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MLS Power Rankings, Week 4: No breaks in MLS

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With so many players on international duty and a full MLS schedule, it's hard to gauge this week's power rankings. Who rises and who falls?

While most of the rest of the world's soccer leagues stopped for the FIFA international fixture window, Major League Soccer said, "Take a break? Nah." With all 20 teams in action, the league saw several of its stars out on international duty while their club teams carried on in their absence.

Will FIFA Regret a Qatar World Cup?

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Since FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will be held in the winter with the final scheduled for December 18th, many questions have been raised about what will this mean for the soccer world.

When Qatar initially launched the bid to host the 2022 World Cup in 2009, there were already a lot of concerned evaluation reports about the temperature conditions and safety conditions for both players and laborers.

FIFA’s Overpowering Control

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Today in class we discussed how FIFA, as a governing body where regular fans don't really have any say in it (we can't vote, for example), seems to control everything regarding the world of soccer. When discussing the 2022 Qatar World Cup, it looks likeFIFA is forcing leagues to work around whichever schedule they decide for the tournament winter or summer.

FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

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FIFAhasdisclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day.

The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.

FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

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FIFAhasdisclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day.

The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.

CONCACAF U-17 Championship: USMNT 0 – Jamaica 0 (5-4 pen)

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The USMNT advanced on penalties over Jamaica to take one of the four CONCACAF qualifying spots in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Read More

Officially The ‘Worst Team In The World’, Bhutan Play First Ever World Cup Qualifying Game…And Win!

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By Chris Wright

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Despite being ranked as the 209th best international side in a field of 209 sides, Bhutan recordeda remarkable shock win to get their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a flyer!

Having only joined FIFA in 2000, Bhutan are currently officially rankedthe worst team in the world yet still managed to battle their way to a 1-0 victory over Sri Lanka who are perched a lofty 36 rungs higher on FIFA's ranking ladder in their first ever World Cup qualifying fixture in Colombo on Thursday.

Soccer News: Selling soccer at Yankee Stadium

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NYCFC is selling the 400 level at Yankee Stadium, meaning another chance for a full stadium this weekend in MLS. Read More

FIFA’s reluctance to rectify construction working conditions ahead of Qatar 2022 is disgraceful

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FIFA's recent announcement that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November/December just undermines what everyone who lives outside of FIFA headquarters knows – that the World Cup never should have been awarded to Qatar in the first place. At this point, the apparent corruption, miscalculations, lack of commonsense judgment, and all-around bloated, cartoonish villainy surrounding FIFA and its Qatar World Cup is so ridiculous that it hardly matters anymore what time of year the tournament takes place.

FIFA’s reluctance to rectify construction working conditions ahead of Qatar 2022 is disgraceful

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FIFA's recent announcement that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November/December just undermines what everyone who lives outside of FIFA headquarters knows – that the World Cup never should have been awarded to Qatar in the first place. At this point, the apparent corruption, miscalculations, lack of commonsense judgment, and all-around bloated, cartoonish villainy surrounding FIFA and its Qatar World Cup is so ridiculous that it hardly matters anymore what time of year the tournament takes place.

No Confederations Cup for Qatar in 2021

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On the heels of the news that the 2022 Men's World Cup in Qatar will be held in the winter, FIFA yesterday announced that Qatar has lost its hosting privileges for the 2021 Confederations Cup. The reason: because summers in Qatar reach an averageof 100ºF (38ºC). This fact is something the entire world has known for YEARS, is the main reason for the 2022World Cup'sswitch to November, and is one of the main reasons the general soccer community was against having the World Cup in Qatar at all (that and the whole "slave laborers"thing).

Soccer News: Red Bulls vs Cosmos

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The Red Bulls get a reminder of the competition in the New York market with the Cosmos doing some advertising in Thursday's soccer news. Read More

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

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FIFA's pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the move of the World Cup will have on three different club seasons.

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

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FIFA's pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the move of the World Cup will have on three different club seasons.

Does world soccer really need FIFA?

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FIFA made a World Cup decision that now has the European leagues and clubs once again questioning the organization's decisions. Read More

Literarlly

A Platonic Symposium on the Essence of International Friendlies

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"To be or not to be", that is not the question. If you are reading this, you exist. Whether you like that or not, that's your own issue. Rather, the pertinent question is: why do international friendlies exist? What comprises their very essence? Luckily, through a time and space warp continuum, great past philosophers & poets & writers recently met in a modern setting, drank some wine, and discussed a similar issue plaguing Greece thousands of years ago: non-Olympic friendlies between athletes.

The World’s Best International Players as Judged by Similarility of Names to Literary Figures

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Some famous literary heavyweights loved the sport of soccer. For example, French philosopher Albert Camus, author of The Stranger, enjoyed him some football. While some snooty intellectuals such as Borges viewed it as the opiate of the masses, others have applauded and embraced the artistry of a fine first touch.

France

Zinedine Zidane: La race dans le foot

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Apres avoir lu 8 juillet 1998 écrit par Lilian Thuram et le commentaire écrit par Tomas sur ce livre, je suis inspiré d'écrire un poste assez similaire sur un autre membre de cette équipe: Zinedine Zidane. Pour ceux qui ne savaient pas les détails de la Coupe du Monde en 1998, il était l'événement la plus célébré dans l'histoire du football française.

