World Cup 2010

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Man City’s Toure blasts League Cup ball

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London (AFP) – English football chiefs on Wednesday defended the ball used in the League Cup after Manchester City’s Yaya Toure said it was worse than the much-maligned Jabulani used in the 2010 World Cup.

City and Championship club Wolves played with the Mitre Delta ball in Tuesday’s League Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium, with the hosts needing a penalty shootout to advance to the quarter-finals after the match finished goalless after 120 minutes.

Man City’s Toure blasts League Cup ball

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London (AFP) – English football chiefs on Wednesday defended the ball used in the League Cup after Manchester City’s Yaya Toure said it was worse than the much-maligned Jabulani used in the 2010 World Cup.

City and Championship club Wolves played with the Mitre Delta ball in Tuesday’s League Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium, with the hosts needing a penalty shootout to advance to the quarter-finals after the match finished goalless after 120 minutes.

Robben retires from Netherlands duty

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Amsterdam (AFP) – Netherlands captain Arjen Robben signalled the end of his international career on Tuesday after his country failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals despite a 2-0 win over Sweden.

The Bayern Munich star signed off by scoring both goals in Amsterdam as the Dutch fell well short of the unlikely 7-0 win they needed to make the play-offs after a desperately disappointing qualifying campaign.

Germany win historic 10th World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games.

The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, and finished their qualifying campaign in Kaiserslautern with a 10th straight victory.

Iwobi sends Nigeria to Russia, Ghana eliminated

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Abuja (AFP) – Alex Iwobi’s goal saw Nigeria become the first African team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, while Ghana were eliminated in the qualifiers.

A 73rd-minute strike by Arsenal forward Iwobi handed the Super Eagles a 1-0 success over Zambia in Uyo, ensuring top spot in Group B with a game to spare.

Iwobi sends Nigeria to Russia, Ghana eliminated

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Abuja (AFP) – Alex Iwobi’s goal saw Nigeria become the first African team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, while Ghana were eliminated in the qualifiers.

A 73rd-minute strike by Arsenal forward Iwobi handed the Super Eagles a 1-0 success over Zambia in Uyo, ensuring top spot in Group B with a game to spare.

Thais pick ex-Ghana coach Rajevac to revive fortunes

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Bangkok (AFP) – Thailand on Wednesday appointed Serbian Milovan Rajevac as the new coach of the national football team, plumping for the man who guided Ghana to an unlikely quarter-final spot at the 2010 World Cup.

The former Red Star Belgrade defender was available after leaving his as Algeria coach last year after just two games.

Thais pick ex-Ghana coach Rajevac to revive fortunes

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Bangkok (AFP) – Thailand on Wednesday appointed Serbian Milovan Rajevac as the new coach of the national football team, plumping for the man who guided Ghana to an unlikely quarter-final spot at the 2010 World Cup.

The former Red Star Belgrade defender was available after leaving his as Algeria coach last year after just two games.

FA Cup clash vs Brentford gives Fabregas chance to prove point

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London (AFP) Cesc Fabregas is not happy at his lack of game time under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and on Saturday he can make a case for more opportunities in the FA Cup fourth-round clash with Brentford.

The 29-year-old former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder a member of the Spain side that won the 2010 World Cup has made just five Premier League starts this season and admits he has found it difficult to adjust to life on the sidelines.

FA Cup clash vs Brentford gives Fabregas chance to prove point

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London (AFP) Cesc Fabregas is not happy at his lack of game time under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and on Saturday he can make a case for more opportunities in the FA Cup fourth-round clash with Brentford.

The 29-year-old former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder a member of the Spain side that won the 2010 World Cup has made just five Premier League starts this season and admits he has found it difficult to adjust to life on the sidelines.

Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.

Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.

Henry handball ‘forgotten’, O’Neill plots France’s Euro 2016 downfall

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Versailles (France) (AFP) Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill wants his players to target glory rather than revenge when they face hosts France in a Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Sunday.

Ireland were denied a place in the 2010 World Cup when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry controlled the ball with his hand to tee up a William Gallas equaliser that sent France to South Africa from a playoff in 2009.

Henry handball ‘forgotten’, O’Neill plots France’s Euro 2016 downfall

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Versailles (France) (AFP) Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill wants his players to target glory rather than revenge when they face hosts France in a Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Sunday.

