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Home > Soccer World Daily > Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
Friday was the deadline for bidders interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup to express their intentions to FIFA. In a last-minute surprise, Morocco announced it would bid in competition with the United Bid Committee of the USA, Canada, Mexico. Read the whole story
Levadia took a 1-0 lead in an Estonian Cup game without touching the ball. Opponent Paide, which ended up losing 3-1, began the game by kicking off and stringing together five passes ... before Martin Kase stroked the ball past his own goalkeeper. Read the whole story

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Borussia Dortmund suspended and fined Ousmane Dembele for missing training on Thursday after it turned down as offer from Barcelona for the 20-year-old French forward. Read the whole story
Masoud Shojaie and Ehsan Hajsafi, who play for Greek club Panionios, were dropped from Iran's national team by Iran's soccer federation for crossing Iran's "red line" and playing against an Israeli team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, in Europa League qualifying. Read the whole story
BBC Sport
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs has been slow to make summer signings because its "circumstances are different to other clubs" but it is "working hard to deliver our plan." The statement came after defender Danny Rose questioned why the squad has not been strengthened. Read the whole story
Press Association
Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will not run for re-election as the chairman of the European Club Association, one of the most powerful positions in international soccer. Read the whole story

Soccer, luck and VAR

Recently I started reading a book "The Numbers Game." The authors of the book are academicians. Some their findings are stunning for the lovers of our beautiful game. After analyzing tons of data, they come to the conclusion that soccer is a 50/50 game. "Half of it is luck, half of it is skill." ...More

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