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German Agency Declares Vanishing Spray a Health Hazard

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A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern saying, "In its present form, the product is not usable in Germany and the European Union.

Gulati pressuring FIFA to release ethics report regarding 2018, 2022 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

FIFAhas rarely been known for its transparency, which is something U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is hoping to change.

Gulati revealed Wednesdayin an interview with the New York Times that he plans to address the ethicsreport regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups during Thursday's FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer's World Cup, FIFA are finally taking actionregarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization's Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to theFIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

Deal Alert: USA 2014/15 Nike Home Kit for $29.99 + More

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World Soccer Shop has a totally down low deal on the USA 2014/15 Nike home [...]

Monday Evening Ticker: Qatar official responds to critics; Debuchy out three months; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite recent comments from a FIFA official to the contrary, Qatari officials remain firm when it comes to their World Cup preparations.

FIFA executiveTheo Zwanziger voiced his belief that the 2022 World Cup should be held elsewhere due to climate concerns, butQatar 2022 communications director Nasser Al Khater insists that the tournamentwill go on as planned on Qatari soil.

FIFA Official Theo Zwanziger Claims Qatar Will Not Host The 2022 World Cup On ‘Life-Threatening’ Medical Grounds

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By Chris Wright

A member of FIFA's executive committee (ExCo) has gone on record as saying he doesn't believe the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar as scheduled.

German ExCo representativeTheo Zwanziger has stuck his head above the parapet and told Sport Bild that he believes that Qatar's fearsome 40°c summer temperatures will see the tournament nixed and shifted elsewhere on medical grounds.

The Greatest FIFA Quote of All Time

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My apologies for blogging about FIFA twice in the same month and, uggh, consecutively. However, Michel Platini just released a gem of a quote. First, let me fill you in on the background.

During the World Cup in Brazil, the Brazilian Football Federation gifted several valuable watches to important FIFA people.

Fifa World Rankings September 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for August 2014 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

New world champions Germany remain at the top of the Fifa pile followed by Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, and France and Switzerland

England remain in a lowly 18th place up slightly after beating Switzerland away in Euro 2016 qualification.

CONCACAF President Speaks Out Against FIFA And Racism At Soccerex

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At the Soccerex Global Convention held Tuesday September 9th, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb spoke out against FIFA and racism, calling for a complete overhaul of FIFA's governing bodies. Following several controversies after the announcement of Russia and Qatar being selected as future sites for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, Webb stated "With all due respect, I don't think FIFA has done a great job communicating its message over the years and its image and public perception is affecting the game.

The problem isn’t Sepp Blatter; it’s FIFA Within the...

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The problem isn't Sepp Blatter; it's FIFA

Within the murky waters that surround the FIFA executive committee wherever it roams, there was a bright moment three years ago when Sepp Blatter, in the midst of campaigning for a fourth-term as president of FIFA, vowed that if elected, he would not seek a fifth term.

FIFA To Suggest Two Winter Kick-Off Dates For 2022 World Cup In Qatar

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During a press conference held on Monday, FIFA suggested two alternative dates for a winter kick-off for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar. The official dates suggested are November/December 2022 or January/February 2022. The talks to have a World Cup take place in the winter instead of the traditional June-August format comes from the sweltering heat during Qatar's summer months, where the average temperature reaches 120°F in most places with the lows around 86°F.

SBI Monday Rewind: Winter World Cup back on table; Albania beats Portugal in Euro qualifier; and more

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It seemed that detractors had successfully persuaded FIFA away from serious consideration of holding the 2022 World Cup in winter. At least until Monday. FIFA is again exploring the possibility of a World Cup kicking off in January or November of 2022 in Qatar, assigning its task force Monday to give the schedule change full consideration.

FIFA explore moving 2022 World Cup dates

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By DAN KARELL

FIFA is ready to talk about a winter World Cup once again.

A FIFA task force assembled by the FIFA Exexucitve Committee to "assess options for the international match calendar 2018-2024″ met on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main topic of discussion was the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and more specifically, whether to move it away from the usual time frame in June/July to either January/February or November/December.

