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USMNT U-20s trying for the World Cup summit

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The USMNT U-20s begins group play at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in a group where the expectation is for the US to advance. Read More

It’s time to demand sponsors stop supporting FIFA, Sepp Blatter, slavery and corruption

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It's time for action. Put your anger about Sepp Blatter being re-elected as FIFA President to good use by contacting the FIFA sponsors and demanding that they STOP:

(1) supporting FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and
(2) supporting the use of slavery in Qatar to build for World Cup 2022,
(3) allowing FIFA to continue with a lack of transparency and oversight that has led to alleged corruption.

How to contact sponsors to tell them to stop supporting FIFA, Sepp Blatter, slavery and corruption

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It's time for action. Put your anger about Sepp Blatter being re-elected as FIFA President to good use by contacting the FIFA sponsors and demanding that they STOP:

(1) supporting FIFA President Sepp Blatter,
(2) supporting the use of slavery in Qatar to build for World Cup 2022,and
(3) allowing FIFA to continue with a lack of transparency and oversight that has led to alleged corruption.

From ‘Bellend’ To ‘Swiss Mob Boss’: Sepp Blatter’s Career According To Wikipedia

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Over on Wikipedia, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter's career is studiously profiled.

According to the online encyclopaedia, Blatter is an "administrator"...

An administrator forthe "Swiss mob" to be precise:

Someone gave Sepp Blatter a new job title on Wikipedia this morning http://t.

FIFA Corruption Scandal: A World Cup Boycott Will Cost England Millions And Achieve Nothing

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Should European footballing nations boycott theWorld Cup shouldSepp Blatterremain head of FIFA? Would Russia, hosts of the 2018 World Cup, agree to any boycott of the tournament it 'won' the right to host?

Russia's President Vladimir V. Putin called the arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich on Wednesday "another blatant attempt by the United States to extend its jurisdiction to other states.

5 revelations from the DOJ indictment against FIFA executives

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Soccer monopolized the headlines this week afterreports revealed 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives were indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption following an extensive investigation into the organization lead by the U.S. Department of Justice.

After reviewing the 168-page FIFA indictment document detailing all of the charges being brought against FIFA and CONCACAF executives, we found these five facts to be revealing:

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5 revelations from the DOJ indictment against FIFA executives

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Soccer monopolized the headlines this week afterreports revealed 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives were indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption following an extensive investigation into the organization lead by the U.S. Department of Justice.

After reviewing the 168-page FIFA indictment document detailing all of the charges being brought against FIFA and CONCACAF executives, we found these five facts to be revealing:

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Soccer News: FIFA issues

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FIFA faces another day of international scrutiny following Wednesday's arrests and calls for changes to world soccer's governing body. Read More

FIFA issues statement welcoming US Dept. of Justice investigation

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FIFA, the world football governing body, released a statement regarding the arrests of FIFA officials by Swiss authorities and extraditedto the United States earlier today.

The statement welcomed any approach to try and provide transparency regarding the allocations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, stating:

"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.

FIFA issues statement welcoming US Dept. of Justice investigation

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FIFA, the world football governing body, released a statement regarding the arrests of FIFA officials by Swiss authorities and extraditedto the United States earlier today.

The statement welcomed any approach to try and provide transparency regarding the allocations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, stating:

"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.

Soccer News: FIFA officials under indictment

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World soccer got a shock on Wednesday morning when Swiss authorities arrested FIFA officials for extradition to the USA. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA’s latest critics

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FIFA is attracting more critics after pressure from its sponsors and a report from Amnesty International on the worker situation in Qatar. Read More

Does FIFA care?

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FIFA seems able to outlast any criticism and the current presidential election cycle might be another case in point for world soccer. Read More

Watch ‘Sepp Blatter and FIFA,’ ESPN’s full-length e:60 documentary [VIDEO]

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With the goal of expanding its union of journalistic excellence and compelling long-form storytelling, E:60 presents this ambitious new effort. Under the banner "E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap" the show devotes an entire program to an in-depth look at the most powerful man in the world of sports and the oft-criticized organization he oversees – Sepp Blatter and FIFA.

Watch ‘Sepp Blatter and FIFA,’ ESPN’s full-length e:60 documentary [VIDEO]

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With the goal of expanding its union of journalistic excellence and compelling long-form storytelling, E:60 presents this ambitious new effort. Under the banner "E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap" the show devotes an entire program to an in-depth look at the most powerful man in the world of sports and the oft-criticized organization he oversees – Sepp Blatter and FIFA.

Women's World Cup

FOX announces details of campaign to promote Women’s World Cup

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Before kicking off the Women's World Cup in Canada on June 6, FOXSportshas announced exclusive content that will precede the games.

FOX will be showing content across all of its channels with themes tied to the World Cup and especially the U.S. National team. A special bug and watermark will be displayed on FOX and FOX Sports 1 channels with an FX movie marathon focusing on the "score to settle" mentality such as The Avengers, Men in Black and the A-Team, and on the FXX Simpsons marathon.

espnW to debut documentary about US Women’s World Cup players this Friday

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Before kicking off the Women's World Cup in Canada this summer, espnW will debut five new documentaries highlighting gifted female athletes from three different sports including three members of the U.S. Women's National team, a U.S. Olympic athlete and professional surfer.

Directed by the Mundo sisters, the first three documentaries focusing on the women attending the World Cup will premiere on espnW.

espnW to debut documentary about US Women’s World Cup players this Friday

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Before kicking off the Women's World Cup in Canada this summer, espnW will debut five new documentaries highlighting gifted female athletes from three different sports including three members of the U.S. Women's National team, a U.S. Olympic athlete and professional surfer.

