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June 8, 2011
FIFA, SOCCER'S world governing body, would like to take some time out from all of its alleged backdoor dealings and scandals to make the following decree: Islamic headscarves are a violation of the outfit's dress code and are now banned from all competitions. However, the kicker here is not FIFA's decision, but its timing. Just prior to kickoff in a women's Olympic qualifier between Iran and Jordan last Friday, officials decided that the Iranian players' little white headscarves were illegal and disqualified the team.
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June 1, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I WOULD LIKE TO CARE about the FIFA scandal. But it's hard. I care about a lot of things, and they currently take up all the space in my brain. If I start caring about the racketeering, corruption and conspiracy charges that are rocking the Federation Internationale de Football Association, something else will have to go. What should I get rid of? I'd love to stop caring about ISIS. The crazies blew up a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia yesterday, the group's second attack in two weeks.
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November 15, 1996 | By Roger Allaway, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
FIFA, forced to play the role of Solomon in the fight between Japan and South Korea over the 2002 World Cup, may have succeeded. The difference is that it actually did cut the baby in half - but very, very carefully. If the settlement that FIFA brokered last week works - and with bitter rivals such as Japan and Korea involved, there's no guarantee that it will - the key seems to have been giving the biggest prize to one of the rivals, and then both of the next two to the other.
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June 20, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
In an uncommonly strong move toward cleaning up rough play at the World Cup, soccer's ruling body yesterday suspended key players from the Bolivian and Spanish teams for the rest of the first round. Miguel Nadal, of Spain, and Marco Etcheverry, of Bolivia, each drew red card ejections during separate games Friday, the opening day of the World Cup. In the past, such expulsions meant suspension for only the following game. However, FIFA's disciplinary board stiffened the punishment by extending the suspension for another game.
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December 3, 2010 | By FRANK BERTUCCI, bertucf@phillynews.com
In the end, it was only about the money. How else do you explain that the two oil-rich nations bidding to host World Cups in 2018 (Russia) and 2022 (Qatar) won the voting yesterday in Zurich? Russia finished last in the technical study done by FIFA among the European contenders for 2018 (with England, Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal), and Qatar, which beat out the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea, was the only country named as a "high-risk" location by the technical group.
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June 18, 2010 | Kate Fagan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - While the majority of South Africans, as well as invading soccer fans, are oblivious to the minority's growing frustration, there is a definite undercurrentof anti-FIFA sentiment. And it seems to be spreading. South Africans are discouraged by FIFA's "domination of the country" its "draconian branding rules" and "mafia-like control of the country's public space" - this according to the Mail & Guardian, a Johannesburg newspaper. Earlier this week, police detained a group of Netherlands fans, all women, for "ambush marketing.
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August 4, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A proposal for the World Cup soccer tournament to be rotated among six continents was approved unanimously yesterday by the FIFA executive committee, which affirmed that Germany would remain the venue in 2006. FIFA, the sport's international ruling body, rejected a request from the South African Football Association to submit to an arbitration panel the decision to award the competition to Germany. The vote on a system of rotation came three weeks after Germany was chosen.
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July 8, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
The United States advanced to an all-time high No. 7 in FIFA's rankings yesterday while Greece jumped 21 spots to No. 14 after its dazzling run to the European Championship title. Brazil remained No. 1 for the 25th straight month, and France and Spain stayed at second and third. The United States twice had climbed as high as eighth - in September 2002 and again in May. The Americans beat Grenada in a home-and-home series in June to reach the semifinals of World Cup qualifying in its region.
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June 1, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
FIFA, soccer's governing body, approved the use of sudden-death overtime for the 1998 World Cup in France. Until now, when games were tied at the end of regulation, teams played a full 30 minutes of overtime. Under the new rule, if games still are tied at the end of 30 extra minutes, they will be decided by penalty kicks. "We don't know of any other solutions," FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter said in Zurich, Switzerland. Brazil beat Italy on penalty kicks after 120 scoreless minutes in last summer's World Cup final.
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June 19, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - While the majority of South Africans, as well as invading soccer fans, are oblivious to the minority's growing frustration, there is a definite undercurrent of anti-FIFA sentiment. And it seems to be spreading. South Africans are discouraged by FIFA's "domination of the country," its "draconian branding rules," and the "mafia-like control of the country's public space" - this according to the Mail & Guardian, a Johannesburg newspaper. Earlier this week, police detained a group of Netherlands fans, all women, for "ambush marketing.
