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Women's World Cup Final Preview: United States - Japan

Posted Sunday, July 17, 2011 by YAHOO Sport61 hits

Japan and the U.S. will be meeting at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the third time, having faced off in the inaugural event in 1991 and in 1995 in Sweden. The U.S. won 3-0 in 1991, and posted a 4-0 win in the 1995 edition of the tournament. Before the three encounters in 2011, the U.S. had last faced Japan in 2008, playing the Asian power twice at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The U....Full Story »

5 North Koreans positive at women’s World Cup

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport71 hits

A total of five North Korea players have tested positive for steroids at the women’s World Cup in football’s biggest doping scandal for almost two decades. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Saturday that after two players were caught during the tournament earlier this month, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korean squad and found three more positive results. “This is a shock,...Full Story »

Gap between good, great narrowing at WWCup

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport27 hits

Used to be, you could predict the lineup for the final four at the Women’s World Cup before the tournament began. The Americans were a given. The Germans, too. Brazil’s been there to the bitter end in recent years, and Sweden or Norway were never a bad bet. This year? Anybody who predicted Japan playing in its first final and France making the semis either knew somebody on one of th...Full Story »

Japan, United States advance to 2011 World Cup final: A fan’s view

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport52 hits

History will be made in the 2011 Women's World Cup final no matter which team wins the match. No team in the previous five World Cups has ever lost their final group stage match and gone on to win the World Cup. On July 17, either Japan or the United States is going to be the first team to accomplish that feat. Japan lost to England in the final Group B match but bounced back with a 1-0 win over...Full Story »

Manchester United beats New England to open the World Football Challenge: Fan reaction

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport60 hits

Manchester United beat the New England Revolution 4-1 to open the World Football Challenge on Wednesday, July 13. Young forward Federico Macheda scored two goals in the second half to lead the Red Devils to the victory. Here are three thoughts from the match: Manchester United brought most of their top players It was exciting to see Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, and Ryan Giggs take the field...Full Story »

World's oldest soccer rule book sold for $1.4 million

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport31 hits

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - The world’s oldest soccer rule book dating from the 1850s was sold for 881,250 pounds ($1.4 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in London, the book’s owners Sheffield FC said on their website on Thursday. The club, formed in 1857 and recognised by FIFA as the oldest in the world, have sold the unique documents to raise funds for projects including the b...Full Story »

AP Interview: Qatar coach eyes World Cup history

Posted Thursday, July 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport22 hits

Milovan Rajevac says he wants to create football history as the first man to lead Qatar to the World Cup. The Serbian coach says his mission is to give the wealthy 2022 World Cup host credibility on the field to match its status as a player in football politics. Rajevac was hired in February but his task truly begins next week when the 94th-ranked Qataris start their qualification road to Braz...Full Story »

Women's World Cup US-Brazil gets big TV rating

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by YAHOO Sport104 hits

The Americans’ wild quarterfinal win over Brazil earned the highest preliminary television rating for a Women’s World Cup game since the 1999 tournament in the United States. The U.S. victory on penalty kicks Sunday drew a 2.6 overnight rating. ESPN said Monday that was the best on any network since the ’99 World Cup captivated American fans, and the second-highest ever for a ...Full Story »

FIFA says 1 billion saw part of World Cup final

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by YAHOO Sport31 hits

The 2010 World Cup final was seen by at least 1 billion people, though the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony appears to retain top spot as the most-watched televised event, according to figures published Monday by FIFA. One year after Spain beat the Netherlands, FIFA released its research that 909.6 million television viewers tuned in to at least one minute of the match at home, and the ...Full Story »

Two N.Koreans test positive at Women's World Cup

Posted Thursday, July 07, 2011 by YAHOO Sport45 hits

BERLIN (AFP) - The women's World Cup in Germany has a doping scandal after North Korea defenders Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim have both tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid, FIFA announced. The pair were removed from the lineup for North Korea's goalless draw with Colombia in Bochum on Wednesday, but after the Group C game, the entire team were tested by FIFA. "This is a unique ev...Full Story »

Mexico, New Zealand out of women's World Cup after 2-2 draw

Posted Thursday, July 07, 2011 by YAHOO Sport147 hits

SINSHEIM, Germany (AFP) - New Zealand earned a dramatic 2-2 draw with Mexico on Tuesday after the equaliser came with the last kick of the Group B game as both teams took their bow at the women's World Cup. Mexico led 2-0 after 30 minutes thanks to Stephany Mayor and Maribel Dominguez, but the Kiwis hit back as captain Rebecca Smith scored with time almost up before teenager Hannah Wilkinson le...Full Story »

