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Canadian soccer players pledge part of their salaries to Common Goal movement

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Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod waves to fans after defeating Switzerland 1-0 in a FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer match in Vancouver on June 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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This Day. English football salutes Nazi Germany

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On this day, 14 May 1938, the players of the England football team raised their arms to give the Nazi “Heil Hitler” salute before a match in Berlin. They had been ordered to do so directly by the British Foreign Office. Reportedly the players at first refused, until the British ambassador and Football Association secretary intervened and ordered them to do so. At the time the British government had signed an agreement with Hitler permitting his annexation of parts of Czechoslovakia, and much of the British ruling class supported the dictatorships of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco as bulwarks against communism.

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Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead

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Privatisation in store for Iran’s two biggest football clubs

Privatisation in store for Iran’s two biggest football clubs

Tehran’s two top clubs have a decades-old rivalry (Esteghlal defender Saeed Baghvardani comes to the rescue of goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi when he heads out a humdinger by Persepolis striker Safar Iranpak (fourth left). Aryamehr [Azadi] Stadium, Tehran, May 1975. Esteghlal was then named Taj).
By bne IntelliNews December 18, 2018

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Lenin Mausoleum, one of biggest attractions at the 2018 World Cup

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Lenin is now alive more than ever. Foreign fans at the World Cup 2018 waited in giant lines to visit the Lenin Mausoleum.

One of the main attractions for fans at the World Cup 2018 was Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow. The editor-in-chief of the Maxim Gorky film studio, Andrei Apostolov, published a photo of a huge line of visitors, which stretched along Red Square on the days of the 2018 World Cup.

The fact that thousands of fans wanted to visit the Mausoleum, Apostolov writes on Facebook:

“While the ‘morning paints a gentle light onto the walls of the ancient Kremlin’, several thousand foreign football fans lined up in a winding queue to visit the recumbent Ilyich … Such a pilgrimage Red Square probably has not seen for half a century … (A frame from the window of the Historical Museum does not at all convey the real dimensions of the disaster, for the people of darkness). According to the staff of the museum, this is the way it has been every day,” he wrote.

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A final for all time, sacrificed on the altar of the modern game

That is what soccer has become: an entertainment complex squabbled over by fiefs and autocrats, a way of exerting soft power and measuring importance that is worth almost any price, a circus paid for in bread | RORY SMITH

Tens of thousands of River Plate fans who bought tickets for last week’s Copa Libertadores final now will be prevented from seeing it in person | Marcos Brindicci/Reuters Continue reading

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European football economics: Transfer fees go crazy

An Adidas soccer ball on the field prior to the 2018 MLS All Star Game between the MLS All-Stars and Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has apparently discovered who is to blame for the recent surge in prices on the football transfer market. “If prices are inflated then the fault lies with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain,” he told German magazine Merkur. Continue reading

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