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FIFA suspends Nigerian soccer federation
Nigeria was suspended from international football on Wednesday because of government interference, FIFA said in a statement. World soccer's ruling body sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (FFF) last week expressing its concern after the ...
Soccer's Secret Rivalry: Netherlands-Argentina
Wall Street Journal
This rivalry begins with the identities that both countries have forged as the second sisters of soccer in their respective continents, obsessed with outdoing—or at the very least, outclassing—their much larger and more successful neighbors. The ...
World Cup 2014: Penalty shootouts decided by psychology
In the penalty shootout in soccer, all the player has to do to score is kick the ball into one of the four corners of a 24-foot by 8-foot target from 36 feet away. For someone who earns a living playing "the beautiful game," it sounds easy. Costa Rica ...
European guest coaches provide soccer insight
Windsor Star (blog)
Dutch coach Rene vanBaren gets a real kick out of Canadian soccer coaches and their fondness for using orange cones in practice drills. VanBaren is with the Dutch Soccer Federation and for the past eight years he's brought guest coaches over from ...
Sports briefs: hockey, soccer, tennis
Chatham Daily News
The OHL goal-scoring leader from Thamesville has a video on the Vancouver Canucks website (canucks.nhl.com) in which he interviews fellow prospects Bo Horvat and Miles Liberati. They're attending the Canucks' prospects development camp this week.
Argentina's Soccer Win Helps Country Forget Woes--for Now
Wall Street Journal
"We demand more from our soccer players than we do from our politicians," said Claudia Varas, a 41-year-old clerk who works in a perfume shop that closed so employees could watch the game. She echoed others who said that the team's success helped ...