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World Cup trophy starts tour in Moscow

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Moscow (AFP) – The World Cup trophy tour began a worldwide tour in Moscow on Saturday at a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino.

Ten months before the 2018 World Cup kicks off there, the ceremony took place at Luzhniki stadium, which has been fully renovated and will also host the final and five other matches.

World Cup trophy starts tour in Moscow

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Moscow (AFP) – The World Cup trophy tour began a worldwide tour in Moscow on Saturday at a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino.

Ten months before the 2018 World Cup kicks off there, the ceremony took place at Luzhniki stadium, which has been fully renovated and will also host the final and five other matches.

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England eye first global football title since 1966 at U-20 World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – England have shrugged off a dire record in the Under-20 World Cup to stand on the verge of ending a 51-year wait for a global title dating back to their World Cup win in 1966.

When England landed in South Korea, they were looking to reverse 20 years of failure in the tournament going back to their last win in 1997, when a 17-year-old Michael Owen scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Mexico.

England eye first global football title since 1966 at U-20 World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – England have shrugged off a dire record in the Under-20 World Cup to stand on the verge of ending a 51-year wait for a global title dating back to their World Cup win in 1966.

When England landed in South Korea, they were looking to reverse 20 years of failure in the tournament going back to their last win in 1997, when a 17-year-old Michael Owen scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Mexico.

Pele To Auction Off Some Of His Nick-Nacks, Collection Include Jules Rimet Trophy (Worth £400,000) And Two World Cup-Winner’s Medals

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Pele has decided to clear out a bit of space in his loft and as such a whole treasure trove of the legendary Brazil striker's personal mementos are about to come up for sale.

The pristine collection, put together by Julian's Auctioneers, is comprised of almost 2,000 separate items.

Included arePele's own personal Jules Rimet Trophy, two of his gold World Cup Winner's Medals from 1958 and 1970 and even a makeshift ball (made from rolled-up socks) thatO Reiused to hoof around the streets as a child.

USA vs. Japan, Women's World Cup final: U.S. earn third World Cup title in exciting 5-2 win

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A Carli Lloyd hat trick was just part of a stellar performance from the U.S., who broke their 16-year World Cup trophy drought.

Normally any recap that includes "Julie Johnston own goal" would spell trouble for the U.S., but not this time. This time, it's pretty much, "Own goal? It's fine," because in the end, the U.

FIFA Find Long-Lost Original Base Of The Jules Rimet Trophy In Their Basement (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Having been missing and assumed lost for many years, the square marble base of the original World Cup trophy has been discovered in storage at the FIFA headquarters.

According to BBC Sport, the blue block is the original base of the Jules Rimet trophy, whichcarries the names of the first four World Cup winners between 1930 and 1950 before it was replaced by a similar but slightly larger base in 1954.

Back Germany to win World Cup

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Sunday sees Germany and Argentina square off in the 2014 World Cup final.

The arch-enemy of hosts Brazil could do the unthinkable and lift the World Cup trophy in what is widely considered the home of football.

Germany stand in the South Americans way though and are rightfully favourites to win the trophy for a fourth time to put them on par with Italy and only one behind record holders Brazil.

Introducing Jarbas Meneghini, The Brazilian Mechanic Who Makes And Sells Replica World Cup Trophies In His Back Room At Home… (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

This here is Jarbas Meneghini, a 46-year-old mechanic from Rio de Janeiro who, for the past 18 years has been using his home as a makeshift workshop to produce hundreds of hand-built replicas of the World Cup trophy (or the Jules Rimet trophy if you submit a special order)to sell tolocal football fans.

Where to Buy 2014 World Cup Shirts For All 32 Teams

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For World Cup 2014, there's nothing like cheering your country and wearing the shirt of your national team.

This summer, 32 of the world's best soccer teams will play in Brazil to try to win the ultimate prize —the World Cup trophy. Help support your team by wearing the colors —whether it's the home and/or away shirts.

Buy World Cup Soccer Jerseys: Official Shirts From All Countries Playing In Brazil

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For World Cup 2014, there's nothing like cheering your country and wearing the shirt of your national team.

