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  • Bangkok Racist Tape That Changed Leicester's Fortunes

    05/03/2016 11:14:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    Offending video featured three young players engaging in explicit actsIt was billed as a goodwill trip and a chance to unwind after a heroic relegation escape, instead Leicester City's close-season Thai tour became the turning point in their improbable title charge - all thanks to a racist sex tape. The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with a group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel. Filmed by the players in May 2016, the footage of the sniggering men soon ended up in the British tabloid...
  • Leicester City....Kings of England!

    05/02/2016 1:59:43 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 25 replies
    May 2, 2016 | me
    Chelsea and Tottenham play to a 2-all tie, giving Leicester City the Title. 5000-to-1 odds at the start of the season!
  • Jury finds 96 soccer fans were 'unlawfully killed' in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster

    04/26/2016 7:56:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    AP ^ | April 26, 2016 | Staff
    The 96 Liverpool soccer fans who died in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster were "unlawfully killed" because of errors by the police, a jury concluded Tuesday. Relatives of the victims of the 1989 disaster, some wearing Liverpool scarves, were in tears outside a specially-built courtroom after new inquests into Britain's worst sporting disaster.
  • Man City face Real Madrid, Atletico play Bayern in Champions League

    04/15/2016 2:56:20 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 11 replies
    ESPN FC ^ | April 15. 2016 | ESPN Staff
    Manchester City have been drawn against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League, while Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich. City, in the final four for the first time in their history, will meet Zinedine Zidane's side at the Etihad on Tuesday, April 26 before making the trip to the Bernabeu on Wednesday, May 4.
  • These Colors, Don't Ruin: Team USA goes incognito

    03/31/2016 7:07:17 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 9 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | March 31, 2016 | Daniel Clark
    These Colors, Don’t Ruin: Team USA goes incognito by Daniel Clark The United States national soccer team put on a dismal performance in a recent 2-0 loss in Guatemala, during which they were unfocused and incohesive, and generally very much unlike themselves. You might not have even known that the USA was playing if the graphics on your screen hadn't told you so, because the players were not wearing our national colors. Instead, they wore black jerseys with patches of blue and burgundy on the shoulders. If you didn't know better, you’d have thought the Guatemalans were playing against some...
  • Forced labor at Qatar World Cup sites: Amnesty

    03/31/2016 8:49:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 31, 2016 | Anmar Frangoul
    Migrant workers building a stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar "have suffered systematic abuses, in some cases forced labor," a new report from Amnesty International claims. The report, titled "The ugly side of the beautiful game: Exploitation on a Qatar 2022 World Cup site", paints a damning picture of conditions for migrant laborers.
  • Five Top Female Players Accuse U.S. Soccer of Wage Discrimination

    03/31/2016 6:11:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 31, 2016 | Andrew Das
    Five key members of the United States women’s national soccer team, the reigning Women’s World Cup and Olympic champion, have filed a federal complaint charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination. In the filing, the five players contend that the women’s team is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, even as its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men’s national team, their lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said.
  • Mexican Soccer Federation asks fans to boot anti-gay chants

    03/29/2016 8:01:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 29, 2016 10:58 PM EDT | Carlos Rodriguez
    The Mexican Soccer Federation launched a campaign Tuesday urging fans to refrain from anti-gay chants that drew fines from FIFA earlier this year. Called “Embraced by Soccer,” the campaign consists of a couple of 30-second videos in which popular stars including forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, captain and defender Rafael Marquez and midfielder Andres Guardado ask fans not to engage in discriminatory behavior. Announced hours before Mexico hosted Canada in a 2018 World Cup qualifier for the CONCACAF region, the campaign did not deter fans at the capital’s Azteca Stadium from making the chants during the nighttime match. The videos were...
  • Guatemala beats US 2-0 in qualifier, pressuring Klinsmann

    03/26/2016 6:18:44 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2016 | Associated Press
    The United States' path toward the 2018 World Cup became considerably more difficult when coach Jurgen Klinsmann made some puzzling lineup choices and the American defense self-destructed Friday night in a 2-0 loss to Guatemala in Guatemala City. ADVERTISEMENT Edgar Castillo's poor backpass set up corner kicks that led to Rafael Morales' goal in the seventh minute. A goal kick by Paulo Motta went most of the length of the field in the 15th and Carlos Ruiz ran onto the ball, came in alone on goalkeeper Tim Howard and doubled the lead. Seeking their eighth straight World Cup berth, the...
  • Right-Wing Soccer Hooligans, Not Terrorists, Are the Problem for Professor

