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Iker Casillas Makes History After Club World Cup Triumph

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When Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday to become Club World Cup champions, skipper Iker Casillas made history as he became the first captain to win eight major trophies, the Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Champions League, World Cup and the European Championships.

Real Madrid vs San Lorenzo Club World Cup 2014 Final Highlights 2-0 Ramos Bale Goals Video

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Cruz Azul vs Real Madrid 2014 Highlights Club World Cup 0-4 Ramos Benzema Bale Isco Goals Video

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Revealed: Manchester United’s £265,000-a-week star nearly joined Real Madrid

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Revealed: Manchester United's £265,000-a-week star nearly joined Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao nearly joined Real Madrid before injuring his anterior cruciate ligament, it has been reported by Spanish television channel Neox. The Colombian striker, who has been a shadow of his former free-scoring self at Old Trafford, could have also ended up at the Santiago Bernabeu had compatriot James Rodriguez not had such a good World Cup.

FIFA

FIFA once again says the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes stand

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In a Friday press conference, FIFA president Sepp Blatter once again confirmed that the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes stand. Read More

FIFA starts a fight with itself over a winter World Cup

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FIFA revives the 2022 World Cup discussion by creating a potential issue between the president and the executive committee. Read More

More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship

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More bad news for FIFA with Sony set to end World Cup sponsorship - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA has been dealt another blow to its image with the news that Sony is set to end its partnership with world football's governing body.

Reuters reports that the company – a FIFA sponsor for the past eight years, with a $280 million contract – will not renew its World Cup sponsorship.

SPONSORED CONTENT: Highly Paid Special Consulant Finds FIFA Correct to Not Publish Corruption Report

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FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

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FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying.

This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was, in fact, a practical joke.

Elliot Ness v FIFA?

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It turns out the feds - both the FBI and IRS - have been looking into worldwide soccer corruption for a time now, with former US Soccer/CONCACAF/FIFA exec Chuck Blazer as a major informant. It is not a source of personal pride that I've shared a meal with this man, that I have been through the FIFA campus and buildings in Zürich.

Oh how delightful... *this* movie again.

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Ladies and gentleman, get out your brooms and lift up your rugs, because it looks like the best we will get out of FIFA's internal investigation over the selection of Qatar as World Cup 2022 hosts is a "statement" from the governing body in a couple weeks. So sayeth the white-washer.And the best part of FIFA's stated reason for keeping the findings of this investigation secret?

Moving the World Cup to Winter

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FIFA involved UEFA, FIFPro, and other stakeholders in a discussion over moving the 2022 World Cup to winter, but what does this mean? Read More

Analyzing How The World Cup Bidding Process Works

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For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the games global reach now spans everywhere from South Korea to Ghana, from Qatar to Belgium and FIFA has responded by taking the competition to new territories.

The Middle East Growing And Beginning To Assert Itself On The World Soccer Stage

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It seems that the ramifications of the FIFA vote in December 2010 to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar are still being felt across the football world. Whilst there was no denying it was a left field decision by the executive committee, it wasn't as if the Middle East had never held a sporting event previously.

Netherlands

Netherlands Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on ‘That’ Substitution And More

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You're your country's number one goalkeeper and it's the 121stminute of a World Cup quarter-final. The match is scoreless and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out seems inevitable.

You're mentally preparing for what's about to happen next when you glance at the fourth official on the sideline and see your number being held up.

Netherlands Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on ‘That’ Substitution And More

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You're your country's number one goalkeeper and it's the 121stminute of a World Cup quarter-final. The match is scoreless and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out seems inevitable.

You're mentally preparing for what's about to happen next when you glance at the fourth official on the sideline and see your number being held up.

Landon Donovan

Landon Got It

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The MLS Cup, yeah, that. Landon Donovan went out with a championship. Yet more than that, LD got what it meant to bring together all the diverse craziness that is part of the soccer landscape in the USA. Americans played in the first World Cup ever, but that bright start (a semifinal finish) back in 1930 quickly fizzled out without consistent support in a big country.

LD on Mexico

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Landon Donovan
(leftover quotes from when I spoke to him before his final international game)



Assuming you don't score against Ecuador, goals against Mexico will bookend your international career.
Yeah, that's a good story.

Could you speak on that - and also, were you watching when Mexico was on the brink of elimination from the World Cup last year?

LD on Mexico

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Landon Donovan
(leftover quotes from when I spoke to him before his final international game)



Assuming you don't score against Ecuador, goals against Mexico will bookend your international career.
Yeah, that's a good story.

Could you speak on that - and also, were you watching when Mexico was on the brink of elimination from the World Cup last year?

Arsenal

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen faces 5 months on sidelines

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Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen faces 5 months on sidelines - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona have confirmed that defender Thomas Vermaelen will need to undergo thigh surgery and will be out of action for between four and five months.