This summer, 32 of the world's best soccer teams will play in Brazil to try to win the ultimate prize —the World Cup trophy. Help support your team by wearing the colors —whether it's the home and/or away shirts.

Blog on: opp3: viranesque: In 2010, Kozue Ando with a replica FIFA world cup trophy… That was a sign XD

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Blog on: Watch Here USA Vs Japan FIFA World Cup Final 2011 Penalty Shootout

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2010 Fifa World Cup Watch Here USA Vs Japan FIFA World Cup Final 2011 Penalty Shootout - http://videosyoutube.freecy.tk/video... 1 hour ago from Youtube Movie, Football,... - Comment - Like usa-vs-japan.notlong.com & http Despite a loss to Sweden in group play, after an infamous match against Brazil, and three weeks of intense action, the US Women's Soccer team are one win away from hoisting the World Cup trophy.

USWNT downs France 3-1; headed to the World Cup Final

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The USWNT weathered quite the storm but ended up prevailing in the end to punch their ticket into the FIFA World Cup Final. It is magnificent to hear the words US and World Cup Final in the same sentence. The Americans were set to play the winner of Japan/Sweden and Japan won 3-1. No matter who the US would have faced, there would have been intrigue.

Weekend soccer rewind

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Stars of the future make their mark now: Mexico's Luis Guzman and Arturo Gonzalez hold the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy in Mexico City Sunday after defeating Uruguay in the final (AP Photo).

This is what summer soccer weekends are about.

I can't remember a weekend packed with as many dramatic games as those we saw over the last couple of days.

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Russia to host 2018 World Cup and Qatar wins 2022 bid

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World Cup winners (sort of): Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, holds the World Cup trophy aloft after today's announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 soccer World Cup, beating out four other nations including the U.S. (AP Photos).

England lost out to the ruble-packing Russians.

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Soccerama – The best game I’ve ever played

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"The best game I've ever played" is a remarkable endorsement for any man to make. But when the man making the claim is Alan Ball four years after lifting the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy with England you start to sit up and take notice. The game Ball  is promoting is Soccerama, a board game released in the early 1970s.

Homeless World Cup: Scotland Celebrate

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Scotland are world champions.

In the words of the late Donald Dewar: "I like that."

In Paris yesterday Scotland's Homeless World Cup men's team beat Mexico to life the trophy.

A tight game finished 4-3, with a goal from Sean Lawrence and a William McLean hat-trick for Scotland.

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Several potential exhibits at FIFA’s planned underground museum

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FIFA announced plans to use $196 million (of their $1.2 billion cash reserve) to build an underground football museum as an extension of their Zurich headquarters. Why won't it be above ground? Mostly because that wouldn't be evil enough. The museum will include "'3D animations, interactive games, trophies.

Inter Milan lift Club World Cup crown

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — European champions Inter Milan lifted the Club World Cup on Saturday after a 3-0 win in the Abu Dhabi final over African champions TP Mazembe. The Italians largely dominated proceedings and had the match in their pockets once Goran Pandev and Samuel Eto'o had bagged goals in quickfire succession [.

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I Went To Wembley Que Sera Sera

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In London for the week and what better place to visit than the ancestral home of football, Wembley Stadium.

I had gone to the old Wembley several times, but this was first visit to the new stadium and I was looking forward to it.

Wembley stadium is only a 10min tube ride from downtown London so getting to the ground was very easy.

I Went To Wembley Que Sera Sera

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In London for the week and what better place to visit than the ancestral home of football, Wembley Stadium.

I had gone to the old Wembley several times, but this was first visit to the new stadium and I was looking forward to it.

Wembley stadium is only a 10min tube ride from downtown London so getting to the ground was very easy.

A Polaroid Moment in the Scottish Prem

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Photographs capture specific moments in time, with the more iconic ones representing certain splendors or symbolizing tumultuous events. The New York Times Square photo of an American sailor sealing victory with a kiss stands out as one of joy at the end of major hostilities following World War II.

Pique sees growth in the US game

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FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique knows a thing or two about winning.

The 24-year-old helped Spain capture its first World Cup trophy in 2010 and claimed the UEFA Champions League title with his hometown club this season. He also dates singing star Shakira, whom he met in South Africa last summer.

