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Iran's Women Soccer Players Told to Take Gender Tests

And a few have already failed, officials say

(Newser) - Think mandatory PED testing in baseball is bad? Players in Iran's professional female soccer leagues will have to undergo gender tests to make sure they're really female, the Telegraph reports. The ruling comes after a few top players, including four on the national team, turned out to be... More »

15 Years Later, Crazy Bet on Grandson Worth $200K

Little Harry Wilson grew up to be a pro soccer player

(Newser) - Like a good return on your investment? Try betting that a toddler will become a professional athlete—a gamble that turned $80 into roughly $202,000 for a grandfather in Wales, the BBC reports. Peter Edwards, 62, made the bet on grandson Harry Wilson nearly 17 years ago and just... More »

US Dumps Mexico in Raucous Win, Heads to World Cup

Yet another victory in Columbus buys ticket to Brazil

(Newser) - The US is going to its seventh straight World Cup after beating archrivals Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio—the same venue where the Americans won 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers in 2001, 2005, and 2009. Chants from the raucous capacity crowd included "Dos a cero," "This is... More »

Soccer Team: We Won't Stop Sacrificing Sheep

Kazakh squad catches flak for ritual

(Newser) - One of the strangest things ever uttered before a soccer match: "We are currently seeking assurance from Celtic Park that no sheep will be allowed on the premises ahead of the match." That's courtesy of the Scotland SPCA, worried that a visiting team from Kazakhstan will follow... More »

Soccer Ref Beheaded After Stabbing Player

Fans mount his head on spike in middle of pitch

(Newser) - A referee at an amateur soccer match in Brazil allegedly stabbed and killed a player after an on-field disagreement last weekend. That isn't the most gruesome thing that happened during the game that day. In retaliation, fans reportedly lynched the ref—20-year-old Otavio Jordao da Silva—beating, stoning, quartering,... More »

Abby Wambach Scoops Up Global Record

She has more than any woman or man ever has

(Newser) - It's official: No one has ever scored more soccer goals on the world stage than Abby Wambach, and that includes both men and women. Wambach passed Mia Hamm for the all-time international goals record last night, with a stunning 4-goal performance against South Korea, Fox Sports reports. What's... More »

Driver Busted in Soccer Trekker's Tragic Death

Suspect has long history of infractions

(Newser) - A man with a long history of driving offenses has been busted in the death of a Seattle man killed just two weeks into his US-Brazil soccer trek . Scott Van Hiatt has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Richard Swanson, who was struck and killed by... More »

Yankees Venture Into ... Soccer?

Team will be co-owners of an MLS squad in New York City

(Newser) - The Yankees are extending their reach into the world of soccer. The team will be co-owners of an MLS squad called the New York City Football Club expected to play its first game in 2015, reports the Guardian . The Yanks will own about a quarter of the club, with the... More »

David Beckham Is Retiring

Soccer superstar says his storied career is done at end of season

(Newser) - David Beckham says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Beckham, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. "I'm thankful to PSG for... More »

Man Killed 2 Weeks Into Yearlong Soccer Trek

Charity quest ended by fatal accident on Oregon road

(Newser) - A Seattle man's attempt to dribble a soccer ball from his hometown to Brazil for charity has ended in tragedy just two weeks and a few hundred miles in. Richard Swanson, 42, was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Lincoln City, Oregon, yesterday morning, the AP reports.... More »

Teen Who Fatally Punched Ref Charged With Homicide

District attorney wants to try him as an adult

(Newser) - Family and friends honored the memory of Utah soccer referee Ricardo Portillo at an emotional funeral service yesterday just hours after the teenager who punched him before he fell into a coma was charged with homicide by assault. The charge, issued when an attack unintentionally causes death, is less serious... More »

Soccer Ref Dies After Punch From Player

Ricardo Portillo had slipped into a coma after Utah teen hit him

(Newser) - A 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma has died, police said. Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following the assault last weekend, a police spokesman said last... More »

Soccer Ref in Coma After Being Punched by Teen

Ricardo Portillo had just called a foul

(Newser) - A soccer referee in Utah is in a coma after being punched by a teenager during a weekend game. Police say a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league punched 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo on Saturday after Portillo called a foul and issued him a yellow card. Portillo remains in critical... More »

Liverpool Soccer Star Sinks Teeth Into Rival

Suarez's future in doubt after chomping Chelsea defender

(Newser) - Luis Suarez is the English Premier League's top scorer this year—and, as of yesterday, its leading biter. The star striker's future at Liverpool is looking shaky after a bizarre incident during yesterday's match against Chelsea in which he sank his teeth into the arm of defender... More »

Soccer Player Banned for Using Nazi Salute

Giorgos Katidis, 20, says he didn't know what it meant

(Newser) - The soccer federation of Greece has banned a player from the nation's teams for life after he celebrated a goal yesterday with a Nazi salute, the Guardian reports. The federation handed Giorgos Katidis, 20, the ban for what it deemed a "severe provocation": The salute "insults all... More »

First Woman to Join NFL Trials Sunday

Lauren Silberman a longshot, but eager for her shot

(Newser) - There's never been a woman in the NFL, but that's not stopping Lauren Silberman. Just by trying out at the NFL regional trials on Sunday, she'll be making history, becoming the first woman to do so, reports the AP . Silberman, 28, has no experience playing organized football,... More »

Soccer Infiltrated by Organized Crime

Investigation casts doubt on 680 matches

(Newser) - Is soccer completely rigged? You'd be forgiven for thinking that, in light of a Europol investigation released today that identifies 680 matches authorities suspect were fixed for gambling purposes. The alleged culprit: an Asia-based organized crime syndicate. Authorities suspect at least 425 people, including players and both match and... More »

Soccer Player Leads Team Off Field Amid Racist Taunts

Video: AC Milan player takes a stand in Italy

(Newser) - It's a stirring scene: A black soccer player for AC Milan got so fed up with racist fans taunting him that he booted the ball in their direction and brought the game to a halt. Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng then pulled off his jersey and walked off the field—and... More »

Russian Soccer Fans Demand All-White Team

Zenit St. Petersburg coach slams 'stupidity'

(Newser) - To the disgust of soccer authorities, fans of one of Russia's biggest teams are demanding the club exclude non-white and gay players. Zenit St. Petersburg's largest supporters' group issued an open letter to the team saying black players were "forced down Zenit's throat" and gay players... More »

Beckham Leaving Galaxy

Superstar seeks final challenge before legs give out

(Newser) - Soccer icon David Beckham is ending his playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy after six years that sparked unprecedented growth for Major League Soccer. The 37-year-old says next month's MLS Cup Final will be his final game with the Galaxy, as he wants to "experience one last... More »

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