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WM 1974: Ost gegen West

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Im Jahr 1974 war Westdeutschland das Gastgeberland für die WM. Dieses Jahr war natürlich eine besondere Zeit in Deutsche Geschichte, denn es war zwei Jahren nach dem Münchner Massaker (als eine palästinische Terroristengruppe, die Schwarzer September hieß, elf israelische Sportler ermordet hat).

El efecto de la Musica en los Partidos Internacionales

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Como sabemos, el fútbol es un espectáculo internacional.Dos equipos de dos países completamente diferentes comparten una cosa en común: la pasión por el fútbol.Esta pasión trae los equipos juntos parala competencia, donde los países luchan por el orgullo.En muchos casos existe unahistoria entre las dos naciones.

WM 2006 – Deutschland als Gastgeber

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Deutschland war nur zweimal in Geschichte der Gastgeber der Weltmeisterschaft: 1974 (als Deutschland zwischen „Ost Deutschland" und „West Deutschland" gespalten wurde, und „West Deutschland" der Gastgeber war) und 2006. Während der ersten deutschen Weltmeisterschaft gab es sehr viel Kontroverse, was mit dem München Massaker zwei Jahre vor, und auch dem Kalter Krieg.

Qatar

The turf battle for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

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Watching grass grow is not usually considered exciting but there's currently a buzz of anticipation among Qatar's World Cup organizers about 12 different types of turf gently sprouting on former Doha farmland.

If all goes well, one of these dozen grasses will eventually take centre stage and become the most watched strips of green on the globe, at least for a 28-day period, during the 2022 World Cup.

The turf battle for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

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Watching grass grow is not usually considered exciting but there's currently a buzz of anticipation among Qatar's World Cup organizers about 12 different types of turf gently sprouting on former Doha farmland.

If all goes well, one of these dozen grasses will eventually take centre stage and become the most watched strips of green on the globe, at least for a 28-day period, during the 2022 World Cup.

Forget 2022, Qatar focus now on 2018 World Cup

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Of the 12 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams anxiously awaiting Tuesday's draw for the Russia World Cup 2018 third round qualifiers, arguably Qatar has the most at stake.

Since being controversially chosen to host the 2022 tournament, the Gulf state has been battered by ongoing allegations of corruption, charges it denies, and labour abuse, which it claims to be addressing through reform.

Forget 2022, Qatar focus now on 2018 World Cup

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Of the 12 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams anxiously awaiting Tuesday's draw for the Russia World Cup 2018 third round qualifiers, arguably Qatar has the most at stake.

Since being controversially chosen to host the 2022 tournament, the Gulf state has been battered by ongoing allegations of corruption, charges it denies, and labour abuse, which it claims to be addressing through reform.

Amnesty International accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

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Qatar World Cup stadium workers have suffered abuse and been subjected to forced labour, Amnesty International said Thursday, for the first time alleging rights violations at a 2022 tournament venue.

The London-based watchdog said laborers at the Khalifa International Stadium, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, were lied to over their salaries, went unpaid for months and were housed in squalid accommodation, which it claims amount to forced labour.

Amnesty International accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

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Qatar World Cup stadium workers have suffered abuse and been subjected to forced labour, Amnesty International said Thursday, for the first time alleging rights violations at a 2022 tournament venue.

The London-based watchdog said laborers at the Khalifa International Stadium, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, were lied to over their salaries, went unpaid for months and were housed in squalid accommodation, which it claims amount to forced labour.

Qatar looks to Airbnb to house fans in 2022

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Qatar World Cup organizers say they are considering using Airbnb to house some of the visiting soccer fans during the World Cup finals in 2022.

Hasan al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organization of the tournament, said market demands could mean the room-sharing service being used in six years' time.

Qatar looks to Airbnb to house fans in 2022

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Qatar World Cup organizers say they are considering using Airbnb to house some of the visiting soccer fans during the World Cup finals in 2022.

Hasan al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organization of the tournament, said market demands could mean the room-sharing service being used in six years' time.

FIFA

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

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On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.

Soccer News: Klinsmann excited about Copa Centenario

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Friday's soccer news update has USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann stressing the importance of preparation for this summer's Copa Centenario.

Gianni Infantino speaks: Should Americans listen?

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Newly elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the media rounds in the United States, setting up a near future for an expanded World Cup.