Ireland were denied a place in the 2010 World Cup when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry controlled the ball with his hand to tee up a William Gallas equaliser that sent France to South Africa from a playoff in 2009.

World Cup

Fancy Bears: Russian Hackers Reveal Football Might Have A Bit Of A Drug Problem

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Fancy Bears, the cute-as-a-button Russian hacking group responsible for publishing the medical records of many high-profile athletes, have leaked several documents pertaining to the drug testing conducted at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The leak names 25 players, including Carlos Tevez, Mario Gomez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze, who were all allowed to use banned substances at the tournament as part of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

Monaco: Kylian Mbappe Unwittingly Reignites Long Dormant Feud Between Nicolas Anelka And Raymond Domenech

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Kylian Mbappe, Monaco's wunderkind du jour,sent yet another record tumbling at the weekendby scoring what proved to be the winning goal against Lyon.

As a result, Mbappe became the youngest player this century (18 years, 124 days) to reach 14 league goals in one of Europe's so-called 'top five' leagues, thus breakingWayne Rooney's record.

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

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Zurich (AFP) – Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as they usurped great rivals Argentina.

It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil - last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their latest step on the road to redemption after the embarrassment and heartache of their World Cup failure on home soil in 2014.

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

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Zurich (AFP) – Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as they usurped great rivals Argentina.

It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil - last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their latest step on the road to redemption after the embarrassment and heartache of their World Cup failure on home soil in 2014.

Defoe sets sights on ‘dream’ 2018 World Cup

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has his sights on a “dream” place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad after returning to the fold following a near four-year absence, he said on Monday.

The 34-year-old Sunderland player was recalled by manager Gareth Southgate for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Sunday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you're reading thisthen the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it's more than...

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Euro 2016 groups

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Out of the 24 teams competing in Euro 2016, they've been separated into six Euro 2016 groups —from Group A through Group F. Six of the teams were seeded (France, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal) while the remaining 18 teams were drawn into their respective groups.

Euro 2016 is arguably the most prestigious and competitive international soccer tournament in the world — even better than the World Cup.

Euro 2016 groups

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Out of the 24 teams competing in Euro 2016, they've been separated into six Euro 2016 groups —from Group A through Group F. Six of the teams were seeded (France, England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal) while the remaining 18 teams were drawn into their respective groups.

Euro 2016 is arguably the most prestigious and competitive international soccer tournament in the world — even better than the World Cup.

Football mascots: From Naranjito to Super Victor… 11 weird and wonderful international football mascots

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With most of the world now well acquainted with Kingsley (Partick Thistle's new mascot for the three of you lucky enough to have not seen it yet), and with Euro 2016 on the horizon, wegot...

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ESPN’s Euro 2016 ‘More Than Football’ campaign exudes class

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For the past 8 years, we've been graced by ESPN's superb coverage of world-class soccer competitions on US television. At Euro 2008, it was the birth of a new soccer vision that was focused on providing intelligent discussion and coverage of the Beautiful Game, and importantly not talking down to the viewers.

ESPN’s Euro 2016 ‘More Than Football’ campaign exudes class

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For the past 8 years, we've been graced by ESPN's superb coverage of world-class soccer competitions on US television. At Euro 2008, it was the birth of a new soccer vision that was focused on providing intelligent discussion and coverage of the Beautiful Game, and importantly not talking down to the viewers.

El efecto de la Musica en los Partidos Internacionales

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Como sabemos, el fútbol es un espectáculo internacional.Dos equipos de dos países completamente diferentes comparten una cosa en común: la pasión por el fútbol.Esta pasión trae los equipos juntos parala competencia, donde los países luchan por el orgullo.En muchos casos existe unahistoria entre las dos naciones.

¿Para que albergar el Mundial?

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Catorce mil millones de dólares estadounidenses. Éste es que costó a Brasil (enlace en portugués) a albergar el Mundial de 2014, la cantidad más alta de la historia de la competencia. Para comparar, los juegos olímpicos de Beijing de 2008, un espectáculo de 28 deportes y 302 eventos, costaron US$8 mil millones.

