Tag Archives: soccer

Trump Meets FIFA Head, Gives Press Red Card [VIDEO]

Fox News chortles: President Donald Trump met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro at the White House on Tuesday to commemorate North America winning its bid for the 2026 World Cup. Cordeiro and Infantino both gifted Trump commemorative soccer jerseys, but near the end of the photo op, Infantino reached off camera to get one ...

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France Defeats Croatia 4-2 In World Cup Final

The Washington Post reports: Croatia finally found a deficit it couldn’t overcome. On the 20th anniversary of its only other World Cup win, France snagged a second title. One game after Belgium complained about the French playing “anti-football” by packing it in on defense, the Les Bleus poured in four goals, tied for second-most in a World Cup final, led ...

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Croatia Advances To World Cup Final Against France

The Washington Post reports: Croatia advanced to its first World Cup final by joining Argentina (1990) as the only teams to win a semifinal match they trailed at halftime. Croatia fell behind on Kieran Trippier’s free kick in the fifth minute, but leveled the score on Ivan Perisic’s leaping, left-footed volley in the 68th minute. Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winner ...

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THAILAND: First Boys Rescued From Cave [VIDEO]

CNN reports: At least three boys who have been trapped inside a Thai cave appear to have been rescued, as authorities race against time to free the remaining boys and their soccer coach who have been underground for more than two weeks. A member of the rescue team stationed at the entrance of the cave witnessed three boys being evacuated ...

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Pro US Soccer Player Collin Martin Comes Out [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin publicly came out as gay in a social media statement Friday morning, making him the only out athlete currently playing in one of the five major men’s U.S. sports leagues. Martin, 23, is the first male athlete from any of those major leagues to say he is gay since 2014, when ...

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MEXICO: World Cup Fans Trigger Earthquake Sensors

The Guardian reports: Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champions Germany. The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said highly sensitive earthquake sensors registered tremors at two sites in Mexico City, seven seconds after the game’s 35th minute, when ...

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North American Nations To Host 2026 World Cup

The New York Times reports: A combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada won the hosting rights for soccer’s 2026 World Cup on Wednesday, bringing the tournament to North America for the first time since the 1994 event on a pledge of record crowds, record revenues and, perhaps crucially, a record $11 billion in profits for FIFA, world ...

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ISRAEL: Soccer Team Whose Far-Right Fans Chant “Death To Arabs” Changes Name To “Trump Jerusalem”

Bloomberg reports: An Israeli soccer team has changed its name to honor President Donald Trump, a day before the U.S. embassy is slated to move to Jerusalem. “For 70 years Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel,” the Beitar Trump Jerusalem football club — formerly known ...

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Trump Issues Bizarre Threat About World Cup

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump waded into the campaign aimed at bringing the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United States on Thursday, tweeting out a veiled threat to withdraw political support from nations who vote against the bid. In a wildly surprising development, Trump, who previously has shown little appetite for soccer, appeared to throw his full backing ...

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FIFA Warns Gays Of Potential Violence At World Cup: Stay On Alert For Aggression From Intolerant Russians

The Associated Press reports: FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals. As fans prepare their trips after Friday’s World Cup draw, the FARE network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared ...

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TURKEY: Government Orders Probe After Giant Rocky Balboa Banner Rises Over Soccer Stadium [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered a probe on Monday into a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match at Galatasaray stadium, sending the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa Istanbul. The banner unfurled at Sunday’s match featured an image of the character portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone and was framed by the words ...

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US Soccer Player Quits Rather Than Wear Pride Jersey

The Christian Post reports: Two weeks after U.S. Soccer announced that both their men’s and women’s national teams will be wearing rainbow-colored jerseys in support of gay pride in June, Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has withdrawn herself from the U.S. roster for two international friendlies this month, citing “personal reasons.” A release from U.S. Soccer said Hinkle, 24, who ...

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US Soccer Teams To Don Rainbow Jerseys For Pride

USA Today reports: The U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams plan to sport rainbow-themed numbers on their uniforms during June contests to support LGBT Pride Month as part of a collaborative initiative between U.S. Soccer and You Can Play— an organization dedicated to eradicating homophobia and transphobia through the sports world. The men’s team members will wear the rainbow ...

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ORLANDO: Major League Soccer Pays Tribute To Pulse Victims In Emotional Ceremony [VIDEO]

From Orlando’s NBC affiliate: Saturday’s Orlando City’s soccer match served as much more than a sporting event. Team officials dedicated it to the 49 people killed and 53 others injured in last week’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. During the 49th-minute of the match, play stopped for a moment of silence. It was a first for Major League Soccer. ...

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ARGENTINA: Trump’s Anti-Immigration Rant Used To Hype US-Hosted Soccer Tournament [VIDEO]

This is pretty great. Via Politico: An Argentine television station is using Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric in a promotional video for Argentina’s national soccer team ahead of the U.S.-hosted Copa America Centenario tournament next month. The minute-plus ad begins by introducing the Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump as a businessman. “Our country is in serious trouble. We’re having people coming ...

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Mattel Issues Barbie Modeled After Out Soccer Star

Mattel yesterday announced the release of a short-haired Barbie modeled after out lesbian soccer star Abby Wambach. Via Gay Star News: If you thought Barbie dolls were all one shape and image, the new Abby Wambach doll goes some way to confronting stereotypes and showing young girls (and boys), that female role models don’t all come in one mold. Wambach, ...

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FIFA Fines Five Countries For Anti-Gay Chants

The Associated Press reports: FIFA fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay on Wednesday for anti-gay chants by their national team’s fans. The “insulting and discriminatory chants” came during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA said. Chile’s fine is the biggest at 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,000) over cases at four different matches. The governing body imposed fines of ...

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IRAN: Eight Members Of National Female Soccer Team Accused Of Being “Not Fully Women”

Via the Times Of Israel: Iranian soccer fans were left reeling earlier this week after eight members of the women’s national team were found to be men, the Al-Arabiya website reported on Monday. Mojtabi Sharifi, described as an official connected to the Iranian soccer league, said that the footballers “have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change ...

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Throws Ticker Tape Parade For World Cup Champions

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USA Wins Women’s World Cup, Champion Abby Wambach Rushes To Kiss Her Wife

Via SB Nation: “For the first time in her career, Abby Wambach is a World Cup winner. And after the final whistle blew in the United States’ 5-2 win over Japan, she sprinted over to the stands to find her wife, Sarah Huffman, who was sitting in the front row with the rest of the American supporters.”

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