More Potshots at the FIFA Prosecutions

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About a month ago, I penned a reported feature for VICE Sports about the FIFA prosecutions. Basically, I questioned the use of US resources to go after white collar criminals from other countries who, based on the legal theory of the case, only "hurt" a nonprofit that is organized in Switzerland.

Is Hosting the World Cup Worth it?

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Have you ever wondered why the bidding process for hosting the World Cup is so competitive and intense? FIFA has a pretty sophisticated process for compiling bids and ultimately deciding on a destination. The process begins with a simple request form that is sent out, and made available to every member association (MA).

FIFA told to get tough with World Cup rights abusers

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FIFA must show that it respects human rights and brandish the threat of withdrawing a World Cup to prove it means business, an independent review of football's world body said Thursday.

The report by former UN special representative on human rights and business John Ruggie is likely to intensify pressure on 2022 hosts Qatar, widely condemned for its treatment of migrant laborers.

FIFA told to get tough with World Cup rights abusers

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FIFA must show that it respects human rights and brandish the threat of withdrawing a World Cup to prove it means business, an independent review of football's world body said Thursday.

The report by former UN special representative on human rights and business John Ruggie is likely to intensify pressure on 2022 hosts Qatar, widely condemned for its treatment of migrant laborers.

Le manque de respect pour le football féminin de la FIFA

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Alison Cooney Jugeant par le traitement des footballeuses par la FIFA, le Coupe du monde de femmes est un tournoi de seconde zone, et le plupart des gens ne disputeront pas cela. C'est vrai: le football féminin (ou peut-être on devrait dire des sports féminins), ne reçoit pas souvent des fans comment le football masculin.

Quand les Bons Gens Se Comportent Mal : L’Histoire d’Abby Wambach

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Abby Wambach est «l'enfant chérie» et «la femme d'affiche» pour des athlètes féminins et le football américain de femme. Non seulement elle mène l'équipe les USA la victoire la Coupe du monde de femme, elle a aussi gagné la récompense pour le Joueur Mondial FIFA de l'Année en 2012 et a aidé le.

SPONSORED: FIFA Turns a New Page with New Headquarters

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Yes, I know. Sponsored posts are icky and make me feel sick to my stomach, but that annual server fees payment fast approaches. In large part, I blame my readers for having to resort to this crap. All of you had Adblock Plus and/or don't click enough on the banner ads. None of that is my doing.

Thus, to keep the lights on, another Sponsored Post from FIFA.

What Qatar 2022 Means for Female Fans

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The Iranian film Offside focuses on a group of dedicated female Iranian football fans desperately trying to get into a World Cup qualifier match. While the film misses much of the presumably exciting competition between Iran and Bahrain, it succeeds in emphasizing Iranian women's place in their society outside of the immediate football stadium.

A Lapse in Judgment: Wambach Arrested for DUI in Wake of USWNT Lawsuit

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In the wake of the U.S. Women's National Team filing a lawsuit demanding equal pay from the U.S. Soccer Federation during the past week, the USWNT and the soccer world received shocking news about one of its former superstars Sunday morning. After being pulled over at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, former U.S.

The beauty of South American Qualifiers

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Two days after the end of another South-American world cup qualifying week we can see why South American world cup qualifiers are known by many people as the "toughest qualifiers on earth". As of right now, there is a difference of 3 points between the first place team (Uruguay) and the 5th place team (Colombia).

Como Futebol Chegou à África e à Importância do Jogo na África

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O futebol é jogado em todo os lugares do mundo. Quando nós pensamos de onde o futebol é jogado, nós geralmente associam futebol com os europeus e sul- e latino-americanos, mas o futebol tem expandido ao todo o mundo, e um dos lugares onde expandiu o máximo é a África. Futebol chegou África "no.

A Lie

Pulpo Fiction

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In 2010, an octopus stole our hearts. I speak, of course, about Pulpo Paul, the aquarium-dweller with the clairvoyant tentacles who correctly guessed predicted foresaw the results of World Cup games. Sadly, that same year in October, Paul allegedly died. Other animals tried to fill the gap, but they were clearly imposters.

Ask An American Soccer Fan: The AO Rally

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In case you missed the joyous news, "Rog" aka Roger Bennett of the Men In Blazers will be at the AO (American Outlaws) rally before the USMNT plays Guatemala on Friday night. He will remind you that soccer is about to get big, give you two-minute summaries of every game in the latest Premier League "fixture", and you will thank and love him for it.

