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Women's World Cup to be played on turf, FIFA insists

The Matildas' Emily Van Egmond battles Japanese legend Homare Sawa during the Asian Cup final in 2014.

Steve Keating Next year's women's World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf despite threats of legal action from several top international players, an unmoved FIFA executive said after touring one of...

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Lucy Zelic and Sally Shipard say women's soccer World Cup on synthetic pitches discriminatory

Former Matildas midfielder Sally Shipard and SBS television presenter Lucy Zelic at Floriade promoting the Asian Cup.

David Polkinghorne Canberra soccer identities say FIFA's decision to play women's World Cup on synthetic pitches is discriminatory.

FIFA keep World Cup corruption report under wraps

Sepp Blatter has changed his mind about staying on as FIFA chief.

Graham Dunbar Under pressure from FIFA's independent prosecutor to unlock the secrecy that surrounds a World Cup bidding corruption probe, Sepp Blatter shut down that populist move Friday.

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Maradona will not coach at Asian Cup says Palestine Football Association

Maradona's sideline antics were a highlight of the 2010 World Cup.

Australians hopes of seeing Diego Maradona in the dugout in the 2015 Asian Cup have been dealt a blow after Palestine's football association denied any contact with the Argentinian legend.

Atletico Madrid talisman Arda sinks Juventus

Atletico Madrid's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (centre) vies with Juventus' defender Leonardo Bonucci.

Bearded talisman Arda Turan reignited Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign.

FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger says 2022 Qatar World Cup will not go ahead

Theo Zwanziger says conditions in Qatar are too oppressive to hold the World Cup.

Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football's governing body FIFA.

Qatar will not host World Cup: FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.

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UK wants to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bruno Waterfield, Ben Rumsby Russia could be stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals under tough new political sanctions suggested by David Cameron at a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Saturday.

Hesterine de Reus says Matildas can win World Cup but she's still looking for answers

Australia has quality players: Former Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus during her time in the job.

Kathryn Wicks The Matildas can win an Olympic gold medal and a world cup if they appoint another world class coach, says the woman who was sacked from the position.

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Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman chasing World Cup berth as W-League kicks off

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United during the W-League season launch.

Lee Gaskin Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman chasing World Cup berth ahead of new W-League season.

New Brazil boss Dunga cuts several World Cup players

Neymar (L) and Dani Alves with Barcelona.

New Brazil manager Dunga has left out several big names from the World Cup, including Fred and Paulinho, in his first squad for next month's friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.

Real Madrid unveil World Cup star James Rodriguez

The Golden Boot winner is heading to Real Madrid.

Gabriel Rubio-Giron Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

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Alleged World Cup ticket scammer Ray Whelan released from Brazilian prison

Released: Ray Whelan.

A British World Cup ticketing executive who allegedly took part in a scam to sell millions of dollars worth of fraudulent tickets was ordered to be released from prison Tuesday while awaiting trial...

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Michael Lynch The morning after the evening  before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...

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Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

German fans moved to tears after late World Cup winner

Fans at the Harmonie German club react with delight as Germany scores.

Henry Belot The president of the Harmonie German Club, Hans Stoehr, broke down in tears as he watched close to 300 people from the German community jump for joy as substitute Mario Gotze netted the winning goal...

Lionel Messi: World Cup Golden Ball award meant 'nothing'

Little consolation: Messi was less than thrilled with his Golden Ball award.

Jeremy Wilson and Henry Winter Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi last night (Monday) revealed the full depth of his anger and devastation at failing to crown his career by winning Sunday’s World Cup final amid a bizarre row about...

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Germany throws giant homecoming party for World Cup heroes

Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, defender Shkodran Mustafi, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, midfielder Andre Schuerrle and defender Erik Durm arrive for a victory parade at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.

Berlin Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans mass at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to cheer the World Cup winners.

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Lydia Williams won't let knee injury keep her down in race for World Cup

Injury blow: Canberra United keeper Lydia Williams.

Fleta Page Matildas keeper Lydia Williams is determined to recover in time for the women’s World Cup next June.