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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:29:20 -0500
Soccer-Merkel to attend as shaken Germany play Netherlands

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend their friendly against the Netherlands on Tuesday, which will go ahead as planned, despite the team still being shaken by the deadly attacks in Paris. The world champions were playing France in Paris on Friday as a wave of attacks was unleashed across the city, killing 129 people. The German Football Association (DFB)'s Interim President Reinhard Rauball said the team wanted to send a signal that they would not "be intimidated by terror&quot

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:16:26 -0500
Soccer-PSG - Ibrahimovic sends sympathies to Paris victims

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has expressed his sympathies for his fellow Parisians after gun and bomb attacks in the French capital on Friday left 129 killed, hundreds injured and the city traumatized. Things like that shouldn't happen," the Paris Saint Germain player told broadcaster Kanal 5 after Sweden beat Denmark 2-1 in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff. "I tried hard to focus on the game, which was very hard," added the 34-year-old, who is in his fourth season at PSG, having moved to the French capital in July 2012 from AC Mila

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:41:37 -0500
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. play-offs results

Sweden defeated Denmark 2-1 in the first leg of a 2016 European Championship playoff on Saturday. Emil Forsberg and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for Sweden, and Nicolai Joergensen put Denmark back in the game with a late goal, leaving things open for the return match in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Forsberg scored in the first half, and Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 on a penalty kick at the start of the secon

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 15:27:14 -0500
Soccer-Ukraine too strong for Slovenia in Euro playoff

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - All major sporting events in the Paris region were suspended on Saturday as France mourned the victims of the deadly attacks in the capital city the night before that left 129 people dead and 352 wounded. Before the Euro 2016 soccer playoff between Sweden and Denmark at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the stadium was lit up in red, white and blue. Both teams wore black armbands and, led by Sweden and Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, observed a minute's silenc

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 15:13:55 -0500
Soccer-Euro 2016 in France must not be cancelled - organisers

The Euro 2016 finals in France should not be canceled even though the risk levels have gone up, the head of the organizing committee said on Saturday following the attacks in Paris. Islamic State claimed responsibility after 129 people were killed and 352 wounded on Friday, saying it sent militants strapped with suicide bombing belts and carrying machine guns to various locations in the heart of the French capital. "The risk had gone one level up in January, it has just gone higher," Euro 2016 chief Jacques Lambert told French radio RT

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:25:00 -0500
England-France friendly to go ahead on Tuesday at Wembley

Ukraine took a large stride toward qualifying for the European Championship next year by beating Slovenia 2-0 in a first-leg playoff on Saturday. Ukraine dominated in front of a passionate home crowd as Slovenia failed to register a single shot on target, its narrow formation struggling to cope with Ukraine star wingers Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko. Yarmolenko tormented Slovenia on the right flank, and got his reward with the opening goal late in the first half, collecting the ball inside the box and dummying away from two defenders before shooting past goalkeeper Samir Hamdanovi

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:12:58 -0500
Soccer-France international Diarra - cousin dies in Paris attacks

The soccer friendly between England and France in London will go ahead as planned on Tuesday, despite major concerns over safety following the deadly attacks in Paris. ''We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected, and also to express our solidarity with the people of France,'' FA chairman Greg Dyke said. FFF president Noel Le Graet said France was ready, although it appeared the players may not have been consulte

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:34:03 -0500
Soccer-Van Dijk and Bazoer pull out of Dutch squad for German friendly

PARIS (AP) -- The French Football Federation says France's friendly match against England in London on Tuesday will still take place, despite major concerns over safety following a terrifying night of violence that left more than 120 people dead in Pari

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:45:06 -0500
Altidore scores twice as US routs St Vincent 6-1

On a night of terrifying violence in Paris with two explosions going off outside the stadium, France beat Germany 2-0 on Friday in a game overshadowed by the events around the city. The explosions could be heard inside the Stade de France as they went off nearby in the first half. Police said more than 120 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, but the match was not halte

