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Antonio Conte Named New Italy Manager

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The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Friday Kickoff: Italy announce Conte as manager; Wenger looking to keep Campbell; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After falling short of the knockout round for the second straight World Cup,the Italian national team has announced the man they hope will guide them back to the heights of the team's2006 World Cup triumph.

Antonio Conte has been named manager of the Italian national team after the team partedways with former manager Cesare Prandelli shortly following the World Cup.

English Premier League

Premier League 2014/15: Four ways the World Cup will change the league completely

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Premier League 2014/15: Four ways the World Cup will change the league completely is a post from: Just Football

In 2010, Spain passed their way to a World Cup victory – defeating the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time. For many in the footballing community, the result signalled the birth of a new tactical era, establishing possession as the primary currency of the sport.

Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season

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Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.

Here We Go Again

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We love our new signings, don't we

It starts again today. The gap doesn't feel as long as it normally because of the wonderful World Cup in Brazil. For the first time in many many seasons, it feels that things might be different.

After the seemingly endless wait last season for transfer, it all happened rather quickly and early this season the club cannot be criticised for dragging their feet and that is always music to the masses of fans.

Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement

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Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Long-standing Premier League referee Howard Webb has announced his retirement from the game, The Guardian reports. He has been appointed as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

Manchester United Closing In On Hummels Deal

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Manchester United Closing In On Hummels Deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are said to be edging closer to a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. The German centre-half has been on Louis Van Gaal's radar for a long time now and the Red Devils are willing to spend big to land him at Old Trafford.

Liverpool set to swoop Vidal from under Manchester United’s noses in big deal

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Liverpool set to swoop Vidal from under Manchester United's noses in big deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Metro, Brendan Rodgers is about to swoop in on Manchester United's deal with Juventus for Arturo Vidal, by offering more money than LvG was planning to go up to.

Manchester United target set for medical today

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Manchester United target set for medical today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have missed out on Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij after it was confirmed that the Dutchman is set to join Seria A outfit Lazio is a deal worth £6.7 million.

The 22 year-old was Louis Van Gaal's prime target this summer as the new manager looks to put right the defensive crisis at Old Trafford, after the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

FIFA

Preview: The United States versus North Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup in Canada

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Preview: The United States versus North Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup in Canada - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

American forwrd Lindsey Horan (Center) will be the leading force to victory against North Korea DPR in the quarterfinal match of the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup on Saturday in Toronto.

Colombian Lawyer Sues FIFA For £800m Over ‘Cardiac Problems And Moral Damage’ Caused By Poor Refereeing At The World Cup

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By Chris Wright

A Colombian gentleman has filed a gigantic lawsuit against FIFA after deciding that the refereeing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was so abhorrently abysmal that it caused him to suffercardiac problems.

Aurelio Jimenez, a 74-year-old lawyer, is suing Sepp Blatter and his cronies for ONE BILLION EUROS (roughly £800million) after the controversial decisions, or lack thereof, made by Spanish refereeCarlos Velasco Carballo during Colombia's quarter-final defeat to Brazilcaused him to wind up in hospital with a broken heart.

Top Female Soccer Players Express Outrage That Women’s World Cup Will Be Played On Artificial Grass

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More than 40 international women's players have stepped forward and are threatening to take legal action against FIFA and its decision to allow the 2015 Women's World Cup to be held exclusively on artificial turf in Canada.

What started as a grassroots campaign by players on social media has turned into a growing issue that FIFA will have to address less then a year before the opening kick in Canada.

Blatter keen on possible Canada bid for men’s World Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

"It's time."

That's what FIFA president Sepp Blatter had to say Monday about a future bid from the Canadian Soccer Association to host the Men's World Cup.Blatter's comments came on the eve of the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada, which is to act as a precursor for next summer's Women's World Cup.

United States Women National team will be facing Mexico in a pair of friendlies in September

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United States Women National team will be facing Mexico in a pair of friendlies in September - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The American Ladies will be facing Mexico twice in September, for their final tune up before the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship starts in October. Photo provided by wmgllc.

