Soccer

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

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

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.

Young boys warm up before playing soccer on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa

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Young boys warm up before playing football on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa

The German soccer squad  arrives in central Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany s World Cup-winning team has returned home  from Brazil to celebrate the country s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the  fan mile  in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

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The German football team arrives in central Berlin on Tuesday. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country s fourth title with huge crowds of fans lining the streets

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena...Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 20, 2014.

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Italy‘s coach Cesare Prandelli shouts during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, Brazil 

Portugal's Ronaldo fights for the ball with Germany's Lahm, Mertesacker and Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador...Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) fights for the ball with Germany's Philipp Lahm (L-R), Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

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Portugal‘s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) fights for the ball with Germany‘s Philipp Lahm (L-R), Per Mertesacker and Manuel Neuer during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 16, 2014. 

Boy is silhouetted as he plays with a soccer ball at night in Colombo...A boy is silhouetted as he plays with a soccer ball at night in Colombo June 11, 2014. The 2014 FIFA soccer World Cup will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A boy is silhouetted as he plays with a football at night in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. The World Cup starts in Brazil on Thursday 

An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata...An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata June 9, 2014. The 2014 World Cup soccer tournament will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Seen on left is a painting of Argentina's national soccer player Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata, India. The 2014 World Cup football tournament is to be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Seen on the left is a painting of Lionel Messi, Argentina’s national player 

South Korea's national soccer team players stretch during a training session for the upcoming Brazil World Cup at National Football Center in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. South Korea will play with Russia, Algeria and Belgium in the Group H of World Cup soccer matches.

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South Korea’s national football team stretch during a training session at the National Football Center in Paju. South Korea will play Russia, Algeria and Belgium in Group H of the World Cup in Brazil in June 

Moleque Travesso soccer club's goalkeeper Alexandre Toledo

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Moleque Travesso soccer club’s goalkeeper Alexandre Toledo, 36, prepares to block a shot during an amateur match against the Jardim Regina Pirituba club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Toledo used to be a professional soccer player, but in 1996 he injured his left leg in a motorcycle accident and the following year the limb was amputated. Despite this injury, he began playing soccer again with friends, and is the goalkeeper for Moleque Travesso amateur soccer club. With Brazil about to host the World Cup, soccer fever is taking over the country

In this April 27, 2014 photo, a boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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A boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force 

Maicon de Jesus Dias throws a ball he recovered from an open grave while playing soccer with in a makeshift field in a local cemetery of the city of Una, Bahia state. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup starting June 12.

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Maicon de Jesus Dias throws a ball he recovered from an open grave while playing football in a makeshift field in a local cemetery of the city of Una, Bahia state. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup starting June 12.

Jordanian fans attend the World Cup play off first leg soccer match between Jordan and Uruguay at Amman International stadium in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

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Jordanian fans attend the World Cup play-off first leg soccer match between Jordan and Uruguay at Amman International stadium in Amman, Jordan.

Mario Mandzukic, Daniel van Buyten...Bayern's Mario Mandzukic of Croatia, left, and teammate  Daniel van Buyten of Belgium stretch during a last training session prior to the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen, in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Munich will face Plzen Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic of Croatia (left) and teammate Daniel van Buyten, of Belgium, stretch during a last training session before the Champions League group D match against the Czech side Viktoria Plzen, in Munich, southern Germany 

Syria's soccer squad warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore...Syria's soccer squad warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore October 14, 2013. Mentally scarred by the turmoil at home after two-and-half-years of civil war, Syria's national football team are hoping continued success on the pitch can give their compatriots small reason to cheer. Syria, who beat Iraq to win the West Asian Championships for the first time in December, take on Singapore on Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifying match as they attempt to reach the finals of the region's premier tournament in Australia in 2015.  REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

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Syria’s soccer team warm up during training at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Syria, who beat Iraq to win the West Asian Championships for the first time in December, take on Singapore on Tuesday in an Asian Cup qualifying match as they attempt to reach the finals of the region’s premier tournament, to be held in Australia in 2015. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un gestures (front, 2nd R) while watching the finals of the   Torch Cup soccer match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People's Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) August 29, 2013.

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A smiling Kim Jong-eun, the North Korean leader, (front, second right) watches the final of the Torch Cup football match between the April 25 Team of the Korean People’s Army and Sonbong Team of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang on Thursday