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Havelange was the Greatest Dictator

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THERE WERE FEW MOURNERS AS THE KING OF CORRUPTION DIED 100 NOT OUT

It almost passed unnoticed during the Rio Olympics that Joao Havelange, the Brazilian former FIFA President, had died, aged 100.

The major figure in post-war football governance is no more, and on immediate inspection, what a dark legacy he leaves.

FIFA Proudly Announce The Cheapest Ticket For 2018 World Cup Will Cost A Mere £80

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As part oftheir ongoing commitment to keepfootball accessible to all, FIFA have proudly announced that the cheapest match ticket at the 2018 World Cup in Russia will cost a mere $105 (roughly £80).

FIFA have rolled out their pricing structure for the 2018 tournament today, with the following ticket prices applying to overseas fans.

Football Interviews

From Argentina: Lionel Messi reverses decision to retire from international football

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Argentine star striker Lionel Messi has reversed his decision to retire from international football for the ‘love’ of his country.

The 29-year-old announced his shocking retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s defeat in the final of Copa America in June. Despite participating in four major finals with his country, the Barcelona star man has failed to win a single international trophy.

From Argentina: 'Lionel Messi will return to play in international football'

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President of Argentina Mauricio Macari has claimed that the country’s star footballer Lionel Messi will return to play on international level to lead the national team for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Messi announced his shocking retirement from international football in the wake of Argentina’s defeat in the grand final of Copa America in June.

Materazzi: I spoke about Zidane's sister, not his mother

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Former Italian defender Marco Materazzi has undisclosed what he said to his opponent Zidedine Zindane which caused the infamous headbutt incident in the 2006 World Cup final.

In the 110th minute of the mega International finale, France midfielder Zidane produced one of the most controversial moments in the history of the game as he was sent off for headbutting Materazzi after the duo confronted each other during a heated encounter.

England National Team

Germans still disputing England 1966 World Cup final goal

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Hamburg (AFP) Fifty years after THAT goal at Wembley, West Germany captain Uwe Seeler still insists England's Geoff Hurst's controversial shot never crossed the line in the 1966 World Cup final.

Hurst's second goal in the 101st minute of extra time which put England 3-2 ahead after the match had finished 2-2 over 90 minutes is arguably the most controversial goal in international football history.

Germans still disputing England 1966 World Cup final goal

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Hamburg (AFP) Fifty years after THAT goal at Wembley, West Germany captain Uwe Seeler still insists England's Geoff Hurst's controversial shot never crossed the line in the 1966 World Cup final.

Hurst's second goal in the 101st minute of extra time which put England 3-2 ahead after the match had finished 2-2 over 90 minutes is arguably the most controversial goal in international football history.

Interview with Ronny Goodlass: “It brings a smile to my face even saying Alan Ball’s name”

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Former Everton winger Ronny Goodlass wouldn't accept the old adage that you should never meet your heroes.

The 62-year-old scouser came through the ranks with the Toffees when they were a powerhouse in English football, boasting some of the finest players in the club's and the English game's history.

Interview with Ronny Goodlass: “It brings a smile to my face even saying Alan Ball’s name”

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Former Everton winger Ronny Goodlass wouldn't accept the old adage that you should never meet your heroes.

The 62-year-old scouser came through the ranks with the Toffees when they were a powerhouse in English football, boasting some of the finest players in the club's and the English game's history.

EURO 2016

Euro 2016 violence and what it means for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

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Euro 2016 in France has seen a return of football hooliganism which had been largely absent from recent international competitions. Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions. However, Euro 2016 in France saw a return of this ill-affair.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you're reading thisthen the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it's more than...

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Behavior of ultras further proof that Russia must be stripped of 2018 World Cup

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Saturday's Euro 2016 competition was a fantasticday oftournament soccer.

But it wasn't a fantastic day at a major tournament.

A dark cloud of hooliganism and thuggery, building for several days between English and Russian fans, exploded over the canvas of the championship in Marseille.

Behavior of ultras further proof that Russia must be stripped of 2018 World Cup

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Saturday's Euro 2016 competition was a fantasticday oftournament soccer.

But it wasn't a fantastic day at a major tournament.