Brazil minister says Brasilia could open 2014 Cup

Posted Tuesday, July 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport46 hits

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)—Brazil’s sports minister says the nation’s capital is making good progress in its preparations for the 2014 World Cup, and might even qualify to host the opening game of the tournament. Orlando Silva had a news conference Monday after inspecting Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional, known as Mane Garrincha. He said the stadium’s refurbishing is about one...Full Story »

Women’s World Cup hit by refereeing blunder

Posted Monday, July 04, 2011 by YAHOO Sport67 hits

BERLIN, July 3 (Reuters) - The women’s World Cup suffered a refereeing blunder on Sunday when an Equatorial Guinea defender held the ball in her hands in the penalty area for several seconds, only for the referee to wave play on. The bizarre incident happened early in the match with the West Africans already trailing 1-0 to Australia. Television replays showed that a shot by Australian f...Full Story »

Chilean test for Gold Cup winners Mexico

Posted Monday, July 04, 2011 by YAHOO Sport66 hits

SAN JUAN, Argentina (AFP) - Mexico will hope to make headlines for the right reasons against Chile in Monday's opening Copa America Group C match after a swathe of players became embroiled in a doping probe at the recent Gold Cup while eight more were sanctioned for indiscipine after a friendly. Chile, for their part, will be concentrating on getting the best out of Udinese wonderkid Alexis San...Full Story »

Vietnam thrashes Macau 7-1 in WCup qualifier

Posted Monday, July 04, 2011 by YAHOO Sport545 hits

HONG KONG (AP)—Le Cong Vinh improved on his first-leg hat trick to lead Vietnam to a 7-1 rout of Macau, helping his country complete a two-game sweep in the first round of Asian World Cup qualifying Sunday. Le scored three times in Vietnam’s first-leg 6-0 victory on Wednesday in Ho Chi Minh City. He matched that performance in the first half at Macau’s National Stadium, then...Full Story »

Australia beats Equatorial Guinea 3-2 at World Cup

Posted Monday, July 04, 2011 by YAHOO Sport73 hits

BOCHUM, Germany (AP)—Australia kept alive its chances to reach the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup by beating Equatorial Guinea 3-2 on Sunday in a game that will be remembered for a penalty that wasn’t called. Australia’s Leena Khamis, who scored the first goal, hit the post in the 16th minute. As the ball bounced back, Equatorial Guinea defender Bruna grabbed it ...Full Story »

Philippines beats Sri Lanka 4-0 in WCup qualifier

Posted Sunday, July 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport169 hits

The Philippines thrashed Sri Lanka 4-0 in an Asian World Cup qualifying match at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Sunday. Emelio Asada Caligdong opened the scoring 19 minutes into the game before Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado followed up with successive goals to put the game beyond reach. Younghusband completed the triumph with a successful penalty kick. The win takes the Philippines...Full Story »

Sweden beats North Korea 1-0 in Women’s World Cup

Posted Sunday, July 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport51 hits

AUGSBURG, Germany (AP)—Sweden moved to the brink of the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup, defeating North Korea 1-0 Saturday on a second-half goal by Lisa Dahlkvist. North Korea, which started five teenagers, wilted late in the game and was all but eliminated from the tournament after two losses in two games. The United States can join the Swedes at the top of Group C—p...Full Story »

US gains WCup quarters with 3-0 rout of Colombia

Posted Sunday, July 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport55 hits

SINSHEIM, Germany (AP)—The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup on Saturday, routing Colombia 3-0 behind goals from Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd. The scoreline could have been even worse for Colombia, which is playing in its first World Cup. The Americans missed at least a half-dozen other chances, including two headers by Abby Wambach...Full Story »

Unbeaten Sweden beat N.Korea in Women's World Cup

Posted Sunday, July 03, 2011 by YAHOO Sport48 hits

AUGSBURG, Germany (AFP) - Sweden once again struggled to score but secured their second straight 1-0 victory on Saturday, beating North Korea to take a big step towards reaching the 2011 Women's World Cup quarter-finals. Midfielder Lisa Dahlkvist scored the only goal in the 64th minute to leave Sweden on a maximum six points from Group C action. They will advance to the final eight later Satur...Full Story »

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