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  1. FIFA sponsors have taken note of corruption allegations – is the added pressure good or bad?

    Jun 8, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

    AdidasFIFA

    Major sponsors have told FIFA they expect a thorough investigation of the corruption allegations, but it would seem all they really want is good publicity.

  2. Remember when our national team wore jean shorts to a World Cup?

    May 20, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

    USA SOCCER

    Great piece from slate on a uniquely-American kit. For the fashionista who loves slap bracelets.

  3. Sepp Blatter admits awarding World Cup to Qatar was a mistake

    May 16, 2014, 6:53 AM EDT

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the media in Zurich

    The FIFA president admits a mistake was made in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar – but his reasoning may surprise you.

  4. CONCACAF president sets World Cup bar at knockout rounds; talks US/Canada bid

    May 13, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo

    ProSoccerTalk was part of a conference call with CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb on Tuesday morning.

  5. Premier League trio headline first South Korean World Cup roster without Park Ji-sung

    May 8, 2014, 7:41 AM EDT

    Sunderland v Everton - Premier League

    Another Park, Park Joo-ho of Mainz 05, is probably the highest-profile snub.

  6. Brazil’s 23-man roster out; Toronto’s Cesar in, Kaka & Ronaldinho out

    May 7, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brazil v Spain: Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

    Who will be repping the gold and blue at Brazil’s home World Cup this summer? The picture’s clear thanks to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s roster release.

  7. Vancouver’s Beitashour, Fulham’s Dejagah on Iran preliminary roster

    May 7, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

    Mideast Lebanon Iran Soccer AFC Asian Cup 2015

    Beitashour has received four caps for Iran, all since being called-up by the US but going unused by Jurgen Klinsmann in an August 2012 friendly.

  8. Omar Gonzalez’s injury won’t affect World Cup status, Arena promises

    May 7, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

    Club Tijuana v Los Angeles Galaxy

    You don’t have an update but it’s going to be fine? Bruce? Pinkie-swear?

  9. Nigeria names provisional roster with without La Liga, MLS stars

    May 7, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

    obafemi_martins

    Obafemi Martins and Ikechukwu Uche have again been snubbed by Stephen Keshi as the Nigeria coach unveiled his preliminary roster for Brazil.

  10. England trouble: Phil Jones arm in a sling after injury vs. Hull City

    May 6, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

    Phil Jones

    Manchester United leads 1-0 at half on a debut goal from James Wilson, who is making his first First Team appearance for the Red Devils.

  11. Aussies exhale: Cahill says hip’s fine after Watson’s “karate kick”

    May 6, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

    Cahill-Red Bulls

    “I’m ok, it was a bit touch and go and I had to come off after about 60 minutes, when it happened it scared me because it hit me on the pubis,’’ Cahill said.

  12. Form matters? Roy Hodgson has known his England squad “for a while”

    May 5, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    Defoe

    Could this be good news for Jermain Defoe and Jack Wilshere, players who have fought injuries and time away from first team soccer?

  13. Donovan quips that Ronaldo “worth more than our whole team combined”

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Mexico v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

    “We could play an amazing game against Portugal, and he could pull off two plays that only he can pull off, and we could end up losing,” Donovan said.

  14. Can this 24-year-old’s super season get him in the vaunted Italy side for World Cup?

    Apr 29, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Italy Soccer Serie A

    Ciro Immobile’s name keeps popping up on score sheets. Can the Serie A leading scorer best the big names to make the roster for Brazil?

  15. WATCH: Spain stars get disguises and take day jobs in new ad

    Apr 29, 2014, 9:54 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.07.50 AM

    Would you recognize your favorite national team star in disguise as “the new guy” at your job? These folks did not.

  16. Januzaj not promised Belgium slot for World Cup, so what are his odds?

    Apr 29, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

    Januzaj-Dallas Cup

    Head coach Marc Wilmots says nothing is guaranteed to Januzaj as he prepares for preliminary camp.

  17. How many bodyguards will Cristiano Ronaldo have at World Cup?

    Apr 29, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

    2014 World Cup

    A Brazilian news outlet released the hotel demands of national teams ahead of this summer’s massive tournament.

  18. Qatar drops number of 2022 World Cup stadiums by four

    Apr 21, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

    Qatar 2022

    MLSSoccer.com reports that the last time a World Cup was played at eight or less venues was in Argentina for the 1978 tournament.

  19. WATCH: Pele appears on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart

    Apr 7, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele

    The host had Pele talk about playing soccer with a makeshift balls as a kid in the hopes of being like his dad, Fluminese player Dondinho.

  20. Empty threats? Brazilian mayor says city will drop out of World Cup hosting if Tuesday vote goes sour

    Mar 24, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Brazil WCup FIFA Visit

    If you’re wondering, the only way the U.S. will play in Porto Alegre will be if they win Group G. That match would take place on June 30.

  21. Brazilian legend Rivaldo formally calls time on a wondrous career

    Mar 16, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Rivaldo

    Rivaldo puts a cap on career at 41 with myriad accomplishments on his resume as one of the best players of all-time.

  22. Falcao’s recovery should not be rushed due to the World Cup

    Mar 14, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Radamel Falcao Garcia

    Colombia should take care when assessing Radamel Falcao’s fitness, as rushing a player back from serious injury could have long-term consequences.

  23. Another alert sounded on stadium readiness for opening game of Brazil 2014

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

    Jerome Valcke, Luis Fernandes, Arthur Virgilio Neto

    FIFA secretary general says opening game venue is another month behind schedule.

  24. Anti-World Cup demonstrations held in Brazil, violence in Sao Paulo

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

    Demonstrators march along Paulista Avenue to protest against the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and demand better public services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Last year, millions of people took to the streets across Brazil complaining of higher bus fares, poor public services and corruption while the country spends billions on the World Cup, which is scheduled to start in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Protestors marched through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday night, only to clash with police when they reached downtown.

  25. Canadian Soccer Association will bid for the 2026 World Cup

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

    Gregor Balazic, Dwayne De Rosario

    “We’re the only G-8 nation to not host the World Cup,” said CSA president Victor Montagliani. “We’ve hosted almost every other event .. I think it’s time for Canada to step up to the plate.”