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No regrets over hosting World Cup, says Qatar 2022 chief

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s most senior World Cup official said Monday there were no regrets in bidding for the 2022 tournament, despite the “abuse” it claims it has received since being chosen as host.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the eve of the five-year anniversary before the tournament starts, Hassan Al Thawadi said Qatar was right to bid for football’s premier tournament.

No regrets over hosting World Cup, says Qatar 2022 chief

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s most senior World Cup official said Monday there were no regrets in bidding for the 2022 tournament, despite the “abuse” it claims it has received since being chosen as host.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the eve of the five-year anniversary before the tournament starts, Hassan Al Thawadi said Qatar was right to bid for football’s premier tournament.

Italy lose to Sweden in World Cup play-off first leg

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) – Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike that found the corner with the aid of a big deflection.

Italy lose to Sweden in World Cup play-off first leg

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) – Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike that found the corner with the aid of a big deflection.

Qatar to use foreign police officers at 2022 World Cup

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Doha (AFP) – Police officers from different countries will be on Qatar’s streets during the 2022 World Cup in an effort to prevent hooliganism, a senior security officer for the tournament has said.

Major Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, deputy executive director for security with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body overseeing the tournament, also predicted that Qatar would deliver “the safest World Cup in the world”.

Dutch win a fine topping on women’s football boom

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – The six-goal final of the women’s football Euro in the Netherlands put a fine topping on a tournament proving the sport is growing across the continent, with record attendance and TV rating figures.

A growth in the number of teams to 16 from a previous 12 raised overall attendance to more than 240,000 people at the 31 games, up from 217,000 four years ago - with all Dutch games sold out, UEFA said.

Dutch win a fine topping on women’s football boom

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – The six-goal final of the women’s football Euro in the Netherlands put a fine topping on a tournament proving the sport is growing across the continent, with record attendance and TV rating figures.

A growth in the number of teams to 16 from a previous 12 raised overall attendance to more than 240,000 people at the 31 games, up from 217,000 four years ago - with all Dutch games sold out, UEFA said.

Africa Cup of Nations expands to 24 teams for 2019

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Rabat (AFP) – The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday.

The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season.

Air-conditioned Qatar World Cup stadium ready

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Doha (AFP) – With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.

The Khalifa International Stadium - complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup - will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

Air-conditioned Qatar World Cup stadium ready

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Doha (AFP) – With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks-off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue on Friday.

The Khalifa International Stadium - complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup - will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

Mexico, Jamaica drawn together in Gold Cup

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San Francisco (AFP) – Jamaica will get the chance to avenge their 2015 Gold Cup final defeat to Mexico after being drawn Tuesday in the same group as the holders for this year’s edition.

The Jamaicans were surprise finalists at the last tournament, upsetting the United States 2-1 in the semi-finals before eventually losing 3-1 to Mexico in the final.

Mexico, Jamaica drawn together in Gold Cup

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San Francisco (AFP) – Jamaica will get the chance to avenge their 2015 Gold Cup final defeat to Mexico after being drawn Tuesday in the same group as the holders for this year’s edition.

The Jamaicans were surprise finalists at the last tournament, upsetting the United States 2-1 in the semi-finals before eventually losing 3-1 to Mexico in the final.

DR Congo’s dancing footballers leave mark at Africa Cup of Nations

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Kinshasa (AFP) They may be out of the tournament, but the Democratic Republic of Congo's footballers will be forever remembered by Africa Cup of Nations fans for their dance moves on the pitch.

DR Congo players danced the "Fimbu" seven times at the CAN 2017 tournament in Gabon once for each goal scored as their supporters in the stands cheered with delight.

DR Congo’s dancing footballers leave mark at Africa Cup of Nations

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Kinshasa (AFP) They may be out of the tournament, but the Democratic Republic of Congo's footballers will be forever remembered by Africa Cup of Nations fans for their dance moves on the pitch.

DR Congo players danced the "Fimbu" seven times at the CAN 2017 tournament in Gabon once for each goal scored as their supporters in the stands cheered with delight.

