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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.

World Cup Qualifying: Seamus Coleman Broken Leg Overshadows Dour Encounter As Rep Of Ireland Draw With Wales (Photos & Video)

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The Republic of Ireland and Wales played out a dismal draw at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night, with the goalless game overshadowed by an horrific injury sustained by Seamus Coleman.

The hosts provided little attacking threat, instead dropping deep to stifle the likes of Gareth Bale.

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Real Madrid star did go close on a couple of occasions, but overallWales themselves struggled to create enough decent chances in a dour encounter.

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.

Diego Maradona Recreates The ‘Hand Of God’ During Kick-About With Korean Schoolkids (Photos & Video)

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At FIFA's behest, both Diego Maradona and Pablo Aimar flew into Suwon today to help publicise the draw for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup being staged in South Korea.

As part of the event,the Argentinian pair took part in a kick-about inHwaseong Haenggung Square, which included a series of skill challenges and a mini 5-a-side match involving two teams of local kids.

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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.

Dutch suffer World Cup shock, Ronaldo in 70-goal landmark

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria.

The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russia.

Dutch suffer World Cup shock, Ronaldo in 70-goal landmark

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria.

The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russia.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina in World Cup qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

A superb hat-trick from China-based midfielder Paulinho powered Brazil to a 4-1 drubbing of the Uruguayans in Montevideo to leave the five-time world champions all-but-certain of a place at next year’s finals in Russia.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina in World Cup qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

A superb hat-trick from China-based midfielder Paulinho powered Brazil to a 4-1 drubbing of the Uruguayans in Montevideo to leave the five-time world champions all-but-certain of a place at next year’s finals in Russia.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

A superb hat-trick from China-based midfielder Paulinho powered Brazil to a 4-1 drubbing of the Uruguayans in Montevideo to leave the five-time world champions all-but-certain of a place at next year’s finals in Russia.

Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina

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Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina’s faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile.

A superb hat-trick from China-based midfielder Paulinho powered Brazil to a 4-1 drubbing of the Uruguayans in Montevideo to leave the five-time world champions all-but-certain of a place at next year’s finals in Russia.

Argentina face Chile test in South America World Cup race

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Montevideo (AFP) – The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South American giants prepare to face arch-rivals Chile in a crucial battle on the road to Russia 2018.

Argentina, who last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1970, saw their progress towards next year’s finals go awry in 2016 when back-to-back draws with Venezuela and Peru were followed by defeats against Paraguay and Brazil.

Argentina face Chile test in South America World Cup race

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Montevideo (AFP) – The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South American giants prepare to face arch-rivals Chile in a crucial battle on the road to Russia 2018.

Argentina, who last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1970, saw their progress towards next year’s finals go awry in 2016 when back-to-back draws with Venezuela and Peru were followed by defeats against Paraguay and Brazil.

Defoe sets sights on ‘dream’ 2018 World Cup

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has his sights on a “dream” place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad after returning to the fold following a near four-year absence, he said on Monday.

The 34-year-old Sunderland player was recalled by manager Gareth Southgate for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Sunday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.

Bale wants Wales football to build on Euro 2016 glory

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London (AFP) – Gareth Bale is determined that Wales’s success in getting to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 won’t be a one off as they try to qualify for a first World Cup finals in 60 years.

The Real Madrid star has had a tough time at club level in recent months, with injuries and suspensions limiting him to a mere five appearances since November.

FIFA eyes India ‘revolution’ from U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – A top FIFA official believes hosting the Under-17 World Cup has the potential to spark a football revolution in India - and lead to lasting change in the global game.

The run-up to October’s tournament will see a programme called Mission XI Million aim to involve millions of children across the world’s second-most populous nation in trying out the “beautiful game”.

FIFA eyes India ‘revolution’ from U-17 World Cup

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New Delhi (AFP) – A top FIFA official believes hosting the Under-17 World Cup has the potential to spark a football revolution in India - and lead to lasting change in the global game.

The run-up to October’s tournament will see a programme called Mission XI Million aim to involve millions of children across the world’s second-most populous nation in trying out the “beautiful game”.

Rule-makers IFAB to evaluate video assistance for football referees

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London (AFP) – FIFA’s plans to introduce video assistance in time for next year’s World Cup are on the agenda for Friday’s London AGM of rule-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB).

The IFAB will assess various ongoing tests involving video assistant referees (VAR), as well as discussing the possibility of introducing a fourth substitute in games that go to extra time.

Rule-makers IFAB to evaluate video assistance for football referees

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London (AFP) – FIFA’s plans to introduce video assistance in time for next year’s World Cup are on the agenda for Friday’s London AGM of rule-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB).

The IFAB will assess various ongoing tests involving video assistant referees (VAR), as well as discussing the possibility of introducing a fourth substitute in games that go to extra time.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

FIFA chief Infantino promises Africa World Cup dream

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Nouakchott (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to honour a promise to hike Africa’s World Cup finals berths to nine or ten during a visit to the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.