The Belgium international joined Barca from Arsenal for a £15 million fee in the summer but is yet to make his debut for the Catalan club.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil returned injured from World Cup

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made the surprising claim that Mesut Ozil returned injured from the World Cup, as he continues his war of words with...

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BILD: Striker set for cheap Arsenal transfer in January

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BILD: Striker set for cheap Arsenal transfer in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lukas Podolski's nightmare at Arsenal may be soon coming to an end. One of the most reliable sources in Germany, BILD, has reported today that the striker will be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium in January for a startlingly low price of€5 million in January.

Mesut Ozil Receives Laureus Award After Paying For 23 Brazilian Children To Have Life-Saving Surgery

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By Alan Duffy

What a cracking bowtie too!

Arsenal's injured schemer Mesut Ozil picked up a "Sport For Good" prize last night at the annual Laureus awards following his decision to pay for23 Brazilian children to have life-saving surgery this summer.

The midfielder, who has somewhat struggled to find his best form with the Gunners as well as having to deal with a messy court case involving his own father this week, explained his decision to donate his World Cup-winning bonus to the seriously ill kids, saying:

"We had the idea to help 23 children, because we had 23 players in the squad.

Brazil

Football in the Favelas

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Football in the Favelas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"When they see me on the streets, they say I am a street child, when they see me playing football, they say I am a person"

In the shadows of the stadia where some of the worlds richest footballers played this summer, life for many is a struggle against poverty, drugs and murder.

64 games. 64 seconds. - An Animation By Ruckspiel The football...

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64 games. 64 seconds. - An Animation By Ruckspiel

The football collective Ruckspiel decided to create a video installation called Playplan, capturing the 2014 World Cup.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

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Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that's not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered.

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

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Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that's not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered.

Was 2014 a success for the USMNT?

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With the USMNT closing out its 2014 schedule on Tuesday against Ireland, was this a successful year for the National Team? Read More

USNSTPA statement on Women’s World Cup turf issue

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The US National Soccer Team Players Association statement on the proposed use of artificial turf for the 2015 Women's World Cup. Read More

Quote Dump

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Last batch of those recent LD quotes:
One match for the national team that you consider a signature match?
Signature match? I'd probably pick two. One was against Germany in the ‘02 World Cup. I think I played well, except for not scoring. And two, I think would be the ‘09 semifinal against Spain.

Quote Dump

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Last batch of those recent LD quotes:
One match for the national team that you consider a signature match?
Signature match? I'd probably pick two. One was against Germany in the ‘02 World Cup. I think I played well, except for not scoring. And two, I think would be the ‘09 semifinal against Spain.

The Rest

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel explains why England fail to do well in major tournaments

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes the Premier League needs to have a break during the mid-season in order to help England achieve success.

Mario Götze To Auction Of His World Cup-Winning Left Boot In The Name Of Charity

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By Chris Wright

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Having rebuffed offers for it all summer long, Mario Götze has decided to auction off the very left boot he dangledto score the goal that won Germany the World Cup out in Brazil.

Götze, who popped up in the 113th minute of extra-time to score the only goal of the game against Argentina in Rio, is flogging his famous size 9to raise funds forGerman children's charity "A Heart For Children".

Spurs’ poor start due to World Cup, club claims

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Tottenham's poor start to the season is partly due to the World Cup, the club has claimed. Spurs officials, including chairman Daniel Levy,...

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Scientific Research Shows Footballers With Wide Faces Score More Goals And Commit More Fouls

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By Chris Wright

According to a study conducted by the good people at the University of Colorado Boulder, footballers with wider faces are more likely genetically speaking to score more goals than players with pathetic, weedy little thin faces.

Researchers analysed the facial constructs of 1,000 players from each of the 32 nations which took part at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, measuring each player's "facial-width-to-height ratio" (FWHR) i.

Video- Puskas Award 2014 Nominees- Top ten best goals of 2014- Stephanie Roche Goal Kasami Ibrahimovic Cahill Van Persie

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The Unpublishable Files: Top 10 Ways to Use the World Cup to Get Close with your Token Latino Friend/Coworker!

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Associated Press: Qatar prefers November for 2022 World Cup

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In an interview with AP, the secretary of the Qatar World Cup committee suggested a preference for a November World Cup. Read More

Telemundo Announces Broadcast Plans Ahead of 2018 World Cup

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Spanish-language television station Telemundo has announced that they will be broadcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in the United States. The NBCUniversal Television Group station will be taking over the U.S. Spanish-language World Cup broadcasting rights from Univision. Not only will Telemundo be airing the world's largest soccer tournament four years from now, but they will also begin broadcasting additional FIFA soccer events starting in 2015.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Official Emblem Revealed

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The first part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ brand identity was revealed last night [...]