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Jul 4, 2015

No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organizers

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women’s World Cup final, organizers said on Friday.

With world soccer’s governing body embroiled in corruption investigations, Blatter’s U.S. based lawyer has told Reuters the FIFA chief will not travel to Vancouver for Sunday’s final between the United States and Japan.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organisers

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women’s World Cup final, organisers said on Friday.

With world soccer’s governing body embroiled in corruption investigations, Blatter’s U.S. based lawyer has told Reuters the FIFA chief will not travel to Vancouver for Sunday’s final between the United States and Japan.

Jul 4, 2015

Japan and U.S. set for spicy World Cup final rematch

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States arrive at the Women’s World Cup final battle-hardened and seeking revenge, while Japan enter Sunday’s match determined to retain the trophy they denied the Americans four years ago.

It all adds up to a spicy finale to the global showcase that began on June 6 under the shadow of a FIFA corruption scandal but ends with the players in the spotlight and an intriguing contest that is set to cap off a month of record-smashing television ratings and attendance figures.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-Japan and U.S. set for spicy World Cup final rematch

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – The United States arrive at the Women’s World Cup final battle- hardened and seeking revenge, while Japan enter Sunday’s match determined to retain the trophy they denied the Americans four years ago.

It all adds up to a spicy finale to the global showcase that began on June 6 under the shadow of a FIFA corruption scandal but ends with the players in the spotlight and an intriguing contest that is set to cap off a month of record-smashing television ratings and attendance figures.

Jul 3, 2015

Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of World Cup final

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A run of controversial calls has raised worries that officiating has not kept pace with the quality of play at the Women’s World Cup, putting an unwanted spotlight on referees ahead of Sunday’s final.

Both the United States and Japan reached the championship match with help from arguable calls in their semi-finals that have put into question the overall caliber of officiating.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of World Cup final

VANCOUVER, July 2 (Reuters) – A run of controversial calls has raised worries that officiating has not kept pace with the quality of play at the Women’s World Cup, putting an unwanted spotlight on referees ahead of Sunday’s final.

Both the United States and Japan reached the championship match with help from arguable calls in their semi-finals that have put into question the overall caliber of officiating.

Jun 30, 2015

Germay, U.S. set for ‘very heated’ World Cup semi-final

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The German juggernaut will run into the United States wall when the top-ranked nations clash on Tuesday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with a spot in the Women’s World Cup final on the line.

Top-ranked Germany and the world number two U.S. team bring contrasting styles to a semi-final with all the makings of a classic as each powerhouse looks to move one step closer to capturing their third World Cup.

Jun 30, 2015

Soccer-Germay, U.S. set for ‘very heated’ World Cup semi-final

June 29 (Reuters) – The German juggernaut will run into the United States wall when the top-ranked nations clash on Tuesday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with a spot in the Women’s World Cup final on the line.

Top-ranked Germany and the world number two U.S. team bring contrasting styles to a semi-final with all the makings of a classic as each powerhouse looks to move one step closer to capturing their third World Cup.

Jun 28, 2015

World Cup hangover brings Canada new headaches

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada awoke with a Women’s World Cup hangover on Sunday, while England supporters prepared to party on as their team headed to Edmonton and a showdown with Japan for a spot in the championship final.

The semi-final clash between the defending champions and surprise package England scheduled for Wednesday was timed to be a July 1 Canada Day celebration with the host team providing the sporting fireworks.

Jun 28, 2015

Analysis – World Cup hangover brings Canada new headaches

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada awoke with a Women’s World Cup hangover on Sunday, while England supporters prepared to party on as their team headed to Edmonton and a showdown with Japan for a spot in the championship final.

The semi-final clash between the defending champions and surprise package England scheduled for Wednesday was timed to be a July 1 Canada Day celebration with the host team providing the sporting fireworks.