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FIFA criminal complaint reignites World Cup row

Paris - Controversy over the awarding of the next two World Cups took a fresh twist on Tuesday as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint over "possible misconduct" by individuals in connection with the bids.

Fifa World Cup investigator comes out against 'erroneous' summary

Fifa was thisclose to tidying up claims of shady bid practices on the parts of cities competing for the privilege of hosting the next two World Cups, only to have its lead investigator call the report "erroneous" just hours later.

Garcia cries foul as FIFA clear Qatar, Russia

Paris - FIFA's probe into the controversial bidding race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was thrown into turmoil Thursday after its own investigator Michael Garcia complained that a summary of his report misrepresented his conclusions.

FIFA rules out 2018, 2022 World Cup re-votes

Paris - Football's world governing body FIFA has cleared 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar of corruption and ruled out a re-vote to decide the host of the competition despite widespread allegations of wrongdoing.

Qatar is building a $45 billion city from scratch for the World Cup that it might lose

"People tend to forget that a city is like a tree," the real estate developer in charge of turning the desert north of Doha into a 450,000-person metropolis wrote in 2010. "Without a proper foundation underground, nothing above will flourish."

Soccer: Canada's defensive solidity frustrates Korea DPR

Andrew Olivieri’s stock has eclipsed projected expectations following Canada’s impressive 1-0 victory over Korea DPR at Olympic Stadium.

Ghana's defensive solidity sinks an incoherent Canadian side

In a match that provided very few scoring opportunities, Ghana snuck past host nation Canada at the National Soccer Stadium.

Bar Russia from hosting 2018 soccer World Cup — UK Deputy PM

London - The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has called for Russia to be stripped of its scheduled hosting of the 2018 World Cup soccer finals.

FIFA World Cup actually boosted productivity at work

The whole world’s attention was on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The television ratings scored huge points during the games as a significant portion of world population turned their television on for the games.

FIFA's U-20 Women's World Cup is ready to take over Canada Special

The World Cup may have reached its conclusion Sunday afternoon, but the soccer craze surfacing throughout the country will remain for the rest of the summer, as Canada is set to host the seventh edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

World Cup: Europe or South America, the balance of power shared

Brazil has seen the best World Cup for decades — skilful play, last-gasp goals, smaller nations nearly upsetting the big boys and most of all a direct split between Europe and South America as to who holds the balance of power.

United States v Belgium — brief preview

Salvador - Just over 24 hours from now, the United States Men's National Team will stare down the barrel of elimination for the first time at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Suarez tells FIFA he didn't bite but fell on Chiellini; fans mock

In a written statement to FIFA as they were investigating his bite on the shoulder of Italian defender Georgio Chiellini, Uruguay star Luis Suarez said it was all an accident. Clearly, FIFA refused to chew on his story long as they still suspended him.

Journalists claim FIFA heads secrectly doubled their salaries

Usually when you drop your pay you add benefits. FIFA leaders allegedly did the opposite and cut their benefits but raised their own pay in response.

Op-Ed: Pubs to lose out as Spain crashes out of the FIFA World Cup

It seems not only football fans in Spain are disappointed at Spain's loss to Chile in the FIFA World Cup. Local bars, shops and restaurants will apparently be losing out on a whole load of loot as locals lose interest in the matches.

Holland squeak past Australia as van Gaal sticks to his script

In the first half, Holland looked like a shade of the side that thrashed Spain. Louis van Gaal’s side created very few chances and was pulled into a battle with group minnows –– a label that was awarded based on overall talent –– Australia.

USA wins battle in wide areas to sink Ghana

Jurgen Klinsmann couldn’t ask for a better start when Clint Dempsey’s impressive individual goal handed the USA a lead over Ghana 32 seconds into their third consecutive World Cup match.

World Cup 2014: How far will the Italian team spirit take them?

Manaus - England lost to Italy in Brazil's Amazon on Saturday after the Azzurri team won 2-1 in their first Group D match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just how far will the Italian team spirit take Italy in this year's World Cup matches?