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USA gives up lead twice, loses to Japan on penalties in WWC final

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The feel-good story that was the U.S. women's national team at the World Cup has come to a close, and it does so without the fairy-tale ending.

The U.S. team lost in the World Cup final on Sunday, falling to Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw.

USA Soccer: Where to Find the Women’s World Cup Final On TV

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The Women's World Cup Final between the United States of America and Japan will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN3.com beginning at 2pm ET on Sunday, July 17.

The stage is set for what promises to be an extremely exciting match-up between two teams that are playing the best soccer on the world's stage right now.

USA Soccer: Where to Find the Women’s World Cup Final On TV

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The Women's World Cup Final between the United States of America and Japan will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN3.com beginning at 2pm ET on Sunday, July 17.

The stage is set for what promises to be an extremely exciting match-up between two teams that are playing the best soccer on the world's stage right now.

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U.S. 2011 World Cup team seeks to step out of the shadows of the 1999 World Cup champions

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You remember that famous 1999 World Cup victory, don't you?

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And it has cast a long shadow, as Associated Press Writer Nancy Armour points out:

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Lauren Cheney was just 11 during the 1999 World Cup,
watching from the stands and imagining what it would be like to be on that field with Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

Pitch Invader Jimmy Jump Flips Bird At Lionel Messi (Video)

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By Ollie Irish

Serial pitch invader Jimmy Jump is a self-promoting Spaniard who almost got his hands on the World Cup trophy this summer when he ran on the pitch before the final, only to be tackled by FIFA heavies. He has also disrupted tennis matches, weather forecasts and even the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Paul The Octopus Gets His Monument

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The memorial for Paul the Octopus was unveiled today to throngs of press, photogs and grieving Germans.

Though it might seamlessly meld into the opulent landscape of ancient Xanadu, the replica World Cup trophy featuring octopus is quite the cheeky little centerpiece.

The Top 50 Ranked Players In World Football

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Lionel Messi - Ranked World no1

What criteria do you use to rank the top 50 players in world football?

According to the Bleacher Report, "selecting the best football players in the world right now is a hard assignment, which eventually attracts weighty debates. Sometimes, it even paves the way for offensive arguments to take place.

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USA vs. Japan, Women's World Cup final: TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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It's time to see who's the best team in the world.

Well, it all ends here. After an exciting month of soccer, the 2015 Women's World Cup finishes today with a winner of either the United States or Japan—two of the top teams in the world playing a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final (and a rematch of the 2012 Olympic gold medal game, for that matter).

FIFA 13 | Gamescom 2012 Trailer

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Harnessing the intensive power of football (US soccer), Modus Operandi (ModOp) has created a massive EA SPORTS FIFA global package that includes over 50 individual elements that showcase Footballs Social Network with elegance and style.

ModOp developed a brand design that taps the passion of the players and the kinetic nature of the sport to meet EAs call for a striking, innovative, and versatile package to complement the existing in-game assets and work across all media.

Harry Redknapp (and his typist Jim) explains poor results to the FA

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It's a foregone conclusion that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is the FA's top choice for the vacant England job. But after a 0-0 draw against League One side Stevenage in the FA Cup and a 5-2 loss to Arsenal at the weekend, some doubts have arisen as to whether Harry is truly the right man to lead England.

Blogathon: Seven Steps To World Domination

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Still plugging away. Still awake. Time for a massive thanks to everyone who has helped out and everyone who has donated.

If you've not, and you can, please do.

This topic was suggested by one of my oldest friends, Darren Gillies, who has been following the blogathon from his new home in New Zealand.

Good Luck from the Secretary of State

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United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the U.S. Women' National Team during their pre-game meal today to wish the team good luck ahead of the Women's World Cup Final.

Secretary of State Clinton called from Greece where she said she'll be watching the game tonight at a party.

36 Brilliant Photos Of Footballing Fathers

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By Chris Wright

It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy...

