Football

Children play soccer on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river in Mandalay, Myanmar, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015

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Children play football on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river in Mandalay, Myanmar on Tuesday

The national soccer team of Syria observes a moment of silence for last week's attacks in Paris ahead of their second round soccer match of regional qualifiers against Singapore for the 2018 World Cup, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in Singapore. WLD(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

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Syria‘s national football team observes a moment of silence for last week’s attacks in Paris ahead of their second round soccer match of regional qualifiers against Singapore for the 2018 World Cup 

David Beckham waves toward his fans while on his way back after playing a charity match to collect funds for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal November 6, 2015

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David Beckham waves toward his fans while on his way back after playing a charity match to collect funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal on Friday

In the "new jungle" migrant camp, close to the port of Calais. Afghan boys pass the time with a game of football.

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Afghan boys pass the time with a game of football at the new jungle refugee camp, close to the port of Calais, France 

Players battle for the ball during their match at the swamp soccer China tournament in Beijing, China, July 23, 2015.

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Players battle for the ball during their match at the swamp soccer China tournament in Beijing, China

Robots compete in a football match during the RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, east China's Anhui province on Wednesday

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Robots compete in a football match during the RoboCup 2015 in Hefei in eastern China’s Anhui province on Wednesday

Llorenc Gomez of Spain kicks the ball next to Simone Marinai of Italy during their group stage beach football match at the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 24, 2015.

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Llorenc Gomez of Spain kicks the ball next to Simone Marinai of Italy during their group stage beach football match at the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Brazil's Judivan, left, and Diego Poyet of Uruguay compete for a header during their U20 soccer World Cup match in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Ross Setford)

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Brazil’s Judivan, left, and Diego Poyet of Uruguay compete for a header during their U20 soccer World Cup match in New Plymouth, New Zealand

Egypt court sentences 11 to death over 2012 soccer riots...epaselect epa04790463 Defendants on trial for the deaths in a riot following a football match in Port Said in February 2012, stand behind bars during their trial in Cairo, Egypt, 09 June 2015. An Egyptian court on 09 June 2015 confirmed the death sentences of 11 men for their part in the country's worst-ever football-related violence. The 01 February 2012 riots left 74 dead after clashes between fans of Port Said's al-Masry team and visiting Cairo team al-Ahly. The sentences came at the end of a retrial after the country's top appeals court overturned a 2013 verdict in which 21 defendants were condemned to death.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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Defendants on trial for the deaths in a riot following a football match in Port Said in February 2012, are seen behind bars during their trial in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentences of 11 men for their part in the country’s worst-ever football-related violence. 

Bolivian President Evo Morales takes part in a football match with the Bolivian Roots FC football club, a team made of Bolivian expatriates, on the eve of a two-day EU-CELAC (Latin America/Caribbean) summit in Brussels, on June 9, 2015

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Bolivian President Evo Morales takes part in a football match with the Bolivian Roots FC football club, a team made of Bolivian expatriates, on the eve of a two-day EU-CELAC (Latin America/Caribbean) summit in Brussels, on Tuesday

Boca Juniors fans cheer their team before a Copa Libertadores round of sixteen soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Boca Juniors fans cheer their team before a Copa Libertadores round of sixteen soccer match against River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Young Yemenis play football on a street in Sanaa, Yemen on Thursday. Schools and universities have remained closed in Sanaa and several Yemeni cities since the Saudi-led coalition began its military operations on positions held by the Houthis and their allies across the country

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Young Yemenis play football on a street in Sanaa, Yemen on Thursday. Schools and universities have remained closed in Sanaa and several Yemeni cities since the Saudi-led coalition began its military operations on positions held by the Houthis and their allies across the country

Students play with their soccer balls as they walk among crop fields to the Sunji Township Centre Primary School during sunrise in Sunji township of Shanghe county

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Students play with their soccer balls as they walk among crop fields to the Sunji Township Centre Primary School during sunrise in Sunji township of Shanghe county.

Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia

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Lightning strikes delay the start of play before the round 21 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia

Jorge Cazulo...Peru's Sporting Cristal Jorge Cazulo, center, bicycle kicks the ball during a Copa Libertadores soccer match against Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

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Sporting Cristal’s Jorge Cazulo bicycle kicks the ball during the Peruvian football team’s Copa Libertadores match against Venezuela ‘s Deportivo T├íchira in Lima, Peru 

An Iraq fan waits in the rain for the start of their Asian Cup semi-final soccer match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 26, 2015.

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An Iraq fan waits in the rain for the start of the Asian Cup semi-final football match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney

Iran fans cheer before the start of their Asian Cup Group C soccer match against UAE at the Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane January 19, 2015.

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Iran fans cheer before the start of their Asian Cup Group C soccer match against UAE at the Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on Monday

Unidentified men stand outside a ticketing office ahead of the opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Friday Jan. 16, 2015.

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Fans stand outside a ticketing office ahead of the opening African Cup of Nations Group A soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Friday

Boys play with a ball in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone...Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in northwest Myanmar December 25, 2014. On Myanmar's mountainous frontier with India live the Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed. In Myanmar, around 120,000 people live in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing - for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths - although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: AGRICULTURE SOCIETY FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 24 OF 24 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'HUNTING WITH MYANMAR'S NAGA'    SEARCH 'NAGA SOE ZEYA' FOR ALL IMAGES

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Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga self-administered zone in northwest Myanmar. The Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed, live on Myanmar’s mountainous frontier with India. About 120,000 people live in the Naga self-administered zone in Sagaing region where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing, for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths, although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca 

Visually impaired students of a school for the blind fight for the ball during a soccer match inside their school in New Delhi

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Visually impaired students at a school for the blind take part in a football match in New Delhi, India, on Monday.