Man wins $200,000 for betting grandson would one day play soccer for country

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It was a simple of act of faith that paid a handsome return. A delighted grandfather announced his retirement Wednesday after banking more than $200,000 on a bet that his grandson would one day play international soccer for his home country.

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Dos a Cero again! … United States qualifies for World Cup 2014 after another 2-0 win over Mexico

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It may have been a foregone conclusion, but official passage into a World Cup is still a moment to celebrate for U.S. Soccer, whose players, coaches and legion of supporters can now bask – officially so – in the high achievement of advancing into a seventh consecutive World Cup.

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Homeless find solace in soccer and rebuild their lives

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During his last stint in jail, Dennis Diaz came to a startling realization: “I knew people in there,” he said. “I didn’t like that. I was getting used to being in jail and I couldn’t have that.”

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Adieu, Beckham

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PSG has another game this season, but even the club’s president thinks Saturday was David Beckham’s career finale

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BREAKING: David Beckham to retire from soccer at end of season

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David Beckham’s glittering career as the world’s most recognizable soccer player is over.

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Seven decades after Holocaust, neo-Nazis use soccer to preach Hitler’s hate

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Nearly seven decades after the Holocaust, young soccer fans in Germany have become targets of neo-Nazis who preach the hatred of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

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Galaxy win MLS Cup in Beckham’s finale

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Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and David Beckham left MLS as a two-time champion with the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Saturday.

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David Beckham closing his playing days in MLS

Nobody can be too shocked about tonight’s ginormous news out of Los Angeles that David Beckham has one game remaining in his illustrious domestic professional soccer career.

The Galaxy announced on its website late Monday evening that Beckham, 37, will play his last match for the club on Dec. 1. That night, at the team’s Home Depot Center, the former England captain and his Galaxy teammates will try to defend their MLS Cup title.

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Golden 3-peat for US women’s soccer

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WEMBLEY, England - The U.S. women’s soccer team won the Olympic gold medal Thursday, avenging one of its most painful defeats with a 2-1 victory over Japan.

Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes for the Americans, who lost to the Japanese in penalty kicks at last year’s World Cup final.

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Morgan’s last-second goal lifts US to gold medal game

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MANCHESTER, England - Alex Morgan scored in the 122nd minute to lift the United States over Canada 4-3 in a thrilling semifinal match on Monday and send the Americans into the gold medal game against Japan.

The victory overshadowed a hat trick by Canada’s Christine Sinclair.

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Spain defeats Italy 4-0 in Euro 2012 final

Spanish supporters celebrate while watching the final of the UEFA EURO 2012 between Spain and Italy in Madrid, Spain, July 1.

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Faces of the fans at Euro 2012 soccer tournament

Pictures taken in June 2012 shows supporters from various countries during the Euro 2012 soccer championships.

Reuters reports — Germany are blazing a trail, leaving awed competitors in their wake. Greece are perilously close to the exit.

It could be the euro zone, but this is Euro 2012.

Even at Europe’s biggest international soccer tournament, it is hard to get away from the debt crisis afflicting some of the countries playing in the 16-nation competition.

Politicians from indebted countries such as Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal hope success on the pitch might - at least for a while - deflect attention from unemployment, homelessness and failing banks.

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