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:44:33 -0500
Argentina, Brazil draw 1-1 in classic World Cup qualifier

Jozy Altidore scored twice as the United States bounced back from an early deficit and routed tiny St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-1 Friday night in the Americans' opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Oalex Anderson, a member of the third-division Seattle Sounders 2 who turned 20 on Wednesday, took advantage of defensive confusion by Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin to put 129th-ranked St. Vincent ahead in the fifth minute. Geoff Cameron and Zardes boosted the lead to 5-1 early in the second half, and Altidore added his second goal in the 74t

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:39:57 -0500
After early shock, U.S. hit St.Vincent for six

Argentina and Brazil drew 1-1 in their much-awaited World Cup qualifier on Friday, with neither of the traditional South American powers able to secure the victory needed to kick-start their slow start to the 2018 qualifying campaign. Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the 34th minute for Argentina, but Lucas Lima leveled in the 59th to disappoint a sellout crowd at River Plate's Monumental Stadium in the Argentine capita

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:06:16 -0500
On night of violence in Paris, France beats Germany 2-0

MONTREAL (AP) -- The interim tag is coming off Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello's titl

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:11:57 -0500
On night of violence in Paris, France beats Germany 2-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tim Ream, DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes were set to make their first World Cup qualifying starts for the United States, which began the road to Russia against St. Vincent and the Grenadine

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:43:29 -0500
On night of violence in Paris, France beats Germany 2-0

ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Edin Dzeko equalized in the 85th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for Bosnia-Herzegovina against Ireland in the first leg of their playoff for next year's European Championshi

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:40:35 -0500
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. play-offs results

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal and added an assist in Belgium's 3-1 victory over Italy which underscored its position as FIFA's top-ranked team and further established it as a leading challenger for next year's Euro final

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:38:39 -0500
Soccer-Gaspar nets stunner as Spain down England 2-0

Mario Gaspar scored with a remarkable spinning volley from the top of the area to lead Spain to a 2-0 win over England in a friendly on Friday. After a high pass by Cesc Fabregas in the 71st minute, Gaspar swiveled his body and struck a right-footed overhead to send the ball into the top-right corner past England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who could only watch it fly over his outstretched arms. Santi Cazorla sealed Spain's victory with a low shot in the 84t

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:16:07 -0500
Soccer-Acting FIFA president Hayatou undergoes kidney transplant

Acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou has undergone a successful kidney transplant and will continue leading soccer’s world governing body for the foreseeable future, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. CAF president Hayatou, who has suffered with kidney problems for some time, plans to rest for few days. “I am pleased with the positive news given by the medical personnel,” CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani said in a statemen

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:22:41 -0500
Merkel presses German federation over 2006 World Cup

The president of the Chilean soccer association is taking a 30-day medical leave. Sergio Jadue's decision was announced by the federation on its website, hours after he denied he was resigning from the soccer body that he's led since 2011. The federation says its vice president, Jaime Baeza, will be in charge while Jadue is awa

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:54:50 -0500
Spanish football chief fined over conduct during FIFA investigation

Germany's national soccer team returned to its hotel in western Paris after being evacuated following a bomb threat on Friday morning. The Hotel Molitor said an anonymous caller phoned in the threat at 9:50 a.m. and that members of Germany's squad, who were to face France later Friday, and all other guests were immediately evacuated. While the police did their searches, Germany's players spent a few hours up the road at Roland Garros, home of the French Ope

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:40:27 -0500
Soccer-Injured Milner eyes return against former club Man City

FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar was warned and fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($25,000) Friday for misconduct during the 2018-2022 World Cup bid investigation. The light sanctions from the FIFA ethics committee end a case which last year had potential to bring a more severe verdict on Villar, who is the No. 2 elected UEFA official behind President Michel Platini. The punishment was for an ''indecent'' remark during a one-hour interview with then-FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia, the Spanish soccer federation said in a statemen

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:33:43 -0500
Soccer-Australian championship results and standings

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's ethics committee fined the president of Spain's football association and banned two Congolese officials for six months for rules violations, world soccer's governing body said on Friday. Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona failed to behave in accordance with rules of conduct in the context of investigations regarding the 2018/2022 World Cup bids, it said in a statement. .

