International Football Headlines

  • Inside the Secret World of Football in North Korea

    Jorn Andersen is standing on the touchline dressed all in black, arms folded, waiting impatiently for the last seconds to drain away. The digital clock in the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, has stopped counting—a large "90" frozen on the scoreboard. The match, a 2019 Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on Sept. 5, was a rare chance for the large North Korean crowd to see their men's team play. The Chollima, as the national team is known—named after a mythical...

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  • 'He Fell from the Heavens'

    Inside Audio, a club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, samba music echoes off the walls. Men in short-sleeved shirts dance with women in tight-fitting clothes. It’s past 11 p.m. and Thiaguinho, a local pop star, is on stage. Next to him, gyrating to the beat in a yellow Brazil jersey, is a guy dressed as a canary. Word spreads throughout the place that the Brazilian players who have just defeated Chile 3-0 in the last round of South American World Cup qualifiers are on their way here. Thiaguinho stops a...

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  • U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati Announces He Won't Run for Re-Election

    United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati confirmed he won't run for another term when U.S. Soccer holds presidential elections in February. "I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and talking about it with people in many different positions—many of whom told me I should run," Gulati said in a statement to ESPN.com's Sam Borden. "But in the end, I think the best thing for me personally, and for the federation, is to see someone new in the job." Gulati won an unopposed vote in 2006...

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  • Mexico World Cup Draw 2018: Fixtures, Matchups and Players to Watch in Russia

    Mexico will face Germany, Sweden and Korea Republic in Group F in Russia next summer following Friday's FIFA 2018 World Cup draw.   Juan Carlos Osorio's side made light work of CONCACAF qualifying, finishing top of the group with six wins from 10 and only one defeat to finish five points clear. The Mexicans will be aiming to maintain that form in Russia in what will be their 16th appearance in the finals of the tournament. Mexico will also hope to make it past the group stages once again,...

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  • England World Cup Draw 2018: Fixtures, Matchups and Players to Watch in Russia

    England will line up against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group Gof the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Friday's draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia.   The Three Lions confirmed the opponents standing between them and a place in the tournament's round of 16: Manager Gareth Southgate has the objective of forming a squad capable of leading England to World Cup glory, or at the least beating the miserable group-stage exit they recorded at the 2014 World Cup. England will open its World...

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  • Picking Italy's Squad for the 2022 World Cup

    The Italian national team is in complete disarray. A play-off defeat at the hands of Sweden meant they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, ending a run of 14 consecutive trips to the game's biggest tournament. Finding this wholly unacceptable, the Italian Football Federation—known as the FIGC—sacked coach Gian Piero Ventura, while president Carlo Tavecchio eventually resigned. That leaves the Azzurri without a manager or even somebody to appoint a new one, yet...

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