Grant Wahl: segundo álbum Panini y primer juego de fantasía para la WWC 2015

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A menos de 3 meses del inicio de la Copa Mundial de Fútbol Femenino (WWC por sus siglas en inglés) Canadá 2015, los equipos se siguen preparando. Estados Unidos, No. 2a nivel mundial, se vengó de la derrota que sufrió ante Francia, No. 3, en el amistoso que disputaron en Lorient el pasado 8 de febrero, y le arrebató la Copa Algarve al ganarle 2-0 en la final este miércoles.

NIKE

Netherlands away shirt for 2015 [PHOTOS]

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Nike captured the spirit and distinctly Dutch style of the Holland National Team with the debut of the federation's 2015-16 away jersey. The white jersey with orange highlights is evocative of the speed, boundless energy and total football that's made Holland one of the most-watched and influential teams in the world.

Netherlands away shirt for 2015 [PHOTOS]

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Nike captured the spirit and distinctly Dutch style of the Holland National Team with the debut of the federation's 2015-16 away jersey. The white jersey with orange highlights is evocative of the speed, boundless energy and total football that's made Holland one of the most-watched and influential teams in the world.

English Premier League

Eden Hazard & Erik Lamela the world’s best, Luis Suarez at West Brom! The football world in 2042 as told through Football Manager: Part II

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Northampton Town in the Premier League, Aguero the World Cup-winning manager! The football world in 2042 as told through Football Manager: Part I

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Preston, Spurs, Hungary, Hearts: 10 goal wins in football history

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From Scotland to Tottenham; remembering soccer legend Dave Mackay

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Not many people would connect Hearts from the Scottish Premier League and Qatar the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, but Dave Mackay who passed away this week at the age of 80 would be that connection. He started his career for the Edinburgh team and ended his football career life as national coach of Qatar some 42 years later.

From Scotland to Tottenham; remembering soccer legend Dave Mackay

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Not many people would connect Hearts from the Scottish Premier League and Qatar the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, but Dave Mackay who passed away this week at the age of 80 would be that connection. He started his career for the Edinburgh team and ended his football career life as national coach of Qatar some 42 years later.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT U-17s Q&A with Fox Sports’ Keith Costigan

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Charles Boehm interviews Fox soccer commentator Keith Costigan about the USMNT U-17s who qualified for the 2015 World Cup. Read More

CONCACAF U-17 Championship: USMNT 2- Honduras 2

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The USMNT drew 2-2 with Honduras in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, staying top of the table with one game remaining in Group A. Read More

The USMNT U-17s build for the senior squad

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Charles Boehm speaks with USMNT U-17 coach Richie Williams about player development and advancing to the World Cup. Read More

Q&A: USMNT icon John Harkes on coaching, youth development and life as a soccer dad

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Charles Boehm interviews former USMNT captain and National Soccer Hall of Famer John Harkes. Read More

Argentina

The World Cup and the Dirty War

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In 1978, Argentina hosted the World Cup in the midst of a period of tremendous political repression. Grant Farred's book Long Distance Love tells this story, and reflects on what it means for the way we think about politics and football. More recently, this 2014 piece by Wright Thompson offers a remarkable account of the co-existence of the World Cup & torture, with a number of testimonies by victims.

Riquelme: The Artist Lays Down the Brush, One Month Later

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When Boca Juniors manager Héctor Veira decided to give 18-year old Juan Román Riquelme his senior-level debut on November 10, 1996, he knew exactly what he was doing. What he saw was a young, strong, resilient central attacking midfielder with an incisive passing game and goal-scoring eye to match.

Honduras

USA U-17 team one win away from the World Cup

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The USA U-17 team is one win away from qualifying for the U-17 World Cup as they currently lead Group A for the automatic berth toChile later this year. The U-17 USMNT has beatenGuatemala, Cuba, and Trinidad & Tobago, and drew with Honduras to set up a final group stage match withJamaica, who is currently third in the group.

Your US U-17 World Cup Qualifying Primer

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CONCACAF qualifying for the U-17 World Cup in Chile later this year kicks off in Honduras today, and the US is in Group A withthehost Honduras, as well asJamaica, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, and Cuba, with six teams in group B as well. The US will play each team in its group once betweenFebruary 27th and March 15th, with the winner of each group clinching an automatic spot.

The Rest

T-Minus 70 Days to Canada

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The USWNT have officially entered business mode. Our ladies have not raised the trophy since 1999, making but one of the last three finals. Is this the group that can claim our third title? - Greg Seltzer

Women’s World Cup: USA Captain Abby Wambach Says 2011 Final Loss To Japan Still Stings

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USA Women's team captain and taliswoman Abby Wambach has admitted that losing the 2011 World Cup final to Japan still haunts her to this very day.

"I have my silver medal in my closet and I see it very often. It's a reminder of what I didn't get," Wambach, 34, said in an interview published on FIFA.

World Cup 2018: India take first step on long road to Russia with Nepal victory

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£350m Down The Toilet: Brazil’s Most Expensive World Cup Stadium Currently Being Used As Bus Depot

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By Chris Wright

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In a revelation that shouldn't come as a shock to anybody, it's been revealed that the 2014 World Cup's most expensive stadium, the Estadio Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, is currently being used as a bus depot.

According to official estimates, the 72,000-seater stadium cost approximately £350million to build, making it the second most expensive football stadium of all time (behind Wembley).

A November World Cup?

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I have been too busy on non-Football things lately, but have followed the discussion on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being played in November according to FIFA. Notwithstanding the allegations of corruption and the fact that this seems not to have been discussed during the selection process (?), I have to think like a football fan.