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:39:34 -0500
Soccer-We should have beaten Kyrgyzstan 10-0, says Australia coach

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina vs. Brazil is always a showdown worth waiting for, and wait is exactly what fans will have to d

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:39:34 -0500
Soccer-We should have beaten Kyrgyzstan 10-0, says Australia coach

Argentina vs. Brazil is always a showdown worth waiting for, and wait is exactly what fans will have to do. Torrential rain in the Argentine capital on Thursday forced the World Cup qualifying game to be pushed back a day. Officials declined to start the match at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, ruling the saturated field was unplayabl

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:00:15 -0500
Soccer-Argentina-Brazil match postponed because of rain

Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga could make their national-team debuts when the U.S. opens World Cup qualifying Friday against 129th-ranked St. Vincent and the Grenadines. ''It's important to get some new blood in, some new faces,'' veteran midfielder Michael Bradley said before practice Friday in a 57-degree chill at Busch Stadium. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledged there will be changes, but won't announce the lineup until an hour before kickof

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:19:29 -0500
India dent Guam - hopes of World Cup progress with 1-0 win

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's highly-anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifier against Brazil was postponed on Thursday because of torrential rain and is now scheduled for Frida

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:05:10 -0500
Australia to go ahead with World Cup qualifier in Bangladesh

Striker Rodrigo Ramallo scored two first-half goals as Bolivia got their World Cup qualifying campaign off the ground with an exciting 4-2 home victory over Venezuela on Thursday. The win at the Hernando Siles stadium lifted Bolivia off the bottom of South America's qualifying standings following two defeats last month in which they failed to score. Bolivia, who have not reached the World Cup finals since 1994, avoided equaling their worst run of 10 qualifying matches without a win set between 2005 and 200

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:47:13 -0500
Soccer-10-man Morocco begin World Cup bid with home victory

Laszlo Kleinheisler scored on his debut to help Hungary to a 1-0 win over Norway in the first leg of their playoff for a spot at next year's European Championship in France. Kleinheisler, a midfielder with Hungary's Videoton, scored in the 26th minute with an angled shot from 15 meters that goalkeeper Orjan Nyland got a hand to but couldn't keep out. Gabor Kiraly, playing his 100th match for Hungary, inspired his team early when the goalkeeper saved a shot from near the penalty spot by Per Ciljan Skjelbred in the third minut

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:31:19 -0500
Soccer-Blatter out of hospital, confidant tells Reuters TV

By Marina Depetris ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter, whose world soccer federation is mired in a corruption crisis, has been discharged from hospital, his confidant and former publicist Klaus Stoehlker said on Thursday. "He's recovering very fast." Blatter, who last month was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's Ethics Committee pending a full investigation into his conduct, had been in hospital since Friday, when his U.S.-based lawyer, Richard Cullen, said the Swiss national had been admitted for a checkup. Under the terms of the suspension, Blatter, 79, who has been the FIFA president since 1998, is not allowed into the FIFA headquarters or any football stadium in an official capacit

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:31:19 -0500
Soccer-Blatter out of hospital, confidant tells Reuters TV

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan, Australia, and South Korea enjoyed comfortable wins in Asia qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Thursda

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:00:17 -0500
Five enter FIFA presidency race; Bility, Platini sidelined

Kickoff can't come soon enough for those involved in the friendly between France and Germany in Paris on Friday. While France striker Karim Benzema fights to clear his name in a sex tape controversy, German officials are caught up in corruption allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup in Germany. This is France's biggest test since losing 1-0 to Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals last yea

