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FIFA rankings: Spain, Netherlands, Germany

FIFA's world rankings show world champion Spain remaining at the top of the list, followed by Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, England, Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal and Greece. While it's fun to scan the full results, they should, as usual, be taken with a pinch of salt. (Croatia and Greece in the...

By Steve Goff  | March 9, 2011; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Argentina, CONCACAF, FIFA, Netherlands, Spain, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  FIFA rankings  
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FIFA makes no major changes to 2014 World Cup bids: CONCACAF again with 3 automatic slots, one playoff entry

CONCACAF, the region encompassing North and Central America and the Caribbean, will receive three automatic berths in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and send an additional team to a qualifying playoff -- no change from recent tournaments. The organization had been lobbying FIFA to eliminate the playoff stage and...

By Steve Goff  | March 3, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2014 World Cup, CONCACAF, FIFA, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  FIFA, World Cup  
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Thursday kickaround: FIFA rankings, Robbie Findley, Americans abroad, Charlie Davies, D.C. United, Andy Najar

*In the latest FIFA rankings, the United States holds steady at No. 18. The top nine is unchanged, led by Spain, Netherlands and Germany. The Americans' next opponents, Argentina and Paraguay, are fifth and 24th respectively. The biggest jump in the top 25: Asian champion Japan, 12 slots to No....

By Steve Goff  | February 3, 2011; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, D.C. United, Egypt, England, FIFA, Honduras, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Andy Najar, Charlie Davies, D.C. United, FIFA, Robbie Findley  
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Poll: Does CONCACAF deserve a fourth guaranteed berth in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil?

On Sunday, CONCACAF bosses announced that they would lobby FIFA for a fourth automatic slot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In the two most recent cycles, the region received three guaranteed berths while a fourth nation was sent to a playoff. Before you vote, let's examine how CONCACAF...

By Steve Goff  | January 17, 2011; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2014 World Cup, CONCACAF, FIFA  | Tags:  CONCACAF, World Cup  
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Poll: FIFA player and coach of the year

The finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the best player of 2010 were announced today -- all three are from some little club in the Catalan region and two helped Spain win its first World Cup title: FC Barcelona MF Andres Iniesta (Spain) FC Barcelona MF Xavi Hernandez...

By Steve Goff  | December 6, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Argentina, Barcelona, FIFA, Real Madrid, Spain  | Tags:  FC Barcelona, FIFA  
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Saturday kickaround: Maryland Terrapins, NCAA tournaments, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Jose Torres, World Cup decisions

*Read my feature about Zac MacMath, the University of Maryland and U.S. under-20 goalkeeper who is ready to turn pro. The Terrapins face Michigan at 1 p.m. today in the NCAA quarterfinals. *One quarterfinal is already in the books, and it had a familiar ending. For the third consecutive week,...

