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The USMNT back line

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The USMNT back line is again at issue following the Chile vs USMNT friendly, but this isn't new for US Soccer. Read More

The January USMNT camp by the numbers

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The USMNT has an advantage with the annual January camp, using it to set the tone for a year of National Team soccer. Read More

USMNT qualifies for U-20 World Cup

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The USMNT will play at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, qualifying with a playoff win over El Salvador at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Read More

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

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Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men's National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he unleashes his well-worn contradictions.

If you've followed the USMNT since Klinsmann got the job in 2011, you know that very little of what the manager says can be taken at face value.

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

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Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men's National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he unleashes his well-worn contradictions.

If you've followed the USMNT since Klinsmann got the job in 2011, you know that very little of what the manager says can be taken at face value.

McBride, Lilly, and Bob Bradley elected to Soccer Hall of Fame

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Brian McBride, Kristine Lilly, and Bob Bradley make up the National Soccer Hall of Fame class with induction scheduled for Feb 14. Read More

The USMNT U-20s professional approach to qualifying

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The USMNT U-20s start the 2015 CONCACAF Championship with a clear advantage due to players already seeing professional minutes. Read More

FIFA

Presidential D-day, Socceroos & Spurs into finals, Crazy night in Madrid

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* Hosts Australia ended the UAE's fairytale run by winning 2-0 in their Asian Cup semifinal in Newcastle, NSW. Trent Sainsbsury and Jason Davidson sent the Socceroos into a mouth-watering final against South Korea on Saturday in Sydney.

Sepp Blatter: The End of a Tumultuous Era?

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On Monday, it was announced that Dutch football president Michael van Praag will challenge Sepp Blatter for the position of President of FIFA.Praag's announcement comes after a yearsof drama and controversy within the international football body. Most controversial has been the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and the subsequent vehement devotion to that plan despite numerous grievances about human rights violations, quasi-slavelabor and extreme temperatures in the region.

Technology in Refereeing – Treat or Threat?

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Flash back to the England versus Germany match in the 2010 World Cup Knockout Stage, where Frank Lampard picks up the ball trickled off from Jermaine Defoe, and chips it over Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper of Germany; the ball hits the crossbar, bounces off the line, and Neuer quickly recovers it; Lampard raises his hands in celebration, but soon puts them over his head in disbelief, as the goal gets disallowed.

Solo, Team USA Dodge Bullet

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Fourth-degree assault charges were dropped against USWNTgoalkeeper Hope Solo on Tuesday afternoon, according to Fox Sports. Although she was permitted to participate in all team activities since June, when the charges were filed, the uncertainty surrounding heravailabilityfor the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup hadmany wondering if Team USA would have to travel to Canada without arguably the world's best keeper.

FIFA Find Long-Lost Original Base Of The Jules Rimet Trophy In Their Basement (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Having been missing and assumed lost for many years, the square marble base of the original World Cup trophy has been discovered in storage at the FIFA headquarters.

According to BBC Sport, the blue block is the original base of the Jules Rimet trophy, whichcarries the names of the first four World Cup winners between 1930 and 1950 before it was replaced by a similar but slightly larger base in 1954.

CONCACAF commits to Hexagonal for 2018 World Cup Qualifying

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CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying will feature a final Hexagonal round, the confederation announced in advance of the draw. Read More

FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter

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"I am seeking the Presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport".

FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has announced that he will challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. Up till now only Jérôme Champagne has publicly thrown his hat into the ring to oppose Blatter for FIFA's top job.

FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter

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"I am seeking the Presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport".

FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has announced that he will challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA. Up till now only Jérôme Champagne has publicly thrown his hat into the ring to oppose Blatter for FIFA's top job.

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Sweden 2015 Women’s World Cup adidas Home and Away Kits

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The Swedish Football Association (Svenska Fotbollförbundet or SvFF) and adidas have launched the adidas home [...]

La Coupe du Monde Féminine et le Gazon Artificiel

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Dans ces derniers mois, un polémique a eu lieu dans le monde de football. FIFA, et l'Association Canadienne du Foot, l'association qui organise La Coupe du Monde de football féminin, ont décidé que tous les terrains pour le tournoi seront gazon synthétique[1]. "La FIFA et l'Association canadienne de soccer, dans son rôle de comité organisateur du tournoi, ont été placées sur la défensive la suite du dépôt d'une poursuite par un groupe de joueuses vedettes.

Paul Pogba

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is undoubtedly in the world-class category

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Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba's value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.

"I need to keep on working and doing what I'm doing for the fans and the club. I'm more clinical this year. I'm fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in," said Pogba after Juventus' 2-0 victory over Chievo.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is undoubtedly in the world-class category

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Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba's value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.

"I need to keep on working and doing what I'm doing for the fans and the club. I'm more clinical this year. I'm fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in," said Pogba after Juventus' 2-0 victory over Chievo.

Chile

Chile vs USA preview: US faces first tough test of 2015

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This year is going to be one of the busiest years ever for US Soccer. There are severalfriendlies against difficult opponents. Plus, there's the Gold Cup, the Women's World Cup, and the start of World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018. And for the US Men's National Team, it all starts on Wednesday when the US plays Chile in a friendly atEstadio El Teniente in Rancagua (televised on FOX Sports 1 at 6pm ET).

