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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Jere Longman recalls Nelson Mandela's last public appearance and relates how soccer played a role during his imprisonment. Read the whole story
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who knew Nelson Mandela from his successful efforts to bring the World Cup to South Africa, reflected and hailed the former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize. Read the whole story
From 1963 to 1992, South Africa was banned from international soccer. Nelson Mandela is celebrated as the man at the heart of South Africa's return to world competition after decades of Apartheid-enforced isolation. And, Mark Gleeson explains, he used sport as a means of reconciliation between the country's diverse racial ... Read the whole story
Barcelona midfielder Xavi defended the methods of Coach Gerardo Martino and lashed out against critics after a rare two losses. Read the whole story
UEFA president Michel Platini has joked that FIFA deliberately pushed back voting on the 2013 Ballon d'Or award to give Cristiano Ronaldo a better chance of winning. Read the whole story


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