Wayne Rooney's young son Kai flunks an absolute sitter in front of the Stretford End

Michael Essien chats away with his Dad before a charity game in his native Ghana

Letter of the law:Â Bolton's Tamir Cohen sees yellow for taking off his shirt to reveal a picture of his late father, Avi, after scoring the winning goal against Arsenal back in April

The two Frank Lampards sit in the stands to watch Chelsea's Premier League tie with Wolves

US coach Bob Bradley attempts to calm son Michael after the States' 2-2 draw with Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup ended in controversy

Jack Rodwell signed his new deal with Everton last year with his father, Malcolm, by his side

Five-year old Lionel Messi (i'll let you guess which of these whippersnappers is actually Leo) and his father Jorge (on the right) pose with the rest of the Grandoli urchins, 1992

Two generations, one haircut between them: Jorge and Lionel (and Lionel's brother Matias), 14 years on

Kasper Schmeichel (then of Notts County) looks for a 'thumbs up' from dad, Peter

Juan Sebastian Veron receives the Copa Libertadores Best Player Trophy with father Juan Ramon (right) by his side, 2009

Michel and Aldo Platini stand either side of Alessendro Del Piero before a friendly between Nancy and Juventus, 2009

Sergio Aguero, his little sister and their father Leonel pose with Kun's U20 World Cup trophy haul, 2007

Diego Maradona rushes to greet his father, 'Don Diego', during an Argentina training session in Buenos Aires, 2009

Wensley Engelaar helps hold son Orlando's new shirt aloft during his official presentation at German side Schalke, 2008

The Beckham brood, Brooklyn and Romeo, watch on as father David celebrates Real Madrid's title win on the Bernabeu turf, 2007

Zinedine Zidane touches down at Algiers airport with mother Malika and father Smail in tow, 2006

Wim Bergkamp kicks off his son Dennis' testimonial game with Ajax at the new Emirates Stadium, 2006

Harry Kewell's young daughter Ruby unfurls a message for her Dad during Australia's second-round tie with Italy at the 2006 World Cup

Ronaldo is embraced by his father Nelio Nazario after a training session in Frankfurt shortly before the 2006 World Cup was due to start in earnest

Jordi Cruyff (then of Alaves) kisses his father Johan after receiving his UEFA Cup runners-up medal from UEFA President Lennart Johansson after the Spanish side were beaten by Liverpool, 2001

Gianfranco Zola's father watches his son train with the rest of the Chelsea side in preparation for the FA Cup Final, 1997

Bryan Robson's daughters Claire and Charlotte join their dad as he lifts the FA Cup (won by Manchester United the previous season) before his testimonial game against Celtic, 1990

Harry Redknapp gives son Jamie an ear-bashing from the touchlines during their time together at Southampton, 2005

Samuel Eto'o receives the African Footballer of the Year Award from his father before Barcelona's game against Real Mallorca, 2005

Shaun Wright-Phillips warms up alongside dad Ian Wright before Martin Keown's Arsenal testimonial at Highbury, 2004

Daniel Van Buyten (then of Standard Liege) larks around with his impossibly snazzy-looking father Francis, 1999

Cesare and Marisa Maldini welcome young Paolo into the world, 1968

The Maldini family, with a slightly older Paolo waving from the arm of the settee, 1973

Phil and father Neville Neville watch the rest of the England squad train for Le Tournoi, 1997

PFA Player of the Year Teddy Sheringham shows off the trophy to his old man, 2001

The-then Porto coach Jose Mourinho shakes hands with his father Felix, 2003

It's those crazy Redknapps again!

US Soccer Fans: Actually, You Are Quite Divisible

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As the fanfare surrounding the launch of a new uniform for the US Men's National Team died down, Nike quietly released the new uniform for the US Women's National Team - Is this the outfit the women will wear to Germany as they fight for the 2011 World Cup championship?
A USWNT shirt can always be distinguished from the USMNT shirt by the two stars that the women's shirt prominently displays over the USSF badge - one star for each World Cup trophy they've won (1991, 1999).

David Beckham Back in the EPL?

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The Guardian is reporting that Everton coach David Moyes is eager to sign David Beckham on a short term loan from Los Angeles Galaxy/MLS. This means the biggest MLS December soap opera has been renewed for another season.

The saga of David Beckham's time in and out of MLS since 2007 has been told many a time in many a post, so a quick summary here should suffice.