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“Era Gol de Yepes”

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"Era gol de yepes" es quizá una de las frases más repetidas en la historia reciente de Colombia. Para los que no saben, la existencia de esta frase se devuelve al año 2014, específicamente al partido Brasil contra Colombia por los cuartos de final del mundial de futbol. Hasta ese día, todo era felicidad para.

Television Rights – How the Premier League and FIFA are the Big Winners

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Television Rights – How the Premier League and FIFA are the Big Winners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

From next season, it will cost Sky or BT around £10 million to broadcast each game, with the new television rights finally coming into practice. The deal, worth around £5.1 billion, will see the bottom team of next season's Premier League collect £99 million, the same amount Chelsea got last season when they won the trophy.

Tuesday Kickoff: Blatter, Raul, Arsenal and more

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Sepp Blatter may be banned from FIFA, but he and his salary are in the news this morning.

In spite of being banned from the sport for eight years, outgoing FIFA president Blatter is still receiving payment from world soccer's governing body, and will continue to receive his salary until a new president is elected on Feb.

Jill Ellis wins FIFA Women's Coach of the Year

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The U.S. Women's National Team truly had a historic 2015, and Monday's FIFA Ballon d'Or gala capped off the year in style for theWomen's World Cup winners.

While USWNT midfielder Carli Lloyd captured the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award, FIFA also named head coach Jill Ellis the 2015World Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer.

The Argument: In 2016, Football is as Political as Ever

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"Write a piece about something that is bugging you" about the game. Blimey, where do you start? Footballs on plinths, rampant corruption, automatic bookings for taking your shirt off, the pointlessness of football phone-ins, York City in the mire of sub-mediocrity? The choice is endless and picking just one thing out is a thankless task.

Soccer News: Blatter and Platini banned for eight years

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Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter reacted to his eight year ban from the organization in Monday's soccer news. Read More

Top Five Excuses for the Possibly Incriminating Emails of FIFA Mexican Officials

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In case you missed it, United States prosecutors are charging and extraditing Latin American (and elsewhere) officials from FIFA left and right. The feds are so tenacious, they are even plucking Guatemalan executives off Disney cruises in Miami. Yet, for a country that has a pretty bad corruption score in most indexes, the folks in Mexican soccer have avoided the net.

English Premier League

Kia Joorabchian’s growing involvement with MLS demands further scrutiny

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LastWednesday, the LA Galaxy announced the signing of defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong who started the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final for the Netherlands and won the 2012 Premier League title with Manchester City. De Jong is yet another prestige signing for MLS' signature club but raises questions about how he got to MLS and why he is signing.

Kia Joorabchian’s growing involvement with MLS demands further scrutiny

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LastWednesday, the LA Galaxy announced the signing of defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong who started the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final for the Netherlands and won the 2012 Premier League title with Manchester City. De Jong is yet another prestige signing for MLS' signature club but raises questions about how he got to MLS and why he is signing.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs River Plate

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The weekend soccer TV has a world championship with Barcelona playing River Plate on Sunday for the ... Read More

US Soccer

The soccer history of the USMNT vs Canada

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The USMNT's series with Canada might be lopsided in favor of the United States, but there's the potential for a real rivalry. Read More

Nike Special Edition Carli Lloyd “Leave Your Legacy” Mercurial Superfly Boots

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On the say that she was named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year,Nike unveiled [...]

Major Link Soccer: Welcome to 2016!

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Lots of looking back and looking forward, US Soccer gets the new year started, the NFL kicks some defenseless children off their youth soccer fields.

Happy New Year!

I'm hoping many of you don't mind how late you're receiving your daily links dose because you were celebrating into the wee hours.

Looking ahead to soccer in 2016

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There's plenty on the soccer calendar in 2016 with World Cup qualifying, the Copa Centenario, Euro 2016, and the Olympics. Read More

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Panini launches ‘FIFA 365,’ a new sticker collection that’s ideal for fans of club soccer

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After Panini's huge success with their 2014 FIFA World Cup sticker collection, Panini has returned with a brand-new collection. But despite the name 'FIFA 365,' which sounds like it'd be a collection focused on national teams, 'FIFA 365' instead focuses on the best club teams and their players from around the world.

