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Brazil legend Pele tips Argentine superstar Lionel Messi for World Cup success

Thursday, Sep 11 2014
The Selecao legend believes La Albiceleste's finals loss to Germany at the Maracana won't be the Barca ace's last shot at clinching football's greatest prize
Brazil legend Pele believes Argentine superstar Lionel Messi still has a shot at winning a World Cup title, despite the fact that the Blaugrana ace might be 31 years old when Russia host the tournament in 2018.

The Albiceleste captain, believed...


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PAYBACK? Neymar takes Ice Bucket challenge, then nominates Juan Zuniga [VIDEO]

Monday, Aug 18 2014
More than a month after Juan Zuniga's horrendous tackle ended Neymar's 2014 World Cup run, the 22-year-old Barca ace nominates the Colombian defender for the Ice Bucket challenge
Barcelona superstar Neymar is the latest footballer to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to undergo the Ice Bucket challenge.

Nominated by Los Blancos' Brazilian...


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August 2014 Fifa rankings – Germany remains in No.1 spot, USMNT drop to 18th

Thursday, Aug 14 2014
While USMNT have plummeted to 18th place, the 2010 World Cup champions Spain have made advancements in their road to reclaiming the number one spot from Germany
The latest Fifa world ranking has been released and European giants Germany retains their number one spot. The 2014 World Cup champions leapfrogged the 2010 champions Spain in the July rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final at the famous Maracana...


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Key Xavi stats as the influential midfielder retires from the Spanish national team

Tuesday, Aug 5 2014
La Furia Roja playmaker Xavi has decided to retire from international football after one World Cup trophy, and two Euro crowns. Here, we look back at his career with the Spanish national side
One of La Furia Roja's most gifted midfielders, a world-class playmaker, Xavi Hernandez has announced his retirement from the Spanish national side at the age of 34.

The Barcelona star announced this revelation in a press conference for his Catalan...


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Luis Suarez's nine-match ban upheld by Fifa's disciplinary committee

Tuesday, Aug 5 2014
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will serve the remainder of his nine international match ban after football's governing body opted against a reduction to his punishment
Fifa's disciplinary committee has decided to uphold the ban that was handed to Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez after his biting incident at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old sunk his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, for...


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Tata Martino to replace the departing Alejandro Sabella as Argentina coach

Wednesday, Jul 30 2014
Former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has reportedly accepted the job as Argentina coach, replacing Alejandro Sabella
Argentine and former Barcelona manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino is tipped as favorite to replace Alejandro Sabella as La Albiceleste coach, according to Mundo Deportivo (per Football Espana).

Sabella, who is rumored to have left the helms...


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Spanish court to push ahead with prosecution of Messi over alleged tax evasion

Tuesday, Jul 29 2014
A court in Spain has decided to carry on with the prosecution of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi over an alleged tax evasion
Despite calls from prosecutors to drop the prosecution of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi over alleged tax evasion, a court in Spain has decided to move forward with the case.

The Argentine player and his father, Jorge Messi, are accused of defrauding...


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Bastian Schweinsteiger issues public apology over offensive BVB chant

Monday, Jul 28 2014
Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger has expressed remorse after taking part in offensive chants directed towards Borussia Dortmund during Germany's World Cup celebrations
The Bavarians ace, Bastian Schweinsteiger has publicly apologized for his offensive behavior in chanting a song about Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

The German World Cup winner was caught on video chanting lyrics that included "BVB...


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Arsenal stars Ozil, Podolski, and Mertesacker to miss beginning of EPL season

Friday, Jul 25 2014
World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Per Mertesacker won't take part in the beginning of the upcoming English Premier League season, reveals Wenger
Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal's German core, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Per Mertesacker, will all miss the beginning of the 2014-15 English Premier League season.

The trio were all part of the German national team that won the 2014 World...


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SHOCKING: Luis Suarez's four-month ban to be reduced?

Thursday, Jul 24 2014
Barcelona could see the 27-year-old striker put on their jersey earlier than expected as the Uruguayan could have his lengthy ban reduced
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez could see his four-month ban reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, enabling him to debut for his La Liga side when the 2014-15 season kicks off.

The Uruguayan forward was handed this lengthy punishment after...


