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Brazil’s road to redemption faces Euro resistance in Russia

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Madrid (AFP) – A rejuvenated Brazil looking to heal the wounds of home soil humiliation four years ago will lead the South American charge for the World Cup in 2018, but a slew of European powerhouses stand in the way of redemption in Russia.

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 en route to becoming world champions four years ago and will also be comfortable with their surroundings, having added the Confederations Cup to their honours list in Russia earlier this year.

Germany’s rising stars relishing chance to shine

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – With their World Cup winners absent in Russia, Germany’s rising stars are relishing their chance to shine at the Confederations Cup.

None of the side that won the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil is present in coach Joachim Loew’s squad in Russia, with some having retired and others either injured or rested.

Germany’s rising stars relishing chance to shine

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – With their World Cup winners absent in Russia, Germany’s rising stars are relishing their chance to shine at the Confederations Cup.

None of the side that won the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil is present in coach Joachim Loew’s squad in Russia, with some having retired and others either injured or rested.

Neymar’s Brazil leave Argentina struggling for 2018 place

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Montevideo (AFP) Neymar scored his 50th international goal as Brazil thrashed Argentina 3-0 to tighten their grip on South America's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign and leave their arch-rivals struggling to reach the finals.

Barcelona superstar Neymar outshone club-mate Lionel Messi in Belo Horizonte the venue where Brazil were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Brazil, Uruguay march towards 2018, Argentina crash again

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Montevideo (AFP) Brazil thrashed arch-rivals Argentina to tighten their grip on South America's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign as Uruguay maintained their push towards the finals with a hard-fought defeat of Ecuador.

Barcelona superstar Neymar outshone club-mate Lionel Messi with his 50th international goal for Brazil in Belo Horizonte as the five-time World Cup winners romped to a 3-0 win in the Estadio Mineirao.

Brazil, Uruguay march towards 2018, Argentina crash again

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Montevideo (AFP) Brazil thrashed arch-rivals Argentina to tighten their grip on South America's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign as Uruguay maintained their push towards the finals with a hard-fought defeat of Ecuador.

Barcelona superstar Neymar outshone club-mate Lionel Messi with his 50th international goal for Brazil in Belo Horizonte as the five-time World Cup winners romped to a 3-0 win in the Estadio Mineirao.

Euro 2012

Big Week Of International Friendlies

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I am not a big fan of this August international break. It seems really strange that with leagues across Europe kicking off this weekend, that players would be away all week on international duty.

But with World Cup qualifying beginning in September, this will be the last opportunities for teams to test out new players and formations before the important games begin.

Cesc discusses Euro 2012′s “impact” player

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Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has described compatriot and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta as the most impactful player in the defending champions' Euro 2012 campaign.

Iniesta, whose last-gasp goal won the FIFA World Cup 2010 final for Spain, has yet again been in brilliant form as Vicente Del Bosque's men aim to win a historic second European title in succession.

Spaniard: Mario Balotelli is a star

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Cesc Fabregas has identified Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, and Andrea Pirlo as Italy's greatest threats for Spain in the Euro 2012 final but despite describing the latter as the most dangerous, he is most wary of the sudden impact that the Manchester City striker can have on a match.

The secret behind Spain's dominance in recent years lies in their excellent possession game but given how smoothly Pirlo can create chances for Cassano and Balotelli, Fabregas knows that the Azzurri will be difficult to beat.

Euro 2012: Balotelli braces sees Italy knock off Germany, advance to finals

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Mario Balotelli silenced some of his critics on Thursday, scoring a pair of goals that booked Italy's place in the Euro 2012 final while defeating tournament favorites Germany.

Italy upset the Germans, 2-1, on Thursday courtesy of a first-half Balotelli brace. Balotelli thundered home a header in the 20th minute following some poor defending, and he scored the eventual winner 16 minutes later in spectacular fashion.

Parker: We can’t suddenly become Spain

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England midfielder Scott Parker believes that no one can begin to match the fluidity in Spain's football all of a sudden but is confident that Roy Hodgson's astute tactics can guide the Three Lions to a win over any team.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's quarterfinal face-off against 2006 World Cup winners Italy, Tottenham Hotspur's Parker emphasized that rather than worrying about their remaining competitors, the Three Lions must adhere to Hodgson's formula for success.