Panini launches ‘FIFA 365,’ a new sticker collection that’s ideal for fans of club soccer

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After Panini's huge success with their 2014 FIFA World Cup sticker collection, Panini has returned with a brand-new collection. But despite the name 'FIFA 365,' which sounds like it'd be a collection focused on national teams, 'FIFA 365' instead focuses on the best club teams and their players from around the world.

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Q & A: Silky Johnson Explains Why Every Player You Ever Loved In Fact Sucks

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Every now and then, we at Futfanatico land a huge interview about futbol with an unexpected celebrity. Once we got Slavoj Zizek to predict a World Cup final. Another time, Jean Baudrillard turned his piercing gaze to American celebrity fans of Arsenal. While Rolling Stone barely nicked us to that Chapo interview, we are delighted to welcome Silky Johnson, the greatest hater in the history of hating.

Lionel Messi would trade his five Ballon d’Ors for one World Cup

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Lionel Messi said on Monday he would swap all his individual awards including five Ballon d'Or trophies for a single World Cup win.

Asked what he would choose between his plethora of Ballon d'Or awards and a World Cup, the 28-year-old said: "The World Cup, of course."

He added: "Team awards are more important than individual ones.

Lionel Messi would trade his five Ballon d’Ors for one World Cup

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Lionel Messi said on Monday he would swap all his individual awards including five Ballon d'Or trophies for a single World Cup win.

Asked what he would choose between his plethora of Ballon d'Or awards and a World Cup, the 28-year-old said: "The World Cup, of course."

He added: "Team awards are more important than individual ones.

Neymar, Hazard and Man Utd star feature in top players to watch out for in Qatar 2022 World Cup

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Neymar, Hazard and Man Utd star feature in top players to watch out for in Qatar 2022 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just writing the following list of players makes the mouth salivate at the plethora of exciting young talent who could feature on the world stage at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar.

Barca Win Record Third FIFA World Cup Title

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A pair of goals from Luis Suarez and a Lionel Messi strike saw Barcelona claim their third FIFA Club World Cup crown with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over River Plate in Yokohama.

There was no doubt that the champions of Europe deserved to win the match and consequently the tournament with an immaculate all-round display.

Barcelona vs Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 Club World Cup 2015 Highlights 3-0 Zou Zheng Injury Suarez Goals Video

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Barcelona vs Guangzhou Evergrande 2015 (Barca-Guangzhou VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Guangzhou 3-0 (Suarez*3) Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan- 17 December, 2015- 11.30 UK KO Barcelona ride on the back of Luis Suarez's hat trick as they beat Chinese side Guangzhou to march into the finals of the Club World Cup Spanish commentary, [.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs Guangzhou Evergrande

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The 2015 FIFA Club World Cup moves to the semifinal stage with Barcelona in action on Thursday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

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FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

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The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating.

Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the awarding of the finals in 2000 when Germany narrowly saw off a bid from South Africa.

FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

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The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating.

Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the awarding of the finals in 2000 when Germany narrowly saw off a bid from South Africa.

England

On This Day In 1920: England’s One And Only World Cup-Winning Manager Is Born

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On this very day in 1920, Alfred Earnest Ramsey was born in Dagenham, then a rural village 10 miles east of Central London.

Ramsey later reminisced that he "lived for the open air from the moment I could toddle", and so it's perhaps fitting that it was out in the open air that he not only made his name and living, but also left a peerless and indelible impression on the English sporting landscape.

Harry Kane: ‘Mauricio Pochettino Still Hates Talking About That 2002 World Cup Michael Owen Penalty’

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While his English has come on leaps and bounds since his arrival in the Premier League a couple of years ago, there is one thing Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino still refuses to discuss in any language.

Harry Kane has revealed that his manager will happily chat about any subject bar one: *that* tangle with Michael Owen at the 2002 World Cup.

