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How the financial structure of American men's soccer limits success on the world stage

by Andy Uhler Aug 9, 2019
In the United States, the financial burden of developing elite young players falls to parents.
Christian Pulisic of the United States men's team is tackled by Kevon Villaroel of Trinidad and Tobago during the FIFA World Cup qualifier match in 2017 in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.
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FIFA World Cup by the numbers

by Andy Uhler Jul 13, 2018
Every four years, the Men's FIFA World Cup final is widely recognized as the most-watched event in the world.
A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Following the money in soccer's biggest scandal

by Lizzie O'Leary Jun 15, 2018
Author Ken Bensinger dives into how the United States put together a case against brazen corruption in the world's most popular sport.
A FIFA logo sits next to the entrance at the FIFA headquarters on June 3, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. 
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A battle for World Cup supremacy happens off the pitch

by Andy Uhler Jun 14, 2018
Every four years, the soccer tournament turns into an epic branding battle between Nike and Adidas.
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FIFA corruption report has scandals but no disqualification

by Olga Oksman Jun 28, 2017
FIFA released a 2014 report looking at ethics violations in the World Cup host nation selection process for 2018 and 2022.
A FIFA suitcase.
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What a 48-team World Cup means for FIFA — and soccer fans

by Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova Jan 10, 2017
Soccer's international governing body hopes to move past its corruption scandal and expand the World Cup. Will it generate more money in the process?
Daniel Sturridge of England beats goalkeeper Craig Gordon of Scotland to score their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on November 11, 2016 in London, England. 
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Retired U.S. Women's Soccer star Abby Wambach on gender wage gap

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Oct 3, 2016
Wambach shares her personal struggles in new memoir, 'Forward'
Abby Wambach of the United States reacts during the women's soccer match against China at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
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Soccer star Pele sells ‘Victory’ boots for more than $9,000

by Donna Tam Jun 7, 2016
The retired athlete has already raised thousands of dollars with the sale of his personal memorabilia.
Former soccer player Pele speaks with children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2014. The athlete's auction of memorabilia begins today and a portion of the proceeds will go to a children's hospital in Brazil.
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How FIFA can keep making billions off soccer

by Donna Tam Feb 26, 2016
The organization in charge of running the World Cup has made some big changes in an effort to getting back into its member nations' good graces.
Philipp Lahm of Germany lifts the World Cup trophy with teammates after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time as FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
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Is it game over for FIFA sponsors?

by Andy Uhler Dec 21, 2015
FIFA continues to face sponsor problems.