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Germany

Germany expect tough Confed Cup start for inexperience side

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – World champions Germany will pit an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday with striker Timo Werner anticipating a robust challenge from the Socceroos.

With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 international appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.

Loew to blood Germany’s rising stars at Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – World champions Germany head to the Confederations Cup with coach Joachim Loew looking to nurture his next generation of stars after leaving his top names at home.

With a year to go before the World Cup, Loew has given a host of key players the summer off and picked seven newcomers in his squad for Russia, which has a combined total of just 104 international appearances.

Germany, England to blood youngsters in glamour football friendly

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – World champions Germany host England in a prestige friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday with both coaches primed to give youth its head for one of football’s great rivalries.

But that is where the similarities end for Joachim Loew and Gareth Southgate, who is in charge for the first time as England’s permanent manager.

World champions Germany to meet Pope at Vatican

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Berlin (AFP) World champions Germany will be granted an audience with Pope Francis when the team travel to Italy for a friendly international next month, head coach Joachim Loew confirmed on Monday.

Germany play a 2018 World Cup qualifier away to minnows San Marino on November 11, then face Italy in a friendly in Milan four days later.

World champions Germany to meet Pope at Vatican

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Berlin (AFP) World champions Germany will be granted an audience with Pope Francis when the team travel to Italy for a friendly international next month, head coach Joachim Loew confirmed on Monday.

Germany play a 2018 World Cup qualifier away to minnows San Marino on November 11, then face Italy in a friendly in Milan four days later.

World champions Germany to meet Pope in Vatican

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Berlin (AFP) World champions Germany will be granted an audience with Pope Francis when the team travel to Italy for a friendly international next month, head coach Joachim Loew confirmed on Monday.

Germany play a 2018 World Cup qualifier away to minnows San Marino on November 11, then face Italy in a friendly in Milan four days later.

Germany’s Joachim Löw gets serious for England and Italy friendlies

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Germany coach Joachim Loew says the battle for places in the world champions' squad for Euro 2016 starts in earnest with their high-profile friendlies at home to England and Italy.

Roy Hodgson's Three Lions play Germany at Berlin's Olympic Stadium this Saturday before Italy face the world champions at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Germany’s Joachim Löw gets serious for England and Italy friendlies

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Germany coach Joachim Loew says the battle for places in the world champions' squad for Euro 2016 starts in earnest with their high-profile friendlies at home to England and Italy.

Roy Hodgson's Three Lions play Germany at Berlin's Olympic Stadium this Saturday before Italy face the world champions at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Germany World Champions

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In what was undoubtedly one of the greatest footballing feats of all time Germany won the World Championship in Brazil. It surely compares to the great victory of the Germans against Hungary in 1954 at "The Miracle of Bern", but this was less a miracle than a foreseen victory of what proved to be the result of outstanding preparation, hard work and skills.

FIFA U-17 WWC: It's Dumb Not to Mention This, Right? Les Bleuettes Take Home the Cup

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How do you say, "Hoorah!" in French?
Three, belated cheers for the French girls, who finally got to celebrate at the end of a tournament, instead of bawling like babies, the poor things. It took penalty shots, as you probably already know, but, according to captain Sandie Toletti, the "football gods were with them.

World Cup

Crisis-hit Argentina risk missing World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The world’s top-ranked football nation Argentina risk failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1970 after Lionel Messi’s suspension and a humiliating defeat to Bolivia.

The two-time world champions’ woes deepened just as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) named new executives on Wednesday.

Crisis-hit Argentina risk missing World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The world’s top-ranked football nation Argentina risk failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1970 after Lionel Messi’s suspension and a humiliating defeat to Bolivia.

The two-time world champions’ woes deepened just as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) named new executives on Wednesday.

What did the Confederations Cup tell us about World Cup 2014?

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The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil proved to be an enthralling tournament and a perfect taster for next year's World Cup. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been goals galore, controversial incidents and not forgetting the carnival atmosphere created by the crowds, who in turn, proved influential in roaring Brazil on to their [.

Virginia Sophomore Morgan Brian named to USWNT U20 Team

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Morgan Brian Named to U-20 World Cup Team

Cavalier sophomore midfielder to represent the United States in Japan
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia sophomore midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named to the United States team that will compete at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Spain

SPAIN WINS PUERTO RICO 1- 2

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With 72 hours before the Spanish Football season kicks-off, the Spanish Internationals were in PUERTO RICO representing SPAIN in an International Friendly match which Spain won 1 - 2. The game had no real sense except for some political favours between Football Federation Officials & the money paid to see the European & World Champions.