By Steve Goff  | December 4, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  2018 World Cup, 2022 World Cup, Americans Abroad, College Soccer, FIFA, MLS, Mexico, U.S. men's national team, USA 2nd division, Women  | Tags:  FIFA, MLS, college soccer  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Decision Day: 2018 and '22 World Cup, Steve Goff , December 2, 2010
Poll: FIFA's 2022 World Cup decision, Steve Goff , December 1, 2010
How the FIFA World Cup vote will work, Steve Goff , November 19, 2010
Qatar's World Cup bid concerns FIFA, Steve Goff , November 19, 2010
U.S. World Cup bid committee offers new video, Steve Goff , September 23, 2010
Poll: 2018 World Cup should be held in ....., Steve Goff , September 10, 2010
Blatter: World Cup extra time changes possible, Steve Goff , September 9, 2010
Details of FIFA World Cup inspection tour, Steve Goff , August 30, 2010
World Cup Golden Ball nominees are ....., Steve Goff , July 9, 2010
Referee boss addresses World Cup calls, Liz Clarke , June 21, 2010
Sunday kickaround, Steve Goff , June 20, 2010
Wednesday World Cup kickaround, Steve Goff , June 16, 2010
Monday kickaround, Steve Goff , June 7, 2010
World Cup news & notes, Steve Goff , June 6, 2010
While Johannesburg sleeps ....., Steve Goff , June 3, 2010
Friday kickaround, Steve Goff , May 28, 2010
World Cup news & notes, Steve Goff , May 27, 2010
Thursday kickaround, Steve Goff , May 20, 2010
Thursday kickaround, Steve Goff , May 13, 2010
Wednesday kickaround, Steve Goff , May 12, 2010
D.C. United and U.S. World Cup updates, Steve Goff , May 10, 2010
Saturday kickaround, Steve Goff , May 8, 2010
Tuesday kickaround, Steve Goff , May 4, 2010
World Cup ticket sales lagging, Steve Goff , April 9, 2010
Wednesday kickaround, Steve Goff , March 31, 2010
MLS, American abroad, World Cup bids, Steve Goff , March 19, 2010
Wednesday kickaround, Steve Goff , March 3, 2010
Friday kickaround, Steve Goff , February 12, 2010
Tuesday kickaround, Steve Goff , February 9, 2010
Thursday kickaround, Steve Goff , February 4, 2010
D.C. United, Holden, Cabanas, Blatter, Palace, Steve Goff , January 26, 2010
Cabanas Shooting, FIFA Cameras, Barca Goals, Steve Goff , January 25, 2010
Cutdown for World Cup Bid, Steve Goff , January 12, 2010
MLS-FIFA, Adu, Beckham, Dallas, Steve Goff , January 6, 2010
Sunday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 13, 2009
Saturday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 12, 2009
Friday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 11, 2009
Montreal, Bulls, Cup, Beasley, Armstrong, Steve Goff , December 9, 2009
Early Wednesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 9, 2009
Poll: FIFA Player of the Year, Steve Goff , December 7, 2009
Friday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 4, 2009
World Cup Draw Projection, Steve Goff , December 3, 2009
Monday Kickaround, Steve Goff , November 30, 2009
Friday Kickaround, Steve Goff , October 16, 2009
Wednesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , October 7, 2009
Tuesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , September 29, 2009
Wednesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , September 2, 2009
Altidore, Adu, FIFA, Weather, Chat, Steve Goff , August 5, 2009
Tuesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , July 28, 2009
Blatter, DCU, All-Stars, Barca, Becks, Steve Goff , July 27, 2009
Latest FIFA Rankings, Steve Goff , April 8, 2009
Early Tuesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , March 31, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (Final Four), Steve Goff , March 30, 2009
Friday Kickaround, Steve Goff , March 27, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (Regional Finals), Steve Goff , March 26, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (continued), Steve Goff , March 25, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (Sweet 16), Steve Goff , March 25, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (East Region), Steve Goff , March 24, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (Midwest Region), Steve Goff , March 24, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (continued), Steve Goff , March 23, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (2nd Round), Steve Goff , March 23, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (continued), Steve Goff , March 19, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (East Region), Steve Goff , March 19, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (continued), Steve Goff , March 18, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style: Midwest Region, Steve Goff , March 18, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style (continued), Steve Goff , March 17, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style: West Region, Steve Goff , March 17, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style Part II, Steve Goff , March 16, 2009
World Cup, NCAA Style, Steve Goff , March 16, 2009
Early Friday Kickaround, Steve Goff , February 13, 2009
Looking Ahead to 2018/'22, Steve Goff , February 11, 2009
2018, According to the Beeb, Steve Goff , February 5, 2009
USA in '18 (or '22), Steve Goff , February 2, 2009
Monday Kickaround, Steve Goff , January 26, 2009
Future World Cups, Steve Goff , January 16, 2009
FIFA Winners Are....., Steve Goff , January 12, 2009
He's a Player, Steve Goff , January 11, 2009
Thursday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 11, 2008
Tuesday Kickaround, Steve Goff , December 2, 2008
FIFA and Terps, Steve Goff , November 12, 2008
World Cup Futures, Steve Goff , October 24, 2008
 
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