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Jara ban slashed to two games – CONMEBOL

Chile's Gonzalo Jara (back) provokes Uruguay's Edinson Cavani (front) during their Copa America 2015 quarterfinals football match in Santiago, on June 24, 2015Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara's three-match suspension for a lurid off-the-ball incident involving Uruguay's Edinson Cavani was reduced to a two-game ban following an appeal, disciplinary chiefs confirmed Monday. Jara was banned on Sunday following an incident in last Wednesday's stormy Copa America quarter-final in which he appeared to shove a finger in the backside of Cavani moments before the striker was dismissed for retaliating. The Chilean Football Federation, which initially said it would accept the decision, appealed the ban and had it reduced by one game, South American football body CONMEBOL said in a statement.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 10:52 pm

Hiddink leaves Dutch coaching post

Dutch national football team Coach Guus Hiddink looks on during a training session in Katwijk on June 9, 2015Under-pressure Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink, whose side have struggled in qualifying for Euro 2016, has stepped down, the Dutch football federation (KNVB) announced on Monday. "Guus Hiddink and the KNVB decided on Monday to end the manager's contract from July 1," a federation statement confirmed. "I regret this decision," said KNVB director of football Bert van Oostveen.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:35 pm

Retentive Japan not underestimating England

Soccer: Women's World Cup-Australia at JapanBy Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) – England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women's World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren't under-estimating them. The Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals for the first time, but Japan know very well that they are up against a dangerous opponent having lost to England 2-0 during the group stage in 2011. "We lost to England four years ago.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:06 pm

Soccer-Retentive Japan not underestimating England

By Simon Evans EDMONTON, June 29 (Reuters) – England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women’s World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren’t under-estimating them. The Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals for the first time, but Japan know very well that they are up against a dangerous opponent having lost to England 2-0 during the group stage in 2011. “We lost to England four years ago.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:03 pm

Rivalry renewed as Copa semis kick off

Peru's players take part in a training session at the National Stadium in Santiago on June 28, 2015, during the Copa America football tournamentOne of the fiercest rivalries in South American football will be renewed at the Copa America on Monday as hosts Chile battle Peru in the latest instalment of the 'Clasico del Pacifico'. Chile will start as favourites for the semi-final, which kicks off at 8.30pm local time (2330 GMT), as they aim to edge closer to their dream of winning a first ever Copa America. Photos and camera footage showed Jara attempting to shove a finger into Cavani's backside shortly before the Paris Saint-Germain star retaliated and was sent off in last Wednesday's stormy quarter-final.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:51 pm

Soccer-Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach

(Adds background) AMSTERDAM, June 29 (Reuters) – Guus Hiddink has quit as coach of the Netherlands after less than one year in the job, the Football Association (KNVB) announced on Monday. The 68-year-old hands over to assistant Danny Blind with the Dutch third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, facing the possibility of a playoff tie to win a spot at next year’s championship in France. The much-travelled Hiddink, in his second spell as national coach, has delivered some mediocre results and been heavily criticised since taking over from Manchester United-bound Louis van Gaal in August.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:42 pm

Soccer-Chilean Jara gets ban reduced to two games

Chile defender Gonzalo Jara’s ban for provoking Edinson Cavani has been cut from three games to two, the governing body of South American football said on Monday. “After hearing the appeal CONMEBOL decided to reduce the sanction … to two games,” the organisation explained in a statement. The suspension still means Jara will miss Monday’s Copa America semi-final against Peru and the final or third/fourth-place playoff.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:16 pm

UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

UEFA General Secretary Infantino speaks during the Europa League quarter-final draw at the UEFA headquarters in NyonBy Brian Homewood PRAGUE (Reuters) – UEFA has softened its break-even 'Financial Fair Play (FFP)' regulations in an attempt to encourage investment in European club soccer and move from "austerity to sustainable growth". General secretary Gianni Infantino said FFP, implemented in 2012, had succeeded in curbing potential ruinous excessive spending by teams desperate for success and it was now time to encourage investors who may have been inhibited by the rules. "We are sure these new rules will encourage investors to invest in European football which has the best club football product in the world," Infantino told a group of reporters on Monday.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:13 pm

