North Koreans putting them to shame from the get go.

Sizzling in Saitama

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The U.S. U-20 WNT held its final practice today before the quarterfinal clash with North Korea on Aug. 31 (coverage starts at 6:20 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3) and it was the hottest day of numerous hot days the U.S. team has experienced in Japan.

With temps hitting 95 on the field and the heat index climbing to 11o, the players went through their paces during a short training that did not lack intensity, despite the heat.

Setback in Miyaga, but on to Saitama

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Mollie Pathman steps over a tackle from Karoline Heinze

The U.S. U-20 WNT learned a harsh lesson about how mistakes can be punished by good teams at a World Cup, losing 3-0 to Germany in its final Group D game, but fortunately it was not a fatal blow as the Americans still qualified for the quarterfinal round.

USWNT vs North Korea: Match Diary

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Article by Leanne Elston

Against Colombia, the USWNT put in a convincing performance, winning 3-0 with goals from Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Carli Lloyd. Rapinoe's goal in the 33rd minute was a beautiful curling shot from outside the box.

U.S. Edges N. Korea, Wins Group

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Captain Christie Rampone and her teammates led the U.S. to a decisive 1-0 win over North Korea on Tuesday. (Photo: Angie Isac/

The U.S. Women's National team defeated North Korea 1-0 on Tuesday at Old Trafford, clinching first place in Group G with the nine maximum points.

USA - v North Korea

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Here we go. . .

USA: Solo; LePeilbet, Rampone (c), Buehler, O'Hara; O'Reilly, Lloyd, Cheney, Rapinoe; Morgan, Wambach
North Korea: O Chang Ran; Kim Nam Hui, Kim Myong Gum, Choe Un Ju, Ri Ye Gyong; Jon Myong Hwa, Kim Chung Sim (C), Pong Son Hwa; Kim Song Hui, Choe Yong Sim

2 - Megan Rapino with a great run up the wing - leads to an angled shot that's out for a corner kick.

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football Day One

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Like the line-up on the Thursday evening before my first Glastonbury Festival officially started, the actual opening day of the Olympics proved an unexpected bonus, with a day of entertaining, virtually cynicism-free football, only blemished by a "flag issue" and a terrible tweet. When England hosted the 1966 World Cup, one of the BBC presenters – Frank Bough, possibly – marvelled on-air at how all the North Koreans looked the same.

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North Korea crush Colombia 2-0 Wednesday in an Olympic women's football agree that was detained for more than a hr after the North Koreans refused to emanate onto the field because of an emblem difference.

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The death of long time North Korean leader Kim Jung Il was greeted with shed loads of tears by North Koreans living within the secretive Communist state. Kim Jung Il's death has also triggered memories of Jong Sae-Te's heart-wrenching tears before North Korea's match with Brazil at World Cup 2010. It was eye-opening stuff and [.

The Great Wasabi Scandal

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There are a lot of inane stories the football machine spits out over the course of a week. Alberto Zaccheroni and issues with North Korean customs might just take the wasabi paste for this one.

North Koreans ‘pinched Zaccheroni's mustard'

Over-zealous North Korean customs officers may have contributed to Japan's first defeat under Italian Alberto Zaccheroni earlier this week after confiscating his favourite tube of wasabi.

World Cup Qualifying Rewind: Argentina slips up again, Japan advances & more

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When Argentina opened its campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a commanding 4-1 win over Chile, things looked to be back on track for the Albiceleste after a disastrous 2011 Copa America.

But only two games later, that optimism has completely faded away.

Japan, North Korea Qualify for 2012 Olympics

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They made not be going to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup after being banned due to the positive drug tests this summer in Germany, but North Korea will be at the Olympics in London next summer after finishing second behind Japan in the AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

North Korea just needed to avoid defeat against Thailand in its final match to join the already-qualified Japanese in London and ended up winning 5-0.

North Korea Banned from 2015 Women's World Cup

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FIFA has come down hard hard on North Korea for having players test positive during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, including excluding the team from participating in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. That means that should the USA qualify for 2015, it will not play the North Koreans for what would have been the FIFTH straight Women's World Cup.

US Defeat Colombia 3-0: Advance to Quarterfinals

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Americans Gain Momentum Against Colombia

Writer Jerrod Roh will provide coverage, analysis, and opinion for the 2011 Women's World Cup for IMSoccer News. He has attended the last 3 men's World Cups in South Korea, Germany, and South Africa as well as the 2003 Women's World Cup in the U.

Wednesday Morning Union Freekicks: Take That, You Stalinists

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The Philly Soccer Page " Reading keeps pace with Long Island for playoff spot

The past several weeks have seen Reading eliminated by fellow Union-affiliate club Harrisburg City Islanders from US Open Cup as well as lose their first Mid-Atlantic conference game to the Long Island Rough Riders.

Player ratings and analysis: USA 2-0 North Korea

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On paper, you would struggle to find two more different teams than USA an North Korea.The United States roster features thirteen players with World Cup experience. The North Koreans, by contrast, combine for an average age under 21 and only one player who has made a previous trip to the big stage.

U.S. Gets Big Win In World Cup Opener

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There were wins for the favourites on the third day of the FIFA Women's World Cup as world No1 USA beat North Korea, while Sweden got past Colombia. However, once again the theme of the day was the closeness of competition. Five of the six games have been decided by only one goal, the USA the only team to win by two goals.

Some News for Tue Jun 28, 2011

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Oguchi Onyewu has officially signed with Sporting of Lisbon Portugal. Its a 3 year deal.
-They have two veteran starting centerback on the roster already, so he will have to beat them out for a starting spot.


There is a storm brewing among supporters of the USA men's national team about the way they were treated last Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

US Defeat’s North Korea in FIFA Women’s World Cup 2-0

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Yanks Take Down Young North Koreans 2-0.

Writer Jerrod Roh will provide coverage, analysis, and opinion for the 2011 Women's World Cup for IMSoccer News. He has attended the last 3 men's World Cups in South Korea, Germany, and South Africa as well as the 2003 Women's World Cup in the U.

Breakers Rally for USA

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Pia Sundhage seems inclined to utilize players from the Boston Breakers. And today, as the U.S picked up a 2-0 victory over Korea DPR to start their World Cup campaign in Dresden, Sundhage's decision to start Boston Breakers players Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler paid off.

The Boston Breaker's Lauen Cheney scored the game-winning goal for the U.

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United States Women vs New Zealand Olympics - Gamethread

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The USWNT enters the single elimination round of the 2012 London Olympics at 6:30AM on NBC Sports Network against the New Zealand Ferns. The United States remained undefeated through group play, to earn their way into the quarterfinals. The Ferns are coming in as the third place finishers of group E.

USA Downs North Korea 1-0 Finishing Olympic Group Play Perfect

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In a game that was not beautiful, the US still managed to dominate the play and win. Abby Wambach scored the loan goal of the game. The North Koreans finished the game a woman down after second half sub, Choe Mi Gyong was given her second yellow in a five minute span for a harsh tackle on Lauren Cheney.

Familar Foes: France, Colombia, Korea DPR

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The results of the Olympic Final Draw are in...

The WNT will face France, Colombia and Korea DPR in Group G at the 2012 London Olympics taking place from July 25-Aug. 9 at six venues throughout Great Britain.

There won't be a lot of mystery for the USA in group play at the Olympics (although truth be told, the North Koreans are always a bit mysterious) as three first round opponents for the Americans are all teams they met during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Rest

FIFA U-20 WWC: Canadians Move the Ball Like Studs

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Studs like hugs.Everything I said earlier about how fearful the world should be of Japan and how they're securing their positions as a true force in women's soccer--if not one of the forces, a true effing powerhouse, in women's soccer--let me now apply this to the Canadians. It's exciting, I have to admit, as a fan of this game.

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The emblem flap that eclipsed the start of chars's soccer at the London Olympics might be consigned to a listing of human faults by organizers, but it could barely have been more abusive to North Koreans. More to ejaculate on from Olympics 2012

Korean Flag Blunder Blights First Day Of Olympic Football

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By Alan Duffy

I'm not a massive fan of the Olympic sitcom 2012, however, it's spoof take on the London games is looking increasingly realistic by the day. The North Korean women's football team were the latest victims of some dreadful incompetence, when the big screens around the ground (for their clash with Colombia at Hampden Park) showed the North Korean players next to a South Korean flag.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v Montreal... or When will the bleeding stop?

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My apologies for the delay. I'm sick. Sore throat, congestion, the whole shooting match.
Sure, Toronto hasn't won a game in the MLS so far, but when you think of it, they haven't done too bad in all other competitions in 2012. 1-2-1 in Champs League and unbeaten in V-Cup.

OK, optimism over.

Sweden and North Korea (Again) + Debutante Colombia

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In a colorful, entertaining and highly efficient show, the 16 teams of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup were drawn into four groups of four teams each and wouldn't you know that the USA drew the North Koreans for the FOURTH consecutive World Cup and Sweden for the THIRD consecutive World Cup.

Monday Kicks: Women's World Cup draw & more

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And the groups are: Next summer's Women's World Cup schedule is set after today's draw in Frankfurt, Germany (AP Photo).

*More details on today's draw for the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany are here.

Here's the tournament schedule.

And here's reaction to the draw in this story from Associated Press writer Nancy Armour:

The United States wound up with what could be the toughest group at next summer's Women's World Cup, drawing North Korea, Colombia and Sweden on Monday.