    03/28/2016 4:41:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 28, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The first hour of the program was devoted to a discussion of what happened in Belgium and why it's happening all over Europe. It's just uncontrolled immigration of militant Islamists and terrorists, combined with multiculturalism in all of these countries, which is destroying the native cultures of all of these European nations, which is done purposefully. Left-wing multiculturalism is aimed at destroying the culture of the host country it seeks to either conquer, overthrow, damage, or what have you. And it's happening here, folks. We've got a robust multicultural movement here which is doing its best to...
  • Netherlands great Johan Cruyff dies at age of 68 after cancer battle

    03/24/2016 7:36:20 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 24,2016 | ESPN STAFF
    Netherlands, Ajax and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has died at the age of 68. Cruyff, a three-time Ballon d'Or winner, had been fighting lung cancer but said last month he was feeling "very positive" after undergoing treatment.
  • The U.S. women’s soccer team is the world’s best. Why can’t men buy their jerseys?

    12/19/2015 9:05:44 PM PST · by TBP · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2015 | Jim Kingman
    I stood a few rows behind the goal in Vancouver this summer when Carli Lloyd scored her hat trick in the United States Women’s National Team 5-2 World Cup win over Japan. The crowd was large, loud and star-spangled. While the USA was dominant, Carli was transcendent. Her game, especially 20 minutes in the first half, was the greatest individual performance in USA team sports history. It will likely be the most incredible and memorable sporting achievement I will witness. Like many fans, I want a jersey with LLOYD across the back. But I can’t have one. Jerseys for the...
  • WATCH: UK Football Fans Sing: “Jihadi John He’s (bleeping) Dead, He Had A Bomb Dropped On His [t

    11/23/2015 6:39:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 23, 2015 | Liam Deacon
    <p>English football fans took to the streets of London over the weekend to celebrate the ‘evaporation’ of ISIS’s chief executioner, Mohammed Emwazi, widely known as Jihadi John.</p>
  • Germany-Netherlands game in Hannover has been cancelled following evacuation.

    11/17/2015 10:32:37 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 136 replies
    Twitter fox 46 Charlotte NC ^ | November 17. 2015
    Full: BREAKING UPDATE: A stadium announcement says the Germany-Netherlands game in Hannover has been cancelled following evacuation. It just happened, it's breaking on some Twitter accounts.
  • Multiple Attacks Roil Paris; President Hollande Is Evacuated From Stadium

    11/13/2015 2:50:24 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2015 | ADAM NOSSITER and RICK GLADSTONE
    PARIS - Shootings and explosions erupted in the Paris area on Friday night, and French news services said at least 39 people were dead, dozens wounded and others taken hostage in what appeared to be coordinated militant attacks. French television reported that one of at least two explosions had struck near Paris at the country's main sports stadium, forcing the hasty evacuation of President François Hollande. The explosion occurred during a France-Germany soccer match. The shooting broke out at a popular concert hall, The Bataclan, where a death metal band was playing, and the France 24 website said dozens of...
  • Death Threats for Swede After 'Crazy' Own Goal

    10/19/2015 2:49:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 19 Oct 2015
    One of Sweden’s top footballers has revealed he’s been getting death threats after scoring a bizarre own goal in extra time that left his Allsvenskan side Halmstad BK on the brink of relegation. Halmstad BK were drawing 0-0 against Solna side AIK in the match on Sunday, when defender Mohammed Ali Khan managed to net an own goal in the 93rd minute. He first appeared to save the goal, before tapping it into the back of the net. The crazy turn of events sent social media users in Sweden into a frenzy, while by Monday morning TV4’s clip of the...
  • Report: Germany bribed FIFA executives to host 2006 World Cup

    10/16/2015 10:32:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AP ^ | October 16, 2015 | Staff
    Germany's winning bid for the 2006 World Cup was aided by bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members, the German newsweekly Der Spiegel reported Friday. Spiegel said the German bidding committee set up a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about $6 million at that time) that was contributed in a private capacity by former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus.
  • Fox Video Featuring Donald Trump Angers United States Soccer Fans