“We want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that taking part in a major event such as a World Cup,” Infantino told a press conference.

Africa wants 10 World Cup places – official

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Africa wants 10 places in a proposed 48-nation World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told in Johannesburg Wednesday.

The Swiss-Italian was attending a two-day meeting of African national football association presidents behind closed doors.

“All associations back an expanded World Cup and Africa hopes for 10 places,” said South African FA president Danny Jordaan, according to a Johannesburg radio station.

United States

USMNT vs. Honduras 2017 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifier online

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The USMNT host Honduras in a virtual must win game, while two Sounders suit up against each other in From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Sounder at Heart USMNT World Cup Qualifying Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:

The United States is last in CONCACAF's six-team final round of World Cup qualifying, known as the Hex, with zero points from two played after a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 road defeat in Costa Rica.

Schedule of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies on US TV and streaming: March 22-28, 2017

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During the next 10 days, there will be more than 55 international games shown live to viewers in the United States on TV and/or streaming. Among those countries featured - some of whom will be playing World Cup qualifiers and friendlies - they include the United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, England and Argentina.

United States Men's National Team

Footy on the Telly – March 27 – 31

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and (sometimes) on satellite radio. As always, we try to make these listings as accurate as possible, but matches get cancelled, broadcasters change their listings, we make mistakes, etc. If you see an error or a new listing that we may [...]

Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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FIFA held the draw for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. The USMNT will play in Group F against Ecuador (May 22 - Incheon Stadium), Senegal (May 25 - Incheon Stadium), and Saudi Arabia (May 28 - Daejeon World Cup Stadium).

"We are proud to have earned a group top seed for the 2017 U-20 World Cup," USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos said.

The USMNT U-20s win the 2017 CONCACAF Championship

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The 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship went to penalties with the game finishing scoreless in regulation. The USMNT converted on all five of their attempts with Honduras missing in the fourth round. There was a moment of confusion following the final USMNT penalty with the referee approaching the celebrating players before confirming it counted.

Bruce’s first tour: The USMNT’s winding road to Korea/Japan 2002

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Qualifying for the 2002 World Cup wasn't easy for the USMNT. We look back at what it took for Bruce Arena's squad to make it to Korea.

Brazil

Neymar Scores Impudent Chip, Ex-Tottenham Flop Paulinho Nets Stunning Hat-Trick As Brazil Beat Uruguay 4-1 (Video)

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With both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldoentering the autumns of their respective careers, 25-year-old Neymar is surely destined to eventually take their places as the best player on the planet.

During Brazil's World Cup qualifier away to Uruguay on Thursday night, the Barcelona star scored a peach of a goal while ex-Tottenhammidfielder Paulinho bagged a cracking hat-trick.

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

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

In CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, first meets second in a match of huge importance to see who can take a commanding position in their attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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

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

In CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, first meets second in a match of huge importance to see who can take a commanding position in their attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

2026 World Cup

UEFA president: U.S. travel ban would harm potential World Cup bid

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The United States remains a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup but, according to a top FIFA official, a recent political development could have a negative impact on the country's chances of securing the right to house the world's biggest tournament.

UEFA presidentAleksander Ceferin says that U.

Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

The Rest

Photo: Man Utd midfielder en route to World Cup qualifier

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Gijón here we go!

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

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

Argentina faces a tough task to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Currently sitting in fifth place in qualifying from CONMEBOL, Argentina hasn’t won in four games and may miss out on automatic qualification if they’re unable to finish the qualifying in the top four spots.

The USMNT U-20s move on

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT winning the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championships was job done. Rough starts happen. So do recoveries, with teams figuring things out while playing against time. Losing is acceptable as long as a team moves on. That's what the USMNT did, turning their issues into that classic coaching cliche "the teachable moment".

Russian Politician Suggests Plans To Legalise Hooliganism And Turn It Into Organised Sport Ahead Of 2018 World Cup

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As you may recall, the recent European Championships in France were plagued by outbreaks of hooliganism, not least in Marseille where hordes of Russian yobs staged organisedattacks on groups of England fans.

However, as the rest of the world poured scorn on the perpetrators, one man spoke out in support of the hooligans: that man wasRussian politician Igor Lebedev.

US broadcasters bid on UEFA Champions League TV rights for 2018-2021

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The bidding for the next round of US TV and streaming rights to the UEFA Champions League is close to being completed, a source revealed to World Soccer Talk.

Our source understands that the TV networks bidding for the rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League in the United States from 2018 to 2021 are FOX Sports, ESPN, Turner Sports and NBC Sports.

Russia hooligans issue warning: 'Festival of violence' awaits England fans at World Cup 2018

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England fans have been issued a warning – they are “100% guaranteed” to be the target for Russian hooligans at the 2018 World Cup. They have also said that the tournament will be “a festival of violence” for some locals.

Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions.