Soccer Politics

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Another emerging soccer scandal

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with the standard disclaimer about the presumption of innocence. Royal Spanish Football Federation and FIFA VP Angel Maria Villar is currently in custody, arrested by Spanish authorities on corruption charges. Spanish authorities also raided the Federation's offices. AP's Aritz Parra and Joseph Wilson have the details.

Pressure in MLS

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Two views on the MLS experience starts Wednesday's soccer news. The Mirror's Alex Smith has Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger's comments about quality of play in MLS. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens talks to Atlanta United coach Tata Martino about lower pressure in MLS.

The Premier League problem

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The soccer news starts with an open question about the 2016-17 Premier League season. Has it been any good? Chelsea's prolonged slog to the title continues later today against Middlesbrough (3pm ET - NBCSN) with the feeling that at least one team should've been able to press them if not overtake them.

Year one of Infantino’s FIFA

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Gianni Infantino has a year in as FIFA president with the organization still facing criticism for not doing enough to enact reforms.

FIFA sticks with Russia for the 2018 World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirms that world soccer's governing body has no plans to reconsider the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

CONCACAF tinkers with tournament formats

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CONCACAF may be using the U-20 Championship to test different ways to qualify teams and Bruce Arena speaks with the media in the soccer news.

Klinsmann, Gulati, and the news cycle

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There's plenty of media pressure on US Soccer president Sunil Gulati to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but what does that mean in the soccer news.

Advantage played in MLS

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Give a team home field and they're supposed to use it. That's now the playoff story MLS is telling, with the lower seeds going four for four in the Conference semifinals. Hit the parity button at MLS headquarters, letting the world know that this is a league of competitive balance. That's certainly a story worth telling, considering the score lines.

FIFA’s 48 team World Cup idea

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That idea about expanding the World Cup to 48 teams by 2026 is still very much in play, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino pushing hard.

The 2016-17 Europa League moves to the group stage

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The Europa League joins the Champions League as problems that UEFA seems to be making worse rather than better.

UEFA elects Ceferin as president

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for anyone who believes things don't change in soccer politics, UEFA elected an outsider as president in Wednesday's soccer news update.

The Red Bulls in trouble

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The New York Red Bulls gave up another lead as they continue to leave room for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Soccer News: Another round of controversy for FIFA

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FIFA is once again in the news for the wrong reasons, facing another round of controversy involving the former and current leadership.

Soccer News: Kekuta Manneh wins MLS Player of the Week

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Vancouver's Kekuta Manneh wins the MLS Player of the Week award and there are plenty of profiles of USMNT players in the soccer news update.

Soccer News: Ibrahimovic in MLS

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his exit from PSG official, with his next stop leading to rumors that he's considering MLS and the LA Galaxy.

Soccer News: Montagliani is the new CONCACAF president

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Victor Montagliani is CONCACAF's new president, winning the election by nine votes in Friday's soccer news update.

Soccer News: New manager for Everton

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Everton is reportedly looking for a new manager in Thursday's soccer news, with several candidates already lining up.

Soccer News: CONCACAF politics

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CONCACAF is electing a president later this week and the two candidates have plans for a region trying to move past scandals.

Soccer News: Changes at UEFA

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Michel Platini lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for sport and will officially resign as UEFA president in Monday's soccer news.

Soccer News: Everton in trouble

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Everton faces criticism following their 4-0 loss to Liverpool but a trip to Wembley could make all the difference in the soccer news.

Soccer News: The CONCACAF presidential candidates

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FIFA approves two presidential candidates for next month's elections and competition for the 2026 World Cup in the soccer news. Read More

US Soccer

Will there be a rival candidate for the US Soccer presidency?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Sunil Gulati won election as US Soccer Federation president for the first time in 2006 by unanimous vote, just a few months ahead of the USMNT's underwhelming World Cup campaign in Germany. Gulati ran unopposed, a clear indication of his popularity and ability to drive a large support base after years of serving as an executive in the organization.

What happens to USMNT vs Mexico?