Soccer-UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

By Brian Homewood PRAGUE, June 29 (Reuters) – UEFA has softened its break-even ‘Financial Fair Play (FFP)’ regulations in an attempt to encourage investment in European club football and move from “austerity to sustainable growth”. General secretary Gianni Infantino said FFP, implemented in 2012, had succeeded in curbing potential ruinous excessive spending by teams desperate for success and it was now time to encourage investors who may have been inhibited by the rules. “We are sure these new rules will encourage investors to invest in European football which has the best club football product in the world,” Infantino told a group of reporters on Monday.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:09 pm

The coaches – Silvia Neid (GER) v Jill Ellis (USA)

Germany's coach Silvia Neid looks on during the quarter-final football match between Germany and France during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on June 26, 2015Montreal (AFP) – Germany head coach Silvia Neid and her US counterpart Jill Ellis are both bidding to lead their countries to a record third title at the Women's World Cup.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:00 pm

Soccer – Google News

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Obscure Clubs Take Stage as Champions League Begins Again – New York Times


New York Times

Obscure Clubs Take Stage as Champions League Begins Again
New York Times
In their Champions League debut last year, the Red Imps lost to a team from the Faroe Islands, population 50,000. This year their opponent … The matchups are enough to test the knowledge of the most obsessive soccer fan: Sheriff vs. Odd, Lahti vs
Champions League returns as minnows take shot at gloryBangkok Post
Welsh football is in weird and wonderful league of its own but game is on the upThe Guardian (blog)

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 7:18 pm

FIFA Women’s World Cup – FIFA.com


FIFA.com

FIFA Women's World Cup
FIFA.com
In contrast to Tuesday's semi-final between the world's two highest ranked teams, Wednesday's second semi-final pits together two nations with vastly differing records at this level. 2011 champions Japan will start as favourites in most people's eyes
USA vs. Germany Soccer: Prediction, Preview For Women's World Cup 2015 International Business Times
Watch USA Vs. Germany Live Online: FIFA Women's World Cup Semifinal The Inquisitr
Live and Kicking: Soccer Games to Watch This WeekNew York Times
Boston Globe -Philly.com
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 7:02 pm

What’s in a Name? In MLS, a European Hodgepodge – New York Times


New York Times

What's in a Name? In MLS, a European Hodgepodge
New York Times
The full name, which will be formally announced July 7, fits the M.L.S. trend of employing European naming conventions to appeal to a millennial audience that associates traditional soccer names with authenticity. Not everyone agrees that imitation

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:43 pm

Will the English Premier League shut out Europe for star players? – Fortune


Fortune

Will the English Premier League shut out Europe for star players?
Fortune
It could also describe what's going on in international professional soccer, as a new television contract has suddenly made the English Premier League (EPL) much richer than its competitors and has led to calls from those rivals for their own

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:38 pm

FIFA Screwed France Out Of The Tournament, And It’s Bullshit – Deadspin


Deadspin

FIFA Screwed France Out Of The Tournament, And It's Bullshit
Deadspin
As anyone who bothered to look ahead could see, those teams—probably the two best in the world—were always on a collision course at that early stage in the tournament, and as FIFA themselves admitted, they scheduled things like that not to draw up
Women's World Cup player says FIFA must 'stop taking us for idiots'Washington Post (blog)
Hey FIFA, stop taking the players (and the viewers) 'for idiots'PennLive.com
France's Camille Abily rips FIFA: 'They have to stop taking us for idiots'SportingNews.com
Newsday -Eurosport.com -FIFA.com
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:05 pm

Loved MLS Heineken Rivalry Week? Mark Aug. 28-30 on your calendar for … – MLSsoccer.com


