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Latest Stories Grant Wahl: U.S. set to embark on long, trying qualifying road to World Cup 2014updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 14:03:00

The long qualifying road to World Cup 2014 starts on Friday in Tampa for the U.S. men's national team, and while the first semifinal-round opponent (tiny Antigua and Barbuda) shouldn't provide much resistance, there's always a danger in taking World Cup qualifying for granted. The U.S. is one of only seven nations to reach the last six World Cups -- along with Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Spain -- and at least 16 qualifying games over the next 17 months stand between the Yanks and Brazil 2014. As always, there are no guarantees. Grant Wahl: Lots of questions about Fox's World Cup coupupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 21:05:00

Big news in the world of U.S. soccer came on Friday when FIFA awarded the U.S. broadcast rights for 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Fox (English language) and Telemundo (Spanish language). The Sports Business Journal reported the total rights fee for the U.S. to be between $1.05 billion and $1.1 billion, an increase of at least 147 percent over the combined $425 million that ESPN and Univisión paid for the rights to the '10 and '14 tournaments.

World Cup final sets two Twitter recordsupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 09:16:00

The FIFA Women's World Cup set two new records for number of tweets sent per second on Sunday. Georgina Turner: Women's World Cup semifinals previewupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 13:55:00

With a place in Sunday's Women's World Cup final at stake, here's how the semifinal protagonists match up: Tim Vickery: From Argentina to Venezuela, questions abound going into Copa Americaupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 09:28:00

The world's oldest continental tournament, the Copa America has ensured its continued relevance by finding a perfect slot in the global calendar. Ann Killion: U.S. women's soccer team searching for their own legacyupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 11:26:00

It has been 12 years since the U.S. women's soccer team had its iconic moment:

Queiroz confirmed as new Iran coachupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 10:13:00

Former Portugal and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz has been handed the challenge of reviving Iran as an Asian soccer superpower and clinching qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

World Cup sets Twitter recordupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 11:13:00

CNN's Ben Wyatt describes how the 2010 World Cup has set new records on Twitter.

South Korea's Park Ji-Sung retires from international footballupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 10:26:00

South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung has confirmed his immediate retirement from international football. Grant Wahl: U.S. appears to be in pole position for 2022 World Cupupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 12:15:00

ZURICH -- How convoluted are the politics surrounding this Thursday's FIFA vote to award the hosts for World Cups 2018 and '22? Well, the first person I saw upon leaving airport customs here was Bora Milutinovic, the peripatetic Serbian-born, Mexican-based coach who managed the U.S. at World Cup '94.

Oil spill, World Cup among Yahoo's most searched termsupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 07:26:00

The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was the most searched term on Yahoo in 2010, the search engine said Wednesday. Grant Wahl: Why the Dallas-Real Salt Lake matchup intrigues, other mailbag topicsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 17:30:00

ABOARD UNITED FLIGHT 4962 FROM MADRID TO WASHINGTON D.C. -- Lots of fun stuff going on in Planet Fútbol this week--mine and the world at large--so let's crank out a Mailbag. Ready, go!

Remembering Paul the Octopusupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 11:28:00

The octupus who correctly predicted the outcome of the 2010 World Cup has died at age 2.

Fifa chief admits World Cup ticket errorsupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 16:10:00

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has admitted to flaws in the ticketing system for the World Cup in South Africa and vowed not to make the same mistakes for the 2014 event in Brazil. Grant Wahl: Why CONCACAF is killing the best rivalry in North Americaupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 17:57:00

They're killing the most important rivalry in American soccer. Grant Wahl: Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or?updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 18:22:00

Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year in world soccer?

Vuvuzela banned from UEFA competitionsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 19:35:00

The drone of the vuvuzela will not be heard in any European competitions after the continent's governing body banned them from all stadiums hosting UEFA matches. Grant Wahl: Bradley needs to be open to change in second act as U.S. coachupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 11:21:00

NEW YORK -- Is a second World Cup cycle one too many for a national-team coach?

Excitement builds ahead of World Cup climaxupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 14:34:00

A month of intense competition reaches its climax Sunday when either the Netherlands or Spain will make history by claiming its first ever World Cup title.

Fans excited in Madridupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 14:34:00

CNN's Don Riddell braves crowds in Madrid as football fans await their country's World Cup finals clash.

De Boer on Dutch chancesupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 13:52:00

Dutch football legend Ronald De Boer assesses the Netherlands' chances in the World Cup final.

Dutch 'very confident' says former great De Boerupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 13:52:00

Former Dutch international Ronald De Boer says that the Netherlands are feeling confident as they prepare to take on Spain in the World Cup final.