International football

World Cup Flop Eden Hazard Asks Google To Remove Negative References To His Shoddy Performance Against Argentina

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By Chris Wright

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has requested that Google removed all references and ratings of his underwhelming performance for Belgium against Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup under the European Union's "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Belgium lost the game 0-1 with Hazard largely criticised for failing to make any kind of impact despite his billing as one of the tournament's top stars.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Forks Out £30,000 To Send Sweden’s National Disabled Football Team To World Cup In Brazil

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By Chris Wright

"You're welcome, world"

After being asked for signed shirt to raffle off in order to raise the necessary funds, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hascut out the middle man and simply donated the entire wodge of money required to send Sweden's "mildly mentally retarded" (we've no idea if that's the official team title, but we're at the mercy of Google translate here) men's national team to their World Cup.

New Brazil Coach Dunga Will Not Accept Branded Hats, Dyed Hair Or Crying On His Watch

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By Chris Wright

Like a cigar-chewing, crew-cutted drill sergeant, new Brazil coach Dunga has been laying down the law to his Selecao, indirectly informing the likes of Dani Alves and Neymar that flouncy crap like dyed hair, branded baseball caps and crying will no longer be permitted on his watch.

Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery Announces His Retirement From International Soccer

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France forward Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international soccer.

The 31-year-old missed this summer's World Cup in Brazil due to a nagging back injury. The French forward followed an individual training program in the weeks leading up to the tournament but was unable to regain full fitness in time to join Didier Deschamps'23-man squad.

Green excited to build off World Cup experiences with FC Bayern in USA

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By DAN KARELL

In just a matter of days, Julian Green will be playing soccer in the United States for the second time this summer. Only this time, he'll be wearing a different jersey.

Green returned to training with Bayern Munich on Mondayafter taking three weeks off for vacation and is expected to play in both Bayern matches on their U.

Brazil

Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Announces Retirement From International Soccer

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Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international soccer less than one month after winning the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a largely successful international career spanning for over 13 years where he scored 71 goals in 137 appearances for the nation.

David Luiz Says He Is Over World Cup Implosion

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David Luiz was formally introduced to the press on Thursday as a Paris Saint-Germain player, after the French club overpaid by at least £25 million in signing the Chelsea defender.

The press did not care about the £50 million transfer fee, or how the deal has handicapped PSG from signing other players this summer.

Watching People Watching The World Cup You’ve seen the...

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Watching People Watching The World Cup

You've seen the thousands of photos of goal celebrations, player reactions, and crushing images of fans sitting alone in stadiums.

Real Madrid

James Rodriguez Finally Picks Up His World Cup Golden Boot Award (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Fair to say it's all been a bit hectic for James Rodriguez since the World Cup, what with the Colombian star signing for Real Madrid and becoming the latest darling of the football media and all, but it's nice to see that the former Monaco man has finally managed to get his hands on the World Cup Golden Boot award that he snagged by sticking away six goals out in Brazil.

Diego Lopez Nearing Real Madrid Exit

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Diego Lopez Nearing Real Madrid Exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez is on the verge of quitting Real Madrid, AS has reported. After completing the signing Keylor Navas from Levante, the club have decided that Lopez's future lies away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

U.S. National Team

Like Sochi, the West’s Smear Campaign Against Russia’s 2018 World Cup Won’t Work

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In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia's right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games program, McCain asked whether it was "appropriate to have this venue in Russia," — although he's not the first Republican to struggle at his own language, by venue he must have clearly meant event or tournament — "and aren't there other countries that would be far less controversial?

Tony Meola Discusses USMNT, World Cup and MLS All-Star Game

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In April, World Soccer Talk interviewed U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola about his career and some of his thoughts on the U.S. Men's National Team's chances heading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This week we spoke with Tony again, and he reflected on the USMNT's performances, as well as what it means for MLS and the MLS All-Star Game.

USMNT Assistant Coach Andreas Herzog Extends Contract to 2018

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The US Soccer Federation has extended the contract of assistant coach Andreas Herzog until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to a reportfrom Germany.