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January 13, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A Delran High School graduate officially is the best women's soccer player in the world. Carli Lloyd received that honor Monday, winning the 2015 FIFA women's player of the year award. After Lloyd's heroics in last summer's World Cup, she was a lock to win it. Nobody had ever scored three goals in a Women's World Cup final. Lloyd did it in 16 minutes against Japan. Her third goal was the highlight that will stay with Lloyd forever. After juking a Japanese defender, Lloyd put her foot into the ball a step inside midfield.
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July 22, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE JOKE was on outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but he didn't find it a bit funny. Blatter, who resigned as the soccer organization's leader last month amid a corruption scandal, had called a news conference yesterday to announce that an election for his successor would be held in February. Before he could begin, however, British comedian Simon Brodkin walked up to Blatter and placed a large pile of funny money on the table. We know it was fake money because if it had been real, Blatter would have pocketed it. In a video that has gone viral, Brodkin introduced himself as a delegate from North Korea and said the money was a bribe to secure the 2026 World Cup. Blatter called for security and, as two men approached, Brodkin threw another stack of "bills" into the air creating a hilarious scene in which "money" rained down on Blatter.
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July 14, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As American soccer fans chanted "I believe that we will win" from the stands in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Women's World Cup final a week ago, the U.S. team proved them right by beating Japan 5-2. Later, Delran native Carli Lloyd was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, and the team took home $2 million in prize money. But wait a minute: That's $33 million short of the prize that the German men's team collected after winning their World Cup last summer. The U.S. men, who lost in the round of 16, took home $9 million.
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June 1, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I WOULD LIKE TO CARE about the FIFA scandal. But it's hard. I care about a lot of things, and they currently take up all the space in my brain. If I start caring about the racketeering, corruption and conspiracy charges that are rocking the Federation Internationale de Football Association, something else will have to go. What should I get rid of? I'd love to stop caring about ISIS. The crazies blew up a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia yesterday, the group's second attack in two weeks.
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May 29, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - If the U.S. women's national soccer team is as adept in the World Cup next month as it was on the podium Wednesday, the group just might earn its first title in the sport's signature event since 1999. Amid the scandalous stories involving FIFA, soccer's governing body, the U.S. women never flinched when that topic or others such as the team's World Cup drought were introduced during a news conference at a Manhattan hotel. Many were questioned about the widespread corruption charges against FIFA, but veteran defender Christie Rampone gave the standard reply.
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March 31, 2015
TORONTO FC has been one of the worst clubs in Major League Soccer. In an effort to improve, the Reds have spent millions of dollars to improve the talent on the roster, which now boasts U.S. national-team stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. Last night, Toronto FC lost at Real Salt Lake, 2-1, sans Altidore and Bradley, who are with the national team in Europe for an international friendly against Switzerland tomorrow. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Orlando City defender Brek Shea and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes missed matches with their MLS teams for the same reason.
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January 18, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This week, in the same Convention Center space that houses the Philadelphia Flower Show each March, Soccer Nation has taken over. Stroll down one row, the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club will try to lure your club to its International Showcase. Buy some MetaSox if you're interested in serious foot protection. The Voice of America MetroPark of Butler County, Ohio, wants your team for its 2015 College Showcase. Adorn your uniforms with Athletic Heat Transfer Graphics. Laundry Loops keeps the uni sorted as it washes and dries.
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July 11, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Alex Seldin of Chestnut Hill didn't have to run into Tim Howard to make his World Cup trip memorable. (Although he did; Howard's mother, too.) Seldin also spent time with Captain America and Miss Liberty and the rest of the American Outlaws roaming all over Brazil. A lawyer and entrepreneur, and a big soccer fan since his high school playing days in the '80s, Seldin went to one previous World Cup, in Germany in 2006. Seeing another American in Nuremberg that year was usually cause to stop and have a chat, find out who he was and how he got there, trading tales.
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June 27, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE MAY come a moment in today's final Group G match between the United States and Germany when both teams determine it would be prudent to settle for a draw. It will not, as some cynics have suggested, be a predetermined conspiracy to ensure that both nations get the valuable point that will push them into the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup. Depending on how the game plays out, there could come a point late in the second half when, if the score is even, the USA and Germany reach the same conclusion - that the bird already secured in the basket is too valuable to risk losing it by chasing after another bird.
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June 17, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a time - a brief and crucial time - when the big decisions involving soccer in this country were made in a Bucks County office complex. On the list of important figures in U.S. soccer history, there's a place at the head table for a housing developer from Horsham, a former midfielder for the United German-Hungarians in Bucks County, who went on to run the U.S. Soccer Federation and head the effort that brought the 1994 World Cup to this country. Given how soccer is run at its highest levels - then and now - Werner Fricker may even deserve credit for getting voted out of office four years before that '94 World Cup took place.
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