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FIFA issues statement welcoming US Dept. of Justice investigation

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FIFA, the world football governing body, released a statement regarding the arrests of FIFA officials by Swiss authorities and extraditedto the United States earlier today.

The statement welcomed any approach to try and provide transparency regarding the allocations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, stating:

"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.

FIFA issues statement welcoming US Dept. of Justice investigation

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FIFA, the world football governing body, released a statement regarding the arrests of FIFA officials by Swiss authorities and extraditedto the United States earlier today.

The statement welcomed any approach to try and provide transparency regarding the allocations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, stating:

"FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football.

Soccer News: FIFA officials under indictment

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World soccer got a shock on Wednesday morning when Swiss authorities arrested FIFA officials for extradition to the USA. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA’s latest critics

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FIFA is attracting more critics after pressure from its sponsors and a report from Amnesty International on the worker situation in Qatar. Read More

Does FIFA care?

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FIFA seems able to outlast any criticism and the current presidential election cycle might be another case in point for world soccer. Read More

Watch ‘Sepp Blatter and FIFA,’ ESPN’s full-length e:60 documentary [VIDEO]

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With the goal of expanding its union of journalistic excellence and compelling long-form storytelling, E:60 presents this ambitious new effort. Under the banner "E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap" the show devotes an entire program to an in-depth look at the most powerful man in the world of sports and the oft-criticized organization he oversees – Sepp Blatter and FIFA.

Watch ‘Sepp Blatter and FIFA,’ ESPN’s full-length e:60 documentary [VIDEO]

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With the goal of expanding its union of journalistic excellence and compelling long-form storytelling, E:60 presents this ambitious new effort. Under the banner "E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap" the show devotes an entire program to an in-depth look at the most powerful man in the world of sports and the oft-criticized organization he oversees – Sepp Blatter and FIFA.

Greed, Graft, FIFA and….Hope?

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Textbooks. Don't they smell nice? What with all that paper and ink and stuff. I remember when I was a student and had them. I also read a few. In fact, I studied Economics and recall vividly lots of convoluted hypothetical situations and painful historical analogies that purported to support different theories.

¿FIFA cambiará la ubicación del Mundial 2022 desde Qatar?

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¿FIFA cambiará la ubicación del Mundial 2022 desde Qatar?

por Andrew Bihl

Nota: Este ensayo fue escrito en11/03/14. Debido a esto, cualquiera información más reciente no está incluido.

En 2010, FIFA eligió a Qatar para anfitrión de la Copa del Mundo de 2022.

Campaigning for the FIFA presidency

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The FIFA presidential campaigns focus on the World Cup almost exclusively as they build support for the 65th FIFA Congress. Read More

USMNT v Mexico

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"For just the second time in 2015, the U.S. MNT is back on U.S. soil, where it has gone unbeaten in its last 20 matches. Now the team is set for 64th edition of the USA-Mexico rivalry, presented by AT&T, on Wednesday, April 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

USMNT v Mexico

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"For just the second time in 2015, the U.S. MNT is back on U.S. soil, where it has gone unbeaten in its last 20 matches. Now the team is set for 64th edition of the USA-Mexico rivalry, presented by AT&T, on Wednesday, April 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

La Liga

The Hodgson Template

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Introduction



On May 1st 2012, Roy Hodgson was appointed manager of England earning £3.5 million per year - the only international manager to earn more is Fabio Capello.

Capello has won Serie A 7 times, La Liga twice, the Champions League once, UEFA Super Cup once, Italian Super Cup four times - a total of 15 trophies in 24 years of management.

Lionel Messi x Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Unveiled

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Madame Tussauds New York hasofficially unveiled the wax figure of Argentina and FC Barcelona soccer [...]

Spain 2015 Women’s World Cup adidas Home Jersey

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adidas and La Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish Football Federation) have unveiled the home [...]

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.7.15) Tommy Smyth

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.7.15) Tommy Smyth

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Listen to Tommy Smyth on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Listen to Tommy Smyth on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN and Sirius XM's soccer analyst and commentator Tommy Smyth.

Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie ‘A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

United States Men's National Team

Is this the year? A World Cup path opens for the USMNT U-20s

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The USMNT U-20s face new pressure as a potential favorite at the FIFA U-20 World Cup later this month in New Zealand. Read More

Gedion Zelalem added to final USMNT U-20 World Cup roster

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USMNT U-20s coach Tab Ramos submitted the final 21-player roster for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup that begins on May 30. Read More

US Soccer announces 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup roster

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USMNT coach Tab Ramos announced 20 players to his USMNT squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Read More

Another White Elephant?

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Since his announcement as manager way back in 2011, Juergen Klinsmann has espoused a core tenant of bolstering the development process of American talent, domestically and abroad. Part of his program has most certainly been to encourage the rising stars of American soccer to ply their trade overseas, where coaching,.

Women's World Cup

FOX Sports announces FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast team

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With less than 30 days until the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer in Canada, FOX Sports has announced the team that will be covering all the action beginning on June 4th.

The group selected to provide play-by-play and in-studio coverage of FOX's first major soccer tournament for the United States is a mixture of former players and well recognized voices.

FOX Sports announces FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast team

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With less than 30 days until the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer in Canada, FOX Sports has announced the team that will be covering all the action beginning on June 4th.

