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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010
Simon Kuper, the soccer columnist of the Financial Times and a former Soccer America contributor, runs down the candidates for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, to be decided by the 24 men on FIFA's executive committee on Dec. 2. His frontrunners? Russia for 2018 and the USA for 2022. Read the whole story
Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, German champion Bayern Munich's doctor, accused the Netherlands of irresponsible behavior for allowing Arjen Robben to play at the World Cup with a torn muscle in his left thigh that will keep him out of the first two months of the Bundesliga season, which begins Aug. 20. Read the whole story
FIFA fined World Cup champion Spain 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,600) and the runner-up Netherlands 15,000 Swiss francs ($14,400) for the poor conduct of their players in the most ill-tempered final in the history of the World Cup. Read the whole story
Carlos Bielsa, who led Chile to the second round of the World Cup, has been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2015 Copa America. The 55-year-old Argentine had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. national team head coaching position if Bob Bradley was not retained. Read the whole story
After a newspaper photo of Sol Campbell, who signed for Newcastle last week, seemed to indicate the former England and Arsenal defender was carrying a few extra pounds, message board comments from Newcastle fans about his "fat belly" prompted Campbell to defend himself and lash out at the critics. Read the whole story

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