Herzog, an integral part to Jurgen Klinsmann's team that oversaw the United States' impressive performance in the 2014 World Cup, will not only be a part of the preparations and lead up to the World Cup, but also to the Gold Cup in 2015, Copa America 2016 and, if qualifying, the Confederations Cup of 2017.

The Rest

Soccer Football Festival Comes To Manchester

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Started in 2005, the Soccer Football Festival has visited various cities including Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro, and in September 2014 it comes to Manchester (the Club Capital of the World).

The free two-day event hosted at Manchester City's Etihad stadium between the 6th and 7th of September will deliver an extravaganza of football, entertainment, youth tournament, football legends, prize draws, football freestylers, competitions, activations and much more!

The elusive fifth World Cup game

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Two major moves for Mexico National Team players may have them closer to reaching the World Cup quarterfinals in 2018. Read More

Jones an Overpriced Band-Aid Fix

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Photo Credit: Erik Drost

Jermaine Jones is a great defensive midfielder coming off a very strong 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. National Team. He's played in some of the best leagues in the world and has Champions League experience. He's also not the solutionto all that ails the New England Revolution.

Sports Path's Technical Report on the 2014 World Cup

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The World Cup is over and Germany are still celebrating.And the first detailed analysis of the recently completed has arrived!Robin Russell of Sports Path and his colleagues have compiled their "World Cup Technical Report 2014".In the first of which will likely be many analyses, their detailed look at the numbers offers some interesting observations.

Research Shows That Soccer Fans Are More Likely to Be Liberals

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During the frenzy of the World Cup, it was difficult to stay on top of all of the headlines, so one of the reports that you and I may have missed was in TheWall Street Journalnewspaper where research shows that most soccer fans are liberal.

The poll showed that amongst those who consider themselves ‘liberal,' 11% said they watched the 2010 World Cup, while a mere 6% of conservatives took in the action.

Costa Rica 2014 World Cup Lotto Commemorative Jersey

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Federación Costarricense de Fútbol technical partner Lotto Sport have released a special edition jersey celebrating [...]

How did we get here? The Union season so far

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Here are the big reasons the Union are where they are - and why they are poised to go where they're going.

Since the break for the World Cup a mere two months ago, the Philadelphia Union have turned everything around. From a team that just couldn't get it together earlier in the year to a team that has has lost only once (to FC Dallas on July 4th) since returning from the break - and signed two World Cup veterans in the past week - this is a team that has to be favorites going into the home stretch towards the MLS Playoffs.

Players threaten legal action over artificial turf at Women’s World Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A group of players expected to play in the Women's World Cup next summer, including Abby Wambach, have already made it clear they oppose the tournament being played on grass.

They've spoken to the media about it. They've signed a petition. And now, they might sue.

The Four Year Frenzy Part 2 – 2016, 2017, and 2018

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What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk..

Mexico World Cup players in the transfer window

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Mexico World Cup goalkeeper Memo Ochoa moves to Malaga, but is their a transfer for Chicharito Hernandez? Read More

Ross Barkley Contract Extension Latest Indication Of Renewed Everton Ambition

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You'd be forgiven for not noticing, but during the World Cup's opening game, Everton revealed that their manager Roberto Martinez had signed a new deal after a wonderful debut campaign at the club.

Later in the summer, the club's announcement that Seamus Coleman signed a new deal was equally understated, as the Toffees' Player of the Year was awarded for his sterling efforts in 2013/14 with a brand new contract.

SOGA, So Good

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Hooded Hoodlums of Global Matchfixing on the Perp Walk

The Interpol SOGA V (SOccer GAmbling Five) operation against illegal gambling during the FIFA World Cup 2014 netted 1400 arrests, $2.2bn in wagers and $12m in cash plus the arrest of leading triad operator Paul Phua.
Over 1000 raids were carried out across 6 South East Asian countries.

Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer’s...

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Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer's Guide

Words and Photography by Ryu Voelkel

It's been a while. So forgive me.