Directed by the Mundo sisters, the first three documentaries focusing on the women attending the World Cup will premiere on espnW.

FOX Sports announces FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast team

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With less than 30 days until the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer in Canada, FOX Sports has announced the team that will be covering all the action beginning on June 4th.

The group selected to provide play-by-play and in-studio coverage of FOX's first major soccer tournament for the United States is a mixture of former players and well recognized voices.

FOX Sports announces FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast team

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With less than 30 days until the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer in Canada, FOX Sports has announced the team that will be covering all the action beginning on June 4th.

The group selected to provide play-by-play and in-studio coverage of FOX's first major soccer tournament for the United States is a mixture of former players and well recognized voices.

US Soccer

Soccer TV: USMNT U-20s vs Myanmar

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The USMNT U-20s begin Group A play against Myanmar at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer News: USMNT U-20s continue World Cup prep

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The USMNT U-20s pick up a friendly win and advice for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Wednesday's soccer news update. Read More

Is this the year? A World Cup path opens for the USMNT U-20s

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The USMNT U-20s face new pressure as a potential favorite at the FIFA U-20 World Cup later this month in New Zealand. Read More

Gedion Zelalem added to final USMNT U-20 World Cup roster

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USMNT U-20s coach Tab Ramos submitted the final 21-player roster for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup that begins on May 30. Read More

US Soccer announces 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup roster

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USMNT coach Tab Ramos announced 20 players to his USMNT squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Read More

World Cup 2022

Why the US as host of World Cup 2022 is not so far fetched; By Steve Davis

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Some sort of re-vote on the tainted tallies that awarded FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 to Russia and (most stunningly, most notoriously, most annoyingly) Qatar still seems unlikely.

Even with the dizzying wave of corruption charges that swept over world soccer's power brokers on Wednesday, the World Cup in Russia would seem impossible to dislodge at this point.

Why the US as host of World Cup 2022 is not so far fetched; By Steve Davis

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Some sort of re-vote on the tainted tallies that awarded FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 to Russia and (most stunningly, most notoriously, most annoyingly) Qatar still seems unlikely.

Even with the dizzying wave of corruption charges that swept over world soccer's power brokers on Wednesday, the World Cup in Russia would seem impossible to dislodge at this point.

La Liga

The Hodgson Template

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Introduction



On May 1st 2012, Roy Hodgson was appointed manager of England earning £3.5 million per year - the only international manager to earn more is Fabio Capello.

Capello has won Serie A 7 times, La Liga twice, the Champions League once, UEFA Super Cup once, Italian Super Cup four times - a total of 15 trophies in 24 years of management.

Lionel Messi x Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Unveiled

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Madame Tussauds New York hasofficially unveiled the wax figure of Argentina and FC Barcelona soccer [...]

Spain 2015 Women’s World Cup adidas Home Jersey

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adidas and La Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish Football Federation) have unveiled the home [...]

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.7.15) Tommy Smyth

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.7.15) Tommy Smyth

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Listen to Tommy Smyth on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Listen to Tommy Smyth on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Videos

RIP Mwepu Ilunga – Zaire 1974 World Cup Side’s Maverick Free-Kick Vigilante Passes Away Aged 66

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Sad news is reaching us this morning thatMwepu Ilunga, the most famous member of Zaire's esteemed 1974 World Cup side, has passed away at the age of 66 after a long illness.

Largely remembered for one moment of farcical madness, Ilunga actually enjoyed a fairly distinguished football career winning two Africanchampionshiptitles with TP Mazembe as well as helpingZaire become the first sub-Saharan African nation to reach aWorld Cup.

England and the 2015 Women’s World Cup: Preview & Videos

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England and the 2015 Women's World Cup: Preview & Videos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although the Copa America will take place this summer, plenty of football fans will have World Cup withdrawal after being spoiled by the action in Brazil during the last off-season.

However, the 2015 Women's World Cup is set to fill the void and promises to be an exciting festival of football over the space of a month this summer.

The Rest

Fifa blight football’s reputation further with high-profile arrests

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Fifa blight football's reputation further with high-profile arrests - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fifa's questionable reputation as the governing body of football has been brought into further disrepute as news broke this morning of six high-profile arrests of members of the organisation in Switzerland.

How Many Qatar World Cup Slave Deaths Can The Guardian, Barcelona Fans And Harrods Shoppers Put Up With?

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No sooner hadXavi Hernández announced his departure from Barcelona for a new dawn withQatari side Al Sadd, than he was attacked.

Xavi, 35, will work asan ambassador for the 2022 World Cup being staged in merciless desert heat.

Given the contentious nature of how Qatar won the right to stage the World Cup and the plight of migrant workersbuilding the massive white elephants theInternational Trade Union Confederation's Play Fair Qatar says "more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament" Xavi's choice has been considereddespicable by some:


Such condemnation for Xavi would carry an ounce of weightwere it not for the fact thatBarcelona are sponsored byQatari Airways.

World Cup 2022: BBC journalists Jailed For Doing Journalism In Qatar

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A typical camp for migrant workers

The Qatari government wanted to showinvited journalists how well it's treating migrantworkers toiling on its 2022 World Cup Sandlantis.But four BBC journalists thought it an idea to do some actual journalism, peeling away from the group to see things not on the official tour.

Pfeffer misses cut for U-20 World Cup Roster

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Zach Pfeffer didn't make the cut for the U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster, but Union Academy alumnus Zack Steffen will join the team traveling to New Zealand later this month.

Zach Pfeffer missed the cut for the 20-man U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster named by head coach Tab Ramos, but former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen is one of three goalkeepers on the roster who will travel to New Zealand.