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Last Updated: 22 October 2014
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TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's prime minister has told The Associated Press that the heated spat with Serbia over the use of a drone at a soccer match should not derail both countries' efforts to seek European Union membership.
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Last Updated: 22 October 2014
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4 months after bite, Suarez to face Real MadridBARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament.


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Last Updated: 22 October 2014
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Russian President Putin talks to young soccer players during visit to Spartak's stadium Otkritye Arena in MoscowBy Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday. Piara Power, who is a member of FIFA's Anti-Discrimination Task Force, stopped short of calling for Russia to be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup but feared an African team could walk off the field at those finals unless action was taken now. ...


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AP PHOTOS: Small Paraguay soccer team hits it bigCAPIATA, Paraguay (AP) -- They don't get much smaller than Paraguay's Deportivo Capiata - or bigger than Argentina's legendary Boca Juniors.


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Last Updated: 22 October 2014
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LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on Wednesday he was leaving Stamford Bridge after a decade in which Chelsea were crowned kings of Europe but also suffered plenty of off-field dramas too. Gourlay said in a statement he was off to "pursue new business challenges" after five years in his current role. Chelsea said in a statement: "Ron's efforts have helped the club to achieve its position as one of the leading football clubs in the world. ...
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Last Updated: 21 October 2014
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By Simon Evans BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) - The excitement and surprises provided by a successful knockout cup competition, similar to England's F.A Cup, could help massively boost interest in soccer in the United States, the head of the country's second flight believes. Bill Peterson, commissioner of the North American Soccer League, which includes teams such as the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies, says the 100 year old U.S. Open Cup could be revamped to play a major role in the growth of the game. ...
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By Mike Collett LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday. Piara Power, who is a member of FIFA's Anti-Discrimination Task Force, stopped short of calling for Russia to be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup but feared an African team could walk off the field at those finals unless action was taken now. ...
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Last Updated: 21 October 2014
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Mexico tops Jamaica, to face US in WCup qualifyingWASHINGTON (AP) -- Mexico advanced in Women's World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago - when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history.


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Last Updated: 22 October 2014
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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players they ''played a wonderful game'' and receiving a signed jersey in return.
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Last Updated: 21 October 2014
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By Simon Evans BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) - FIFA's new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticized by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer's medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted. The proposed protocol from FIFA states that when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee should stop the game for three minutes, allowing a team doctor to make an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has a suspected concussion. ...