The group selected to provide play-by-play and in-studio coverage of FOX's first major soccer tournament for the United States is a mixture of former players and well recognized voices.

Videos

RIP Mwepu Ilunga – Zaire 1974 World Cup Side’s Maverick Free-Kick Vigilante Passes Away Aged 66

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Sad news is reaching us this morning thatMwepu Ilunga, the most famous member of Zaire's esteemed 1974 World Cup side, has passed away at the age of 66 after a long illness.

Largely remembered for one moment of farcical madness, Ilunga actually enjoyed a fairly distinguished football career winning two Africanchampionshiptitles with TP Mazembe as well as helpingZaire become the first sub-Saharan African nation to reach aWorld Cup.

England and the 2015 Women’s World Cup: Preview & Videos

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England and the 2015 Women's World Cup: Preview & Videos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Although the Copa America will take place this summer, plenty of football fans will have World Cup withdrawal after being spoiled by the action in Brazil during the last off-season.

However, the 2015 Women's World Cup is set to fill the void and promises to be an exciting festival of football over the space of a month this summer.

Video: How Man Utd’s Daley Blind won the World Cup for Germany

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Journalist Simon Kuper has detailed how Manchester United's Daley Blind unwittingly helped Germany to win last summer's World Cup. While...

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U.S. Women's National Team

Welcome to the Jungle, eh.

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While I slept, the USWNT's 23-lady World Cup squad was announced. In case you missed it, here 'tis, along with reaction from coach Jill Ellis and the players chosen to rep us in Canada come June.Folks, this is a properly scary group on paper. It says here we will finally raise our first WWC trophy since 1999 at the end of it all.

USWNT vs. New Zealand TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup, and gamethread

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The USWNT take on New Zealand in their last game before coach Jill Ellis makes her final roster cuts for this summer's World Cup.

Less than a month ago, the USWNT managed to win the Algarve Cup despite continuing question marks about their performance. Then, Abby Wambach announced she's not playing in the NWSL this year (and then she and Sydney Leroux swapped NWSL teams).

women's soccer

Colombia 2015 Women’s World Cup adidas Home Jersey

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The home jersey that Colombia will wear at FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Canada is [...]

Germany

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Winners of the 2003 and 2007 FIFA women's world cup, the Germany women's national team is seeking to win its third trophy at the 2015 FIFA women's world cup. Germany will be entering the 2015 world cup ranked as the number 1 team in the world and have never ranked lower than 3 in the national FIFA women's rankings.

The Role of Substitutes

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It's no secret that every athlete wants to maximize the time they are able to play the sport they love. And what is the best way to maximize time on the pitch? Starting the game and controlling your level of play.After all, who wants to spendtime on the bench, especially in the context of professional soccer wherethere are strict rules relating to substitutions?

The Rest

Fifa blight football’s reputation further with high-profile arrests

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Fifa blight football's reputation further with high-profile arrests - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fifa's questionable reputation as the governing body of football has been brought into further disrepute as news broke this morning of six high-profile arrests of members of the organisation in Switzerland.

How Many Qatar World Cup Slave Deaths Can The Guardian, Barcelona Fans And Harrods Shoppers Put Up With?

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No sooner hadXavi Hernández announced his departure from Barcelona for a new dawn withQatari side Al Sadd, than he was attacked.

Xavi, 35, will work asan ambassador for the 2022 World Cup being staged in merciless desert heat.

Given the contentious nature of how Qatar won the right to stage the World Cup and the plight of migrant workersbuilding the massive white elephants theInternational Trade Union Confederation's Play Fair Qatar says "more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament" Xavi's choice has been considereddespicable by some:


Such condemnation for Xavi would carry an ounce of weightwere it not for the fact thatBarcelona are sponsored byQatari Airways.

Soccer News: USMNT U-20s continue World Cup prep

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The USMNT U-20s pick up a friendly win and advice for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Wednesday's soccer news update. Read More

World Cup 2022: BBC journalists Jailed For Doing Journalism In Qatar

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A typical camp for migrant workers

The Qatari government wanted to showinvited journalists how well it's treating migrantworkers toiling on its 2022 World Cup Sandlantis.But four BBC journalists thought it an idea to do some actual journalism, peeling away from the group to see things not on the official tour.

Pfeffer misses cut for U-20 World Cup Roster

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Zach Pfeffer didn't make the cut for the U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster, but Union Academy alumnus Zack Steffen will join the team traveling to New Zealand later this month.

Zach Pfeffer missed the cut for the 20-man U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster named by head coach Tab Ramos, but former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen is one of three goalkeepers on the roster who will travel to New Zealand.

Das Wunder von Bern

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Der Film Das Wunder von Bern (2003) handelt vom Granatenschock. In den Film kommt ein Vater von dem Weltkrieg zurück. Er ist in Streit mit jede in seine Familie, seine Frau, Töchter und zwei Söhnen. Seinen am jüngsten Sohn hatte die meistens Probleme und dem am schlechtesten Verhältnis mit ihm.

The 1954 World Cup in Soccer in Sun and Shadow

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The 1954 World Cup between Germany and Hungary was historic for several reasons. It was Germany's first (but certainly not its last) World Cup title and it was the first instance in postwar West Germany that Germans could feel proud of feeling proud of being German. As Eduardo Galeano mentions in his timeline-fashioned book, Soccer in Sun and Shadow (2003), Hungary had been the favorite.