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Monaco: Kylian Mbappe Unwittingly Reignites Long Dormant Feud Between Nicolas Anelka And Raymond Domenech

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Kylian Mbappe, Monaco's wunderkind du jour,sent yet another record tumbling at the weekendby scoring what proved to be the winning goal against Lyon.

As a result, Mbappe became the youngest player this century (18 years, 124 days) to reach 14 league goals in one of Europe's so-called 'top five' leagues, thus breakingWayne Rooney's record.

‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

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FIFA image damaging search for World Cup sponsors – Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – FIFA’s tarnished image is badly hindering the search for sponsors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

His comments came after the Financial Times reported that the corruption-tainted world football body was struggling to find new sponsors for the upcoming World Cup, with Russian companies being “the slowest to come on board”.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

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Zurich (AFP) – Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as they usurped great rivals Argentina.

It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil - last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their latest step on the road to redemption after the embarrassment and heartache of their World Cup failure on home soil in 2014.

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

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Zurich (AFP) – Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as they usurped great rivals Argentina.

It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil - last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their latest step on the road to redemption after the embarrassment and heartache of their World Cup failure on home soil in 2014.

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.

Messi ban ‘totally disproportionate’ – Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s four-match international ban for swearing at an assistant referee was “unfair and totally disproportionate”, his Spanish club Barcelona said Wednesday.

“FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture between Argentina and Chile,” Barca said in a statement.

Brazil book FIFA World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.

Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo handed them a 3-0 win over the Paraguayans at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians.

Brazil book FIFA World Cup berth, Argentina tumble

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi.

Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo handed them a 3-0 win over the Paraguayans at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians.

US held by Panama in FIFA World Cup qualifier

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Panama City (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena accused Panama of targeting teenage star Christian Pulisic after a rugged CONCACAF World Cup qualifying battle ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Clint Dempsey scored his fourth goal in two games to give the US a precious point on the road as they aim to get their World Cup qualification campaign back on track under Arena following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann in November.

US held by Panama in FIFA World Cup qualifier

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Panama City (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena accused Panama of targeting teenage star Christian Pulisic after a rugged CONCACAF World Cup qualifying battle ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Clint Dempsey scored his fourth goal in two games to give the US a precious point on the road as they aim to get their World Cup qualification campaign back on track under Arena following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann in November.

Spain are rediscovering domination – Ramos

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Saint-Denis (France) (AFP) – Spain are rediscovering their old dominance, captain Sergio Ramos said on Monday ahead of a friendly against France on Tuesday.

Spain reigned supreme from 2008 to 2012, winning three straight major international tournaments - two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup - before falling on harder times recently.

Spain are rediscovering domination – Ramos

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Saint-Denis (France) (AFP) – Spain are rediscovering their old dominance, captain Sergio Ramos said on Monday ahead of a friendly against France on Tuesday.

Spain reigned supreme from 2008 to 2012, winning three straight major international tournaments - two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup - before falling on harder times recently.

Blind sacked as Dutch coach after World Cup flop

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Danny Blind was sacked as Netherlands coach on Sunday after a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria left the team’s chances of reaching the World Cup finals hanging by the slenderest of threads.

Blind, 55, had been in charge since July 2015, succeeding Guus Hiddink, but Saturday’s loss in Sofia left the Dutch in fourth place in qualifying Group A, six points behind leaders France.

Blind sacked as Dutch coach after World Cup flop

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Danny Blind was sacked as Netherlands coach on Sunday after a 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria left the team’s chances of reaching the World Cup finals hanging by the slenderest of threads.

Blind, 55, had been in charge since July 2015, succeeding Guus Hiddink, but Saturday’s loss in Sofia left the Dutch in fourth place in qualifying Group A, six points behind leaders France.

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FIFA struggles to attract sponsors for Russia’s 2018 World Cup

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The next FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14 in Russia next year, and there has been much anticipation around it. The Volunteer Programme has been a massive success, and 150,000 applications have been received, setting history.

Worryingly enough, however, two-thirds of the sponsorship slots remain unsold.

CONCACAF offers FIFA a financial win

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of "America" beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America.

Report: Joint 2026 World Cup bid could be fasttracked

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On the heels of the announcement of the joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, news came out that the trio of North American countries may be seeking an early stamp of approval from the FIFA Congress.

According to ESPN, CONCACAF is preparing a proposal that would expedite the process, giving the North American hosts a noncompetitive window to prove everything is in place already in all three countries for the prestigious sporting event to take place across the continent.

Canada, Mexico, United States will joint bid for the 2026 World Cup

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The soccer governing bodies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they will submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The three federations made the announcement at a media even in New York City. FIFA has yet to specify the requirements for bidding on the 2026 World Cup or a preference for single or joint bids.

CONCACAF president expects joint USA, Canada, Mexico bid to host 2026 World Cup

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The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup is set to begin in the coming months and CONCACAF's three biggest countries are set to come together in an effort to host the world's premier tournament.

According to the Guardian, CONCACAF presidentVictor Montagliani says that the U.S., Mexico and Canada are set to join together to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament, the first to feature an expanded 48-team field.

Is FIFA’s expanded World Cup ruining the future for international soccer?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - The picture for the expanded 48-team World Cup is starting to come into focus. FIFA released their proposal for dividing the places for the tournament on Thursday. The increase in the number of participants means some confederations stand to see a significant bump in representation in 11 years time.

