World Cup Qualification

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No Colombia pact, insists Peru’s Tapia

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Lima (AFP) – Peru’s Renato Tapia admitted discussing World Cup qualification with Colombia captain Radamel Falcao during their match on Tuesday night but denied making a pact.

Falcao, who plays his club football for French Ligue 1 side Monaco, was seen in discussion with Peruvian players with his hand covering his mouth towards the end of the 1-1 draw in Lima.

US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

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Harrison (United States) (AFP) – Costa Rica striker Marco Urena scored twice to leave the United States’ World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy here Friday as the 2014 quarter-finalists grabbed a 2-0 away victory.

San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the US back four in the 30th minute to fire Costa Rica ahead at the Red Bull Arena.

US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

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Harrison (United States) (AFP) – Costa Rica striker Marco Urena scored twice to leave the United States’ World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy here Friday as the 2014 quarter-finalists grabbed a 2-0 away victory.

San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the US back four in the 30th minute to fire Costa Rica ahead at the Red Bull Arena.

Paraguay stun Chile in World Cup qualifier

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Santiago (AFP) – Paraguay reignited their hopes of World Cup qualification here Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Chile to complete a miserable day for Alexis Sanchez.

Arturo Vidal scored a spectacular headed own goal while Victor Caceres and Richard Ortiz both netted to give Paraguay a vital win over the South American champions in Santiago.

Paraguay stun Chile in World Cup qualifier

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Santiago (AFP) – Paraguay reignited their hopes of World Cup qualification here Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Chile to complete a miserable day for Alexis Sanchez.

Arturo Vidal scored a spectacular headed own goal while Victor Caceres and Richard Ortiz both netted to give Paraguay a vital win over the South American champions in Santiago.

South Korea axe coach Uli Stielike after Qatar shock

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea axed coach Uli Stielike on Thursday after a shock defeat to Qatar left their World Cup qualification hanging in the balance.

Stielike, who has been in charge since 2014, paid the price for a run of poor results including qualifying defeats to China and Iran.

Silva, Costa keep Spain in front of Italy in World Cup qualification

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Skopje (AFP) – Spain kept their noses in front of Italy in the fight for automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup as David Silva and Diego Costa were on target in a 2-1 win in Macedonia on Sunday.

The two European giants remain locked on 16 points at the top of Group G of UEFA qualifying after Italy saw off Liechtenstein 5-0 in Udine.

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

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Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C and a fifth straight win would take them a step closer to Russia 2018.

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

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Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C and a fifth straight win would take them a step closer to Russia 2018.

Egypt take World Cup revenge over Ghana

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Johannesburg (AFP) Egypt avenged a humiliating World Cup defeat by Ghana three years ago with a 2-0 victory Sunday in a 2018 African Group E qualifier before an 85,000 crowd in Alexandria.

Ghana triumphed 6-1 in the first leg of a 2014 World Cup play-off to set up an aggregate victory that prolonged the agony of Egypt, who have not competed at the finals since 1990.

US Soccer

Match day for Honduras vs USMNT

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Tuesday's soccer news focuses on the obvious, with the USMNT in action later today against Honduras (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport). It's a waste of words to stress that a World Cup qualifier for two teams tied on points for 3rd-place is important. For the USMNT, we've had various riffs on what "crucial" and "must win" mean.

The USMNT’s latest path to World Cup qualification

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continues to break new ground, both for better and for worse, in World Cup qualifying. After struggling at Estadio Azteca for decades, the US have earned draws on their last two qualifying visits to Mexico.

United States

Player ratings for US Men’s National Team after 0-2 loss to Costa Rica

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The United States’ World Cup qualification campaign suffered a massive blow on Friday night, as Costa Rica ended the Americans’ fourteen-game unbeaten run under Bruce Arena with a comprehensive 2-0 win at Red Bull Arena. Here are the player ratings.

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United States U20s open World Cup qualification against Panama

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Auston Trusty and the U.S. U20 team open World Cup qualification in Costa Rica on Saturday

Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty and the United States Under-20 team will begin their journey to qualify for the U20 World Cup this weekend in Costa Rica.