Ghana target Africa Cup of Nations last-eight berth

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday.

Ghana target Africa Cup of Nations last-eight berth

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday.

Qatar World Cup stadium worker dies

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Doha (AFP) Qatar's World Cup organisers have announced that a worker employed in the construction of one of the stadiums for the 2022 tournament has died in a "work-related" incident.

It is the first time World Cup organisers in Qatar have announced a work-related death in regard to the tournament.

CONCACAF

Report: CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League, starting September 2018

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CONCACAF appears to be adding a new tournament for North American, Central American, and Caribbean countries.

Reuters reports that the competition will be called the Nations League and will feature all 41 member countries of the confederation.

The tournament, slated to begin in September 2018, will see those nations split into three divisions, based on their "sporting level" with promotion and relegation to occur.

Waiting on the Gold Cup

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Regardless of how CONCACAF fills in the rest of the Gold Cup schedule, we already know one thing. The Confederation doesn't seem to have a lot of interest in altering the tournament. Even after the success of the Copa Centenario and rumors about joint qualifying, a World Cup bid for the region, and changes to international soccer CONCACAF chooses to press on.

World Cup

A guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

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The FIFA World Cup in Russia is the highlight of the 2018 sporting calendar.

Scheduled to take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018, this will be the first time the World Cup has been held in Eastern Europe.

The hosts will be joined by 31 other nations playing 64 fixtures in 12 venues across 11 cities.

Photos of Germany World Cup jersey leaked online ahead of 2018 tournament

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Photographs of Germany’s new official kit that they’ll be wearing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup next summer have been leaked online months before the tournament.

Every World Cup, it’s Germany and adidas that produce the classiest shirt designs, and the 2018 World Cup will be no exception for the duo.

“This is who we are” – The USMNT U-20s aim for identity

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT U-20s have gathered in Japan for their final preparations for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The tournament kicks off for the Yanks on May 22 with a tricky-looking matchup against Ecuador (4am ET - FS1).

Gold Cup

Michael Bradley wins Golden Ball, six USMNT players in Gold Cup Best XI

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After winning Wednesday's tournament final, the U.S. Men's National Team earned plenty of honors in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Midfielder Michael Bradley took home the Golden Ball as tournament MVP. He was called into the group stage and played all 270 minutes of the knockout rounds.

USA wins Gold Cup 2017 on Jordan Morris strike

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Dempsey "only" collects a game-winning assist.

The only United States player that appeared in every Gold Cup match, Jordan Morris pounced on a his opportunity to cap his tournament off. His 88' strike broke a 1-1 tie and gave the USMNT a sixth Gold Cup, as they beat Jamaica 2-1. Clint Dempsey assisted on the winner, his second third of the tournament.

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Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Leicester Crash Out As Semi-Finals Take Shape On CEE Cup Day Three (Photos & Highlights)

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Day three, and Everton were in action against Hungarian side Gyori (Photo: CEE Cup/Facebook)

Well. We predicted something of a goal glut after day two's proceedings had drawn to a close, but nothing quite like this.

Day three of the Generali CEE Cup had more big scores than Abraham Lincoln banged on about at Gettysburg and sought to separate the would be-men from the already-are-boys in this proving ground of a tournament.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Sunburn, Shut-Outs And Six-Goal Pummellings On Opening Day Of CEE Cup (Photos & Highlights)

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup – the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence ‘CEE').

The View From Day One.

In its heyday, Prague's Strahov Stadium allegedly boasted a maximum capacity of anywhere from 220,000 to 300,000 once ram-packed to the rafters.

Pies In Prague: An Introduction To The CEE Cup, The Under-19s Tournament Featuring Starlet-Laden Sides From Everton, Burnley And Leicester City

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence 'CEE').

The Premier League will be represented by academy sides from Everton, Burnley and Leicester.

ESPN

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.

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New CCL rules keep the Sounders spot in 2018

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We have a little more clarity on the 2018 CONCACAF tournament.

