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Juventus president Agnelli banned for involvement with mob-infiltrated ultras

Agnelli is one of the great names of Italian business and Italian soccer. Giovanni Agnelli founded Italian automaker Fiat in 1899. Gianni Agnelli, his grandson, was known as L'Avvocato ("The Lawyer") and served Juventus as president during its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. Under Gianni's nephew, Andrea Agnelli, Juve remains a European powerhouse. But he has gotten mixed up ...
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Wynalda considers duel with Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidency

The potential field of challengers for U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is getting a bit crowded and the star power of former U.S. international Eric Wynalda would change the dynamic dramatically.
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Soccer needs two sets of Laws of the Game

I taught a re-certification referee course this weekend. My students were mostly teenagers who had been refereeing for at least one year. We covered the new changes to the Laws of the Game (LOTG). Since 1987, I have been mostly instructing top level referees in Turkey and around the world. Teaching young referees is exciting and also challenging. Especially, teaching ...
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English FA is in hot seat for personnel practices after Sampson firing

A day after he coached England to a 6-0 win over Russia, Mark Sampson was removed as England women's national team coach. The move followed a year in which Sampson -- and the English FA -- had been in the spotlight for allegations made by English star Eniola Aluko against Sampson.
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Goalkeeper crushes player's face in Germany: Will this be the wakeup call?

The hero of last weekend's Bundesliga action was Raymond Best, the doctor credited with saving the life of VfB Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner after VfL Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels smashed his knee into Gentner's face. Most, but not all, of the immediate comments from referees and TV commentators expressed shock at the referee's response.
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L'Affaire Kurzawa: Another video blackmail scandal rocks French national team

After the infamous "L'Affaire Sextape" that likely ended the French national team careers of Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema and also implicated former French international Djibril Cisse, there's been a second blackmail attempt against a French soccer star involving a stolen tape.
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American owners still finding their feet at Swansea City

More than a year after taking control of Premier League club Swansea City, owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien have gone through three managers, narrowly avoided relegation, and sold off top players.
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World Cup draw: FIFA rankings take on new importance

FIFA's organizing committee for competitions has announced plans for the World Cup 2018 draw in Moscow on Dec. 1. The new procedure will divide the 32 teams entirely into four pots based on their ranking in the October FIFA rankings (after the final qualifying matches) and not primarily based on geography as was done in recent competitions.
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British parliament hears about FIFA's resistance to independent scrutiny

How has FIFA changed since Sepp Blatter stepped down as president and Gianni Infantino was elected to replace him? The governing body of soccer has been restructured, there's been a huge turnover of elected and staff executives and reforms have been instituted. But what about the underlying culture?
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Bayern Munich unrest after Lewandowski, Ribery and Mueller complain

Those getting tired of Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance -- it has won the last five titles - have been treated to a good serving of schadenfreude: a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim, criticism of the club by its leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, complaints about the coach from fan favorite Thomas Mueller, and a tantrum from Franck Ribery.
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Fancy Bears, Russia and the World Cup cybersecurity threat

Cybersecurity has been an issue in our lives since the Internet took off in the mid-1990s. It became a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign -- from Hillary Clinton's famous e-mails to the DNC hacking -- and introduced us to the term "trolling farms," a key part of Russia's efforts to manipulate public opinion leading up to the November ...
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Euro leagues ponder impact of EPL decision on shortened transfer window

Premier League clubs have voted to close their transfer window prior to the start of the season rather than a few weeks into it. Will other major leagues do the same?
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American soccer's 13 unique applications

I decided to write this article the moment I finished watching Costa Rica beat the USA, 2-0, so it was written before the Honduras-USA game. The USA might have beaten the Catrachos, tied them or lost to them. The content and the realities of this article will not be changed with one game.
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More good news for Germany: The rise of Timo Werner

Germany's odds of becoming the first repeat World Cup champion since Brazil in 1958/62 are looking better thanks to wave of promising young talent -- the most intriguing of which is 21-year-old Timo Werner -- a goalscorer.
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Syria's World Cup hopes alive after miracle equalizer

Syria, which has never played in the World Cup, kept its hopes alive with a dramatic 2-2 tie at ally Iran, getting the tying goal in the 93rd minute.
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