Mario Balotelli comments from the bench during Italy’s match against Spain

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Mario Balotelli started for Italy in their Euro 2012 opener against Spain and even in a match filled with brilliant talents playing for the last two World Cup winners, he was still largely the center of attention. He earned a yellow card in the 37th minute, seeming to forget his vow to keep himself under control during the tournament, and in the 53rd minute he squandered his excellent move to strip the ball off of Sergio Ramos to give himself a one v one against Iker Casillas by simply not shooting before Ramos chased him down and stripped him from behind.

Precedence or Sheer Coincidence?

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Two stalwarts on opposing side

Last of the look at the teams in Euro 2012 that will and could have an impact on the tournament. Yesterday I discussed the teams that are not favoured but could potentially have a big say in the tournament and we continue with the last 2 today. Italy and Russia are the two dark horses left.

Fifa World Rankings June 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for June 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by Copa America champions Uruguay, Germany, the Netherlands, and Brazil. England are in 6th and Ireland remain in the top 20 teams at 18th ahead of Euro 2012.

Keane, Ireland aim to spring surprise at Euro 2012

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By ADAM SERRANO

Faced with the Group of Death in the 2012 European Championships, Ireland captain and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane knows that his national team is in for a battle -- and that is something that suits Keane and the rest of his Irish side just fine.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Spain

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Defending champions, World Cup winners and red / rojo hot favourites. Coach: Vicente Del Bosque Win the World Cup and you're probably in a fairly strong position as an international coach. That's the situation in which 61-year-old former Real Madrid boss [.

Doyle hoping Irish eyes will smile

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It was a long and miserable Premier League campaign for Kevin Doyle, but the Wolves striker is now looking ahead to playing a big part for the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2012.

The 28-year-old striker was forced to watch from the sidelines for large periods as Wolves limped out of the Premier League, a miserable season ending in relegation to the Championship.

Up-Close with the England Umbro EURO 2012 Home Kit

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It's always a major event among soccer fans when a new England kit arrives on the scene. After all, the 1966 World Cup winners are amongst the best supported international...

Fifa World Rankings May 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for May 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by Germany, Copa America champions Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Portugal. England are in 7th and Ireland remain in the top 20 teams at 18th ahead of Euro 2012.

Fifa World Rankings For April 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for April 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by Germany, Copa America champions Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Portugal. England are in 7th and Ireland remain in the top 20 teams ahead of Euro 2012.

Cyprus Ill

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APOEL's success masks a growing crisis in Cypriot football. Andreas Vou reports:

While APOEL's run in this year's Champions League has taken Cypriot club football to unthinkable heights, the small nation which over the last decade was showing signs of becoming a competent team at international level is slowly diminishing.

Fifa World Rankings For March 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for March 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Copa America champions Uruguay. England are in 6th and Ireland remain in the top 20 teams ahead of Euro 2012.

Ranking Team
Ranking Team
1 Spain
2 Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Uruguay
5 Brazil
6 England
7 Portugal
8 Argentina
9 Italy
10 Croatia
11 Denmark
12 Russia
13 Greece
14 Chile
15 Côte d'Ivoire
16 France
17 Sweden
18 Switzerland
19 Republic of Ireland
20 Australia

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Fifa World Rankings For February 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for February 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by Germany, the Netherlands and Copa America champions Uruguay. England are still in 5th and Ireland move into the top 20 ahead of Euro 2012.

Underrated Capello Failed By FA

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Underrated Capello Failed By FA - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the recent media frenzy surrounding the news of John Terry being stripped of the England captaincy, the last thing the nation needed was a further destabilising setback just four months before the European Championships 2012 gets underway.

Champions League

UEFA Ultimate Champions Match: World All-Star XI 3-2 Bayern Munich

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TweetA host of World Cup winners and footballing legends competed in a friendly match between a World All-Star XI and a Bayern Munich All-Star Team in Munich. The match ended in a 3-2 win for the World All-Star XI and provided plenty in terms of thrills, entertainment and skill most notably when Edwin Van [.

