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Archives: World Cup

Landon Donovan’s Final USMNT Game Will Celebrate a Legend

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Since Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it’s time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup Players Submit Lawsuit Over Turf Issues

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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It wasn’t an empty threat. And it certainly wasn’t a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year’s Women’s … Continue reading

German Agency Declares Vanishing Spray a Health Hazard

Posted on by Chris Moore
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A German inspection agency has come to the conclusion that the now famous vanishing spray used during 2014 World Cup matches contains parabens, a chemical linked with health issues. The agency, Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TueV), issued a statement on the concern … Continue reading

Would a Winter Break Benefit the Premier League?

Posted on by Chris Moore
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Former FA and Arsenal F.C. vice-chairman David Dein has called on the Barclays Premier League to implement a winter break halfway through its season. Dein also suggested at the Soccerex Global Convention this week that the Premier League should enforce … Continue reading

CONCACAF President Speaks Out Against FIFA And Racism At Soccerex

Posted on by Aadesh Chordia
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At the Soccerex Global Convention held Tuesday September 9th, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb spoke out against FIFA and racism, calling for a complete overhaul of FIFA’s governing bodies. Following several controversies after the announcement of Russia and Qatar being selected … Continue reading

FIFA To Suggest Two Winter Kick-Off Dates For 2022 World Cup In Qatar

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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During a press conference held on Monday, FIFA suggested two alternative dates for a winter kick-off for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar. The official dates suggested are November/December 2022 or January/February 2022. The talks to have … Continue reading

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Confirms 5th Consecutive Presidential Run

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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Current FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has announced his bid for re-election, after first being elected as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in 1998 Blatter has served four consecutive terms for the past 18 years. Although Blatter hinted … Continue reading

The Sweeper: 10 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Posted on by Aram Gyan
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Exhale. Savor summer’s few remaining days. Fire up the grill. Slither down a slip n slide. Lay back in a hammock while cradling a watery beer. It’s the September international break, and with options like Finland v Faroe Islands, Denmark … Continue reading

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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The National Women’s Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women’s World Cup next summer The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group … Continue reading

Cable TV No Longer The Future For The Soccer Viewing Fan

Posted on by Chris Moore
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With cable and satellite prices continuing to increase, many people are joining the cord cutter movement and ditching their television provider services. In fact, 7.6 million Americans have ended their cable/satellite subscriptions according to USA Today. In the report, the … Continue reading

Franck Ribery Announces His Retirement From International Soccer

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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France forward Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international soccer. The 31-year-old missed this summer’s World Cup in Brazil due to a nagging back injury. The French forward followed an individual training program in the weeks leading up to … Continue reading

Research Shows That Soccer Fans Are More Likely to Be Liberals

Posted on by Alex Fairchild
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During the frenzy of the World Cup, it was difficult to stay on top of all of the headlines, so one of the reports that you and I may have missed was in The Wall Street Journal newspaper where research shows that … Continue reading

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Like Sochi, the West’s Smear Campaign Against Russia’s 2018 World Cup Won’t Work

Posted on by Ilija Trojanovic
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In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia’s right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast … Continue reading

Tony Meola Discusses USMNT, World Cup and MLS All-Star Game

Posted on by Grant Miller
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In April, World Soccer Talk interviewed U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola about his career and some of his thoughts on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s chances heading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This week we spoke with … Continue reading

FIFA Generated $2 Billion Profit From 2014 World Cup In Brazil, Says Report

Posted on by Jord Willis
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From the 2014 FIFA World Cup, FIFA generated $4.4 billion in revenue and $2 billion profit, which are record numbers for the world soccer’s governing body, according to a report by German business newspaper Handelsblatt. The revenue figure of $4.4 … Continue reading

Why Germany Should Only Have 3 World Cup Stars On Their Jersey, Not Four

Posted on by Ilija Trojanovic
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No one can deny Germany’s deserved success at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. While teams like Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal centered their game around one special player, the Germans went for an all-inclusive style of play, a black and … Continue reading

FIFA Investigation Into Bidding Process For World Cup 2018 and 2022 Delayed

Posted on by Jord Willis
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FIFA’s official investigation into the World Cup bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar has been delayed until September of this year. Initially due to be submitted during this month, FIFA’s ethics committee now say … Continue reading

The Worst Brazil Squad Ever: Assessing the 2014 World Cup Squad And Looking To The Future

Posted on by Derek Morriss
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In my opinion, the squad that Luis Felipe Scolari chose to represent Brazil at their own World Cup was the worst Brazil squad ever assembled. What was supposed to be a sixth World Cup championship on home soil ended in utter humiliation and exposed … Continue reading