    10/09/2015 5:03:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2015 | Richard Sandomir, sports and television columnist
    Fox Sports 1’s marketing of Saturday’s Mexico-United States Concacaf playoff game fired up American fans in an unintended way Friday with a promotional commercial using comments made by Donald J. Trump on the presidential campaign trail as a way to lead cheers for the United States national team.(VIDEO-AND-TWEET-AT-LINK)The video was promoted as a response to an earlier TV Azteca ad that used Trump’s words as a way to promote Mexico in the game. But Fox’s choice of Trump to promote the United States team seemed, at best, questionable. He has built his campaign for president around anti-immigration positions, especially those...
  • Ireland beat world champions Germany to move closer to qualification

    10/09/2015 5:41:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Oct 8, 2015, 21:58 | Emmet Malone
    Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another scalp worthy of the term at the Aviva (Stadium) last night. The Germans might put it down to a recurrence of their World Cup hangover, but even they may watch Shane Long’s winning goal back with grudging admiration. It was a stunning strike to crown a quite staggering effort by an Irish side that was outplayed and outmaneuvered for long stretches, but which simply refused to accept that they were going to be beaten. …
  • Hope Solo To Face Charges In 2014 Domestic Violence Incident Involving Nephew And Sister

    10/03/2015 6:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | October 3, 2015 | Shayla D
    Solo had gotten into a physical altercation with her half-sister and nephew, who was a minor at the time in June of 2014. Solo seemed to catch a lucky break in January when the case was dismissed due to “procedural grounds.” However, an appeals court reversed that decision and cleared the path for charges against Solo to be re-filed. ... Hope’s half-sister Teresa Obert .. Police documents indicate that Hope Solo’s night of fury did not end there. Upon being arrested for two domestic violence charges at Obert’s house, Solo became belligerent with officers and jail staff, at one point...
  • Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers

    10/01/2015 7:57:01 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies
    NBC ^ | 10-1-15 | Stephanie Gosk
    University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that artificial turf used on soccer fields was the culprit. "I realized, 'Oh my God, the thing that she loved most probably killed her,'" June Leahy told NBC News. "And that was hard." Leahy says since her daughter's death, she still hasn't gotten enough answers — or action from lawmakers and regulators.
  • Iran female soccer team accused of manning up (Eight players revealed to be members of wrong gender)

    10/01/2015 6:44:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 30, 2015 | Stuart Winer
    Iranian soccer fans were left reeling earlier this week after eight members of the women’s national team were found to be men, the Al-Arabiya website reported on Monday. Mojtabi Sharifi, described as an official connected to the Iranian soccer league, said that the footballers “have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations.” [Snip] Sharifi accused Iranian football’s governing body of being responsible for the “unethical” cock up.
  • Lech Poznan soccer fans boycott game over donations to refugees

    09/27/2015 7:08:24 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 35 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 18 Sept 2015 | By Douglas Zimmerman
    <p>A large number of soccer fans for the Polish soccer team Lech Poznan boycotted their team’s Europa League home match Thursday after it was announced that 1 Euro of each ticket would go to help the refugee crisis gripping Europe.</p>
  • Gang Of Six Aggressive Arab Passengers Force Flight To Be Locked Down, Diverted,

    It certainly appeared to have been a premeditated, pre-planned disruption of a routine flight, perhaps designed to test responses or as a larger plot to intimidate and thereby garner privileges or concessions. It’s not likely that the six despicable individuals involved all just happened to find each other as members of the same Arab soccer team, although they certainly do deserve each other’s company. A Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago was rerouted to Amarillo late Monday, with six passengers removed and subsequently arrested on charges of “interference with a flight crew and abetting.” FBI special agent T....
  • 6 Soccer Players Arrested in Southwest Flight Ruckus

    09/01/2015 6:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Rory Devine, R. Stickney
    Amarillo Police boarded the plane and removed six passengers described as “unruly”Members of a San Diego-based recreational soccer league were removed from a cross-country flight Monday and arrested on suspicion of federal charges. A dozen members of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League were flying Southwest Airlines to Chicago’s Midway Airport for a tournament, friends tell NBC 7. A "level one threat" was declared onboard Flight 1522 and prompted pilots to divert the flight and its 117 passengers to Amarillo, Texas, just after 10 p.m., according to court documents. Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together...
  • Soccer fan throws cheeseburger at goalkeeper, who eats it off the field

