Football (soccer)

4:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Soccer Stunner: For First Time Ever, USA Beats Italy; Wins 1-0 'Friendly'

Clint Dempsey of Team USA celebrates his goal against Italy earlier today (Feb. 29, 2012) in Genoa, Italy.
Valerio Pennicino Getty Images

OK, so it was only an exhibition — or a "friendly," as the soccer ... er, football ... fanatics say.

But it's still a first.

Team USA beat Italy 1-0 today. The match was played in Genoa, Italy. And As ESPN reports:

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4:30pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Fabio Capello Quits As Manager Of England's National Soccer Team

England's Italian manager Fabio Capello attends a training session at London Colney, England in May of 2011.
Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty Images

In a surprise twist for one of the world's premiere national soccer teams, Fabio Capello resigned as England coach, today.

The resignation followed an hour-long meeting with top Football Association officials. The association made the news official in a press release posted on its website. The statement read in part:

"The discussions focused on The FA Board's decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello's response through an Italian broadcast interview.

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12:45pm

Wed February 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed In Riot After Egyptian Soccer Match

Flares were thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said.
AFP/Getty Images
(The death toll and injured figures were updated at 3:20 p.m. ET.)

There are reports of more than 70 people being killed today and around 1,000 injured during a melee following a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.

The Associated Press writes that Egypt's health ministry says "at least 73 people" died. Reuters reports that many more were injured, according to officials. Al-Jazeera writes that:

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9:20am

Wed December 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Criminal Charges For English Soccer Star John Terry Over Alleged Racial Abuse

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 9:22 am

John Terry, right, and opponent Anton Ferdinand during the English Premier League on Oct. 23 in which it's alleged that Terry hurled a racial slur at Ferdinand. Terry denies doing that. He's going to face criminal charges.
Nick Potts AP

One of England's biggest soccer stars is going to face criminal charges for allegedly aiming a racial slur at an opponent.

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10:32am

Thu June 9, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: A Marriage Of Sports And Politics

Originally published on Thu June 9, 2011 8:32 am

Members of the Iranian women's football team wear the traditional hijab as part of their uniform in 2007. On Sunday, FIFA disqualified the Iranian team from the Olympic qualifier stating uniform violations.
Mohammad Abu Ghosh AP

Named of UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation magazine.

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