A dark cloud of hooliganism and thuggery, building for several days between English and Russian fans, exploded over the canvas of the championship in Marseille.

Euro 2016 groups

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Out of the 24 teams competing in Euro 2016, they've been separated into six Euro 2016 groups —from Group A through Group F. Six of the teams were seeded (France, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal) while the remaining 18 teams were drawn into their respective groups.

Euro 2016 is arguably the most prestigious and competitive international soccer tournament in the world — even better than the World Cup.

Euro 2016 groups

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Out of the 24 teams competing in Euro 2016, they've been separated into six Euro 2016 groups —from Group A through Group F. Six of the teams were seeded (France, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal) while the remaining 18 teams were drawn into their respective groups.

Euro 2016 is arguably the most prestigious and competitive international soccer tournament in the world — even better than the World Cup.

Preview of ESPN’s Euro 2016 TV and streaming coverage

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Given the way that ESPN has raised the bar with its world-class coverage of FIFA World Cup 2014 and Euro 2012, it's a tough ask for the network to notonly better its already critically-acclaimed coverage with Euro 2016 but to also dealwith issues that it can't control such as weather, transportation strikes and terror threats.

Preview of ESPN’s Euro 2016 TV and streaming coverage

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Given the way that ESPN has raised the bar with its world-class coverage of FIFA World Cup 2014 and Euro 2012, it's a tough ask for the network to notonly better its already critically-acclaimed coverage with Euro 2016 but to also dealwith issues that it can't control such as weather, transportation strikes and terror threats.

Football mascots: From Naranjito to Super Victor… 11 weird and wonderful international football mascots

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With most of the world now well acquainted with Kingsley (Partick Thistle's new mascot for the three of you lucky enough to have not seen it yet), and with Euro 2016 on the horizon, wegot...

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ESPN announces host and studio talent for Euro 2016 TV coverage

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ESPN's talent that will be bringing Euro 2016 into homes across the United Statesthis summer will have a very familiar look. In fact, the talent is almost identical to the team that received rave reviews for its coverage of World Cup 2014.

Based in a studio in France, BobLey leads a team of English-language studio hosts that includes Mike Tirico his last assignment for ESPN before joining NBC Sports, as well as UK-based sports presenters Steve Bower and Alison Bender.

ESPN announces host and studio talent for Euro 2016 TV coverage

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ESPN's talent that will be bringing Euro 2016 into homes across the United Statesthis summer will have a very familiar look. In fact, the talent is almost identical to the team that received rave reviews for its coverage of World Cup 2014.

Based in a studio in France, BobLey leads a team of English-language studio hosts that includes Mike Tirico his last assignment for ESPN before joining NBC Sports, as well as UK-based sports presenters Steve Bower and Alison Bender.

ESPN’s Euro 2016 ‘More Than Football’ campaign exudes class

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For the past 8 years, we've been graced by ESPN's superb coverage of world-class soccer competitions on US television. At Euro 2008, it was the birth of a new soccer vision that was focused on providing intelligent discussion and coverage of the Beautiful Game, and importantly not talking down to the viewers.

ESPN’s Euro 2016 ‘More Than Football’ campaign exudes class

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For the past 8 years, we've been graced by ESPN's superb coverage of world-class soccer competitions on US television. At Euro 2008, it was the birth of a new soccer vision that was focused on providing intelligent discussion and coverage of the Beautiful Game, and importantly not talking down to the viewers.

United States Men's National Team

The schedule continues for the USMNT and the rest of world soccer

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Another summer of international soccer raises the recurring question of fixture congestion and competitive edge.

Gulati hints that Trump election could impact future tournaments

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Republican presidentialcandidate Donald Trump has created waves with some of his comments throughout the campaigning process, but could a potential White House bid affect the United States' chances of hosting another major soccer tournament?

Some Lighthearted Soccer Linkery

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AFP

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid – Gulati

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Chicago (AFP) A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America's chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country's top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump's election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to hopes of gathering enough votes to land the tournament.

Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid – Gulati

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Chicago (AFP) A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America's chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country's top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump's election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to hopes of gathering enough votes to land the tournament.