    08/08/2015 10:27:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    SB Nation ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | James Dator
    Argentina's Primera Division was home to the most delicious form of heckling over the weekend when Racing fans threw a cheeseburger at Belgrano goalkeeper Juan Olave mid-match. It's unclear what the cheeseburger was supposed to symbolize, maybe it was just the most readily-available object to throw? Either way, Olave picked the dang burger up, took two bites and thanked the crowd. I played goalie in a rec league last year. I got a stitch from drinking too much water. This dude is out here eating cheeseburgers. Meanwhile the commenters on YouTube are afraid for his safety. You know what has...
  • Clint Dempsey stars as USA hammer Cuba 6-0 to reach Gold Cup semis

    07/19/2015 9:50:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 19 July 2015 | Les Carpenter
    One of the joys of watching US soccer as it rises in prominence is to see Clint Dempsey in his prime. There are days, like Saturday, when he seems to run effortlessly down the field, diving and sprawling and scoring from almost any angle. In a 6-0 Gold Cup quarter-final vanquishing of Cuba that could easily have been 10, Dempsey scored three goals in three completely different ways. It was his first hat-trick for USA, and he probably could have scored at least three more – that’s how dominant he was in victory that seemed far too easy for a...
  • Women’s Soccer Doesn’t Deserve Equal Pay

    07/09/2015 11:30:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | D.C. McAllister
    Pay equality activists are at it again. This time they’re using the success of the U.S. women’s soccer team in the World Cup final to push their agenda. According to Politico, what we really need to be talking about is the players’ paychecks. “Pay for professional women’s soccer players is at best paltry and at worst outright shameful compared to those of their male counterparts. (The U.S. men’s team is currently ranked 27, compared with the world-champion women),” Mary Pilon writes. “Yet the total payout for the Women’s World Cup this year will be $15 million, compared with the total...
  • Abby Wambach, Wife Sarah Huffman Share Kiss After U.S. World Cup Win

    07/06/2015 7:09:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | July 6, 2015 | Wilfred Chan
    Abby Wambach, Wife Sarah Huffman Share Kiss After U.S. World Cup Win By Wilfred Chan, CNN July 6, 2015 So when her squad's memorable 5-2 triumph over Japan was sealed, she chose an unforgettable way to celebrate. With the crowd roaring, as cameras flashed, Wambach -- one of the greatest players in the history of women's soccer -- ran to the stadium's edge and leapt into the stands to kiss her wife, Sarah Huffman.
  • Abby Wambach, wife Sarah Huffman share kiss after U.S. World Cup win

    07/06/2015 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 99 replies
    CNN ^ | July 6, 2015 | Wilfred Chan
    (CNN)Before tonight, Abby Wambach had everything but the World Cup. So when her squad's memorable 5-2 triumph over Japan was sealed, she chose an unforgettable way to celebrate. With the crowd roaring, as cameras flashed, Wambach -- one of the greatest players in the history of women's soccer -- ran to the stadium's edge and leapt into the stands to kiss her wife, Sarah Huffman.
  • Stupid British vs. Japan soccer

    07/02/2015 6:39:30 PM PDT · by djf · 54 replies
    Alright I must have seen this clip a hundred times... a woman, dressed in white, kicks a soccer ball - it hits the bar, but then seems to go in, then bounces out. The goal is defended by a woman in a dark uniform with dark hair, I'm assuming she's Japanese. Now everyone is making a big deal of this saying she "scored her own goal" or some other BS and I'm sick of it can someone PLEASE explain to me what happened?
  • USA beats Japan 5-2, wins first Women's World Cup title since 1999

    07/05/2015 6:07:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 07/05/2015 | By Jamie Goldberg
    The U.S. Women's National Team won its first Women's World Cup title since 1999, beating Japan 5-2 Sunday. The USA is the only country to ever win three Women's World Cup titles. Check out a summary of updates from the game in the comments thread below.
  • Carli Lloyd Nets Hat Trick in 16 Minutes vs. Japan in Women's World Cup Final

    07/05/2015 5:02:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | Jul 5, 2015 | Kyle Newport
    Playing in a big game, United States women's national team star Carli Lloyd was ready for the spotlight yet again. Lloyd got the United States off to a fast start in the Women's World Cup final against Japan, scoring two goals in the first five minutes. ... Lauren Holiday joined the fun with a goal in the 14th minute, but moments later, Lloyd struck again. This time, it was on an unbelievable shot from near midfield. ... With her third goal of the match, Lloyd became the first American to record a hat trick in the Women's World Cup final
  • Check Out The Graphic On Google

    07/05/2015 5:02:27 PM PDT · by Retired Chemist · 49 replies
    Vanity
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  • FIFA WOMEN's WORLD CUP FINAL (USA VS JAPAN AT VANCOUVER) LIVE

    07/05/2015 3:05:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 62 replies
    Today's World Cup Final - USA vs. Japan On Fox.
  • Copa America 2015 Final preview: Start time, schedule..