Vuvuzela chorus may peak online Sundayupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 16:51:00

More hated than daft football referees, the trumpeting vuvuzelas of the World Cup have become a stand-alone phenomenon.

Brazil coach Dunga sacked after Dutch defeatupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 22:44:00

Brazil coach Dunga has been sacked after their shock World Cup quarterfinal exit to the Netherlands.

Holland shocks Brazil in World Cupupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 22:44:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto looks at how fans are reacting to the Netherlands 2-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup.

Web campaign vows to blast BP with vuvuzelasupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:35:00

Dissatisfied with what he sees as tepid effort on behalf of oil giant BP to stop the flow of petroleum from an exploded well in the Gulf of Mexico, a New York-based video producer named Adam Quirk has started raising money for a stunt designed to irritate its executives.

World Cup soccer ball controversyupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 10:29:00

The debate continues over the controversial World Cup soccer ball, the Adidas Jabulani. CNN's Terry Baddoo reports.

Vuvuzela's chorus of complaintsupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 15:39:00

CNN's Errol Barnett reports on the controversy surrounding use of the vuvuzela at World Cup matches.

Is there a World Cup economic bounce?updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 14:58:00

Does hosting the World Cup lead to long-term economic gains? Depends on where you look.

Japan's World Cup financial legacyupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 14:58:00

Japan lives with the financial costs of hosting the 2002 World Cup. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Obama, Clinton greet U.S. Soccer Teamupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 13:31:00

President Obama told the men's U.S. Soccer team that he will be cheering them on in the World Cup from the Oval Office.

Who will be the World Cup superstar?updated: Wed Jun 02 2010 13:23:00

CNN's World Sport team share their thoughts on who will be the star player in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

South Africa ready for World Cup as Socceroos fly inupdated: Thu May 27 2010 18:05:00

World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan has said South Africa is ready for the start of the 2010 World Cup which begins on 11 June, as the Australian national team became the first participating side to arrive in the host country. Marcela Mora y Araujo: Messi's career trajectory potentially higher than Maradonaupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 11:08:00

Over the past few weeks Barcelona's Lionel Messi has stunned the soccer world with some of the most superlative performances people have ever seen -- relentlessly bettering himself and his team and enhancing the game itself.

Eriksson appointed Ivory Coast coachupdated: Mon Mar 29 2010 06:41:00

Former England and Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has been appointed as coach of the Ivory Coast national team for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Soccer scores with Americans as the World Cup loomsupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 16:27:00

The United States hasn't caught soccer fever yet, but it's running a bit of a temperature. World Soccer: For many stars, national-team duty a revolving doorupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 10:00:00

It was the ultimate expression of modern player power. In January, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced he was "taking a break" from international football. The Barcelona forward will not play for the Swedish national team for the foreseeable future.

Spain draw Czechs in Euro 2012 groupupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 07:43:00

European champions Spain were drawn with 2004 semifinalists the Czech Republic as they begin the defense of their title this year in qualifiers for the 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Gregory Sica: Luís Fabiano talks about World Cup pressures on Brazilupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 15:46:00

When people name their favorites for the World Cup, Brazil comes up every time. The Seleção conjures up images of excitement and artful soccer. With a record five World Cup titles, it's the most successful team as well, and is the favorite to add a sixth crown in South Africa in July. Luis Bueno: 5 bold prediction for 2010, from World Cup to MLS Cupupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 16:22:00

The first year of a new decade is upon us, and the stories that will unfold in 2010 will be vast. Soccer lovers around the globe are anticipating the World Cup, one of three that will be played in this new decade. Soccer: Highlights and lowlights of the decadeupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 16:06:00

PLAYER OF THE DECADE: Zinedine Zidane, France Zizou gets our Player of the Decade nod, barely beating out Ronaldinho, who also won two World Player of the Year awards this decade but didn't have anything approaching Zidane's longevity at the top of the global game. No player since Diego Maradona has provided as much joy to viewers who love the artistry of soccer. Case in point: France's stunning upset of Brazil in the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals, in which Zidane rediscovered his mojo on the game's biggest stage. (Bonus points for scoring the greatest goal of the decade in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen.)

First XI: Noughties soccer villainsupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 14:47:00

Brazilian legend Pele once called soccer the "beautiful game" and at its best it showcases the very pinnacle of human endeavor as nations and communities are united in the common goal of supporting their teams and heroes.

First XI: Noughties soccer heroesupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 14:19:00

As the decade draws to a close it is time to reflect and reminisce on 10 years of glorious football drama -- and what better way to do this than by paying respect to the characters who have contributed so much to the soccer story that has captivated fans since 2000. Grant Wahl: For once, U.S. gets relatively lucky draw for World Cupupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 17:16:00

The gods of soccer smiled upon the United States for once on Friday, giving the Americans one of the most fortunate draws imaginable for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (FULL DRAW).