FIFA proposes slot allocation for 2026 World Cup

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The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament to feature an expanded 48 team field, and now FIFA has revealedhow many slots each confederation will receive under the new format.

The Bureau of the Council proposed a new slot allocation for the World Cup for 48 teams, beginning with the 2026 edition, as well as a revamped playoff system for the final two open slots.

United States Men's National Team

Bruce Arena takes an uncharacteristic flyer: Why?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial "safe set of hands" managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason.

Arena believes USMNT can start "talking about winning a World Cup" by 2026

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Bruce Arena is the first to admit that there's work to be done in the present as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, given all of the recent headlines, the USMNT head coach is looking ahead a bit to what could be a defining moment in U.S. Soccer.

On Monday, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced that the three have submitted a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

CONCACAF

CONCACAF’s deal

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CONCACAF officially announced that three of its members will bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup. Since the announcement comes before FIFA officially announces the bidding criteria, details are sketchy. ESPN's Sam Borden reports that CONCACAF's plan is to push FIFA to approve their bid by as early as the end of the year.

CONCACAF’s World Cup bid

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The soccer news starts with CONCACAF's "historic announcement" coming out of their Congress held in Aruba on Saturday. The scene now shifts to New York City where Canada, Mexico, and the United States are set to announce a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The announcement comes before FIFA lays out the specifics for potential bidders.

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Bundesbanter: Chicago Fire Back Bastian Schweinsteiger As Veteran Midfielder Embarks On ‘Road To Russia’ (Photo)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's great American adventure got off to a suitably ridiculous start when a befuddled local journalist asked the German midfielder if he was hoping to score at the World Cup with Chicago Fire at his introductory press conference.

Indeed, scholars of the game may note that Chicago Fire aren't technically eligible to compete in World Cups, principally because they are not aninternational side of a recognised FIFA member state.

MLS: Bastian Schweinsteiger Asked About Possibility Of Winning ‘World Cup’ With Chicage Fire By Confused Reporter (Photos)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger endured a horrible time at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but is now embarking on a new, and hopefully for him, fruitful adventure in the USA.

On his arrival at new club Chicago Fire, Schweinsteiger has created quite a stir, drawing a large crowd to the airport.

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However, at an introductory press conference, the German World Cup winner was asked a rather odd question and one which will reinforce the often unfair view that the US is still yet to get fully up to speed with the world of 'soccer', with a reporter asking:

I wonder, with your addition to this team, is it a fair expectation to see a clearpathway towards a World Cup competition to come out of Chicago?

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Where to find Brazil vs. Paraguay on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Paraguay, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil is on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At the same time, Paraguay sits in seventh place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, so Paraguay will be focused on trying to score an upset win in order to stay in the pack of teams trying to qualify from South America.

Where to find Brazil vs. Paraguay on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Paraguay, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil is on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At the same time, Paraguay sits in seventh place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, so Paraguay will be focused on trying to score an upset win in order to stay in the pack of teams trying to qualify from South America.

Argentina

Where to find Bolivia vs. Argentina on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bolivia vs. Argentina, you’ve come to the right place.

Argentina’s impressive 1-0 victory against Chile last week raises their hopes of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but they still have a long way to go before they can book their tickets to Russia.

Where to find Bolivia vs. Argentina on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bolivia vs. Argentina, you’ve come to the right place.

Argentina’s impressive 1-0 victory against Chile last week raises their hopes of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but they still have a long way to go before they can book their tickets to Russia.

Argentina Fan Gets Tattoo Tribute To Infamous Sliding Tackle That Split Javier Mascherano’s Anus In Twain (Photo)

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Javier Mascherano was forced to relive painful memories over the weekend when he came face to face with a tattoo tribute to his goal-denying sliding tackle at the 2014 World Cup.

With the score locked at 0-0 and mere seconds of normal time left to play in Argentina's drab semi-final against the Netherlands, Mascherano made up several metres on Arjen Robben to slam the door shut in dramatic fashion.

The Rest

Gulati confident in joint bid following extensive negotiation process

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The process of putting together a World Cup bid is just that: a process. There are so many discussions, so many hurdles to clear to prepare for the decisions to come. Long before the formality of it all is revealed to the world, so much work is done behind the scenes, away from the bright lights that will hopefully come.

DSG Park To Host USA-T&T World Cup Qualifier

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After being long-rumored the USSF made it official today. DSG Park will host the 5th round World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday June 8th. Kickoff will be at 5:50pm. This will be a long trip for Mekeil Williams who will have to walk to the visitor locker room instead of the Rapids locker room.

World Cup: Alexis Sanchez Scores Cracking Free-Kick As Chile Beat Venezuela 3-1 (Video)

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Currently linked with a move across London to Chelsea) imagine Arsenal Fan TV if that happens), Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal's current woes behind him to produce a fine man of the match display for Chile in their World Cup qualifier with Venezuela on Tuesday.

Sanchez opened the scoring after just five minutes, via an exquisite free-kick.

Where to find Ecuador vs. Colombia on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Ecuador vs. Colombia, you’ve come to the right place.

Fourth meets fifth in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group as both Ecuador and Colombia fight it out to try to gain an edge in the qualifying stages for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.