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Can MLS TV ratings improve without promotion/relegation?

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 54, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• A discussion about whether MLS TV ratings can improve without promotion/relegation,

• News on how FOX Sports is planning to promote the 2018 FIFA World Cup,

• Our opinions about the MLS Cup final TV coverage,

• Big news from NBC Sports regarding more Premier League coverage,

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Five Things: Football’s weird and wonderful rituals and habits

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People involved in football are continually looking for ways to gain an advantage over their opposition.

Whether it’s superstitions, compulsions or psychology, the sport has some weird and wonderful stories of the ways its stars seek to gain a competitive edge.

Read on for our top five strange rituals and habits of some of football’s most famous names.

2018 World Cup: Group Stage Draw and Fixtures List

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The World Cup 2018 draw was conducted in Moscow earlier this evening and most of the big guns will be happy with their set of opponents in the group stages.

Defending champions Germany have been drawn alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate’s England will be delighted with their draw as well.

Rocco Commisso discusses NASL-USSF antitrust case and TV rights

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 52, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive candid interview with Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman and owner, about the NASL antitrust case against the US Soccer Federation, as well as the tangled web of MLS/SUM/USSF TV rights,

• Our thoughts on FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA World Cup Draw,

• News about a new timeslot that’s being proposed for Premier League games and how that’ll impact viewers in the US,

• Observations about NBC’s Premier League Fan Festival, and more

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Rocco Commisso discusses NASL-USSF antitrust case and TV rights

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 52, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive candid interview with Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman and owner, about the NASL antitrust case against the US Soccer Federation, as well as the tangled web of MLS/SUM/USSF TV rights,

• Our thoughts on FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA World Cup Draw,

• News about a new timeslot that’s being proposed for Premier League games and how that’ll impact viewers in the US,

• Observations about NBC’s Premier League Fan Festival, and more

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

World Cup 2018

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

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For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network - one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

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For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network - one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

World Cup 2018: What to expect from Groups A through H

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The World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin on Friday. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from all eight groups as the buildup to next summer’s tournament kicks into high gear.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

This is a remarkably weak group.

World Cup 2018: What to expect from Groups A through H

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The World Cup draw took place at the Kremlin on Friday. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from all eight groups as the buildup to next summer’s tournament kicks into high gear.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

This is a remarkably weak group.

World Cup Draw: England Face Belgium, Tunisia And Panama In Intriguing Group G Selection

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England will play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The typically star-studded draw was made in Moscow on Friday and threw up an intriguing Group G for England.

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Currently fifth in FIFA's rankings, Belgium will provide a big challenge to the Three Lions, with a squad crammed full of world-class stars, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to Dries Mertens.

World Cup TV schedule FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV coverage

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For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips.

World Cup TV coverage FAQ:

Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States?

World Cup TV schedule FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV coverage

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For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips.

World Cup TV coverage FAQ:

Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States?

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

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Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers.

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

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Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers.

From Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Tyler Adams… 14 international football new boys – rated

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Injured Neuer vows to be fit for World Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Captain Manuel Neuer insisted he will be fit for Germany’s World Cup title defence next year despite lingering doubts over his fractured foot.

The goalkeeper broke his left foot for the third time this year in September and does not expect to return to training with Bayern Munich until January.

Injured Neuer vows to be fit for World Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Captain Manuel Neuer insisted he will be fit for Germany’s World Cup title defence next year despite lingering doubts over his fractured foot.

The goalkeeper broke his left foot for the third time this year in September and does not expect to return to training with Bayern Munich until January.

Mutko to continue in World Cup role – UEFA official

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko’s lifetime Olympic ban will not affect his World Cup involvement, Russia’s UEFA executive committee member Alexei Sorokin told AFP on Thursday.

Mutko is head of the Russia 2018 organising committee but his involvement in the World Cup was thrown into doubt on Tuesday when he was banned from the Olympic Games for life by the IOC due to his implication in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

Mutko to continue in World Cup role – UEFA official

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko’s lifetime Olympic ban will not affect his World Cup involvement, Russia’s UEFA executive committee member Alexei Sorokin told AFP on Thursday.

Mutko is head of the Russia 2018 organising committee but his involvement in the World Cup was thrown into doubt on Tuesday when he was banned from the Olympic Games for life by the IOC due to his implication in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Germany boss Loew embraces World Cup favourites tag

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew is comfortable with Germany carrying the favourites tag for next year’s World Cup, but the head coach has a few areas to strengthen before his team’s title defence in Russia.

England or Spain are lurking in pot two as potential group-stage opponents for the world champions in Friday’s draw at Moscow.

