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Mexico pushes ahead with World Cup 2026 plans

Mexico, the first country to host the World Cup twice, wants to be the first country to host it three times.
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Allardyce to replace Zenga? Welcome to wacky world of English soccer

The bizarre hiring by Wolverhampton of former Italian international and New England head coach Walter Zenga has ended, and the team's owners want a British manager with experience in the English game as a replacement. Ex-England manager Sam Allardyce certainly fits the bill.
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Modern doesn't necessarily mean better

West Ham's move from Upton Park, its home for 112 years, to London Stadium, site of the 2012 London Olympic track & field competition, three miles down the road offered the Hammers a bigger home for their fans -- 60,000 for soccer at London Stadium as compared to 35,000 at their old venue -- and was supposed to offer all ...
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Ronaldo is a lock for the Ballon d'Or, will it be his last?

Cristiano Ronaldo was one of 30 nominees for the 2016 Ballon d'Or announced by France Football on Monday, and it would be shocking if anyone else claimed this year's prize, not after Ronaldo won the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
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Why Man United failure would be just fine

Let's hope Manchester City defeats Manchester United on Wednesday, because it could hasten the departure of Jose Mourinho, a man whose behavior the sport of soccer could very much do without.
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U.S. players in Europe, a quality problem, not quantity problem

With Christian Pulisic's recent success in Borussia Dortmund and the USMNT, more and more U.S. players in Europe are the topics of conversation. I decided to ask my not-so-reliable friend Wikipedia about the U.S. men players in Europe. With the help of Wikipedia and my friends at Soccer America, I developed an excel table. There are a total of 69 ...
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Bradley and Swans start run of games they need to win

Bob Bradley gets his first home game for Swansea City Saturday against Watford, which last year finished two points behind the Swans. The American has been welcomed by the fans who will be watching intently when their new manager steps onto the field at Liberty Stadium.
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U.S. Soccer should say no to Conmebol and UEFA

Organizing the Copa America, the South American championship for national teams, in the United States threatens to open the floodgates. Or at least Conmebol and UEFA are talking about holding the finals of their biggest club championships in U.S. cities.
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Sinaloa, Mexico's breadbasket and breeding ground for soccer maestros

The state of Sinaloa is located on the Pacific Coast so fishing is big, but it is best known as Mexico's breadbasket, the leading producer of rice and vegetables. Its fertile fields and rugged terrain make it perfect for the production of the illegal drugs like marijuana and heroin.
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Christian Pulisic: A promising new chapter for Americans in the Champions League

Christian Pulisic, who last month turned 18, played in his third UEFA Champions League game on Tuesday. It was a big win for Borussia Dortmund, increasing the chances that he'll rise on the list of U.S. products who have played in the world's top club competition.
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World Cup USA 2026 looks good, for now

The USA has always been the favorite to host all or part of the 2026 World Cup, but that looks more and more likely in light of the bidding rules for the tournament approved by the new FIFA Council. Whether that is the USA on its own or a combined bid involving Canada or Mexico or both remains to be ...
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Pochettino adds variety as Spurs embark on busy stretch of games

Manchester City is the choice of many to win the Premier League but it is just one point ahead of Tottenham, which before the international break handed City its first league loss of the season. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has unveiled a new system designed to confuse opponent as well as provide more competition within his squad.
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The new Mario Balotelli: humbled

The 2014 World Cup seems like ages ago, but that's the last time we saw Mario Balotelli in an Italy uniform. We could soon see Super Mario back in an Azzurri uniform again if he keeps up what has been a stunning comeback at French club Nice, the surprise leader of Ligue 1.
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Southgate's audition for England job suffers Slovenian setback

After Sam Allardyce's fall from grace, the English FA granted Gareth Southgate a four-game stint as interim coach of England. How's his audition going after two games?
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Concacaf might want to consider a double Hexagonal

New Concacaf president Victor Montagliani has signaled the regional organization is considering a rebranding in the wake of scandals that has rocked his organization. But the Canadian is an agent of change, also suggesting the confederation needs to consider a new format for World Cup qualifying that currently ends with the Hexagonal.
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