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:49:17 -0500
Scandals overshadowing France-Germany friendly

MADRID (AP) -- With both sides hit by a series of injuries, Spain's friendly against England on Friday may not quite live up to expectation

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:38:46 -0500
FIFA passes Sheikh Salman as election candidate

FIFA said on Thursday it had admitted five candidates for its presidential election, scheduled for February amid the worst crisis in its history, after Liberia's Musa Bility failed an integrity check and Michel Platini was also sidelined. UEFA president Platini, originally the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as head of global soccer's governing body, was not admitted because he is suspended for 90 days pending a full Ethics Committee investigation. FIFA had already announced that it would not process the Frenchman's registration while he was suspended, but could review its position if he wins an appeal against the ba

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:15:28 -0500
Soccer-No regrets over City move, says stubborn Sterling

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA said on Thursday it had admitted five candidates to stand for the world soccer body's presidency at a Feb. 26 election. In a statement, Zurich-based FIFA said the candidates were: Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale. Of the seven potential candidates named last month, Michel Platini and Musa Hassan Bility were not admitted. The decision can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (Reporting by Joshua Franklin; Editing by Michael Shield

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:46:22 -0500
Soccer-Sweden and Ibra aim to silence Danes in playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orlando City forward Cyle Larin has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Yea

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:46:21 -0500
Soccer-Blatter relaxed, recovering and "still president", says confidant

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his world soccer federation mired in a corruption crisis, is recovering in hospital after a health scare but should be discharged soon, a confidant said on Wednesday. Klaus Stoehlke told Reuters by telephone the 79-year-old, who was last month suspended for 90 days by the Ethics Committee of soccer's governing body, still considers himself FIFA president - a position he was first elected to in 1998. "When I phoned him in the hospital this morning, he we had a nice chat...he seemed relaxed, he said his brain and heart are working." Blatter has been in hospital since Friday when his U.S. based lawyer Richard Cullen issued a statement saying that the Swiss national had been admitted for a checku

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:46:42 -0500
Soccer-Neymar the best in the world right now, says Dunga

Sepp Blatter remains in a Swiss hospital after what his spokesman called a ''small breakdown'' related to stress. The 79-year-old suspended FIFA president expects to leave the hospital next Monday, Zurich-based spokesman Klaus Stoehlker told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ''(Blatter) will be back officially in business on Tuesday next week,'' Stoehlker said in a telephone intervie

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:04:13 -0500
Soccer-England, Belgium friendlies a chance for Spain to shine

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Sepp Blatter remains in the hospital in Switzerland after what his spokesman called a ''small breakdown.'&#03

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:13:09 -0500
Soccer-Restoring German football will take time - Rauball

Ex-FIFA official Eugenio Figueredo has agreed to be extradited to his home country of Uruguay but the United States must approve the move first, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said on Wednesday. If the United States does not agree that Figueredo, a former vice-president of the South American Football Confederation, be extradited to Uruguay, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said it would decide where he will be sent. Switzerland had approved Figueredo's extradition to the United States in Septembe

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:09:39 -0500
Soccer-Argentine FA strips referee of international status

For Zlatan Ibrahimovic to probably make his international swansong at Euro 2016, he must continue his ferocious form in front of goal for Sweden in its playoff against Denmark. Ibrahimovic was the fourth highest scorer in qualifying with eight strikes, but a third-place finish in Group G behind Russia and Austria means Sweden's only route to the championship is to defeat Denmark over two legs, starting on Saturday. At the age of 34, he's not expected to play internationally beyond Euro 2016 in Franc

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:38:32 -0500
MLS Rookie of the Year: Orlando City forward Cyle Larin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- It's always special when Argentina and Brazil play, even if this time Argentina goes into the match without stars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguer

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:34:09 -0500
Soccer-Bony, Kalou out of Ivory Coast - World Cup qualifiers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Orlando City forward Cyle Larin has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Yea

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:26:06 -0500
Olympics-Maracana to host Olympic soccer finals, FIFA says

The men's and women's Olympic football finals will be played at the Maracana stadium, FIFA announced on Tuesday. The opening game will be a women's group match on Aug. 3 at the Olympic Stadium in host city Rio de Janeiro, FIFA added. The opening men's match will be on Aug. 4 in Brasilia, the most expensive stadium built for the 2014 World Cup but little used since because no big teams play in the cit

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:14:20 -0500
With Benzema out, France coach Deschamps considers options

Tim Howard spent eight years as the top goalkeeper for the U.S. national team. Brad Guzan took over for a year during Howard's sabbatical. Now coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he plans to rotate them until deciding on a No. 1 for next year's Centennial Copa Americ

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:42:44 -0500
With Benzema out, France coach Deschamps considers options

In a clash of sports mired in crisis, the FIFA ethics committee will study Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko's role in his country's damaging doping scandal. On Monday, a World Anti-Doping Agency panel put Mutko's sports ministry at the heart of the doping conspiracy in Russia, claiming it was linked to ''intimidation and interference'' and gave direct orders to manipulate samples. ''We are analyzing this documentation carefully,'' the FIFA ethics committee investigation chamber said Tuesday in a statemen

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:04:10 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday, Nov 10

LONDON (AP) -- Neymar and Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesda

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:25:25 -0500
Soccer-Liverpool - Ibe hoping to flourish under Klopp

Pressure is growing on Franz Beckenbauer to speak out on the latest corruption allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The former Bayern Munich great, who captained and coached Germany to World Cup titles, has been linked to disgraced former FIFA official Jack Warner in reports published Tuesday. One day after German soccer federation president Wolfgang Niersbach resigned, two German newspapers linked Beckenbauer to Warner, who was then a member of the FIFA executive committe

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:29:14 -0500
Soccer-Chilean championship results and standings

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of U.S. parents who sued several soccer organizations, including international governing body FIFA, is no longer pursuing legal claims because of steps taken to address the issue of concussions suffered by youth players, a lawyer for the group said on Monday. The lawsuit, filed last year in federal court in California, said FIFA and other groups such as the American Youth Soccer Organization have not done enough to reduce preventable injuries from repetitive ball heading. Meanwhile, the U.S. Soccer Federation and other groups developed a new initiative to limit heading for children under 14 years old and implement other concussion awareness efforts, according to a joint statemen

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:31:45 -0500
Soccer-Im not smart enough to be FIFA president, says Ronaldo

The U.S. starts World Cup qualifying while on its first three-game home losing streak since 1997, which has restarted complaints about coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann brought the team to Barry University, wanting two days of training in heat and humidity ahead of next week's game in Port-of-Spain. ''Our younger players have to come out of their shell,'' Klinsmann said when asked about leaving off the 32-year-old Dempsey, the first American male to score in three World Cup

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:50:13 -0500
Reactions to anti-doping commission report

The most important date of the year for Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing to do with Real Madrid's big ''clasico'' games against Barcelona. According to Ronaldo, it's when he takes a private jet on the annual January trip to Zurich to discover if he will be crowned the world's top player at FIFA's Ballon D'Or extravaganza. ''It's a card inside an envelope that can change so much,'' Ronaldo says in a new documentary about his life that was premiered Monday in Londo

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Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:53:06 -0500
Soccer-Spanish forward Michu leaves Swansea

German football association President Wolfgang Niersbach resigned on Monday over a 2006 World Cup scandal that has tarnished the reputation of the world's biggest soccer federation. Niersbach, who is being investigated for tax evasion, said he was taking the political responsibility for a controversial 6.7-million euro ($7.22-million) payment to FIFA that was allegedly used to bribe officials of world soccer's governing body to vote for Germany's World Cup bi

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