FIFA President Sep Blatter Confirms 5th Consecutive Presidential Run

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Current FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has announced his bid for re-election, after first being elected as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in 1998 Blatter has served four consecutive terms for the past 18 years. Although Blatter hinted that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil would be his last, he recently announced his return to the FIFA presidential candidacy Monday in a pre-recorded interview shown at the SoccerEx conference.

New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty

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The tug-and-pull situation the world's top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport's players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level and, depending on the nation's success, the competition for both can be equally as fierce.

English Premier League

All-Time Top Goalscorers In Europe and International Football

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All-Time Top Goalscorers In Europe and International Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Here is a look at the all-time top goalscorers from the biggest leagues in the World, as well as the UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup and European Championships.

English Premier League

Starting with the English Premier League top scorers that dates back to 1992 when the league pulled away from the Football League.

Former Star – Pardew Still The Right Man For The Job

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Dietmar Hamann had a good World Cup for Germany in the summer of 1998 in France, and he was signed by Newcastle for £5.5M in that summer by then manager Kenny Dalglish, but he stayed only for one season before joining Liverpool during the following summer for £8M. Didi Hamann while at Newcastle And the [.

Would a Winter Break Benefit the Premier League?

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Former FA and Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein has called on the Barclays Premier League to implement a winter break halfway through its season. Dein also suggested at the Soccerex Global Convention this week that the Premier League should enforce the break as soon as possible. Debate of a potential winter break from league matches comes with news that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will most likely be held in the winter, because you know, it's usually pretty hot in Qatar during the summer (the average high in the middle eastern country during July is 106 degrees Fahrenheit).

Blatter, Terry and Suarez Make GQ Magazine’s ’25 Biggest Sleazebags In Sports’ List

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Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution?

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Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It wouldn't be too wrong to say that Louis Van Gaal's time at Manchester United has got off to a disastrous start. Three games into the current Premier League season, the Red Devils have just two points on the board and find themselves in 14th position in the table.

Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution?

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Which Big-Name Superstar Will Miss Out In The Manchester United Revolution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It wouldn't be too wrong to say that Louis Van Gaal's time at Manchester United has got off to a disastrous start. Three games into the current Premier League season, the Red Devils have just two points on the board and find themselves in 14th position in the table.

The Sweeper: 10 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Exhale. Savor summer's few remaining days. Fire up the grill. Slither down a slip n slide. Lay back in a hammock while cradling a watery beer. It's the September international break, and with options like Finland v Faroe Islands, Denmark v Armenia, and Bolivia v Ecuador, the emphasis is on "break.

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Long Overdue But Totally Unexpected Paraguayan Football Update

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Every now and then, we like to give you, the reader, an esoteric South American soccer update. In today's news, we looked closely at happenings in Paraguay, your favorite loser from the "War of the Triple Betrayal" err "Alliance." Some pretty hysterical legal happenings have caught the headlines, but a more sobering fact got buried.

International Breaks Make Homer Something Something

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Friday Kickoff: 2018, 2022 World Cup decision to come in Spring; Maradona discusses drug regrets; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, FIFA will now begin assessing the controversy that surround the tournament's next two incarnations.

FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision regarding potential bidding corruption of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unlikely to come until next spring as the organization will start reviewing the process in the near future.

Evening Ticker: Blatter discusses U.S. World Cup; Roma refute Benatia’s claims; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the unsuccessful bid for the 2022 tournament in the past, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has once again kindled hopes of a U.S.-based World Cup.

Fresh off the news of Blatter's intent to pursue a fifth term, the FIFA president agreed that the 2026 World Cup should take place on North American soil, withthe United States as the top candidate.

women's soccer

Preview: USWNT squad gets last chance to impress Ellis before World Cup qualifying

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. When the U.S. Women's Nation Team crushed Mexico a few days ago, it was a bit strange. Strange, not for the U.S. women to win 8-0 against a team, but because they hadn't been playing their best.

