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Exec Whose Admissions Started FIFA Scandal Is Dead at 72

Chuck Blazer 'felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions,' his lawyers say

(Newser) - Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer exec whose corruption admissions set off a global scandal that toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter , died Wednesday, reportedly in New Jersey. He was 72, the AP reports. At a November 2013 court hearing during which Blazer entered guilty pleas to 10 federal charges, Blazer... More »

6 Charged in 1989 Tragedy That Changed Soccer Forever

96 soccer fans died in the April 15, 1989, Hillsborough stadium disaster

(Newser) - In what the BBC says PM Theresa May is calling a day of "mixed emotions," British prosecutors charged six people Wednesday in the April 15, 1989, Hillsborough stadium disaster in which 96 soccer fans died, many of them crushed to death—the first criminal charges in the tragedy... More »

Inside an Unimaginable Sports Tragedy

A heartbreaking look at Brazil's Chapecoense

(Newser) - Last November, 71 people died when a plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest game of its history crashed into a mountain in Colombia. Only three players for Chapecoense—known to fans as Chape—survived. Nineteen died. A heartbreaking deep dive into the tragedy by ESPN brings the... More »

Moment of Silence for London Gets Awkward on Soccer Field

Saudi Arabia team declined to participate

(Newser) - When the stadium announcer called for a minute's silence to honor the victims of last weekend's London attack, the 11 Australian players on the field lined up at the center circle with arms on their teammates' shoulders. Their opponents from Saudi Arabia, however, milled about separately on the... More »

Soccer Stars Rally Around Girl, 8, Booted From Tourney

Family says short hair was the issue; organizers say it was a clerical error

(Newser) - Some of the biggest names in US soccer are rallying around a little girl who was disqualified from her local soccer club's tournament this weekend. Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have both publicly supported 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after her story went viral, the AP reports. Hernandez plays for the... More »

Soccer Legend's Body Goes Missing in Brazil

'My father did not deserve this,' says Garrincha's daughter

(Newser) - What happened to Garrincha's body? That's what Brazilians are asking after the soccer great's remains went missing. The one-named, two-time World Cup champ's family revealed the odd disappearance on Tuesday, telling O Globo via the BBC that Garrincha's body may have been lost during an... More »

German Soccer Player Hurt in Bus Explosions

It's unclear who is responsible for the explosions

(Newser) - A German soccer team says defender Marc Bartra was injured when three explosions went off near the team bus and is being treated at a hospital, the AP reports. Borussia Dortmund tweeted the news after its Champions League quarterfinal first leg game against Monaco was called off because of the... More »

Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Strikes Terror Into Internet's Heart

The notoriously handsome athlete's bust is the exact opposite of that

(Newser) - Famous soccer player and handsome person Cristiano Ronaldo had an airport in his hometown renamed in his honor Wednesday, the Telegraph reports. That's good. Not so good (or handsome) was the bronze bust unveiled outside the newly minted Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport in Portugal. The bust, supposedly a... More »

Guess How Icelandic Couples Celebrated Surprise Soccer Win 9 Months Ago?

Hubba hubba

(Newser) - How long ago was it that Iceland's soccer team, in a "stunning" upset, beat England's at Euro 2016? Well, just about nine months. And, as goal.com humorously points out, over this past weekend—which marked almost exactly nine months from Iceland's June 27 win—an... More »

Soccer Player Helps Save a Life—Again

Francis Kone prevents unconscious goalie from swallowing his tongue

(Newser) - At a soccer game in Prague last week, one of the goalies had a violent head-on collision with a teammate and fell to the ground in a heap. Opposing player Francis Kone of Togo didn't miss a beat. Injured goalie Martin Berkovec "was still, lying on his back,... More »

Soccer Fans' Mistake Just Cost Their Own Team $50K

They thought Crystal Palace bus was rival Middlesbrough's bus, vandalized it

(Newser) - Fans of a British soccer club in the Premier League may need to take their zeal down a notch after an incident over the weekend that reportedly ended up costing their own team nearly $50,000, reports the Telegraph . Crystal Palace devotees determined to make a literal mark on rival... More »

After Bizarre Scene, Rwandan Soccer Bans Witchcraft

Player tries to disrupt goalie's 'juju'

(Newser) - Rwandan soccer officials have added a new rule to the game: no witchcraft. The move comes after a bizarre turn of events at a match between teams Mukura Victory and Rayon Sports on Dec. 16. After hitting the crossbar, Rayon's Moussa Camara can be seen in video footage dashing... More »

Opponent Wants Soccer Team Killed in Crash Made Champion

76 people died when Chapecoense's plane crashed Tuesday

(Newser) - After Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense lost most of its players in a plane crash Tuesday, the team it was on its way to play for the South American championship has requested Chapecoense be awarded the trophy, the AP reports. According to the Telegraph , Colombia's Atletico Nacional says naming Chapecoense... More »

Embarrassed, US Soccer Boots Coach Klinsmann

Reeling from 2 losses, team ends coach's controversial tenure

(Newser) - Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the US men's soccer team, the AP reports, ending a contentious five-year love-hate relationship on the job. US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Klinsmann has been "relieved of his duties" as coach and technical director for US Soccer.... More »

Could This Be Our First US Soccer Superstar?

Christian Pulisic is only 18 and already a phenomenon

(Newser) - Sweeter than his hometown of Hershey, Pa., is the potential represented by 18-year-old Christian Pulisic for American soccer fans: the chance for the US to claim its first bona fide soccer superstar. The Ringer profiles Pulisic, who takes to the pitch for both US Soccer and Germany's Borussia Dortmund... More »

Another Men's Sports Team in Hot Water at Harvard

This time, the cross-country team ranked female athletes, sometimes lewdly

(Newser) - When Harvard suspended its men's soccer team last week for the rest of the season due to an "appalling" system of ranking female players, one of the reasons the school gave for its harsh punishment was the fact that team members weren't exactly communicative and cooperative at... More »

Harvard Men's Soccer Team Suspended Over Lewd 'Reports'

Team had ranking system for female players

(Newser) - What could have been a season for the record books has ended in disgrace for Harvard's men's soccer team. The team, ranked first in the Ivy League, was suspended for the rest of the season after the discovery of what the university calls an "appalling" ranking system... More »

Boys Soccer Team Forfeits Game Rather Than Play Girls

Because 'God created guys and girls differently,' says Arizona's Faith Christian high school

(Newser) - When the Foothills Academy College Prep boys soccer team was told Monday their opponents wouldn't play them because of the two girls on their roster, the high schoolers took to the field without their female players and lost in overtime, the Arizona Republic reports. But when it happened again... More »

Hope Solo Proves Herself a 'Pure Loser and Lout'

After calling Team Sweden 'a bunch of cowards'

(Newser) - Goalkeeper Hope Solo had some thoughts on the Swedish team that knocked the US women's soccer team out of the Rio Olympics on Friday. "A bunch of cowards," she tweeted. Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post had some thoughts of her own. She calls out Solo for... More »

Portugal Stuns France to Lift First Major Cup

They win Euro 2016 despite Ronaldo injury

(Newser) - Portugal's players crowded around Cristiano Ronaldo as he sat on the turf, but their tearful captain couldn't withstand the pain of his injury any longer. The Portuguese had to win their first major trophy the hard way on Sunday, stunning France 1-0 after extra time in the European... More »

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