Chile vs USA preview: US faces first tough test of 2015

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This year is going to be one of the busiest years ever for US Soccer. There are severalfriendlies against difficult opponents. Plus, there's the Gold Cup, the Women's World Cup, and the start of World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018. And for the US Men's National Team, it all starts on Wednesday when the US plays Chile in a friendly atEstadio El Teniente in Rancagua (televised on FOX Sports 1 at 6pm ET).

Major League Soccer

Hungover Dispatches from America: MLS Combine Edition

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Futfanatico regrets to inform you that, with out modest budget, we were only able to send a single correspondent to the MLS combine. He wrote for us at the World Cup, and, after heavy editing, one of his three filed articles was publishable. This particular post turned out.....well, judge for yourself.

The Case for Klose

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According to a report in German paper Bild, German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time leading scorer at the FIFA World Cup, is mulling a move to Major League Soccer. If the price is right, the experienced goal scorer could be just what the New England Revolution need to become true MLS Cup favorites in 2015.

European Championships

2015 AFC Asian Cup Weekend Wrap-Up: Australia Feeling the Pressure

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has written itself in the history books. How so? Well after this weekend's results, the tournament has seen 20 straight games with a winner. That's right there have been no draws in this tournament thus far. No major football tournament — be it the World Cup, European Championships, African Cup of Nations, Copa América — have seen this number of consecutive results.

2015 AFC Asian Cup Weekend Wrap-Up: Australia Feeling the Pressure

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has written itself in the history books. How so? Well after this weekend's results, the tournament has seen 20 straight games with a winner. That's right there have been no draws in this tournament thus far. No major football tournament — be it the World Cup, European Championships, African Cup of Nations, Copa América — have seen this number of consecutive results.

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The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football

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The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is little doubt that football in Asia was given a massive boost by World Cup 2002 which was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea. It was doubly advantageous that the two hosts put on a good show on the field.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for the year 2014. The Real Madrid star fended off Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer to the gong in a gala event held in Zurich in Switzerland.

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers Unveil Brazilian Ronaldo as Part-Owner

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NASL team Fort Lauderdale Strikers presented Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldo to the media in South Florida today as part-owner of the club after his affiliation with the club was originally announced in December.

During the press conference, Ronaldo announced that Nike will be the club's first sponsor under his part-ownership, a brand that was Ronaldo's first sponsor when he was a 16-year-old striker.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Unveil Brazilian Ronaldo as Part-Owner

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NASL team Fort Lauderdale Strikers presented Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldo to the media in South Florida today as part-owner of the club after his affiliation with the club was originally announced in December.

During the press conference, Ronaldo announced that Nike will be the club's first sponsor under his part-ownership, a brand that was Ronaldo's first sponsor when he was a 16-year-old striker.

The Rest

Man United’s Backroom Boys.

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Louis van Gaal's coaching team. So much is known about the pedigree of Man United's assistant manager Ryan Giggs, but not that much is known in England about the others who work under...

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USA U-20s Qualify for the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand

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A gritty win in tough conditions in Jamaica saw the USMNT U-20 team clinch a spot in the U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand as goals from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola combined with a huge PK save from Zack Steffen helped lock up a spot for the Young Yanks. The team now waits to see how their group shapes up atthe official World Cup draw February 10th.

Pourqoui le Foot? Une expérience personelle

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Quand j'étais petit, le football était le premier sport que j'ai commencé jouer. Mon père ne m'a pas permis de jouer au football américain, donc le foot était le seul sport pour moi dans l'automne. Mon ami Grayson m'a convaincu de jouer au foot avec lui et nous nous sommes joints l'équipe les rats musques.

Soccer and National Identity in Belgium

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(imagecourtesy of the BBC)

This past summer during the World Cup viewers learned a lot about the political troubles of Brazil and how the World Cup helped unite the nation to some extent during the games. A conflict we do not hear much about in America is that of Belgium: specifically the French and Dutch speaking sections of the country.

CONCACAF U-20 Championship: USMNT 1 – Jamaica 0

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The USMNT U-20s beat Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 to qualify for the knockout round of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Read More

Rene Meulensteen Speaks at NSCAA Conference

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Consultant to the Philadelphia Union, Rene Meulensteen is a guest speaker at this year's conference, and he took some time to speak with the assembled media to discuss all things soccer in America.

"I think if they're going to get a few things right over the next ten years, I think it could be, you know, have a fair chance at having a go at maybe winning the World Cup, but they need to get a few things right.

Soccer News Update: Women’s World Cup and stars in Canada

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Monday's soccer news update has Fox promoting the Women's World Cup while Toronto FC gets all the attention in MLS. Read More

AFCON 2015: Why Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi can become Africa’s next big superstar

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Why Hasn’t Peru Made it to the World Cup in 32 Years? Part 1

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I am turning 30 years old next week –yes, I'm old, I know. Although I have watched 7 World Cups in this 30ish years –one of my first soccer memories is a penalty kick blocked by Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea in Italy's 1990 World Cup; also, I know a great number of you were not even born when USA played against Brazil on July 4th 1994 but I remember that game clearly–, my national team participated in none of these cups.

Germany Successfully Pull Off ‘Fake Fumble’ Freekick That Famously Went Belly Up At The World Cup

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By Chris Wright

The original, and worst

Aired as part of the 'Die Mannshaft' film that aired in Germany this week, viewers were treated to a clip of footage of the Germany national side recreating the needlessly convoluted set-piecethey so famouslymade a complete dog's dinner ofagainst Algeria at the World Cup over the summer.