Blatter ready for new term as FIFA boss

Braz - Sepp Blatter is ready to seek a new term as FIFA's president, he announced Wednesday, ignoring calls from top European officials to stand down as controversy engulfs football's governing body.

Op-Ed: Deschamps' France requires harmony to avenge Zidane's curse

It was a controversial climax to a World Cup final. Florent Malouda’s cross into the box was controlled on the chest by Gennaro Gattuso, and a quick exchange with Andrea Pirlo saw the midfielder lay the ball off to Fabio Grosso to clear Italy’s lines.

FIFA Congress stung by Blatter resign calls

Braz - Football rulers hold their annual congress on Wednesday amid calls from top European football for president Sepp Blatter to end his reign as FIFA president and damaging corruption accusations against Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid.

Op-Ed: Hodgson's sprightly England squad could surprise many in Brazil

Optimism has filtered throughout England over the past few months. There was never a dull moment in the Premier League as young promising English talent blossomed in a season where anything was possible.

Op-Ed: Lionel Messi and Argentina face pressure to deliver in Brazil

Lifting the World Cup in the Maracana would exceed Argentina’s previous triumphs on the international stage. It would surpass Diego Maradona’s world-renowned display in 1986, and Mario Kempes’ goals in 1978 would be a distant afterthought.

Marco Reus and Franck Ribery set to miss World Cup

Germany and France's World Cup hopes both suffered severe blows as Marco Reus and Franck Ribery are the latest casualties that will miss this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

FIFA Lawyer’s cup probe involves meetings in Australia

As part of an extended probe into corruption allegations over choosing the 2022 World Cup host city, FIFA special investigator Michael Garcia quietly met with FFA officials in Sydney.

Op-Ed: Why Joachim Low's Germany need to win the World Cup

It’s now or never for Joachim Low. Low’s German squad –– that now boasts an average age of 24.6 years –– need to lift their fourth World Cup in the Maracana on July 13.

Op-Ed: Brazil is capable of meeting high expectations at World Cup

Brazil needs to win this summer's World Cup. Unlike other nations competing in football’s global showcase, second place is not an option for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men.

Pressure mounts for new 2022 World Cup vote

Paris - FIFA announced on Monday its probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host bids would be completed by June 9 as the corruption row over Qatar's controversial winning bid intensified.

Pressure mounts for new 2022 World Cup vote

Paris - Pressure mounted Monday for FIFA to call a new vote on the 2022 World Cup hosts with Australia declaring that corruption accusations against controversial winners Qatar were a "serious development".

Op-Ed: Will Brazil’s World Cup be fixed?

At the time of writing, the 2014 World Cup is under 50 days away from taking its first breath in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is, in truth, a competition like no other.
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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez (L) holds his teeth after appearing to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiel...
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez (L) holds his teeth after appearing to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini (R) during a World Cup Group D at the Dunas Arena in Natal, Brazil on June 24, 2014
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Viva Espana
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Canadian striker Olivier Occean goes up for a ball along with Puerto Rican goalkeeper Brandon Saldana
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Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts (centre) lies on the pitch after knocking the ball underneath Byro...
Canadian forward Tosaint Ricketts (centre) lies on the pitch after knocking the ball underneath Byron to increase Canada's lead to 4-0 in the 88th minute
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Germany Vs. Argentina 4-0 from Berlin Kulturbrauerei, Prenzlauer Berg - Fifa World Cup 2010.
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2014 FIFA World Cup mascot named 'Fuleco'
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Ivory Coast midfielder, Serey Die, broke down in tears as his national anthem played
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Canadian striker Simeon Jackson (right) pushes the ball forward as Puerto Rican defenders close in on him
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Celebrations!
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Demonstrators burn a mock World Cup trophy in Brasilia on June 23, 2014
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
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The Berlin's Olympic Stadium
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Puerto Rico's goalkeeper makes an acrobatic save on Tosaint Ricketts while the linesman raises his flag to signal offside
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FIFA president, Sepp Blatter
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Celebrations in Spain
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Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez reacts during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
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Germany's football squad ride in an open-top bus to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on July 15, 2014 to celebrate their fourth World Cup title
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