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Is Bayern set for a poor post World Cup season?

Monday, Jul 21 2014
Bayern has historically not played a good season after a World Cup. Will they be able to march to a third consecutive Bundesliga title in the 2014-15 season?
World Cups are not kind to Bayern; the stars of the club after all make up the spine of the German national side. Bayern players have a history of struggling following international tournaments (the exception being Euro 2012). Following the 2006...


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Is Mario Götze's future set to change at Bayern?

Monday, Jul 21 2014
Despite his success at Dortmund, Mario Götze found it very difficult to break into Bayern's starting line up last season. Will he do so this season, especially following Toni Kroos' departure?
Mario Götze is undoubtedly a brilliant player. He is after all a man who scored the winning goal in a World Cup Final. Yet, at club level, young Mario has seemingly stalled. He found the net quite often last season but his performances...


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England captain Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from international football

Monday, Jul 21 2014
After England's disastrous World Cup campaign, Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard calls an end to 14 years of service to the national side
14 years after Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard made his England national team debut, the Whiston-born player decides to hang up his boots as he announced his retirement from international football.

The 34-year-old ace made this decision after...


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Germany's Captaincy Debate

Sunday, Jul 20 2014
Philipp Lahm has officially stepped down; Germany needs a new captain but a natural replacement might not be easy to find.
Philipp Lahm's departure from the German national setup has caused another problem aside from the lack of a natural successor for the right back slot. Joachim Löw, much like what he had to do prior to the 2010 World Cup, must pick a captain...


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Diminutive, Quiet, Assured Captain Philipp Lahm Closes the Book on his International Career

Saturday, Jul 19 2014
Philipp Lahm has stepped down suddenly at the age of 30. Captain Lahm has not always been the most popular person in his country; however, he clearly makes the difference.
In late 2009, Philipp Lahm was fined 25,000 Euros by Bayern. The reason was one which divided the Bayern contingent. Lahm criticized his club.

He is obviously not the first player to do so. However, in an interview fuelled by his emotions...


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Germany captain Philipp Lahm, aged 30, retires from international football

Friday, Jul 18 2014
Less than a week after guiding die Mannschaft to World Cup glory, German national team captain Philipp Lahm has called an end to his international career
Die Mannschaft captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football, calling an end to his 10-year love affair with the German national team.

Initially reported by German news outlet BILD (per 101 Great Goals), the 30-year-old Bayern Munich...


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Christoph Kramer Forces the "Concussion Debate"

Friday, Jul 18 2014
His team won the World Cup but he does not remember the first half. He watched the match in a dazed state. He played for the first half hour too. Kramer's problem has reignited an age old debate.
Nicola Rizzoli had a concerned expression etched across his face as he walked up to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He needed to deliver an important message. He felt Christoph Kramer's time was up. He had to leave the pitch.

Why did Rizzoli...


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"He's in love with himself": Zvonimir Boban slams Cristiano Ronaldo

Wednesday, Jul 16 2014
The former Milan midfielder was not impressed with the Portuguese captain's showings at the World Cup this summer, and has criticized his attitude as being detrimental to the squad.
Following his triumph over Lionel Messi to win his second Ballon d'Or, many had expected Cristiano Ronaldo to keep up his good form for Portugal during this year's World Cup.

After all, the Real Madrid star had fired his national side into the...


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WIR SIND WELTMEISTER! Selfies and best celebrations after Germany's 2014 World Cup win

Tuesday, Jul 15 2014
After 24 years, Germany finally have won their fourth World Cup, and the players were happy to put on a good show for their delighted fans in the nation's capital.
On July 13th, Germany finally achieved what they had been searching for for over two decades--their fourth World Cup trophy.

Die Mannschaft became the first European side to ever win the iconic prize in South America, and even more impressively...


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Scolari resigns after Brazil's disappointing World Cup campaign

Tuesday, Jul 15 2014
After many called for his sacking, Luiz Felipe Scolari steps down as Brazil manager
The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has confirmed that Luiz Felipe Scolari has tended his resignation as Brazil coach, a move widely supported by the Selecao fans after Brazil's humiliating crash out of the 2014 World Cup.

It is rumoured...


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