SPAIN LIST FOR PUERTO RICO FRIENDLY MATCH

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The recently re-crowned European Champions & current World Champions SPAINÂ will be back in action next 15th of August when they fly off to the Puerto Rico for a Friendly International. With this motive Spanish Football National Selector & Coach Vicente Del Bosque has handed in the list of players to travel.

Deschamps Takes French Hot-Seat

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Didier Deschamps has become the latest French world cup winner to take the French hotseat following Laurent Blanc's resignation following this Summer's Euro 2012 finals.

Deschamps left Marseille almost a week ago following the clubs poor Lique campaign and spent days mulling over the French Federations job offer.

Rodgers: Liverpool may emulate Spain

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New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is aware that reigning European and world champions Spain play a uniquely dominant brand of football but is confident that his Reds side can play with a similar approach.

Rodgers rose to prominence after leading his Swansea City side to play an aggressive style of football that had been rare for a recently promoted club.

Olympics

USA-Mexico Preview, Part One: Breaking Down the US Roster

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Connor Walsh In the wake of Mexico's gold medal winning performance in the Olympics, fans of the US Men's National Team understandably began to worry. After all- the Mexican trophy collection this World Cup cycle is remarkable: U-17 World Champions, U-20 Third Place, Toulon Cup Champions, Pan Am Games Champions, Gold Cup Champions, Olympic Champions.

United States v Japan – Match Preview – Olympics – 8 August 2012

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It's a rematch of the 2011 Women's World Cup Final as the United States faces Japan in the Olympics Gold Medal match. The match will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Thursday, August 9, 2012 with kickoff scheduled for 19:45 local time (UK).

USA player Alex Morgan

"Having the re-match against Japan, playing the world champions — you couldn't have a better match-up.

Olympics : Brazil Women’s Team To Face World Champions Japan In Football Quarter-Finals

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Despite their 0-1 loss to a resilient Great Britain Olympic side yesterday, the 'selecao feminina' (Brasil women's team) have made it to the quarter-finals of the Women's Football tournament. However, the task will not be any easier as they will face current World Champions, Japan.

2012 Olympic Poll: Who Will Win the Women’s Football Gold?

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The 2012 London Olympics are up and running and so we want to know which country you think will win the 2012 Women's Olympic Gold medal? Will it be the US - they are the favourites? But Japan are the World champions and of course Team GB are the host nation.

POTD : USA Women’s Olympic Football Team In Glasgow, Great Britain’s Tankmania!

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Preparations are underway for both the USA Women's Football team (seen above) who are currently at a preOlympics training camp at Glasgow, Scotland and the GB Women's Team. They even visited Tankmania in Measham (England) last week as part of a fun team bonding exercise!

Meanwhile, in surely some appalling news, current Women's World Champions Japan, were forced to fly economy class to London while their male counterparts flew in business.

Who needs Brazil when you've got New Zealand?

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Paddy has jumped on the Kiwi bandwagon for the Olympics, predicting the A-League contingent will guide them to the knock-out stages. Nick Cumpston and Nick Amies are less optimistic about their chances, but everyone is looking forward to the Matildas clash with world champions Japan tomorrow night. All this and more on the Nearpost!

Who needs Brazil when you've got New Zealand?

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Paddy has jumped on the Kiwi bandwagon for the Olympics, predicting the A-League contingent will guide them to the knock-out stages. Nick Cumpston and Nick Amies are less optimistic about their chances, but everyone is looking forward to the Matildas clash with world champions Japan tomorrow night. All this and more on the Nearpost!

2012 Olympics

After Mexico Gold, Forgiveness And Questions for US Underachievers

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Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon So Mexico are Olympic Soccer Gold Medalists U-23 World Champions. They won the Gold Medal match this afternoon 2-1 on two goals by Oribe Peralta. Sure, they received a "that'll never happen again" reprieve by Oscar, who missed a free header from six yards late in the match that [.

After Mexico Gold, Forgiveness And Questions for US Underachievers

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Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon So Mexico are Olympic Soccer Gold Medalists U-23 World Champions. They won the Gold Medal match this afternoon 2-1 on two goals by Oribe Peralta. Sure, they received a "that'll never happen again" reprieve by Oscar, who missed a free header from six yards late in the match that [.