    07/04/2015 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 07.04.2015
    The Copa America 2015 Final between Argentina and Chile takes place on Saturday, and both teams will be desperate to claim the win to end their long wait for international honors. Today's game takes place from Santiago, Chile with a kick off time of 4 p.m. ET.
  • OMG! The US Women's soccer team, lacks diversity (bunch of white chicks in shorts kicking a ball)

    07/01/2015 11:40:49 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 50 replies
    one man's opinion...
    The US Women's National Soccer team played a superb, thrilling game against powerhouse Germany yesterday, coming away with a 2-0 win, and a spot in the finals this weekend. And coming on the 4th of July weekend, it couldn't be a better all around-feel-good story. The huge crowd sported every form of red, white, and blue attire imaginable, and displayed their colors proudly at every opportunity. Cheers of "USA!, USA" filled the stadium. But if you take a closer look, beyond the excitement of the game, you'll notice that something's very wrong, and very lacking, at USA soccer.
  • Women's World Cup Soccer: United States Roars Into the Final [Defeats Top-Ranked Germany]

    06/30/2015 7:27:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/30/2015 | Andrew Keh
    MONTREAL — The United States advanced to the World Cup final on Tuesday with its most impressive performance in recent memory, notching a 2-0 victory over a top-ranked German team that had steamrolled its way to the semifinals. The Americans, who looked discordant in the early parts of the tournament, seem to be peaking at the perfect time. They looked harmonious and controlled play against the favored Germans for large stretches of the match at Olympic Stadium. Carli Lloyd, who had scored in the team’s two previous wins, put her stamp on yet another night, scoring on a penalty kick...
  • Women's World Cup: USWNT vs Germany is last-four clash of the titans

    06/30/2015 9:40:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:47 AM ET, Tue June 30, 2015 | Chris Borg
    )It's a showdown between the two top teams in women's football -- and according to United States star Alex Morgan, it is "virtually a final." Morgan and her USWNT teammates take on favorite Germany in Montreal for a place in the Women's World Cup final against either England or Japan on July 5. It's hard to pick a winner from two nations which have each triumphed at the tournament twice -- even though the USWNT have not lifted the trophy since 1999 and Germany have won two of the last three tournaments. So far, neither team has had an entirely...
  • Croatia could face sanction for swastika pattern on field vs. Italy [VIDEO]

    06/14/2015 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies
    ESPN FC U.S. Edition ^ | June 12, 2015 | ESPN Staff
    The pitch in Split, Croatia, appeared to show the pattern of a swastika during Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier.SPLIT, Croatia -- Croatia could face punishment by UEFA after a swastika pattern could be seen on the pitch for its European Championship qualifying match against Italy. The Nazi symbol was clearly marked in the middle of the half Italy was attacking in the first period of Friday's 1-1 draw. Ground staff attempted to cover the symbol up during the half-time interval but were unable to do so and the Croatian Football Federation expressed its regret over the incident and confirmed the symbol...
  • 2015 Women’s World Cup: Game, TV schedule as USWNT chase glory in Canada

    06/06/2015 3:25:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 535 replies
    prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com ^ | Jun 5, 2015 | Joe Prince-Wright
    The 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada is the biggest tournament ever for women’s soccer. Expanded to 24 teams for the first time in history, the action begins on Saturday, June 6 and the final is on July 5. It promises to be a spectacular month of soccer north of the border. ... Below is a look at the day-by-day schedule for each group game, including where you can watch the games in the U.S. on TV, followed by the schedule for the knockout stages. All times listed are Eastern Time.
  • The Women’s World Cup Is Still Oppressively Sexist

    06/11/2015 11:11:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    WBUR ^ | Wed, Jun 10, 2015 | Cloe Axelson
    This week, the U.S. women begin their quest to win the World Cup, a feat they haven’t accomplished since July 10, 1999. More than 90,000 people attended the match that day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, while 40 million watched on TV. I watched, too, from a stuffy, third-floor apartment in a Somerville triple-decker; I covered my eyes as Brandi Chastain buried her penalty kick in the goal’s top-right corner, lifting the U.S. to victory over China. As a player, I didn’t have one thousandth of Mia Hamm’s talent, but how her team captured my imagination. Sally Jenkins,...
  • To All Soccer Fans: American soccer is on fire

