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Clinton vows to pay off Women's World Cup bet

Posted Sunday, July 24, 2011 by YAHOO Sport76 hits

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is lamenting America’s loss to Japan in the Women’s World Cup final, but congratulating the Japanese team on its victory and vowing to pay off a bet she made on the match with Japan’s foreign minister. Meeting with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Bali, Indonesia, on Sa...Full Story »

Five reasons why you should be watching the 2011 World Football Challenge

Posted Saturday, July 23, 2011 by YAHOO Sport38 hits

The 2011 World Football Challenge is underway and you should be watching. In this second incarnation of the annual friendly tournament, more teams are involved and more games are being played. The games are being held in different venues across the United States and Canada. We are nearing the midway point of the tournament. The games have been very entertaining so far. If you have not been tunin...Full Story »

Canada women's soccer coach resigns after WCup

Posted Saturday, July 23, 2011 by YAHOO Sport89 hits

Carolina Morace has resigned as coach of the Canadian women’s soccer team, which failed to win a game at the World Cup. The Canadian Soccer Association says the Italian handed in her resignation Wednesday after an internal review of the team’s performance at the World Cup. The sixth-ranked Canadians exited after the first round of the World Cup in Germany. The association says it e...Full Story »

World Cup winner Capdevila joins Benfica

Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 by YAHOO Sport52 hits

LISBON (AFP) - Spain defender Joan Capdevila has left Villarreal for Benfica on a two-year deal, the Portuguese club announced on their website on Thursday. Benfica added that the 33 year-old's contract includes a 20 million-euro release clause. Capdevila has been Spain's first-choice left-back for several years, and formed part of their Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup-winning sides. Capped 57 t...Full Story »

Japan women eye World Cup/Olympics double

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport73 hits

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan captain Homare Sawa vowed Tuesday to go for gold at next year's London Olympics as her squad returned home to a hero's welcome following their historic triumph at the women's World Cup. "It's human nature to want more," Sawa, with a gold medal hanging from her neck, told a packed news conference at a hotel in Tokyo after the team arrived at the capital's Narita airport, thro...Full Story »

Top World Cup scorers for United States women's team

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport63 hits

It was a heartbreaking day for the United States women's soccer team. The United States gave up a late goal in regulation to let Japan force extra time. After Abby Wambach gave them the lead, they let Japan score again with only a few minutes left. Japan would eventually win in penalty kicks. Despite the painful loss, Wambach made history by scoring her 13th career World Cup goal. That puts her ...Full Story »

Sweden earns third place at World Cup: A fan's reaction

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport56 hits

On July 16, Sweden beat France and earned third place at the 2011 Women's World Cup. Ending the match with a score of 2-1, Sweden was able to win the game despite losing a member of the team. A late goal allowed Sweden to break the tie and leave the championship with a bronze medal. Early Lead at the Women's World Cup Sweden gained an early lead with a goal by Lotta Schelin in the 29th minute....Full Story »

Despite WCup loss, plenty of optimism for US women

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport33 hits

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)—Once the Americans get over the disappointment of coming up just short at the Women’s World Cup, they’ll find plenty of reasons for optimism. The U.S. team pulled together amid a series of challenges that, just a few years ago, would have broken it apart. And while the illustrious careers of captain Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and maybe Abby Wambach ...Full Story »

World Cup final between Japan and U.S.A. was a victory for women’s sports

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport68 hits

After the conclusion of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final Sunday, ESPN color commentator and two-time World Cup champion Julie Foudy said that she expected soccer registration among Japanese females to grow exponentially behind team Japan's epic triumph over the U.S.A. In a country of more than 125 million, only about 28,000 girls are registered to play soccer, according to Foudy. This repo...Full Story »

Menezes says Brazil will be strong at World Cup

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport30 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Brazil’s elimination from the Copa America won’t derail the hosts’ preparations for the 2014 World Cup, coach Mano Menezes said Monday. Menezes believes Brazil improved during the South American competition despite the elimination to Paraguay on penalties in the quarterfinals on Sunday, and expects the team to be at its best again soon. R...Full Story »

Japan World Cup glory 'dream come true'

Posted Monday, July 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport145 hits

 Japanese erupted in joy Monday after their team won the women's World Cup, hailing "a dream come true" and "a miracle" for the country as it battles to recover from March's huge earthquake and tsunami. Local media reported extensively on the reactions of people living in shelters after the March 11 disaster in the northeast destroyed homes, left 21,000 people dead or missing and sparked a...Full Story »

US can't pull off one last thriller at World Cup

Posted Monday, July 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport71 hits

No matter how improbable the circumstances, the Americans always managed to find a way—or the will—to win. Beating Italy in a playoff to get the last spot at the World Cup following an upset in regional qualifying. Abby Wambach scoring in the 122nd against Brazil to tie the game. Wambach scoring again to break a tense tie against France in the semifinals. When they needed it most, ...Full Story »

Japan wins 1st World Cup title in penalty shootout

Posted Monday, July 18, 2011 by YAHOO Sport91 hits

Their country’s misery was never far from their hearts. Thousands dead or missing. Villages erased. Homes destroyed. The players on Japan’s women’s World Cup team invoked the slow recovery from a devastating tsunami and earthquake time and again. Whatever they could do, they vowed, they would. True to their word, the gleaming World Cup trophy will ride back on the plane with...Full Story »

Five North Koreans test positive to banned substance at Women's World Cup

Posted Sunday, July 17, 2011 by YAHOO Sport48 hits

The number of North Korea's national team members who have tested positive to banned substance at the 2011 Women's World Cup has risen to five after a further three more players failed drug tests. North Korea's entire team was targeted for drug testing after the group match against Colombia following failed tests from Song Jong-Sun Song and Jong Pok-Sim. And now a further three players have te...Full Story »

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 »

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