Salomon Kalou's World Cup hopesupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:43:00

Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker, Saloman Kalou talks to CNN about his 2010 World Cup ambitions and playing alongside Didier Drogba.

Ireland outraged after French handball nixes World Cup hopesupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 09:23:00

Soccer star Thierry Henry became the villain of Dublin on Wednesday.

FIFA probes stoning of Algeria playersupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 13:51:00

Egypt's Football Association faces punishment after FIFA decided to investigate an incident which saw Algeria's team bus pelted with stones before last Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Cairo.

Controversial goal puts France throughupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 04:51:00

A controversial extra-time goal by William Gallas saw France reach the World Cup finals after a 1-1 home draw against the Republic of Ireland in Paris on Wednesday night.

World Cup qualifying latestupdated: Mon Nov 16 2009 03:12:00

The final 32 for the 2010 World Cup finals has become clearer after the latest round of qualifying matches with three more nations claiming places in South Africa.

Egypt fans stone Algeria playersupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 12:49:00

Football's world governing body FIFA has called for greater security to be provided after three players from Algeria's national football team were injured when Egyptian fans threw stones at the team bus as it arrived in Cairo on Thursday.

France draw Ireland in World Cup playoffsupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 11:56:00

Former champions France have been handed a tough task against Ireland in the European playoffs to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Ronaldo to miss crucial final WC qualifierupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 17:44:00

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Portugal's crucial final World Cup qualifier against Malta on Wednesday with an ankle injury and could be sidelined for up to a month. Grant Wahl: U.S. vs. Honduras looks to be fast, hard-fought scorcherupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 13:48:00

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- You'd be forgiven for thinking you had traveled in a time warp back to the 1980s for the U.S.' big World Cup qualifier against Honduras here on Saturday night (10 p.m. ET, closed-circuit TV in English and Spanish). Gregory Sica: Who'll be in as South America qualifying comes to endupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 15:03:00

Brazil and Paraguay already booked their tickets for the 2010 World Cup, but six other teams are still in the running. There are only two automatic tickets left for South America, and one playoff berth against the fourth-place team from CONCACAF. Tim Vickery: Argentina's woes resemble Brazil's from eight years agoupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 14:35:00

From the outside looking in, most don't appreciate how hard it is to qualify for the World Cup from the South American region. Tim Vickery: Venezuela slowly making progress on world stageupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 17:06:00

It was just more than five months ago that Diego Maradona's reign in charge of Argentina seemed on the right track. After a couple of wins in friendly matches, he debuted in World Cup qualification with a conclusive 4-0 triumph at home to Venezuela.

Would the World Cup miss Argentina?updated: Thu Sep 10 2009 12:41:00

They are football's royalty, the marquee players whose almost super human ability on the ball wins cups and championships; their faces adorn billboards and magazine covers from China to Colombia. Gregory Sica: Catching up with South America's World Cup front-runnersupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 18:46:00

With South American qualifying for the 2010 World Cup resuming next month, the top four positioned teams of the continent tested their strength in what ended up being worthwhile friendly matches on Wednesday. While Brazil, Argentina and Chile claimed hard-fought victories in Europe, Paraguay lost in Asia.

2010: Ready to Play: Part 1updated: Thu Jun 18 2009 05:31:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on how ready South Africa is for the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

North Korea qualifies for 2010 World Cupupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 05:31:00

North Korea qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals for the first time since 1966 by battling to a 0-0 draw away to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night. Soccer America: Iraq's Milutinovic feels 'super' about latest challengeupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 12:02:00

It's past midnight when Bora Milutinovic answers the phone in Qatar, but no matter what time, no matter where he happens to be, the Bora optimism prevails.

England release King after Redknapp blastupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 15:18:00

Ledley King quit England's squad on Tuesday after Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp hit out at international counterpart Fabio Capello for picking his injury-prone defender in the first place. Luis Bueno: Firing Sven-Göran Eriksson would be a misstep for Mexicoupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 10:48:00

When a tough loss follows a string of poor results, it's natural to want to take out frustrations on someone. And when that tough loss comes against a bitter rival in arguably the biggest game of the year, it may seem like a foregone conclusion that the coach should pay with his job.

Could South Africa be the worst team to host the World Cup?updated: Thu Feb 12 2009 12:30:00

It is an unwritten rule of all World Cups: if the host nation fails on the pitch, interest in the competition dies off the pitch.

Football First XI: Shocking momentsupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 12:12:00

Passes, tackles, shots, saves, goals -- you go to a football match expecting to see these kind of things.