MLSsoccer.com

Loved MLS Heineken Rivalry Week? Mark Aug. 28-30 on your calendar for
MLSsoccer.com
You might have thought that MLS Heineken Rivalry Week came to a close with the final whistle of the Portland Timbers' 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night. Technically speaking, that's the case – but there's plenty more of that action
Rivalry Week successfully showcases the best of MLS atmospheresESPN FC (blog)
10 things we learned from MLS Gameweek 17World Soccer Talk
MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 17NBCSports.com
MLSGB (blog) -Empire Of Soccer
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 4:48 pm

Women’s World Cup Soccer Viewing Party To Be Held In Lincoln Park – CBS Local


CBS Local

Women's World Cup Soccer Viewing Party To Be Held In Lincoln Park
CBS Local
CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Soccer will host a 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup viewing party for the U.S. Women's National Team semifinal match on Tuesday in Lincoln Park. The U.S. women play Germany at 6 p.m at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The viewing …

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 3:22 pm

Secondhand team names show MLS is still drawing inspiration from the wrong … – Fusion


Fusion

Secondhand team names show MLS is still drawing inspiration from the wrong
Fusion
Kansas City Wizards forward Claudio Lopez (7) and Los Angeles Galaxy mid-fielder David Beckham (23) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, July 25, 2009. The Wizards and Galaxy tied 1-1. (AP

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 2:47 pm

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to bring the Fifa scandal to the big screen – Telegraph.co.uk


Telegraph.co.uk

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to bring the Fifa scandal to the big screen
Telegraph.co.uk
Just as you thought the footballing saga of the summer was close to wrapping up, the Fifa scandal is going to be made into a Hollywood movie – produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – after Warner Brothers reportedly acquired the rights to forthcoming …
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon producing movie about FIFA scandal and Chuck BlazerAwful Announcing
Ben Affleck to produce FIFA scandal movieDen Of Geek
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce film about the FIFA scandalJoBlo.com
Digital Trends -The Express Tribune -WINA AM 1070 (press release)
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:51 am

New York City FC: The stunning simplicity of MLS’s marketing marvel – Yahoo Sports (blog)


Yahoo Sports (blog)

New York City FC: The stunning simplicity of MLS's marketing marvel
Yahoo Sports (blog)
On Sunday afternoon, 48,000 packed into the baseball cathedral for the showpiece of Major League Soccer's breathlessly branded, relentlessly hashtagged "Rivalry Week" – replete with corporate naming-rights sponsor, of course. The game had generated …
New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls | MLS Match PreviewMLSsoccer.com
Red Bulls beat New York City in Major League Soccer derbyBBC News
New York City FC 1-3 New York Red BullsThe Guardian
Playing for 90 -Daily Mail -NBCSports.com
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 4:43 am

BBC Sport – Football

‘Biggest game in England’s history’

Captain Steph Houghton says her team’s World Cup semi-final against Japan is the biggest game in English women’s football history.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 10:17 pm

Champions League final for Cardiff

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is expected to be named as the venue for the 2017 Champions League final.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 10:00 pm

Hiddink quits as Netherlands coach

Guus Hiddink leaves his position as Netherlands head coach after just 10 months in charge following a poor run of results.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:35 pm

Man Utd make £28.6m bid for Ramos

Manchester United make a £28.6m bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, and believe the Spain international wants to leave.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:34 pm

West Ham’s Cresswell signs new deal

West Ham’s player of the year Aaron Cresswell signs a contract committing the defender to the club until 2020.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:01 pm

USA v Germany

Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final between USA and Germany.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 7:46 pm

Sweden v Portugal

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday’s European Under-21 Championship final between Sweden and Portugal.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 7:01 pm

‘£71k paid to fix Catania matches’

Prosecutors allege Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti paid £71,000 to fix matches and keep his club in Italy’s Serie B.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:50 pm

Jones signs new Man Utd contract

Manchester United’s Phil Jones signs a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2019.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:46 pm

VIDEO: Arsenal match my motivation – Cech

Petr Cech says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was key in persuading him to join the Gunners from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:35 pm