Coach Rohr signs new Nigeria deal

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Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has been given a new two-year contract after guiding the country to the World Cup finals, the country’s football association announced on Tuesday.

“He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future,” said Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Coach Rohr signs new Nigeria deal

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Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has been given a new two-year contract after guiding the country to the World Cup finals, the country’s football association announced on Tuesday.

“He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future,” said Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Italy football federation chief Tavecchio resigns amid World Cup chaos

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football federation chief Carlo Tavecchio became the latest victim of the Azzurri’s World Cup qualifying disaster falling on his sword Monday, days after the sacking of coach Gian Piero Ventura.

A week after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup final for the first time since 1958, former World Cup superstars Italy find themselves in a power vacuum.

Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco

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Rome (AFP) – Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday.

The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

FIFA

Unified 2026 World Cup bid targeting 15-18 cities as bid process continues

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There are roughly three months remaining before the unified 2026 World Cup bid is officially submitted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Throughout those three months, the bid team will have to dot plenty of I's and cross a series of T's, but there are still some big decisions to be made in the years to come.

Another December to care about the FIFA Club World Cup

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The FIFA Club World Cup began on Wednesday with Al-Jazira knocking out Auckland City 1-0 in the playoff game. FIFA's unloved world championship for clubs resumes in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday with the quarterfinal round. That's when CONCACAF's representative makes their debut.

The World Cup draw starts the story

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 4, 2017) US Soccer Players – The World Cup draw is set. What comes next is six months of speculation. Which teams will advance? Can Germany repeat as champion? Can Brazil capture a sixth World Cup trophy? Will newcomers Iceland and Panama make any impact?

Tuesday Kickoff: Colombian official testifies on Qatar bribes, Everton after Allardyce and more

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A South American official testified regarding 2022 World Cup bribes while Everton is reportedly closing in on a manager.

Former president of Colombia's football federation Luis Bedoya saysthat an executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials ahead of the vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

Russia

Football Art: New Official World Cup Poster For Russia 2018 Is Really Rather прекрасная (Photo)

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With just three days to go until the final group stage draw for the 2018 World Cup is made in Moscow, FIFA have unfurled the official poster that will accompany the tournament in Russia next year.

Produced by artist Igor Gurovich, the poster features legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin front and centre, clawing a giant football out of the sky in front of a delightfully geometric, Soviet-ish background.

Apparently This Is The New Nike Kit England Will Wear For Their Disappointing Second Round Exit At 2018 World Cup (Leaked Photos)

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'Tis the season of the international kit release and, while England's new strip has yet to be formally unveiled, a couple of leaked images purport to show just how the Three Lions will be togged up come the 2018 World Cup.

Because this is Nike we're talking about here, they'll be none of the individually themed retro-tinged goodness we witnessed with the recent batch of Adidas World Cup efforts.

‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

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Uruguay 2018 World Cup PUMA Home Kit

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TheAsociación Uruguayade Fútbol (Uruguayan Football Association) and longtime technical partner PUMA today revealed the home kit that will be worn by the Uruguay national team at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The new Celeste (Sky Blue) primary shirt will be available atWorld Soccer Shop,UK Soccer Shop,Lovell Soccer,Pro:Direct Soccer,Subside SportsandKitbag.

Egypt 2018 World Cup adidas Home Kit

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adidas has released the Egypt 2018 adidas home kit that The Pharaohs will wear during their return to the FIFA World Cup following a twenty eight year absence. The new shirt will be is now on sale atWorld Soccer Shop,UK Soccer Shop,Lovell Soccer,Pro:Direct Soccer,Subside SportsandKitbag.

The Rest

World Cup 2026 bid explainer

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - You've probably already heard about the US, Canada, and Mexico partnering to launch a sprawling bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The three nations have submitted an ambitious plan for the first edition of FIFA's expanded 48-team tournament.

Mexico and the 2018 World Cup draw

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Mexico's last important match was in September when El Tri wrapped up a World Cup berth with a 1-0 home win over Panama. The next meaningful match it will play will not be until June, somewhere in Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

However, the most important event Mexico will participate in this year will happen soon.

Gay fans warned of ‘dangers’ at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

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FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay football fans that will be in attendance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia of aggressive response from intolerant locals.

Anti-gay sentiment in Russia remains strong despite homosexuality being decriminalised in 1993, especially after a law was introduced in 2013 that prohibited the dissemination to minors of “propaganda” that legitimised homosexuality.

Are Sweden back in business after qualifying for the World Cup?

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Italy Names Five Candidates To Manage National Team

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FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio says that the top choices for the Italy managerial role are Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.

The Azzurri missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.