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Report showcases newfound love of world soccer across U.S.

A new report showcases a rapid rise in Americans viewing, traveling and spending for worldwide soccer matches. As more and more ticket holders across the EU are U.S. citizens, a shift in interest is strongly taking shape.

Azkals targets third win in qualifying round of World Cup Finals

The Philippine national football team Azkals is gearing up for its third straight win in the qualifying round of the World Cup finals against Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan, Philippines.

Op-Ed: FIFA scandal — Challenge to Blatter from a Jordanian prince

Zurich - Amid a slew of corruption allegations FIFA is due to elect its President today. Incumbent Sepp Blatter, whose position seemed impregnable just days ago, is challenged by Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, vice-president of the Asian soccer confederation.

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.

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."

RoboCup 2014 competition attracts experts and inspires learning

RoboCup 2014 has a bit in common with FIFA's World Cup. Robots are now playing soccer (football) in Brazil instead of humans but international glory is still on the line.

Op-Ed: Concussion care should be determined by doctors

Calls for doctors to have the last word on whether soccer players will return to the pitch have escalated after recent World Cup events.

Pennsylvania begins 'shaming' former lawmakers with plaques

Politicians convicted of corrupt practices in Pennsylvania now have special plaques in the State Capitol which note their crimes.

Ozil donates World Cup winnings to help 'Brazilian kids'

Mesut Ozil decided to donate a decent chunk of his World Cup winnings to operations for 23 children in Brazil. Reports say the midfielder for Germany spent all of his winnings but have conflicting views on where the total sum ended up.

Op-Ed: My top 10 World Cup 2014 moments

The sun has set on another World Cup, the best in recent memory, and as many may have predicted, the Germans have won in typically ruthless fashion. As a result, we have a lot to take away and cherish, and this is my list of memories.

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.

Lionel Messi's legacy remains intact despite World Cup loss

Social media went haywire when Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball winner of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil over James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben.

This Lukas Podolski selfie is the best photo from World Cup 2014

Moments after winning the 2014 World Cup, German forward Lukas Podolski snapped one of the most memorable selfies in sports history. Podolski posted on his Twitter account a photo of fellow German player Bastian Schweinsteiger kissing his cheek.

It's Pope versus Pope in the World Cup Final

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI may play for the same team as Catholics, but they certainly don't cheer for the same team as football fans.

Sabella's Argentina wins the battle of caution against Holland

In a tight, slow-burning affair, that offered very few legitimate goal-scoring chances, Argentina snuck past Holland and secured a berth in their first World Cup final in 24 years.

Fans stage small-scale riot after Brazil's loss to Germany

An absolutely crushing defeat by Germany led to some intense rage from Brazilian fans. So much rage that a few of them burned down some buses and looted an electronics store.

Cabbie becomes 'Germany Man' with'German Mobile' for World Cup

Ramstein - One cabbie decided he was tired of just being a regular driver. Therefore Marcel Klingbiel wrapped himself in the colors of the German flag and also placed those same colors on his car. Should we call him Captain Germany?

World Cup 2014 Preview: Brazil vs Germany

The last time Brazil and Germany met in the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari guided the hosts to their fifth triumph in Japan.

Netherlands claim UFWC title with hard fought Costa Rica win

The Netherlands have won the Unofficial Football World Champions title and a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup after a long-fought match against surprise package Costa Rica.

Low's tactical switch sees Germany stifle France's midfield

One of the few remaining oddities in this year’s World Cup was whether Didier Deschamps’ France was a legitimate contender.

Algeria's World Cup team will donate $9m salary to Gaza

The Algerian national football team has announced that it will donate the salary earned from the World Cup to the people of the Gaza Strip.

World Cup 2014 Tactical Preview: France - Germany

Arguably the biggest fixture in the quarterfinal round is between two elite European sides. Germany has reached the semifinals in their last four major international tournaments, while France is aiming to improve on their Euro 2012 campaign.

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.

Op-Ed: Paying the price for World Cup stadiums

Even though FIFA does not require that host countries build new soccer stadiums, it does describe how they should be constructed, along with important criteria such as placement of drainpipes in the playing fields and telephone locations.

Op-Ed: Crushed — U.S. dream dies with defeat to Belgium

Crushing. That's the only way to describe it for US soccer fans. Outclassed by Belgium all game, the United States had an incredible opportunity to win in regulation and whiffed right on the doorstep.

Argentina's Messi and Di Maria unravel Hitzfeld's master plan

One of the main themes to emerge at this year’s World Cup is the over-reliance on world-class players. Oddly, majority of the remaining contenders fall under this category in what’s shaping to be an unpredictable road to Rio.

Cameroon investigating World Cup match-fixing allegations

Football officials in Cameroon are investigating claims of World Cup match-fixing allegedly involving seven players from the African nation's team, which lost all three of its first-round matches.

Waffle House calls for boycott of Belgium Waffles

World Cup fever is alive and well in the United States, as evidenced by a popular restaurant chain's decision to request a boycott of a well known and loved breakfast staple.

Deschamps key switch sees Griezmann lift France past Nigeria

Although Nigeria is classified as Africa’s superior team, Stephen Keshi’s persistence to continuously ignore his side’s glaring deficiencies placed the reigning African champions at a disadvantage against France.
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Paul the "psychic octopus" picks Spain to beat Germany in the semifinals of 2010 World Cup
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Die hard Greece fans would not give up hope. But the day belonged to Colombia  who marked their long...
Die hard Greece fans would not give up hope. But the day belonged to Colombia, who marked their long-awaited return to the FIFA World Cup™ with a 3-0 win over Greece at a packed Estadio Minerao.
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Get your nation's colours and show it off!
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Die Fraktion, a German band creating a song about the World Cup
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Germany manager Loew caught picking his nose during a World Cup match
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
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Spain celebrates
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Victims of the bombing are expected to pass 100 injured or dead from terrorist related bombings during the World Cup final being viewed by fans in Kampala, Uganda.
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The France team playing in the 2010 World Cup
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