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Soccer Fan Tricks Wife, Names Baby After Team

Wife says she found out true inspiration two years later

(Newser) - The fact that a soccer fan named his daughter after his favorite team is maybe not so exceptional. The fact that he managed to hide the inspiration from his wife for two years is. Clare Smith of New South Wales, Australia, wrote to a magazine to confess that she thought... More »

FIFA Stunner: Defiant Blatter Banned 8 Years

'I'll be back': Sepp Blatter shows zero remorse

(Newser) - Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer's most powerful leaders. FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty... More »

US Indicts 16 More in FIFA Corruption Probe

'The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous'

(Newser) - Five current and former members of FIFA's ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges Thursday as part of US prosecutors' widening investigation into soccer corruption. The indictment takes down an entire generation of soccer leaders in South America, a bedrock of FIFA and World... More »

Soccer Team Jerseys Drop Sponsor, Add Paris Tribute

'Je Suis Paris' to temporarily take place of Emirates Airline on Paris team's shirts

(Newser) - The Paris Saint-Germain soccer team wanted to show the world that its thoughts are with its home city and the victims of the recent terror attacks —so it has (temporarily) ditched a major sponsor from its jerseys and replaced it with a message of solidarity instead, reports For the... More »

Bomb Threat Evacuates German Soccer Stadium

Police say there was a plan to detonate explosives inside

(Newser) - A soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands in the German city of Hannover was cancelled Tuesday because of plans to detonate explosives inside the stadium, the AP reports. Local police received a warning about a possible bomb threat shortly before the gates opened. According to the BBC , Hannover Stadium... More »

Abby Wambach: I'm Retiring

Her final match will be Dec. 16

(Newser) - Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer— male or female —in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer on Tuesday shortly after the US national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House. Wambach, 35, said before the World Cup this past summer in Canada that... More »

Happy Ending for Refugee Tripped by Camerawoman

Spain offers him a job

(Newser) - A happy ending for the Syrian refugee who was filmed being tripped by a camerawoman in Hungary: Osama Abdul Mohsen is now in Spain, and he's been offered a new job. Members of Spain's Cenafe national soccer coaching center heard that Abdul Mohsen had coached soccer in Syria,... More »

Husband Keeping Iranian Soccer Star From Playing

Iranian law lets husbands to stop wives from traveling abroad

(Newser) - An Iranian women's soccer star is being forced to miss a tournament in Malaysia this week because her husband, an Iranian sports journalist, is refusing to sign paperwork to renew her passport, Yahoo Sports reports. Iranian law allows husbands to forbid their wives from traveling outside the country, according... More »

England's Bungle Sends Japan to World Cup Final

Own goal dumps England out of tournament

(Newser) - Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett... More »

Team Norway: You're Right, Girls Suck at Soccer*

*Players admit ... in a spoof video

(Newser) - Several Norwegian players teamed with Norway's national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a "mockumentary" addressing sexist stereotypes and critics who say the women's game is no match to the men's. During the four-minute video, Scandinavian players—in mock seriousness—reveal to an "interviewer" how much... More »

Devastated Dad Mourns Son Lost to 'Safer' Sport

Curtis Baushke knew he suffered brain damage—from soccer, dad says

(Newser) - When Curtis Baushke was in elementary school, he played both baseball and soccer, but he eventually narrowed it down to just soccer, partly because "he wanted to play a safe sport" after being hit by a few baseball pitches, his dad tells the New York Times . But Curtis, talented... More »

FIFA's Former VP Promises 'Avalanche' of Secrets

... Involving Sepp Blatter, Trinidad and Tobago's general election in 2010

(Newser) - FIFA's former vice president, now on Interpol's most wanted list , says he has documents that contain an "avalanche" of secrets about soccer's governing body, including a link to Trinidad and Tobago's general election in 2010. In an eight-minute paid political advertisement that aired on TV... More »

Ex-FIFA VP's Defense Strategy: Cite the Onion

Calls satirical article proof of US conspiracy

(Newser) - When defending yourself against allegations of corruption, it's best to have your facts straight. Unfortunately for Jack Warner, former vice president of FIFA and member of Parliament in Trinidad, that means avoiding what CNN calls a "spectacular public relations own-goal": gathering evidence from satirical paper the Onion. The... More »

What Scandal? FIFA President Wins Re-Election

Sepp Blatter remains in charge of the soccer body

(Newser) - He's not called "one of the most powerful people in sports" for nothing: FIFA has re-elected longtime president Sepp Blatter to another term despite a massive corruption scandal that has resulted in the arrests of several top aides, reports the AP . The 79-year-old didn't win on the... More »

Now Nike May Be Embroiled in FIFA Scandal

Sportswear giant says it is cooperating with investigators

(Newser) - In the US' indictment of FIFA officials is an allegation that an unnamed sportswear company bribed a Brazilian soccer official to get a sponsorship agreement with the Brazilian federation. Bloomberg thinks that company is Nike—the deal outlined in the documents, it notes, "mirrors" the decade-long deal Nike made... More »

FIFA Corruption Scandal: What to Know, Read, Watch

Vladimir Putin, Jon Stewart, Loretta Lynch, et al

(Newser) - It's FIFA corruption scandal , day two. Here's a guide to what you should know, watch, and read:
  • Vladimir Putin had strong words for the US regarding yesterday's FIFA arrests, which he framed as "yet another blatant attempt [by the United States] to extend its jurisdiction to
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World Soccer Execs Arrested on US Orders

At least 6 held ahead of FIFA meeting

(Newser) - If there were a World Cup for tackling corruption in soccer, the US would now be the runaway favorite to win it. At least six officials from FIFA, soccer's world governing body, were arrested in a surprise overnight raid at a hotel in Zurich, where they had gathered for... More »

Prison for Soccer Player Who Killed Ref With Punch

Plea deal will have Bassel Saad serve to 8 to 15 years for John Bieniewicz's death

(Newser) - A recreational soccer player charged in the one-punch killing of a referee during a game has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in which he would serve eight to 15 years in prison, a defense lawyer says. Cyril Hall says his client Bassel Saad plans to offer a plea... More »

'You Could Breathe the Pain': '61 Plane Wreck Found

It was carrying players for a top Chilean soccer team

(Newser) - Mountaineers in Chile say they've discovered what's left of a plane that disappeared in 1961. The plane crashed in the Andes; all those aboard were believed to have died. The BBC and AP give the number as 24, while AFP reports it was 34. Eight of them were... More »

Egypt Soccer Riot Kills at Least 20

Cause of the violence isn't immediately clear

(Newser) - A riot broke out today outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said. The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and... More »

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