They open up play in Group B at the CONCACAF U20 Championship on Saturday against Panama and play Haiti on February 21 and Saint Kitts and Nevis on February 24.

United States-St. Vincent and the Grenadines Preview

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The road to Russia 2018 begins in St. Louis, on a baseball field. Basically, welcome back to CONCACAF.

Let's get the easy stuff out of the way first. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are ranked 129th in the world, they've qualified for only one Gold Cup back in 1996 and last made the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualification back in 2006.

Half of a Solid Effort | a USA Match Reaction

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This was pretty much a must win for the USMNT a decisive moment in the Klinsmann Epoch. Which made the starting midfield selection a bit...puzzling. Granted, Jones would start regardless of who's healthy, though he's also a potential time-bomb of petulance and rash action. But Zusi? In just his fourth cap and first competitive appearance?

Minus Bradley and Donovan, USMNT will be tested in Kingston

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Coming off an extremely unlikely, and equally historic, triumph against Mexico in their final friendly tune up, Team Jurgen Klinsmann now confidently enters the first of two CONCACAF World Cup qualification matches against Jamaica.

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Where to find Uruguay vs. Ecuador on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Uruguay vs. Ecuador, you've come to the right place.

Second battle third in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table as Uruguay hosts Ecuador in an important match in South America that could have a big impact on who is in the driving seat or not.

Where to find Uruguay vs. Ecuador on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Uruguay vs. Ecuador, you've come to the right place.

Second battle third in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table as Uruguay hosts Ecuador in an important match in South America that could have a big impact on who is in the driving seat or not.

Under-21s – International Round-Up

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Guillermo Varela (Uruguay)

After an impressive string of games in the first-team, Varela earned his first ever Uruguay call up. He was included in the match day squad, however was an un-used sub as Uruguaycame from behind to draw 2-2with Brazil in World Cup Qualification in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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World Cup Qualifier Preview: Mexico vs Jamaica

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The 2014 World Cup Qualifiers continue on June 4th as Jamaica host the traveling Mexico side in Kingston. The CONCACAF rivals continue their quest for an automatic place in the World Cup in Brazil next summer as the battle of The Hex heats up. The Reggae Boyz previously tied El Tri with an impressive 0-0 draw in the Azteca back in February, but soon after their qualification hopes took quick tumble without being able to conjure up a crucial three points since.

Clint Dempsey scores in 36 seconds, U.S. still lose to Jamaica for first time

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Watching a pre-match motivational speaker rip phonebooks in half didn't help the U.S. in their first of two World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica. The U.S. lost 2-1 in Kingston for their first ever loss in 19 matches against Jamaica, even though Clint Dempsey scored just 36 seconds into the match for a new U.

USMNT vs Jamaica Game Thread

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The US returns to World Cup Qualification to take on their toughest Group A rivals Jamaica. It's the first of a doubleheader against the Reggae Boyz with the return leg in 4 days in Columbus. A win in Kingston would be the most important result in group play as it'd put the US in comfortable position to win the group.

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Poland vs England, World Cup Qualification Match: Open Thread

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England faces its toughest test in its World Cup qualification group tonight when they play away against Poland.

Roy Hodgson has made six changes to the side, to bring in more experience into this England team.

England starting XI: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe.

Poland vs England, World Cup Qualification Match: Open Thread

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England faces its toughest test in its World Cup qualification group tonight when they play away against Poland. Roy Hodgson has made six changes to the side, to bring in more experience into this England team. England starting XI: Joe ......

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Euro 2012

Preview RUS-NIR: Capello's Russia

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Fabio Capello will receive his first competitive test tomorrow as Russia take on Northern Ireland in Moscow to start their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. Since taking charge, Fabio Capello has worked to patch the gaps that resulted in the Euro 2012 campaign. Criticism has been wide spread and intense, [read more]

WW: Louis van Gaal’s New Task As Netherlands Coach & Brazil’s Olympic Football Squad

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Louis van Gaal took the 'Oranje oath' today and in doing so, returned to his unenviable position as Dutch national coach after a decade. Sure, The Netherlands are an emotionally-stricken side at the moment, but you could almost say the same for Italy and Portugal after what happened to them at Euro 2012.

