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House searches in Switzerland over 2006 World Cup

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Geneva (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday that houses had been searched last week as part of a broadening investigation into corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

The investigation targetting members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, has been expanded to include Urs Linsi, the former General Secretary of world football's governing body FIFA, the office of Switzerland's Attorney General said in a statement.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

FIFA boss Infantino confronts numbers game in World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that everyone agrees on the need to expand the World Cup finals but there are divisions on whether there should be 40 or 48 teams.

Infantino campaigned for the FIFA leadership this year on the back of adding to the 32 nations at the current World Cup.

FIFA chief Infantino kicks off talks on World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

FIFA chief Infantino kicks off talks on World Cup expansion

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Paris (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrapped up the first of 11 executive meetings with federation representatives Wednesday by saying those gathered in Paris were all in favour of expanding the World Cup.

Infantino is all for growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams.

Klinsmann wants angry US after World Cup blow

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called for his team to harness a sense of anger as they attempt to bounce back from a shattering World Cup defeat to Mexico against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Klinsmann's men suffered an agonizing last-gasp loss to Mexico in Columbus on Friday, when Rafa Marquez's 89th-minute header secured a dramatic 2-1 win for 'El Tri' at the Mapfre Stadium.

Klinsmann wants angry US after World Cup blow

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called for his team to harness a sense of anger as they attempt to bounce back from a shattering World Cup defeat to Mexico against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Klinsmann's men suffered an agonizing last-gasp loss to Mexico in Columbus on Friday, when Rafa Marquez's 89th-minute header secured a dramatic 2-1 win for 'El Tri' at the Mapfre Stadium.

No alcohol in streets, public places at World Cup – Qatar

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Doha (AFP) Alcohol will be banned from streets and public places and if Qatari officials get their way even stadiums during the 2022 World Cup, the head of the country's tournament organising committee said on Tuesday.

The comments by Hassan Al-Thawadi will further alarm football traditionalists already unhappy that the tournament will be moved to the winter because of fierce summer temperatures in Qatar.

Qatar World Cup a ‘done deal’ organiser claims

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Doha (AFP) Holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a "done deal", a confident head of the Gulf state's tournament organising committee said Monday, shrugging off ongoing corruption and human rights concerns.

Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, told the local Arabic daily Al-Sharq newspaper that football's biggest tournament will go ahead in the Middle East despite calls elsewhere for Qatar to be stripped of hosting rights.

Qatar World Cup a ‘done deal’ organiser claims

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Doha (AFP) Holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a "done deal", a confident head of the Gulf state's tournament organising committee said Monday, shrugging off ongoing corruption and human rights concerns.

Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, told the local Arabic daily Al-Sharq newspaper that football's biggest tournament will go ahead in the Middle East despite calls elsewhere for Qatar to be stripped of hosting rights.

No decision on Qatar World Cup stadiums before 2017

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Doha (AFP) A final decision on the number of stadiums to be used at the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals will not be made this year, according to FIFA.

An official told AFP that the long-awaited announcement would instead be made in "due course" though not before the end of December, as had been previously expected.

No decision on Qatar World Cup stadiums before 2017

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Doha (AFP) A final decision on the number of stadiums to be used at the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals will not be made this year, according to FIFA.

An official told AFP that the long-awaited announcement would instead be made in "due course" though not before the end of December, as had been previously expected.

World Cup top-scorer Klose retires

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's prolific Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement on Tuesday at the age of 38.

The striker, Germany's record scorer with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season and he will now join the national side's coaching staff.

World Cup top-scorer Klose retires

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's prolific Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement on Tuesday at the age of 38.

The striker, Germany's record scorer with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season and he will now join the national side's coaching staff.

World Cup top-scorer Klose ends playing career

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's Miroslav Klose, the World Cup's all time top scorer with 16 goals, announced the end of his playing career on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old striker netted his 16th goal in World Cup finals during the 7-1 semi-final thrashing of hosts Brazil two years ago, which saw him overtake former Selecao star Ronaldo.

Loew to extend Germany football reign until 2020: reports

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew is set to extend his reign until 2020 amidst reports his new contract will be confirmed on Monday by the German FA (DFB).

German daily Bild reported on Saturday that the 56-year-old, who took charge in 2006, will pen a two-year extension to lead Germany's defence of the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and to the European Championships in 2020.

Loew to extend Germany football reign until 2020: reports

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Berlin (AFP) Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew is set to extend his reign until 2020 amidst reports his new contract will be confirmed on Monday by the German FA (DFB).

German daily Bild reported on Saturday that the 56-year-old, who took charge in 2006, will pen a two-year extension to lead Germany's defence of the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and to the European Championships in 2020.

Brazil’s ‘eternal captain’ Carlos Alberto dies at 72

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Carlos Alberto, captain of the Brazilian 1970 World Cup-winning side considered one of the greatest teams of all time, died on Tuesday aged 72.