Spain coach Del Bosque seeks vindication in Euro 2016 after Brazil bust

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Madrid (AFP) As a pot-bellied, softly-spoken, 65-year-old, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque can rarely be described as a man on a mission.

Yet he is determined to put right a disastrous World Cup two years ago when La Roja defend their European Championship title.

"The origin of everything is Brazil and the disappointment of Brazil," Del Bosque told AFP explaining why the Spanish public, so accustomed to success over the past decade, has failed to become enthused by its national team in the two years since Spain crashed out after just two games at the World Cup.

Copa America

Brazil Sack Dunga After Copa America Disaster

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So much for Federations not putting much importance on the Copa America results. Just two days after seeing his side losing 1-0 to Peru, Dunga has been sacked as the Brazil manager, a result that saw the Samba Boys fail to reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1987.

Dunga, who was sacked from his first spell in charge of the Selecao after their last-eight exit at the 2010 World Cup, said after the Peru game:

"The president of the federation knows what we do and how we work.

How To Watch: Copa America Group Stage United States vs. Paraguay At The Linc

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The USMNT comes to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time since the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the United States needs a result.

The United States have had a down and up group stage in the Copa America Centenario thus far. Things began on a dour note against Colombia with a 2-0 loss but four days later the United States picked up a 4-0 win against Costa Rica despite USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann not making a single change to his starting XI.

World Cup 2026

Slow ticket sales for Copa America could hurt USA’s World Cup 2026 chances

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Usually when major soccer tournaments come to new regions, one of the barometers of success is in the form of ticket sales. One of the pillars of a future US World Cup would be that major ticket sales would fill up gigantic stadiums across the country.

Slow ticket sales for Copa America could hurt USA’s World Cup 2026 chances

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Usually when major soccer tournaments come to new regions, one of the barometers of success is in the form of ticket sales. One of the pillars of a future US World Cup would be that major ticket sales would fill up gigantic stadiums across the country.

S... WTHATT? - World Cup Edition

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I haven't had time to cast about over this until now, but it's been bugging the crap out of me since I heard about it over the weekend. I'm not sure if our federation is simply being polite, but color me astonished that US Soccer is publicly entertaining the concept of a joint World Cup 2026 bid with Mexico.

US-Mexico joint World Cup bid is a terrible gamble for US Soccer

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FIFA has a moneyproblem. After years of scandals coming to the forefront of people's attentions and assets being seized in criminal investigations, the organization is finally being hit where it hurts. According to the Associated Press, FIFA's latest financials showed a loss of $122 million last year, and the organization now has had trouble finding new sponsors in the wake of seemingly repeated misappropriation of funds.

US-Mexico joint World Cup bid is a terrible gamble for US Soccer

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FIFA has a moneyproblem. After years of scandals coming to the forefront of people's attentions and assets being seized in criminal investigations, the organization is finally being hit where it hurts. According to the Associated Press, FIFA's latest financials showed a loss of $122 million last year, and the organization now has had trouble finding new sponsors in the wake of seemingly repeated misappropriation of funds.

World Cup 2018

FOX Sports teams up with National Geographic to enhance World Cup 2018 TV coverage

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FOX Sports has teamed up with National Geographic to complement its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be shown on US television.

National Geographic Channel, which is owned by 21st Century FOX, will collaborate with FOX Sports to help create features, vignettes and bumpers that will try to capture Russia's diversity, culture and scenery.

FOX Sports teams up with National Geographic to enhance World Cup 2018 TV coverage

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FOX Sports has teamed up with National Geographic to complement its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be shown on US television.

National Geographic Channel, which is owned by 21st Century FOX, will collaborate with FOX Sports to help create features, vignettes and bumpers that will try to capture Russia's diversity, culture and scenery.

The Rest

Gulati says no decisions made on 2026 World Cup, joint bid with Mexico

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Votingfor the 2026 World Cup is still several years away, and Sunil Gulati says that U.S. Soccer remains unsure of how, and if, the federation will present themselves as potential hosts.

According to a recent ESPN report, John Motta, a U.S. Soccer board member, says the federation has been considering a joint bid with Mexico for the 2026 tournament, which will see the host nation determined in May 2020.