England’s Old Guard Should Now Be Stood Down by Hodgson

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TweetNow that the "dust has settled" following England's departure from Euro 2012, manager Roy Hodgson, must decide the way forward for the team. Hodgson will know that with World Cup qualification fixtures beginning in September, he must consider the make-up of the squad that not only ensure that England head to Brazil in 2014 but [.

Del Bosque Says First Half Goals Were Key To Victory

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Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes the first-half goals his side scored were key in Sunday's 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final.

Despite the Azzurri dominating proceedings early on, it was Spain who hit the front foot in the 14th minute when David Silva opened the scoring, before Jordi Alba raced out of defence and doubled their lead four minutes before the interval.

Defiant Gunner: Lions great to watch

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has dismissed suggestions from several Italian players that the team played the Euro 2012 quarterfinal for the penalty shoot-out, arguing that the Three Lions put on a solid overall show in Poland and Ukraine.

England's quarterfinal elimination from a major tournament on spot-kicks is nothing new, but the manner in which the Italians dominated them in the preceding 120 minutes created headlines.

Portugal Euro 2012 Shirts

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Portugal Euro 2012 Shirts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portugal qualified from Group B in second place but most importantly, they came through the Group of Death with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting goal-scoring form at the right time. They will face Czech Republic (Group A winners) on 21st June, and after having played against tournament favourites Germany and Netherlands, the team will feel confident about taking on any team in the quarters or the semis.

Germany Euro 2012 Shirts

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Germany qualified from Group B in relatively comfortable fashion, only hitting the higher gear when needed to progress in Euro 2012. They're now in the quarter finals where they will face Greece (second place in Group A). So far, Germany have been joined in the quarterfinals by Portugal, who will face the Czech Republic on 21st June.

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USMNT vs. Panama, NWSL playoffs, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/6/2017

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Good luck trying to think about work today

Most of the time, Friday is the calm before the storm, and my link choices are more about what's coming down the road rather than what's right in our collective faces. Today, though, with the USMNT facing an enormously important World Cup qualifier against Panama, and the US under-17s kicking off the World Cup in India, I feel like we're right in the thick of things.

Video: Man Utd’s striker Robin Van Persie scores long-range curler (Andorra 0-2 Netherlands)

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The Netherlands made hard work of beating World Cup qualification minnows Andorra before this Robin Van Persie strike gave them a breakthrough. After a goalless first-half, the Manchester United striker curled this effort inside the post from outside the penalty area. While that helped to settle a few Dutch nerves, they still only emerged with [.

Youngest international squads in Europe

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Most countries have now played four games in their World Cup qualification groups so I thought it would be a good time to take a look at which countries are fielding the youngest and oldest teams so far in the competition.

In the four games that have taken place so far it's Belgium that has fielded the youngest set of players with an average of just over 24 years old.

USA back on track, Hack on youth, Hillsborough report, more

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Gomez puts US back on track. Marcus Tracy, training with Union, signed by MLS. Hack on Union youth. Independent Hillsborough Disaster report released, Brit PM apologizes for failures and coverup. More news.

Allen Embraces Added Pressure

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Joe Allen claims to have 'massive belief' in his ability and to have embraced the pressure which accompanies a big-money move to Liverpool.
The Wales international moved to Anfield during the summer transfer window in a £15million switch from Swansea.
He may only be 22, but Allen is now regarded as a key figure for club and country.

Turkish National Team Holland Bound

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Turkish national football team traveled to Netherlands on Monday for their World Cup qualification first game against Holland.

Turkey will play their first match in Group D against Holland on Friday in 2014 World Cup qualification.

Trapattoni names squad for opening World Cup qualifier

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Giovanni Trapattoni has named his 23 man squad for the opening 2014 World Cup qualification match against Kazakhstan on September 7.

The squad will be without Damien Duff, who today made the announcement of his retirement from international football.

Commenting on Duff's retirement, the Ireland boss said: "We will be without Damien Duff who has been a truly great player for his country.

Wales Umbro 2012/13 Home Kit

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The Wales Umbro 2012/13 away kit to be used the first part of the team's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign was officially launched on Wednesday. The 1970s-inspired shirt will...