We finally have a little clarity on when and how the Seattle Sounders will participate in CONCACAF Champions League. After winning MLS Cup, the Sounders received one of the four automatic bids. They will be joined by FC Dallas (US Open Cup), Colorado Rapids (Supporters' Shield runner-up) and the New York Red Bulls (best record in the East).

CONCACAF Champions League qualification: MLS teams playing for 2019 spots this year

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Sounders are definitely in 2018 tournament.

CONCACAF made a somewhat confusing announcement on Monday about the future of their largest club tournament. Although the broad format was clear enough — Canadian and American teams will have five of the 16 spots in the 2018 tournament — the particulars of how those teams will qualify was less so.

New CONCACAF Champions League format eliminates group stage

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How the Seattle Sounders fit still in isn't entirely clear.

Starting in the Summer of 2017, the CONCACAF Champions League will contain 31 teams in a new format of dual tournaments. The first tournament will be contested between 16 clubs from the Caribbean and Central America. That winner will enter the second phase of the new CCL in 2018 competing against MLS, Liga MX and a selection of other CONCACAF clubs in a straight knockout tournament starting in February 2018 and ending in May of that year.

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On This Day in Football: Liverpool register record win

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On this day in 1974, Liverpool recorded their biggest ever win by beating Norwegian club Stromsgodset 11-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Winners Cup.

It was a first round tie and Bob Paisley’s side made an early mark in the tournament by absolutely destroying Stromsgodset.

USA v. Brazil, live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch USWNT online

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After a shocking loss to Australia in Seattle, the US needs a win over Brazil to stay alive in their own tournament.

Last week in the Tournament of Nations opener in Seattle, head coach Jill Ellis sent out a B-team that — outside of Megan Rapinoe, who was her usual creative and dangerous self playing in front of her home crowd — looked uninspired and toothless against a game Australia side.

Seven storylines to catch you up on the 2017 U.S. Open Cup

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From Cinderella stories to pitch invaders, here's everything you need to know about the tournament thus far.

Through three rounds of action, the U.S. Open Cup has left supporters with countless storylines to follow. Noise complaints, winning streaks by amateur teams, obscure CBA rules—the tournament is off to a memorable (and chaotic) start.

England seals first U-20 World Cup crown with win over Venezuela

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For the first time in FIFA's U-20 World Cup 40-year existence, England was crowned the tournament's champion.

The Three Lions edged an inspired Venezuela, 1-0, at Suwon World Cup Stadium early Sunday morning. An even bout from the first whistle, Sunday's match offered a handful of opportunities for both sides.

Julian Anderson with United States U15 team at tournament in Italy

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Midfielder was one of 20 players chosen for the trip

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Julian Anderson is currently away in Italy with the United States U15 team for the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni.

Anderson, of Ocean Township, N.J., came off the bench for the U.S. in their first game of the tournament on Tuesday in the 64th minute.

USA vs. France 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch SheBelieves Cup online

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The USWNT visits RFK Stadium with the SheBelieves Cup on the line

The U.S. women's national team faces France tonight at RFK Stadium for the final game of the SheBelieves Cup. The USWNT currently sits a point behind France and is tied with England, who will play Germany at 4pm. The United States need a win to have a chance at winning the tournament for the second straight year, and an England win earlier that day could jeopardize their shot.

Reserves Weekly – VGH Cup Winners, Derby Defeat & Ravel’s Return?

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Sparkasse & VGH Cup Winners

United's under-19s travelled to Germany last week for the Sparkasse & VGH Cup, a 5-aside tournament which spanned across 4 days.

With the youngest squad there, United won the trophy in extraordinary circumstances. Goalkeeper Moutha-Sebtaoui received an injury on the last day of the tournament, meaning outfield players keeping goal in true 5-aside style for the final few matches.

Delaware and Rider punch tickets to NCAA tournament

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Conference tournament wins on Sunday ensured the greater Philadelphia region a rooting interest in the Big Dance

Delaware erased an early 1-0 deficit and came back to beat William & Mary and avoid a third straight defeat in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final in Hempstead, New York on Sunday.