Live Stream: UEFA Ultimate Champions Match Bayern vs World All-Star XI

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TweetA host of World Cup winners and footballing legends are competing in a World All-Star XI team facing off against a Bayern Munich All-Star Team in Munich. All the greatest names in football are featuring including, Patrick Vieira, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Giovanni Van Bronckhurst, Gianfranco Zola, Jay-Jay Okocha, Willy Sagnol, Jens Lehmann, Samuel Eto'o and [.

Is Alessandro Nesta Heading To MLS?

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Alessandro Nesta has confirmed that he is leaving AC Milan after this weekend's game against Novara with Major League Soccer a likely destination for the 36-year-old defender.

Nesta, who began his career with Lazio, won two Champions League finals and two Serie A titles with Milan to go along with the Serie A title he won at Lazio and the World Cup winners medal he picked up in 2006.

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Arsenal to take on formidable AC Milan in front of sell out crowd at San Siro

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 Uefa Champions League

15th February 2012

The San Siro Stadium

AC Milan v Arsenal

It's down to the serious business of the knockout stages of the biggest prize in European club football.

FIFA: Barça outclass Santos to win world title; Al Sadd come third

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It may not have been the most difficult challenge that FC Barcelona would have to face in their quest to become FIFA Club World Cup winners. That, however, did not dampen the celebrations as the Spanish and European champions strolled their way past a poor Santos FC team courtesy of a 4-0 victory.

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Fifa World Rankings for January 2012

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Fifa's World Rankings for January 2012 were published yesterday at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Copa America champs Uruguay. England are in 5th.


Ranking Team
1 Spain
2 Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Uruguay
5 England
6 Brazil
7 Portugal
8 Croatia
9 Italy
10 Argentina
11 Denmark
12 Chile
13 Russia
14 Greece
15 France
16 Switzerland
17 Sweden
18 Côte d'Ivoire
19 Bosnia-Herzegovina
19 Japan

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Fifa World Rankings For December 2011

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Fifa's World Rankings for December 2011 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Copa America champs Uruguay. England are in 5th.

Ranking Team
1 Spain
2 Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Uruguay
5 England
6 Brazil
7 Portugal
8 Croatia
9 Italy
10 Argentina
11 Denmark
12 Russia
13 Chile
14 Greece
15 France
16 Côte d'Ivoire
17 Switzerland
18 Sweden
19 Japan
20 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Fifa World Rankings For December 2011

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Fifa's World Rankings for December 2011 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

2010 World Cup winners Spain remain on top followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Copa America champs Uruguay. England are in 5th.

Ranking Team
1 Spain
2 Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Uruguay
5 England
6 Brazil
7 Portugal
8 Croatia
9 Italy
10 Argentina
11 Denmark
12 Russia
13 Chile
14 Greece
15 France
16 Côte d'Ivoire
17 Switzerland
18 Sweden
19 Japan
20 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Matchday @Stade Saputo: Impact vs Red Bulls

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Good afternoon! It's matchday again, and our glorious Red Bulls have travelled to French-speaking Canada for a massive fixture against the Montreal Impact (7:30pm ET, MSG, match notes here). The Red Bulls have won their previous two meetings, against Montreal, this season and will look to complete the sweep.

Pia and Parreira

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You just never know who you are going to meet at an Olympic Games. As the USA was boarding its team bus to training the other day, a member of the U.S. staff spotted a familiar face standing outside the bus.

"Is that Parreira?"

"Who?"

"Carlos Alberto Parreira! The dude's a Brazilian coaching legend.

ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri

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ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri is a post from: Serie A Weekly ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri is a post from: Serie A Weekly When Juventus are strong so too are the Italian national team, as the old calcio legend goes. And when reviewing past tournaments it is hard to argue with that.

WPS: Another League Bites The Dust?

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The future of the Women's Professional Soccer league (WPS) has been thrown into doubt yet again after the termination of the majicJacks franchise. The WPS, which comprised six teams prior to the 'Jacks expulsion, was already operating under a one year waiver of the US Soccer rule that a league must have a minimum of eight teams to be recognised.