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FIFA's World Cup expansion dilutes qualifying, likely bringing an end to the two biggest games on the CONCACAF calendar.

Playing the Champions League final somewhere else

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UEFA's president floats yet another contentious idea for the future of the Champions League in Friday's soccer news.

FIFA

FIFA being FIFA at their Congress

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The soccer news starts with FIFA president Gianni Infantino using some interesting phrasing when describing issues facing world soccer's governing body. As the Independent's Ian Herbert asks why Infantino thought it was the right move to introduce "fake news" and "alternative facts" into the FIFA conversation.

UEFA pushes for rank in the expanded World Cup

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UEFA is already positioning itself for spots in the expanded World Cup, looking ahead to 2026 in a way that is only good for Europe.

CONCACAF without the Caribbean?

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A report has the Caribbean teams considering a future apart from CONCACAF and USMNT coach Bruce Arena charms the media in the soccer news.

FIFA makes World Cup expansion official

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The FIFA Council voted on Tuesday to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting with the 2026 tournament.

FIFA keeps being FIFA

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FIFA decides that its anti-racism task force has somehow completed its job in an odd turn of events in Monday's soccer news update.

Yugoslavia’s ‘What If’ Moment Lives On

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In 1992, the Yugoslav national team finished first in their qualifying group for EURO92 and was one of the favorites to win the tournament. Many were left in shock when a tearful Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia's manager) resigned from his post during a press conference in Belgrade. As the country descended into war and chaos, the.

FIFA being FIFA

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FIFA is looking for a new audit and compliance chairperson after a controversial decision on oversight led to a very public response.

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

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On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.

Gianni Infantino speaks: Should Americans listen?

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Newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the media rounds in the United States, setting up a near future for an expanded World Cup.

Quand les Bons Gens Se Comportent Mal : L’Histoire d’Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach est «l'enfant chérie» et «la femme d'affiche» pour des athlètes féminins et le football américain de femme. Non seulement elle mène l'équipe les USA la victoire la Coupe du monde de femme, elle a aussi gagné la récompense pour le Joueur Mondial FIFA de l'Année en 2012 et a aidé le.

What If? An Exploration of Kobe Bryant’s Soccer Roots

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Despite a lackluster 17-65 farewell season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant caps off a stunning NBA careerwith authority on Wednesday April 14th. In front of a sold-out Staple Center crowd against the Utah Jazz, the Black Mamba ended the 1,346th and final game of his 20 year career with 60 points.

Patriotism

Una promoción, por cortesía de Donald Trump

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Cuando yo estudiaba en Buenos Aires el año pasado, le pedía a mi familia de acogida muchas preguntassobre la selección argentina. Y ellos me preguntabanmucho sobre Donald Trump. Como estudiante de la ciencia política, ellos me esperaban que pudiera contestar sus preguntas sobre esta situación ridícula que está pasando en la política de los Estados.

El efecto de la Musica en los Partidos Internacionales

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Como sabemos, el fútbol es un espectáculo internacional.Dos equipos de dos países completamente diferentes comparten una cosa en común: la pasión por el fútbol.Esta pasión trae los equipos juntos parala competencia, donde los países luchan por el orgullo.En muchos casos existe unahistoria entre las dos naciones.

The Rest

UEFA’s leadership vacuum

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UEFA picks a new president this week, but that's unlikely to help the organization when it comes to the big issues in European soccer.

Defiance

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By Anthony Chammah "Defiance" The National Socialist German Workers' Party, more famously known as the Nazi Party, was in power from 1933 through 1945. The Nazi Party was founded in 1919 upon values of Ultra-Nationalism and anti-Semitism. This political group first rallied together in protest of the Treaty of Versailles, signed on June.

Football? C’est quoi ça?

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C'est la Coupe du monde, C'est l'Euro, la Copa America, la CAN C'est le Premier League, la Bundesligua, la Serie A, la Ligue 1, la Ligua C'est la MLS, la PSL, la CSL. Le football c'est le jeu entre ses amis, pieds nus dans la poussière, parfois sans «propre ballon.» C'est la cause de... Read More »