Sky Sports proves that Geoff Hurst’s shot for England was a goal in 1966 World Cup Final [VIDEO]

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On this week's edition of Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, the pundits decided to pick apart the 1966 World Cup Final between England and Germany since there was no Monday match in the Premier League this week.

In addition to analyzing the tactics of the match, which was played 50 years ago this year, Jamie Carragher and Ed Chamberlin used statistical data from Opta, the tactics touchscreen and virtual reality from EA Sports to show how the impact of Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Alan Ball had on the match.

Sky Sports proves that Geoff Hurst’s shot for England was a goal in 1966 World Cup Final [VIDEO]

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On this week's edition of Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, the pundits decided to pick apart the 1966 World Cup Final between England and Germany since there was no Monday match in the Premier League this week.

In addition to analyzing the tactics of the match, which was played 50 years ago this year, Jamie Carragher and Ed Chamberlin used statistical data from Opta, the tactics touchscreen and virtual reality from EA Sports to show how the impact of Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Alan Ball had on the match.

ESPN Deportes

Univision Deportes acquires US Spanish-language rights to UEFA competitions

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While Euro 2016 will be on ESPN this summer for English-language viewers, Univision Deportes has acquired the Spanish-language rights to the tournament, as well as other UEFA properties.

Univision Deporteshas acquiredthe exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to all UEFA national team competitions from 2018 to 2022.

Univision Deportes acquires US Spanish-language rights to UEFA competitions

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While Euro 2016 will be on ESPN this summer for English-language viewers, Univision Deportes has acquired the Spanish-language rights to the tournament, as well as other UEFA properties.

Univision Deporteshas acquiredthe exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to all UEFA national team competitions from 2018 to 2022.

Argentina

Argentina and Uruguay plan to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup

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Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez (L) welcomes his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri at the Anchorena presidential ranch in Colonia, Uruguay, on January 7, 2016 (Photo Credit: AFP.)

Uruguay will bid to mark the centenary of its triumph in the first football World Cup by hosting the 2030 tournament jointly with rival Argentina, the countries' presidents said Thursday.

Argentina and Uruguay plan to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup

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Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez (L) welcomes his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri at the Anchorena presidential ranch in Colonia, Uruguay, on January 7, 2016 (Photo Credit: AFP.)

Uruguay will bid to mark the centenary of its triumph in the first football World Cup by hosting the 2030 tournament jointly with rival Argentina, the countries' presidents said Thursday.

The Rest

El gol de John Brooks contra Ghana

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El 16 de junio del 2014 el equipo de los Estados Unidos empezó su campaña en el Mundial del 2014 contra Ghana, el mismo equipo que había eliminado a los Estados Unidos hace 4 años en el Mundial de Sudáfrica. Elequipo de las barras y las estrellas no eran favoritos en su grupo que había... Read More »

Qatar Under-23 show the way forward to 2022 World Cup

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Qatar Under-23 show the way forward to 2022 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest thing to happen to Qatari football is expected to be the 2022 World Cup. However, the biggest thing happening to Qatari football may just occur six years earlier. Currently underway in Qatar is the AFC Under 23 Championship which is also doubling as part of the qualification process for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the hosts, in that respect, are doing rather well thank you very much.

Stoke ‘Keeper Jack Butland Donates £5,000 To GB Women’s Deaf Team To Help Them Realise World Cup Dream

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Not content with being halfway throughthe season of his career, Jack Butland has gone and proved that he's a top banana off the pitch too.

The Stoke goalkeeper has donated £5,000 of his own cash to the Great Britain women's deaf football team in order to help them fund their trip to the Deaf World Cup in Italy.

Giuseppe Rossi: “The one that got away” still comes home for Christmas

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Italy National Team player Guiseppe Rossi talks about keeping ties with the New York area, his immediate future with Fiorentina, and MLS. Read More

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned for 8 years by Ethics committee

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Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer head Michel Platini have both been banned for 8 years by the governing body's Ethics committee. While investigating the payment of 2 million Swiss francs (CHF) made by FIFA to Platini back in 2011, the committee found a clear "conflict of interest" and lack of commitment to [.