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Controversies aside, the World Cup is stellar
Qatar’s World Cup awarding 12 years ago might have caused controversy, but the actual tournament has brought immense pride to the Muslim and Arabic-speaking world. And the soccer has been stellar.
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FIFA plans a more expansive World Cup
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FIFA plans a more expansive World Cup
The Qatar 2022 World Cup has been a cozy logistical affair, enabling fans to easily crisscross the Connecticut-sized country and intersect with fans and other teams. But small and tidy is set to give way to large and unruly, as World Cup 2026 will be jointly hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Minutes-long ground travel now will be replaced by hours-long air travel.
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U.S. soccer thrives with international players
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U.S. soccer thrives with international players
South American-born soccer players Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna, Marcelo Balboa and Fernando Clavijo played key roles for the United States in the 1990s and early 2000s World Cups. A wave of German-born players — Thomas Dooley, Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks — progeny of American military fathers and German moms, also opted to play for Uncle Sam.
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Qatar’s World Cup bid casts shadow on FIFA
Soccer great Pelé is largely credited with calling his sport “The Beautiful Game,” an affectionate phrase its media and admirers still like to turn to when other adjectives escape them. But a closer look into soccer’s inner workings occasionally takes a bit of shine off the world’s biggest professional sport.
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