FC Barcelona

Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian wonderkid on everyone’s radar

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Gabriel Jesus, following in the footsteps of Neymar and Oscar, is another Brazilian wonderkid who has put every big club in Europe on alert with his immense rise in stature.

Palmeiras’ young hot-shot Gabriel Jesus’ incredible performances both at club and international levels has sparked the interest of a host of European clubs including Arsenal, Juventus, Benfica and Roma among others.

Celebrating Johan Cruyff the Asshole

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Lots of smart and knowledgeable people have chimed in on Johan Cruyff, the Dutch soccer legend who recently passed away. Yet, as pointed out by Brian Phillips on Twitter, nobody has noted or observed or come to grips with the fact he was an asshole. Like all geniuses, Cruyff was difficult to work with as a player, a coach, and even an executive.

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff dies of cancer; Latest reactions & quotes

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Footballing legend Johan Cruyff has today passed away after his battle with cancer.

The Dutch footballer was suffering from the illness since October and his official site have revealed that the former Barcelona forward has died of cancer, aged 68.

Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or thrice during his time with Ajax and Barcelona.

Where have all the Enganches gone?

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The above picture recently surfaced of now retired Juan Roman Riquelme with Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano and Riquelme's son. Arguably, Riquelme was one of the last enganches to excel in Europe and possibly the world. Of course, you ask, what exactly is an enganche?

Allow me to explain.

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Mes que un desgracia

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I've written a few times about the infamous "p chant" that was all the rage at Mexico games. Sadly, Spanish soccer stadiums are not so different. Instead, they often appear a teeming cauldron of prejudice this is a land where players of African lineage still have to deal with monkey chants and it is the year 2016.

‘It Was An Honour To Be On The Same Pitch’ – Jan Olsson Admits He Still Cherishes Being Destroyed By The Cruyff Turn

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Despite forging himself an 18-year career as a perfectly serviceable full-back at club and international level, Swedish defender Jan Olsson is a man who is largely remember for one thing and one thing only.

Alas, it was poor Olssonwho just so happened to find himself on the receivingend of the most iconic piece of football chicanery: The Cruyff Turn.

The Rest

Why is the Chinese National Soccer Team so Bad?

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Image labeled for reuse from Google Search It seems absurd that a country with over a billion people cannot field a team that can qualifymore than just once for the World Cup. Yet, with a FIFA ranking of just 81, China has managed to do just that, finishing 31st out of 32 teams in the... Read More »

La mano de Dios: el gol y su significado

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Repost never posted as a "post," previously posted as a page Nicholas Vega; 2/23/16; Soccer Politics; Spanish Section "La mano de Dios" es el nombre del primer gol anotado en el partido entre Argentina e Inglaterra durante los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial de Fútbol de 1986. Este gol es considerado.

Report: Mexico finalizing 2026 World Cup bid

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If the United States does officially submit a bid for hosting rights tothe 2026 World Cup, it might very well have to do battle withits most bitter rival.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) is putting the finishing touches ona bid to host that year's World Cup, according to a report from Mexico outlet Record.

¿Para que albergar el Mundial?

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Catorce mil millones de dólares estadounidenses. Éste es que costó a Brasil (enlace en portugués) a albergar el Mundial de 2014, la cantidad más alta de la historia de la competencia. Para comparar, los juegos olímpicos de Beijing de 2008, un espectáculo de 28 deportes y 302 eventos, costaron US$8 mil millones.

N’Golo Kanté : une ascension fulgurante

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N'Golo marque son première but en Equipe de France contre la Russie le 29 Mars 2016. Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3514494/France-4-2-Russia-N-Golo-Kante-Dimitri-Payet-scorers-Didier-Deschamps-seal-victory-home-tie-Paris-attacks.html N'Golo Kanté, né le 29 mars 1991 Paris de parents maliens, n'a pas eu une progression banale.

A Real Must-Win Game For USA Tonight

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The USA's bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup could be over tonight if they fail beat Guatemala in Columbus.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side is in this situation after Friday night's shock 2-0 loss in Guatemala. The defeat left the USA in third place in Group C with four points from three matches, having won, drawn and lost once so far.

Losing a Legend

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Growing up, my father and I had little in common. Even as a child I identified more with American culture than my Syrian heritage. We clashed constantly. He believed in an authoritarian upbringing, and like any adolescent, I rebelled. Times of peace were rare, but they shared a common theme — football.