The most memorable goal celebrationsupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 05:45:00

They're the icing on the cake and the cherry on your muffin. Grant Wahl: Former Cuban star turned defector to watch U.S.-Cuba with interestupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 14:05:00

Maykel Galindo won't be here on Saturday for Cuba's historic World Cup qualifier against the United States. The former star forward of the Cuban national team defected to the U.S. in 2005, boarding a bus in Seattle during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Coupet axed from France squad for friendlyupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 15:05:00

France coach Raymond Domenech has opted for youth over experience with veteran goalkeeper Gregory Coupet left out of a 20-man squad for the friendly against Sweden in Gothenburg on August 20. Grant Wahl: Mitts, U.S. women are revamped and re-focused for goldupdated: Tue Aug 05 2008 12:07:00

BEIJING -- It would be easy to put on my TMZ hat to write about Heather Mitts. After all, the right back for the U.S. women's team has posed for FHM and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and has dated an NFL quarterback (A.J. Feeley), a major league baseball player (Pat Burrell) and a pro tennis star (James Blake). Grant Wahl: Why Euro '08 is the most exciting tourney in 22 yearsupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 11:16:00

My wife thinks I've lost it. And she might have a point. Grant Wahl: As Brazil emerges as a power, is U.S. on way down?updated: Fri Sep 28 2007 05:20:00

Got a text from my buddy J.C. right after the best women's soccer player I've ever seen (Brazil's Marta) scored her breathtaking, Maradona-at-the-height-of-his-powers goal to sink the U.S. 4-0 in Thursday's Women's World Cup semifinals.

Beckham axed by new England coachupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 05:46:00

David Beckham was dropped when new England coach Steve McClaren named his first squad on Friday, for next week's friendly against European champions Greece.

U.S. fail to shine on world stageupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 06:45:00

Making the knockout phase in their first World Cup is a great result for Ghana, but beating the U.S. was surely no more than most unbiased football followers expected.

Ronaldoupdated: Wed Jun 07 2006 06:25:00

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Help us choose the World Cup Dream Teamupdated: Mon May 01 2006 12:06:00

Throughout the World Cup, CNN is compiling its own "Dream Team" of the greatest-ever players who have competed in the tournament.

Zidane may quit - Spanish reportsupdated: Sat Apr 22 2006 06:06:00

Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane is set to announce his retirement after the World Cup finals, Spanish news reports claimed on Saturday.

Uruguay turn to ex-coach Tabarez updated: Tue Mar 07 2006 12:35:00

Uruguay named Oscar Washington Tabarez as their new coach on Tuesday, bringing the 59-year-old back for a second stint in charge.

Ex-England manager Greenwood diesupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 13:25:00

Former England manager Ron Greenwood has died at the age of 84 after a long illness.

Keane quits international footballupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 13:27:00

Manchester United and Republic of Ireland star Roy Keane has confirmed he is quitting international football after his team's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

Zidane prepared for 2006 World Cupupdated: Fri Aug 05 2005 10:57:00

Zinedine Zidane says he will play in the 2006 World Cup finals should France qualify for the tournament in Germany.

Chukwu replaced as Nigerian coachupdated: Tue Jun 21 2005 03:07:00

Christian Chukwu was effectively sacked as coach by the Nigerian FA on Tuesday because of disappointing results in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

Beckham returns to the Real squadupdated: Sat Nov 13 2004 10:54:00

David Beckham will return to the Real Madrid squad for Sunday's league game against Albacete after almost a month out recovering from fractured ribs, the club has announced.

Argentina coach Bielsa 'has quit'updated: Tue Sep 14 2004 15:45:00

Argentina national coach Marcelo Bielsa has resigned less than three weeks after guiding the nation to their first Olympic title in Athens.

Zidane quits French national teamupdated: Thu Aug 12 2004 08:32:00

France playmaker Zinedine Zidane announced on Thursday that he was ending his international career after a 10-year spell with Les Bleus.

Bonfrere set to coach South Koreaupdated: Fri Jun 18 2004 05:46:00

Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere has agreed to become the new head coach of South Korea.

Fans vote Zidane Europe's top starupdated: Thu Apr 22 2004 11:38:00

Zinedine Zidane of France has been voted the best European footballer of the last 50 years by fans, UEFA said at a Golden Jubilee ceremony on Thursday.

Turkey turn to Yanal as new coachupdated: Tue Apr 13 2004 13:27:00

Ersun Yanal was named Turkey's coach on Tuesday after leading unfancied Ankara side Genclerbirligi to the fourth round of the UEFA cup this season.

15 Brazilians named in Pele's listupdated: Thu Mar 04 2004 10:20:00

Pele has named 15 Brazilians, including himself, in his list of the 100 greatest living players -- more than those of any country.

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