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Soccer has always been bigger than sport

The October international break, more than most, reminded us that football, however much it tries, is not an isolated, self-contained branch of the entertainment industry. It exists in the real world, interconnected and intertwined with an international political ecosystem. The fact that it draws eyeballs, stokes passions and offers a global megaphone only makes it even more prone to the outside world.

FIFA's own statutes explicitly say that football must be free from political interference...

FIFA 'assured' women can attend Iran WC qualifier

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said Iranian authorities have "assured" them that women will be able to attend the October World Cup qualifier in Tehran.

A female Iranian fan died earlier this month, after setting herself on fire to protest against her arrest for attending a match.

FIFA officials have been in Iran this week discussing preparations for the Oct. 10 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, their first home game of the 2022 qualifying competition.

"We need to have women attending --...

Toe Poke Daily: Man United boss Solskjaer's sumptuous chip proves he's still got it

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol details how Marcus Rashford has transformed into the most important piece of the puzzle at Manchester United.
Even England's 'Three Lions' of David Beckham, Prince William and David Cameron couldn't win the bid.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put his strikers to shame by deftly executing a little casual target practice during training.

Challenged with chipping a ball...

Legendary coach 'Restless Rudi' dies aged 93

Rudi Gutendorf
Rudi Gutendorf's globe-trotting career, spanning half a century, saw him coach a record 55 teams.

Rudi Gutendorf, the tireless manager who guided a world record 55 teams, including 18 national sides, has died at 93, according to several German media outlets.

Born in Koblenz on the banks of the Rhine, the man dubbed "Restless Rudi" started his football career as a player for hometown club TuS Neuendorf before taking his first management role with Swiss side Blue Stars Zurich in the 1950s.

Coaching proved infectious, and after building an impressive CV with top flight teams in West Germany, Gutendorf...