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Russia, Qatar organisers deny World Cup bribery allegations

Frank Leboeuf explains what made legend Franz Beckenbauer so special and why he was his idol.

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have strongly denied allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that bribes were paid to secure votes for the hosting rights to the tournament.

Suspicion and rumours have long surrounded both the 2010 vote by FIFA's executive to hand the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

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Yet on Monday, for the first...

Germany humiliate Brazil, U.S. miss the World Cup, Ronaldo out, then in: The most surreal thing I have seen

ESPN's 2014 World Cup crew describe the emotion and pain that came with the host nation's defeat vs. Germany.
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Over the years, our writers have been present for some of the game's greatest occasions. In the latest installment of a multi-part series, they tell the story of the most surreal thing they have seen at a game, several of which have a World Cup flavour: Germany's humiliation of Brazil in 2014, the U.S. failing to qualify four years later and Ronaldo's 1998 final saga.

Gab Marcotti's pick: Germany humiliate Brazil at World Cup

The match: Brazil 1-7 Germany (2014)
The place: Belo Horizonte,...

U.S. prosecutors allege bribes, illegal payments in '22 World Cup vote

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Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

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An indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn says Nicolas Leoz,...

FIFA conspirator and former president of Honduras Rafael Callejas dies aged 76

Callejas, 76, pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died.

A former president of Honduras who was convicted in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal died in the United States on Saturday.

Rafael Callejas governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights.

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Callejas, 76, pleaded guilty in 2016 and...