Artificial turf company endorsement heats up 2015 World Cup debate

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The battle over artificial turf at the 2015 Women's World Cup doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

FieldTurf, the company providing artificial turf for the tournament in Canada next year, has signed Canadian national team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to a three-year, $15,000 endorsement deal, according to a report from TSN.

United States Men's National Team

Putting money where the mind is.

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Check out this interesting Forbes bit that reveals how Madison Avenue is waking up to the USMNT in a big way. Can you imagine how hot this attention would get if our boys threatened a final four run, as Klinsi aims to do in 2018?American loves winners. Now, they have finally come to really love the Nats.

Jurgen Klinsmann sets a goal for the USMNT

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Jurgen Klinsmann set a goal for the USMNT of making the semifinals of the next World Cup. Does this say more about him or the team? Read More

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‘He Wanted To Swap Shirts With The Referee’ – Germany Stars Reveal Full Extent Of Christoph Kramer’s World Cup Final Concussion

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By Chris Wright

As you may well recall, Christoph Kramer got himself well and truly knocked into the middle of next week during the World Cup Final after a brutal collision with Argentina'sEzequiel Garay.

Kramer was knocked unconscious for several moments after colliding head-first with Garay's shoulder, though was eventually allowed to play on after being assessed by the medics on duty until being taken off in the 31st minute after his teammates noticed theBorussia Mönchengladbach man was visibly doolally.

FA Accuse Qatar Of Setting Up Fake Football Blog In Order To Praise Themselves And Deride Their Critics

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By Chris Wright

The head of the FA, Greg Dyke, has condemned Qatar after an investigation conducted by Channel 4 News found that they may have used extremely suspect PR chicanery in their attempts to quell the tidal wave of criticism that has been directed at the country since they were handed the 2022 World Cup hosting duties by FIFA.

Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona By Kizito...

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Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona

ByKizito Madu

The folly of youth is thinking itself invincible; so the adage of not declaring a man as having lived a happy life until he is on his deathbed still holds true mainly because of youth's naïveté.

Joachim Low says coaches have to communicate with players

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Germany National Team coach Joachim Low describes how to communicate with top level players in Tuesday's soccer news. Read More

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS and FIFA World Cup links for September 23

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Today's Freedom Kicks play fast and loose with the definition of "news."

Good morning, United fans. I'm running late this morning, so let's jump right into the links.

D.C. United Managing Partner Jason Levien | The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Yesterday, we brought you news from Kojo's interview with D.

Yet Another FIFA Fail Post

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FIFA has this odd balancing act: on the one hand, they want to closely control major tournaments and host countries so that they can make a ton of money. On the other hand, when problems arise in world football, they want to shrug their shoulders and say it's not their business or responsibility. Basically, FIFA can't fix a problem if it doesn't want to.

Poor in the Ruhr

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Borussian Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

A few observations now that the dust of the Dortmund storm is settling (ha!)

World Cup focus?

I offer this as an olive branch to Messrs Mertesacker and (in particular) Ozil, neither of whom has started the season on fire.

Snapshot: Brazilian Fans Stay Behind To Help Tidy Stadium Up After Game…

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By Chris Wright

As modern World Cups go, when the tax-exempt FIFA circus rolls out of town the only lasting legacies afforded seem to a generous studding ofgigantic new stadiums being left to slowly rot as Podunk United are left to play out their games in front of 3,000 fans every week inside their cavernous new 90,000-seater white elephant.

Daniel Agger Does A ‘Zlatan’, Pays For Danish Homeless Team To Fly Out To World Cup

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By Chris Wright

Three cheers for Daniel Agger, who has once again proved that almost all Scandinavians are awesome by stumping up the cash to send the Danish homeless national side to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.

The eight members of the Danish side were 20,000 krone (around £2,100) short of the required funds to get themselves to Santiago for the tournament, with Agger hearing of their struggles and agreeing to top up their kitty from his own pocket.

Mexico starts the next cycle

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Luis Bueno looks at what Mexico might expect as they start the next World Cup Qualifying cycle with friendlies in the USA. Read More