Viva Mexico!

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Mexico fully deserved their 2-1 victory against Brazil today in the Olympic final, and seals Mexico's strength in youth football, where they are U-17 World Champions and did well in the last Copa America with a team that looked very much like the one that won gold today. But in spite of Mexico's superiority, what will be most discussed in this final is Brazil.

Girl power

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Maybe this Olympic tournament is when Women's football begins to get the respect it deserves. At least it has been much more entertaining, not to say dignified, than the men's, and it was topped today by two splendid semifinals which in terms of quality, technique, skills and drama were absolutely top level.

USWNT & France dive into the deep end of the Olympic pool

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When the US women square up against France tomorrow (noon EST), they will be facing one of the tournament's toughest opponents. Les Bleues lost the 2011 World Cup semifinal to the Americans and players didn't hold back in expressing their anger at the result. Louisa Necib put it plainly enough to L'Equipe: "The worst is that we were better than them.

Extra Time

POTD : USA’s Hope Solo Enjoys A Gold Medal-Worthy Cappuccino

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After the United States women's team downed Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal at the Olympics Women's Football Final on Thursday night, goalkeeper Hope Solo found the time to grab a specially created cappucino today in between doing media interviews in London. The prospect of meeting the press usually involves copious amounts of caffeine (as Mesut Ozil would tell you) and in Hope's case, she would've probably needed it after a night of hard partying!

Union Freekicks - Time for MacMath to become a leader

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Apologies for not putting one up yesterday, but when i woke up to submit it my internet was out. I just added those links to today's so enjoy.

Zac MacMath: Leadership and emotions

MacMath needs to start being a leader on an extremely young back-line. Something that is lacking since Danny Califf was shipped out.

Team GB

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Quarter-Finals

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Those pesky quarter-finals do their worst yet again. By the time Hope Powell's Team GB got any cohesion into their game against Canada, they were already a (terrific) goal down and the initiative had flown across the Atlantic, never to return.It was a sad, slightly flat way for Team GB's otherwise impressive campaign to end, tempered by the fact that the Canadians ended it with an excellent display.

Team GB on form at London 2012

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We may not have taken any golds yet at London 2012 but both the men and women's GB football teams have quietly gone about their business and are in good shape to progress to the last 8.

MEN

A shock win for Senegal over Uruguay means Stuart Pearce's men sit top of their group with one fixture to come against the South Americans tomorrow in Cardiff.

The Rest

Bayern Munich world champions

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It was probably one of the most unsurprising results ever when Bayern Munich today took the official title of world club champions after defeating Raja Casablanca 0-2 in Marrakesh tonight. Bayern Munich were in complete control in the first half, and although the Moroccans fought bravely and had some good chances, the end result was never really in doubt.

Leanda Cave and Pete Jacobs are Ironman World Champions

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Another Ironman World Championship in the books and what a race it was.

Seated in the VIP section at the finish line (thanks to Timex Sports) I got to witness first-hand and close-up, the extreme range of emotion that overcomes each Ironman finisher.

Australia's Pete Jacobs crossed the line first.

USA-Mexico Preview, Part One: Breaking Down the US Roster

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Connor Walsh In the wake of Mexico's gold medal winning performance in the Olympics, fans of the US Men's National Team understandably began to worry. After all- the Mexican trophy collection this World Cup cycle is remarkable: U-17 World Champions, U-20 Third Place, Toulon Cup Champions, Pan Am Games Champions, Gold Cup Champions, Olympic Champions.

Big Week Of International Friendlies

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I am not a big fan of this August international break. It seems really strange that with leagues across Europe kicking off this weekend, that players would be away all week on international duty.

But with World Cup qualifying beginning in September, this will be the last opportunities for teams to test out new players and formations before the important games begin.

Art on the streets: the beauty of futsal

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By Caleb Cousens

"Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." – Frederic Chopin

Throughout the history of this beautiful game we have seen the rise and fall of many magnificent and effective playing styles.

Andres Iniesta Marries Anna Ortiz, Wedding Boasts Incredibly Strong Squad (Photos & Video)

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By Chris Wright

Andres Iniesta got married to his long-term partner Xavi Anna Ortiz in a big ol' castle over the weekend and an endless slew of footballing talent turned out for the occasion; with European and World champions, Barca teammates past and present and even club president Sandro Rosell congregating in Tarragona for the wee fella's big day.