    06/11/2015 8:24:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/11/2015 | Tony Manfred
    These are good times for United States national soccer teams of all genders and ages. 1. The U.S. women's team is on top of Group D (the Group of Death!) in the Women's World Cup after a 3-1 win over Australia. The USWNT is still one of the tournament's two big favorites. 2. The U.S. men's team just beat Germany (the reigning World Cup champions and No. 1-ranked team in the world) and the Netherlands (the team that finished 3rd at the World Cup) on the road in the same week, scoring six goals in the process. 3. The U.S....
  • Obama says FIFA should 'operate with integrity and transparency and accountability' trunc

    06/08/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Sergio · 23 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 8 June 2015 | David Martosko
    ...it is very important for FIFA to be able to operate with integrity and transparency and accountability,' Obama told reporters at a news conference after the G7 summit.
  • Hope Solo’s half-sister, new documents reveal ugly details of domestic violence incident

    06/07/2015 3:17:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | By Cindy Boren June 7 at 4:26 PM
    A day before the U.S. women’s national team opens its World Cup play, the sister of goalie Hope Solo has spoken up and documents reveal new details about a domestic violence incident involving the family last June. On ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Mark Fainaru-Wada reports that police records, depositions and an interview with Teresa Obert, Solo’s half-sister and one of the alleged victims in the incident, are at odds with Solo’s comments on what happened on “Good Morning, America,” on Facebook and in a new ESPNW story. Charges against her in Kirkland, Wash., were dismissed last winter, but prosecutors have...
  • FIFA Scandal: Interpol Issues 'Red Notices' For Six Mentioned in Indictment

    06/03/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 06-03-2015 | by Alexander Smith
    Interpol issued wanted-person notices Wednesday for six people accused by the Department of Justice of being involved in a vast corruption network surrounding soccer's FIFA governing body. The so-called "red notices" — which do not have the power of an international arrest warrant — were issued at the request of U.S. authorities, Interpol said in a statement. Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and former FIFA executive committee member Nicolás Leoz were the top names on Interpol's list, followed by Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, all heads of marketing businesses based in Argentina, and José Margulies, who runs...
  • The myth that America doesn't like football

    06/02/2015 12:18:49 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 156 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2nd June 2015 | Nick Bryant
    'True, football, or soccer as it is known here, is not as central to American as it is to European, African or South and Central American life. Nowhere near. Up until recently, the game has been unloved by the major US television networks, which have long bemoaned the lack of breaks in play, the paucity of goals and the glut of draws. Absent from the US game are big-name male stars and big-name clubs. The New York Red Bulls will never rival the New York Yankees. Real Salt Lake pales, rather risibly, alongside Real Madrid. However, football is no longer...
  • FIFA Scandal: Alleged Payments Suggest Link to Top Officials

    05/31/2015 12:07:49 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 30, 2015 | By MATTHEW FUTTERMAN
    Size of 2008 transfers outlined in indictment said to require approval from a small group at FIFA’s highest levels Ten million dollars in transfer payments were sent from FIFA bank accounts in Switzerland to a Caribbean soccer organization in 2008 and used to pay bribes to secure votes for South Africa’s bid to host the World Cup in 2010, the Department of Justice’s indictment alleges, in what could emerge as the most direct connection between the Zurich-based organization’s executive offices and the corruption probe shaking the world’s most popular sport. The size of the transfers, allegedly sent in three installments,...
  • Breaking: FIFA members reelect president Sepp Blatter amid league corruption charges

    05/29/2015 10:39:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    The embattled head of FIFA Sepp Blatter was reelected Friday as president of the organization, amid allegations of the worst corruption crisis in the world soccer league’s 111-year history.
  • Russia plans to use PRISON labour to drive down the cost of World Cup

    05/26/2015 3:22:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 May 2015 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Lawmakers in Russia have announced plans to use prison labour to help drive down the cost of hosting the 2018 World Cup by forcing them to take jobs that ordinary Russians won't do. Politician Alexander Khinshtein, from the ruling United Russia party, has said he is drawing up proposals which would see inmates taken to work in factories producing materials for the games. Meanwhile Alexander Rudy, head of Russia's prison service, has said that he was keen to use prisoners for 'tasks that, let's say, wouldn't appeal to the ordinary citizen.'