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FIFA has a Russia problem

Only now will attention turn to Russia and the 2018 World Cup, and we're surely in for a rocky ride. It begins with next month's Confederations Cup -- the World Cup dress rehearsal -- and FIFA is already facing questions on multiple fronts about its Russian adventure.
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Somber, defiant mood to reign at Europa League final

The setting for the 2017 Europa League final seemed perfect for an observation as to the competition’s current place in the shop window of global soccer, as well as perceptions of same regarding participants Ajax and Manchester United, formerly giants of the game and now something less.

Then a bomb went off Monday night at Manchester Arena ...

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Christian Pulisic aims to cap amazing season with German Cup title

Christian Pulisic was 17 years old at the start of the 2016-2017 Bundesliga season and getting playing time after Borussia Dortmund spent more than $100 million on new players seemed unlikely. It turns out, he's appeared in 42 BVB games -- and his amazing season could get even better on Saturday.
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Moyes' days in EPL may be over

After one season, Scotsman David Moyes resigned as manager of EPL club Sunderland. The move followed the Black Cats' relegation after 10 years in the EPL and likely marks the end of Moyes' managerial career in England's top flight, a remarkable fall for Sir Alex Ferguson's hand-picked successor at Manchester United just four years ago.
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Final Sunday is money day for Premier League elite

Staggering sums are up for grabs Sunday when Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal vie for Champions League qualification.
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The Development Academy -- is it time for more than one division?

Since its inception in 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) had been a great success. Its success is manifested in the USMNT selection (10 DA players in a 32-man roster) along with recent success of the U-17 and U-20 USMNTs. Let us not forget the success of the U-17s and U-20 s is confined to the region, and I ...
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Playing on painkillers, Bobby Wood struggles to end slump

His scoreless streak now at 721 minutes, U.S. striker Bobby Wood continues to have the support of his Hamburg SV coach Markus Gisdol as HSV fights against relegation from the Bundesliga.
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Mbappe is just the tip of the French iceberg

With the Under-20 World Cup set to begin this weekend in South Korea, Ben Lyttleton at SI.com's Planet Futbol has assembled a list of the top 20 under-20 players in the world. On the list: Christian Pulisic, at No 13. What stands out is the dominance of French players: six among the first 11. We add one more to the ...
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Pep Guardiola looks on the bright side

In Pep Guardiola's first season managing in England, Manchester City won't win a trophy and isn't assured even of finishing in the top four in the Premier League, but he's happy about one thing: he'll get a second chance.
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Dramatic goal by substitute captures Premier League title for Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi has yet to start a league game for Chelsea since leaving Marseille in an expensive transfer, but he came off the bench Friday to score the goal that snagged the Premier League title in the first season under manager Antonio Conte,
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Ajax's real test will come after Europa League final

Ajax is back, for now. It's only the Europa League, but the famed Dutch club has a chance to win its first European title since it won the Champions League in 1995. (It finished second in 1996.)
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Does FIFA have its own Comey problem?

On Tuesday, the same day FBI director James Comey was fired, the FIFA Council decided not to renew the terms of FIFA chief ethics investigator Cornel Borbely and FIFA ethics chief judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.
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U.S. players aim for Mexican title -- Villafana eyes MLS-Liga MX double

Three of the Liga MX quarterfinalists have U.S. players in their ranks, including Santos' Jorge Villafana, who's aiming to become the third player in history to win MLS Cup and a Liga MX title. Tijuana Xolos, with the largest contingent of Americans, enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
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Setback for soccer with Moya Dodd defeat

The good news is that each of FIFA's six confederations is required to be represented by at least one woman on the new FIFA council -- 37 members in all -- an improvement from the FIFA executive committee, which had no female representation until 2013. The bad news: Moya Dodd, one of the brightest male or female FIFA executives, lost ...
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English League playoffs turn 30 this month

Thirty years ago next week, two disparate dimensions joined when playoffs were first used to determine promotion places within the English League. Much criticism rained upon those officials changed the promotion system. And still there are critics who bemoan a system by which a team can accrue fewer points than a rival yet still move up at its expense via ...
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