The right-back starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the legendary Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the 1970 final.

FIFA to decide on World Cup reform in January

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA executives will make a final decision on World Cup reform in January after weighing up three proposals on Thursday, as president Gianni Infantino pushes plans to grow the lucrative tournament.

Infantino said it was possible that FIFA will leave the competition as a 32-team event, but he has made no secret of his desire to see the World Cup involve more countries, and more revenue, from 2026 and beyond.

United States Men's National Team

Saying goodbye to the Klinsmann era

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As the USMNT transitions to a new coach, it's worth asking what they need to carry forward from the Klinsmann era of US soccer.

USMNT ready to battle Mexico as rivalry resumes to open Hexagonal

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Michael Bradley says he can feel the tension from the moment he steps off the plane. Mexico week is one unlike any other. There's an aura of anticipation, a feeling of nervousness and, perhaps most of all, a deep sensation of excitement.

Friday's clash between the U.

FIFA

The Confederations Cup predicts nothing

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FIFA prepares to draw the match-ups for this summer's Confederations Cup in the soccer news, a tournament still in search of an audience.

FIFA boss makes gains on World Cup expansion

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January.

Growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams topped the agenda at this week's FIFA Council meeting.

FIFA boss makes gains on World Cup expansion

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January.

Growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams topped the agenda at this week's FIFA Council meeting.

England

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

Video: Gareth Southgate and Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson talk ahead of England vs Scotland

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England manager Gareth Southgate and midfielder Jordan Henderson faced reporters today to hold a pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow...

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England vs Scotland: Possible line ups & predictions

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England face Scotland on Friday night in a Group F tie of the World Cup 2018 European qualifiers.

While England will look to consolidate their top spot in the group with a victory, for Scotland this will be an important game as they are fourth in the group with four points from three games.

England vs Scotland: Possible line ups & predictions

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England face Scotland on Friday night in a Group F tie of the World Cup 2018 European qualifiers.

While England will look to consolidate their top spot in the group with a victory, for Scotland this will be an important game as they are fourth in the group with four points from three games.

England vs Scotland: Possible line ups & predictions

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England face Scotland on Friday night in a Group F tie of the World Cup 2018 European qualifiers.

While England will look to consolidate their top spot in the group with a victory, for Scotland this will be an important game as they are fourth in the group with four points from three games.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

England: Jack Wilshere Named In Gareth Southgate’s Squad To Face Scotland And Spain

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Interim England boss Gareth Southgate has named his latest squad ahead of the Three Lions' games against Scotland and Spain, with midfielder Jack Wilshere returning to the senior set-up and Spurs striker Harry Kane also named.

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Wilshere failed to make an impact during England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign after yet another season ruined by injury.

U.S. National Team

Where to find Costa Rica vs. USA on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Costa Rica vs. USA, you've come to the right place.

After losing to Mexico on Friday night in Columbus, the United States will want to bounce back against Costa Rica in order to keep their chances alive of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Where to find Costa Rica vs. USA on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Costa Rica vs. USA, you've come to the right place.

After losing to Mexico on Friday night in Columbus, the United States will want to bounce back against Costa Rica in order to keep their chances alive of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Brazil

Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar vs Messi showdown, Liverpool duo to feature, Betting tips

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Brazil, the five-times World champions, will face Argentina in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in international football, the two nations boast of some of the world’s finest players to grace the game.

Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar vs Messi showdown, Liverpool duo to feature, Predictions

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Brazil, the five-time World champions, will face Argentina in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in international football, the two nations boast of some of the world’s finest players to grace the game.

Brazil vs Argentina: Neymar vs Messi showdown, Liverpool duo to feature, Predictions

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Brazil, the five-time World champions, will face Argentina in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying game on Thursday.

Arguably the biggest rivalry in international football, the two nations boast of some of the world’s finest players to grace the game.

Mesut Ozil Reveals Exactly What He Said To David Luiz After Germany’s 7-1 Humiliation Of Brazil At 2014 World Cup

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Because he is fundamentally incapable of doing anything bad, Mesut Ozil has revealed that he was an absolute gentleman in the wake of Germany's brutal massacreof Brazil's hopes and aspirations at the 2014 World Cup.

As you may well recall, the mighty Mannshaft eviscerated the host nation in a mercilesssemi-final, sauntering their way to a 7-1 trouncing.

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The Man With The Golden CV: World Cup Legend Miroslav Klose Retires To Join Germany Coaching Staff

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Miroslav Klose hasofficially brought his playing career to an end today by announcing that he has agreed to embark on his coaching training with the German national team.

The DFB have said that, after consulting with Joachim Low and technical director Hansi Flick, Klose will undergo an individual training program "with the clear aim of embarking on a coaching career.