Como Futebol Chegou à África e à Importância do Jogo na África

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O futebol é jogado em todo os lugares do mundo. Quando nós pensamos de onde o futebol é jogado, nós geralmente associam futebol com os europeus e sul- e latino-americanos, mas o futebol tem expandido ao todo o mundo, e um dos lugares onde expandiu o máximo é a África. Futebol chegou África "no.

FIFA admits World Cup voting was rigged, launches legal battle against corrupt officials

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FIFA has admitted for the first time that World Cup voting was rigged in the past.

In legal papers filed in New York, FIFA is attempting to recover bribes and stolen money from 41 ex-officials and marketing executives including Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb, who have both served as FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, and Chuck Blazer, the former CONCACAF general secretary.

On This Day In 2009: Adidas Prepare To Ruin A World Cup With The Worst Football Of All Time – The Jabulani

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Football is a simple game, but those involved with running it really do their best to make it complicated. Take the case of the introduction of the special, official, all-new match ball for the 2010 World Cup.

Named after the Zulu word for 'celebrate', the Jabulani was, we were told, made from eight spherically moulded panels and had a textured surface designed to improve its aerodynamics.

Watch A Leading FIFA Member Claim Morocco Not South Africa Won The Right To Host World Cup 2010

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The Sunday Times has a cracking story on FIFA troughing. The paper says back in October 2010 it showed FIFA a video of twoleading FIFAofficials talking about bribery. Reporters gained access by posing as lobbyists.

The allegations are that the vote to host the 2010 World Cup was rigged in South Africa's favour and thatMorocco was the actual winner.

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.

Scientific Research Shows Footballers With Wide Faces Score More Goals And Commit More Fouls

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By Chris Wright

According to a study conducted by the good people at the University of Colorado Boulder, footballers with wider faces are more likely genetically speaking to score more goals than players with pathetic, weedy little thin faces.

Researchers analysed the facial constructs of 1,000 players from each of the 32 nations which took part at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, measuring each player's "facial-width-to-height ratio" (FWHR) i.

Spain

Gerard Pique Reveals How He First Wooed Shakira With A Bit Of Rubbish Weather Chat

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Gerard Pique has revealed the sweet little exchange that broke the ice and eventually led to him shacking up with noted Pies fan Shakira.

Waffling on in an interview with Spanish broadcasters TV3, the Barcelona centre-half discussed how the couple, who now have two kids,first got together at the 2010 World Cup.

Spain did not win the World Cup; Catalonia did, says Eric Cantona

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Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona hascourted controversy by suggesting that Spain's 2010 World Cup victory was a product of the influence of Barcelona players on the team.

The legendary French footballerwas speaking ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards, which take place in Shanghai on Wednesday.

Spain did not win the World Cup; Catalonia did, says Eric Cantona

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Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona hascourted controversy by suggesting that Spain's 2010 World Cup victory was a product of the influence of Barcelona players on the team.

The legendary French footballerwas speaking ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards, which take place in Shanghai on Wednesday.

A Dutch Treat for La Roja, then Real hit nine

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THE SPANISH WEEK IN REVIEW

* Holy Week, when the nation shuts down for some colourful parades of its Catholic roots, began with Spain losing 2-0 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam, provoking a round of navel-gazing about La Roja's chances of defending their Euro crown in France next year.

EURO 2016

ESPN unveils Euro 2016 posters

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In its coverage of world-class soccer tournaments, one of the traditions that ESPN began at World Cup 2010 was the creation of a set of posters —one for each team —to promote the event.

For the last European Championship, the set of Euro 2012 posters featured a combination of iconographic photos with the flags of each country.

ESPN unveils Euro 2016 posters

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In its coverage of world-class soccer tournaments, one of the traditions that ESPN began at World Cup 2010 was the creation of a set of posters —one for each team —to promote the event.

For the last European Championship, the set of Euro 2012 posters featured a combination of iconographic photos with the flags of each country.

The Rest

Nigel “The Destroyer” de Jong is at it again

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Nigel "The Destroyer" de Jong committed an awful foul, yesterday April 10th 2016, against Darlington Nagbe.The foul left Darlington Nagbe in a wheelchair and unable to put pressure on his ankle. Nagbe who was selected 2nd overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft is a young pacey winger who has a bright future for both the.